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Imperial Beach Voters Reject Prop. S

Despite the backing of a well-funded campaign with a large volunteer force, a majority of Imperial Beachians voted "no" on Prop S, a measure that would have allowed medical marijuana dispensaries in IB.

Updated 1:25 a.m. and 7:00 a.m. Nov. 7

Imperial Beach voters have turned down Proposition S, rejecting the measure after signatures were gathered to place it in on the ballot earleir this year. 

With all 12 local precincts reporting, 59.76 percent of Imperial Beachians voted "no", and 40.24 percent voted "yes."

Elsewhere in San Diego, dispensary ballot measures in Lemon Grove, Del Mar and Solana Beach were also rejected.

If Prop. S had received a majority of "yes" votes, the Safe Access Ordinance of Imperial Beach would have allowed medical marijuana dispensaries in IB and banished restrictive laws passed by City Council last year.

Assistant City Manager Greg Wade estimated that 20 or more dispensaries could be opened in commercial areas across Imperial Beach, while the Yes on S campaign manager Eugene Davidovich said only one or two dispensaries would open.

The Yes on S campaign, headed by members of Americans for Safe Access and Canvass for a Cause, was better funded than the entire Imperial Beach City Council race, and had more than 20 times the amount of money raised by Citizens Against Prop S.

Citizens Against Prop. S was established Sept. 18 by former mayor Diane Rose and former school board member Dee McLean. The no campaign received financial support primarily from former or current elected representatives, including Port Commission Dan Malcolm, Mayor Jim Janney and Councilman Ed Spriggs.

A subsidiary of Pacifica Companies, owner of the new hotel Pier South, also supported Citizens Against Prop. S.

Summer Hemphill November 09, 2012 at 12:27 AM
Storefront dispensaries are legal in California & neither cities or voters can ban them anymore ! Enjoy your moment of glory,for it will be short lived & costly in more ways than one !
Summer Hemphill November 09, 2012 at 12:37 AM
By the way while you haters were chortling the national Drug Abuse Resistance Education organization (DARE) that purports to teach our children about the dangers of drugs has removed every reference to marijuana from their curriculum ! The haters in IB can't see the forest for the trees,it's a big world out their & it's passing them by !!!
Ibchr November 09, 2012 at 12:49 AM
The recycling places are in San Diego, not IB. David Garcias left the city earlier this summer.
Libi Uremovic November 09, 2012 at 01:20 PM
my 'cause' is to clean up the corruption so that we can lower taxes while providing quality services....and yes, the money is there..... ...but we're going to have to start closing down worthless bureaucracies.... you don't seem to understand that i didn't 'lose anything' ....we as a society lost jack....we continue to waste billions of dollars on bureaucracy while simultaneously loosing millions of dollars in tax revenue for our state....double hit to the tax payer.... if the plant wasn't grown in our state it would be one issue, but legalizing weed in cali would bring in millions of dollars of revenue on a variety of levels from the farmer to the employee in the store... and yes, that's how economies grow....if we keep suppressing small business and growing government and our country will continue to go down hill.... it's a plant that does no harm to self or society, yet we have allowed our government to create a milti-billion dollar industry around stigmatizing this plant if we can't agree to close down this ridiculously wasteful bureaucracy then how will ever clean up any of the bureaucracy ?
Mike G November 10, 2012 at 03:51 AM
@Libi "if weed and gay marriage were legal we'd have no revenue problems in cali". You can't be serious.

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