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Petition Filed to Put Fate of Medical Marijuana in Hands of IB Voters

Supporters of medical marijuana working with Americans for Safe Access helped draft the document and get the petition started which could reverse local law and allow medical marijuana dispensaries.

Supporters of medicinal marijuana filed a petition with the city Monday afternoon to enact an ordinance that would allow marijuana dispensaries to operate in IB.

If about 1,000 signatures can be collected, residents could be given the option to vote whether or not to approve the Safe Access Ordinance of Imperial Beach.

The ordinance would establish a new municipal code that allows and regulates medical marijuana dispensaries in IB, and would repeal legislation approved by City Council last year banning the facilities.

At the time, were named as major reasons why City Council opposed dispensaries in IB. 

The city's ordinance also said no to dispensaries because of a possible increase in crime. 

"Medical marijuana dispensaries have resulted in and/or caused an increase in crime, including burglaries, robberies, violence, illegal sales of marijuana to, and use of marijuana by minors and other persons without medical need," the ordinance said.

In contrast, the proposed Safe Access Ordinance of Imperial Beach said that crime is "reduced by the presence of a Medical Cannabis Dispensing Collective (MCDC)."

of crime near dispensaries in nearby San Diego found no measurable increase in crime.

The city's ordinance also cites thealack of enforcement by the Department of Justice as a reason to deny dispensaries locally, though the federal government renewed their efforts to crack down on dispensaries last fall.

Once supporters of medical marijuana begin collecting signatures, they will have three months. If no less than 10 percent of the electorate or about 1,000 people sign the petition it could be put to a vote.

In accordance with state election code, three people had to sign the petition for it to be validated who include Michael Ganey, Michael Dennison and Dennis Hogan, owner of The Wave Cafe.

Among rules that will take effect if the ordinance becomes law:

- patients will be able to smoke at the dispensary if filters are used to eliminate odor outside and other requirements are met  

- must not be within 600 feet of a school 

- must not be within 300 feet of another dispensary

- outdoor cultivation will not be allowed unless the area is not visible outside the property and property restricts public access 

- dispensaries must operate between 6 a.m. and 11 p.m.

"The main reason we're doing this is because the law that they put in place frustrated the Prop 215 and SB 420 laws, so this would hopefully prevent that from occurring," said Marcus Boyd.

Boyd repeatedly appeared in front of City Council in support of medicinal marijuana and pledged to pursue a ballot initiative if the city voted to approve a ban.

Members of the Medicinal Marijuana Task Force  and local and national branches of Americans for Safe Access were consulted when drafting the ordinance language, Boyd said.

"We took the national ASA sample ordinance and we used that as a template and made it more to date and more current to Imperial Beach," he said.

According to the San Diego County Registrar of Voters, 56 percent of Imperial Beach residents voted in favor of Proposition 215 in 1996.

PotShopScam March 07, 2012 at 02:13 AM
Everyone knows “medical” pot is a hoax; plain and simple. “Medical” pot was created by the pro-pot lobby for addicts, users, and dealers to hide behind. And pot shops facilitate this scam, by fraudulently allowing access to any pot addict and naive young person because they have a tummy ache or blister on their toe. Go observe a pot shop and note who their customers are, it’s laughable. The driving force behind pot shops is profits, not health or safety as they falsely claim. Even the pro-pot leaders agree that pot shops are just a front for illegal drug dealing. Reverend Scott T. Imler, co-author of Proposition 215 said this: “We created Prop. 215 so patients would not have to deal with the black market profiteers. But today it is all about the money. Most of the dispensaries operating in California are a little more than dope dealers with store fronts.” - Alternatives Magazine, Fall 2006, issue 39. Reverend Scott T. Imler also said, “When we wrote Proposition 215, we were selling it to the public as something for seriously ill people... It’s turned into a joke. I think a lot of people have medicalized their recreational use.”- San Gabriel Valley Tribune, February 15, 2007. And just a few weeks ago a local leader in the pot industry Craig Beresh said, “The collective directors or owners, whatever you want to call them, they’re not fighting for patients’ rights, they’re fighting for profits.”
Dick Pilgrim March 07, 2012 at 02:28 AM
This controversy is a prime illustration of legislation by referendum rather than by reasoned debate in the legislature (which no longer takes place). This is why I will no longer sign any petition for any referendum - we get half-baked solutions to real problems. I really believed at the time that Prop 215 was the beginning of a solution to a real problem but once again money triumphs.
Conservative Christian March 07, 2012 at 02:31 PM
So should we put them all in jail?
Conservative Christian March 07, 2012 at 02:31 PM
So should we put them all in jail?
Conservative Christian March 07, 2012 at 02:31 PM
Jesus said to do unto others as we would have them to do unto us. None of us would want our child or grandchild thrown in jail with the sexual predators over marijuana. None of us would want to see an older family members home confiscated and sold by the police for growing a couple of marijuana plants for their aches and pains. If the people who want to use marijuana could grow a few plants in their own back yards, it would be about as valuable as home-grown tomatoes; it would put the drug gangs out of business and get them out of our neighborhoods.
Libi Uremovic March 07, 2012 at 04:19 PM
during prohibition our wine growers got an exemption for 'medicinal purposes'...it's basically the same thing....
Eugene Z. Davidovich March 07, 2012 at 05:54 PM
Cannabis is medicine not because the voters say it is or because it makes one 'feel' better like rum (as you pointed out). It is because the overwhelming scientific evidence says it is. Even right here at UCSD the doctors found that nothing helps MS patients suffering from pain associated with muscle spasticity better then smoked cannabis. http://www.cmcr.ucsd.edu/images/pdfs/CMCR_REPORT_FEB17.pdf In every place where there are regulated dispensaries as this law would create, there is a significant decrease in crime. The courts have already ruled on numerous occasions that Federal Law does not trump state law on this issue, and if the feds want to waste resources on going after patients that are in unambiguous compliance with state law, then they are breaking their own policies and trampling on the will of California and in this case Imperial Beach voters. Instead of having unregulated access, lets create regulations, lets control it, and lets give patients the access they were intended to have with Prop215!
Eugene Z. Davidovich March 07, 2012 at 06:19 PM
No my friend, an ignorant minority thinks medical cannabis is a hoax. Just because a Reverend (not a doctor) and some misguided activist that has never been in support of (not a doctor) said it’s a sham, the thousands of patients right here in San Diego would disagree. The pharmaceutical industry which has serious problems with overprescribing and doctors who are handing out drugs that actually kill people VS. cannabis which does not, yet you are not calling all medicine a "scam". We are addressing problems in the pharmaceutical industry by regulating doctors closer, etc. The same applies to medical cannabis, if a doctor is not doing their job right, then we should focus on that issue, rather then punish everyone who benefits from cannabis. More than 6,500 reports and journal articles from around the world support the medical value of cannabis (marijuana). In addition, dozens of public health organizations have endorsed medical use of marijuana including the National Association of People Living With AIDS, AIDS Action Council, the American Public Health Association, the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Nurses Association, the Federation of American Scientists, Kaiser Permanente, the New England Journal of Medicine, the National Association for Public Health Policy, the California Medical Association, the Whitman- Walker Clinic, the Lymphoma Foundation of America, and many more. Here are some examples from studies done on cannabis:
Eugene Z. Davidovich March 07, 2012 at 06:19 PM
Cannabis Smoking Does Not Cause Cancer Sources: Tashkin D. Marijuana Use and Lung Cancer: Results of a Case-Control Study. American Thoracic Society International Conference. May 23, 2006, San Diego, California Derivatives of Cannabis May Unlock Anti-Cancer Treatment Source: Kogan, N.M., Blaquez, C., Gallily, R., Guzman, M., and Mechoulam, R. "Quinone Type Cannabinoids as AntiCancer Compunds." Abstract, IACM 3rd Conference on Cannabinoids in Medicine, September 9-10, 2005, Leiden Cannabis Does Not Accelerate HIV-infection Sources: Abrams DI, Hilton JF, Leiser RJ, Shade SB, Elbeik TA, Aweeka FT, Benowitz NL, Bredt BM, Kosel B, Aberg JA, Deeks SG, Mitchell TF, Mulligan K, Bacchetti P, McCune JM, Schambelan M. "Short-term Effects of Cannabinoids in Patients with HIV-1 Infection: A Randomized, Placebo-controlled Clinical Trial." Annals of Internal Medicine 2003;139(4):258-266 Cannabinoids May Promote the Development of New Brain Cells Sources: Jiang W, Zhang Y, Xiao L, Van Cleemput J, Ji SP, Bai G, Zhang X. "Cannabinoids promote embryonic and adult hippocampus neurogenesis and produce anxiolytic- and antidepressant-like effects." Journal of Clinical Investigation. October, 2005 TAKE A CLOSER LOOK, MARIJUANA IS MEDICINE!
Dan Stanard March 07, 2012 at 07:51 PM
Hmm.... Obviously some are still in denial or just ignorant of the facts on medical cannabis. I am also a retired peace officer and if you need verification of my claim, don't hesitate to ask. I am a full supporter of medical cannabis.
Terrie Best March 07, 2012 at 08:45 PM
I really don't believe there is a pro-pot lobby. There are, however, many cannabis advocates. But, they rarely get access to politicians because most politicians don't believe they have enough political cover to show leadership in implementing Prop 215. . The lobbyists who do get the ear of the politicians are saying things like what you are saying: prohibitionist hysteria bleated out in the face of overwhelming scientific evidence to the contrary. So, I'm certain you profit from prohibition in some way. You are law enforcement, the recipient of a prohibition grant or a lobbyist for big pharma, alcohol or private prison corporation. Or, you just have fallen victim to one of the above and can no longer think for yourself on this issue.
Mark B. March 07, 2012 at 11:38 PM
To pot shop scam-who doesnt have the balls to put their name on it! You are so wrong and totally ignorant to the human body and mammals as a whole!!! What a stupid ass statement by an ignorant person who has chosen not to educate themselves just make random ignorant statements. I feel for you and your ignorance!!!!
Mark B. March 07, 2012 at 11:40 PM
Educate yourselves people!!! Then maybe someone against marijuana could have something valuable to say. Most of their comments are just from their own IGNORANCE!!!!
Pop Quiz March 08, 2012 at 12:21 AM
Good discussions and interesting views. The name calling is fun and really helps the discussion! But why, if there is a scientific, medically proven use, is it still not controlled by a pharmacist? It has been around a long time. I don't think most people want children using it (e.g. booze, cigarettes) so some regulation is needed. Has the FDA ran studies as a drug? It just seems shady (to me) selling a "medicine" out of a storefront on 16th street..I assume it is the only medicine they sell? I would not consider the same pot sold at CVS to be as hokey and underground. Treat it as real medication and i am all for it. LOVE THE CAPITOLS, YOU MUST NOW AGREE WITH ME (by internet rules)
Marcus Boyd March 08, 2012 at 01:12 AM
Thank you Pop Quiz, for asking the $1,000,000 question... Or should I say the $1,000,000,000,000 question! The short of it is, they cannot turn the cannabis plant into intellectual property. It's an herb, not a pharmaceutical. Here's the issue... In the 'western world' you can not patent a plant, which is a requirement for cannabis to 'fit' into the FDA's "synthesized" and "industrialized" mold, to be controlled like a 'pharmaceutical' type of medicine. Hence, cannabis' other non-discriminatory name, "herb". Because Big Phama cannot patent the plant itself, they cannot control it. (see last 70 years of failed prohibition) Additionally, because of the overwhelming medicinal and healing value found in cannabis, Big Pharm stands to loose Trillions in profits from a large number of 'best-selling' prescription and over-the-counter synthesized/patented 'killer' drugs. Each having it's own annual death rate, where cannabis has none, since the keeping of history...
Vey Linville March 08, 2012 at 04:23 AM
I drink cannabis concentrates in order to breathe. This medicine keeps me from suffocating, and has helped me to avoid a double-lung transplant. Perhaps you can argue about who should be able to get a doctor's recommendation and who should not; but while you argue, 150+ collectives in the San Diego area have closed their doors. I am left to suffocate or deal with street thugs who are probably tied to the cartels. The Compasiionate Use Act is about alleviating the suffering of the sick and dying. Even though we have this law, a patient dying in a state home still can't have any cannbis. The same is true in almost every hospital, convalescent home and long-term care facility in the state. Don't wait for it to be your turn to be denied relief of suffering. Sign the petition, and support the local chapters of Americans For Safe Access.
Pop Quiz March 08, 2012 at 04:35 AM
Hello Marcus , not sure if it is a cannabis plant specific rule but, Family members of mine are developing fruit trees as a way of life and paying bills doing it and patenting them, so I know plants can be patented. I know plants can be altered. You can buy roses at home depot that are patent roses. Not sure that argument works for me. I think the sick people markets are big enough that huge companies would still make huge profits even if they sold it at CVS. Are the people working at the pot stores pharmacists? It seems having two systems for getting perscription drugs does not make sense (to me).
Paul March 08, 2012 at 01:08 PM
The top government medical authorities in several other countries have done their studies and concluded cannibis does help patients with a number of disorders and the government health plan is providing it to the patients or giving them permits to grow their own. It is not a hoax. Cannibis is NOT very addictive. Cannibis is not dangerous to most patients.
Paul March 08, 2012 at 02:03 PM
GW Pharmaceuticals (Google it) has persuaded the government of England to let them grow fields of cannabis for the past few years and then let them distill off the THC and the CBD cannabinoids and mix them together in a patented ratio into a spray that is sprayed under the tongue for quick absorption into the blood stream. This is sold as Sativex ™ in drug stores by prescription for the treatment of Multiple Sclerosis. It is now sold in the UK, Spain, Germany, Denmark, Canada, New Zealand, and GW expects approval this year to sell in 12 more mostly EU countries. It is under going some beginning tests in the USA approved by the FDA. The FDA/DEA will not let it be sold yet in the USA until the exclusive license for the much less effective synthetic THC, Marinol, (USA drug schedule III) expires. In the USA tens of thousands of patients are suffering because of crazy laws and rules by the FDA and DEA, claiming "it is a dangerous drug and has no medical value in the US". GW pharma believes sales will grow into the billions as long as home grown cannabis is kept illegal.
Terrie Best March 08, 2012 at 06:21 PM
And here's some proof for you, PotShopScam: http://www.alternet.org/story/154448/
Mark B. March 08, 2012 at 09:57 PM
Pop Quiz, Wow is about all I want to say. Really? You want big business to be in charge. Pharmaceuticals are not medicine, they are the docters choice to help the patient relieve their pain but they also have 20 different side effects that destroy ones liver or kidneys if used over a prolonged period! Drug companies make no medicine what-so-ever! Marijuana is the natural way to provide pain relief for all mammals because they all have cannabinoids in their own DNA! Do you think that is a coincidence? I suppose you want the government to protect you too? You probably are waiting for Obama to give you a job!!! Very ignorant statements on your part! Maybe before you make such dumb-ass staements you should educate yourself on what CVS or drug companies are! FOR PROFIT AND THEY DONT GIVE A SHIT WHETHER THEY KILL YOU OR NOT!!!Wake up and get out of fairy tale land!!!!!! This is what is wrong with the marijuana movement, ignorant people who want to tell other people what their choices of pain relief should be!!! Who the frik do you and all the other stupid sheeeple think you are!!!! I know already! Ignorant people that open their fat mouths without educating themselves to what they are talking about!!!!!YOur ignorance pisses me off!!!!!
Pop Quiz March 09, 2012 at 02:11 AM
Hello Mark B, I am proud to say i can disagree with people and still respect them and their views. I have never said pot cannot help people, or stated it's ill effects as a reason to prohibit it use. That is in your head. I question the delivery method i question any drug, medicine, pharmaceutical that a licensed pharmacist would not sell. Do you really believe a company as big as CVS or other drug companies don't care if they kill you?. Do you consider their greed/ profit motive in your scenario? Dead customers rarely return. Their lawyers do. lawsuits costs a lot. Your name calling has defeated me, i will never question you and your CAPITOLS AGAIN !!!!!!!!!! Relax, smoke a bowl and re-read my comments, your stressed out :-)
Pop Quiz March 09, 2012 at 02:19 AM
Me too Dan.When treated just like any prescription medicine. My wife was an oncology nurse. patients (especially on Chemo) felt much better smoking pot. Much better than taking the THC pills. Putting pills into a stomach that is sick did not work well....
Marcus Boyd March 09, 2012 at 03:23 AM
While on your high horses... you would be wise to consider that, if the reference to medical marijuana is 'POT' and reference to patient-collectives or dispensaries is 'POT SHOP', then the obvious inference to injured, sick and dying patients, is a 'POT HEAD', which is a 'directly' offensive word to Chemo patients, like the one Pop Quiz's wife works with, and Vey Linville who commented above, and every other legitimate qualified patient. The medical marijuana issue is about; Vulnerable Medical Patients, Clinical Studies, California Laws, State Attorney General Guidelines, County Civil Grand Jury Recommendations and Land Use Ordinances. None of which refer to medical marijuana as 'pot' or patient collectives as 'pot shops'! I believe it's your own name calling that has defeated you, sir.
Marcus Boyd March 09, 2012 at 05:33 PM
The short answer is, 'weed is not wheat'. Cannabis is also known as 'weed' due to how and where it grows. Now, unlike your family's fruit trees, the cannabis 'weed' and it's seeds cannot be 'harnessed' and 'industrialized' like the fruits, grains, and every other free growing 'food commodity' in the Western World. The cannabis 'weed' has withstood the most radical eradication efforts the western world has ever attempted. And today, it's growing better, stronger and faster than ever. Additionally, your family would not be growing it's genetically alterned 'fruit trees' if they had the medicinal value like 'weed' does... because Big Pharma wouldn't allow it, despite the electorate who approved of it and our state law which defends it. Pharmaceutics rarely 'cure' problems, they mask them, and they create new deadly problems. Whereas, clinical studies have proven that 'weed' cures, protects and prevents a large and fast growing number of ailments, including, but not limited to; . Arthritis - http://safeaccessnow.org/arthritis_booklet . Cancer - http://safeaccessnow.org/cancer_booklet . Chronic Pain - http://safeaccessnow.org/pain_booklet . Gastro-Intestinal Disorders - http://safeaccessnow.org/gi_booklet . HIV/AIDS - http://safeaccessnow.org/aids_booklet . Issues associated with Aging - http://safeaccessnow.org/aging_booklet . Movement Disorders - http://safeaccessnow.org/md_booklet . Multiple Sclerosis http://safeaccessnow.org/ms_booklet
Marcus Boyd March 09, 2012 at 05:49 PM
Anyone who suffers from Aging, should read this. Whether you agree or disagree with cannabis as a medicine, please take the time to educate yourself... and others. Issues associated with Aging - http://safeaccessnow.org/aging_booklet For those who disagree with cannabis as a medicine, I challenge you to disprove anything in the above clinical findings... Or why Issues associated with Aging should not apply to, and concern everyone.
Pop Quiz March 10, 2012 at 03:30 AM
Hello Marcus, i am just lazy and didn't feel like typing Marijuana. But after a little research it turns out people do call Marijuana "pot".I bet some of them have even had cancer or MS. In the new America we all get to be offended. It seems to be the newest trend, I'm offended you implied i called chemo patients "pot heads"! Not really, that's just silly! i think the rabid attitudes i have read here are chasing the great silent majority away from your position. I support medical Pot, i disagree with the mechanism of delivery to patients.For the rabid pot jihadist, Here is a list of other possibly offensive words associated with Marijuana; Afghan, Bhang, Black Rock, Broccoli, Buddha Grass, Bush, Dope, Draw, Dry High, Dubby, Ganga, Ganja, Gangster, Giggleweed, Grass, Hemp, Herb, Jane, Jive, Joint, Kiff, Loco Weed, Mary,Mexican Green, Panama Red, Pot, Puff, Reefer, Resin Roach, Sativa, Shit, Smoke, Spliff, Tea, Texas Tea, Thai Stick. Have a great day, I love this place!
Terrie Best March 10, 2012 at 06:45 PM
Personal fav: giggleweed! Lighten up everybody. I have yet to find a pharm-y that works as well as cannabis for some symptoms AND can also make me giggle! xoxo
Jim Grace March 10, 2012 at 09:47 PM
Medical Marijuana has been PROVEN to be of medical use! Wake up and smell the coffee Bucko.. #1---do you watch people with Handicap placards get out of their car so you can "see" whats wrong with them? Many medical problems are not visible to the eye. I agree it's out of hand but don't tar the whole community! We obviously need to treat it at least on par with other medications. If not, then just legalize it like alcohol and deny it to people under 21. Are you having your martini now? when was the last time you read of someone high on pot who was speeding on the freeway? As for "pot shops for profit", hey buddy, this is America where Capitalism is the norm, not Fascism. Pot shops should make a profit the same as pharmacies.
michael ganey July 14, 2012 at 04:02 AM
to everyone who is trying to debunk our efforts. WE WILL NOT SIT DOWN IN THIS WAR... WE WILL PREVEAL. Uncle Sam AkA the FEDS.... IF your not carefull we will take back OUR country. starting soon. revolt people revolt......GANEY

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