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San Diego Democrats Endorse IB Medical Marijuana Initiative

Known as Prop S, the Safe Access Ordinance of Imperial Beach was approved by the political party Tuesday.

The Central Committee of the San Diego Democratic Party endorsed the Safe Access Ordinance at a meeting Tuesday evening.

"Support of medical marijuana is consistent with the Democratic party's position in the past," said Central Committee Chair Jess Durfee.

Democrats also endorsed medical marijuana ballot initiatvies in Del Mar, Solana Beach and Lemon Grove.

The Republican Party of San Diego County have not yet considered the issue, but may endorse or oppose initiatives at a Sept. 10 meeting, said chairman Tony Krvaric.

"We'll see," Krvaric said. "Once in a while we agree on some things."

Members of the Imperial Beach City Council have repeatedly expressed opposition to the Safe Access Ordinance.

Shortly after city council on the Nov. 6 ballot, a competing ballot initiative was unanimously approved, citing issues with the ordinance that would regulate medical marijuana.

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According to city staff estimates, more than 20 medical marijuana dispensaries could be established in commercial zones on Palm Avenue, Seacoast Drive and Imperial Beach Boulevard if voters approve the ordinance.

A majority of Imperial Beach voters approved Prop 19 to legalize marijuana in California in 2010 and Prop 215 to legalize medical marijuna in 1996.

Jon Hall August 24, 2012 at 03:26 PM
Psssst --- over here --- got something to tell you ... "The reasoning used to dismiss the Pack case was that after the California Supreme Court decided to review the appellate decision, the Long Beach City Council repealed and replaced the ordinance with an outright ban on dispensaries thereby making moot the issues before the court. In addition, the petitioners in Pack "have now abandoned their federal preemption argument in favor of unrelated issues not raised or decided at any prior stage of this proceeding," according to the court ..." "Several other appellate cases remain before the State Supreme Court pending review later this year or early next year ..." http://www.opposingviews.com/i/society/drug-law/pack-v-long-beach-medical-marijuana-dispensary-ban-case-thrown-out
Jon Hall August 24, 2012 at 03:28 PM
Forgot to add --- look at the reason for the dismissal --- it was no longer a legal case --- NOTHING was decided ...
Jon Hall August 24, 2012 at 03:29 PM
"The California Supreme Court threw out the Appellate Court ruling in Pack v. Long Beach undercutting the argument that federal law pre-empts the local regulation of medical marijuana by cities statewide ..." Not even close to the truth ...
John Galt August 24, 2012 at 08:28 PM
Marcus; you have no vested interest in Imperial Beach. Why do you feel the need to ruin it? Put the "POT" stores next to your own home, next to your kids (if you have any) next to your kids schools, next to your kids parks, next to your kids beach. Outside your kids bedroom window so they can breath the junk. If you really think that these POT places improve the quality of a neighborhood, prove it. Unless you OWN your property, you have no vested interest. It is very easy to move when you rent. Being a long time home owner, a parent, a grandparent, a business owner, all living in Imperial Beach, we don't need Carpet Bagger's to come to our city just to increase crime. Take it elsewhere. VOTE NO ON S, it is a shi@#$%^ thing to do to a city.
Marcus Boyd August 24, 2012 at 08:38 PM
I beg to differ, and those who know me... know me. Additionally, IB is a 70%+ rental community, you're outnumbered, greatly! As the title of this post says, I'm not alone in my 'vested interest', now am I? Actually... IB needs s, without the (yo)u. YES on S! YES on Safe Access! YES on Safe Neighborhoods! YES on Safe Medicine YES on S! See, no 'u' at all!
Jon Hall August 24, 2012 at 10:31 PM
Marcus Boyd The only thing (yo)u seem to care about is the boatload of money you stand to make as the *provider of the pot* You don't give a rats ass about the community, the home owners, or anything beyond your pocketbook Now of course, if you will take an oath here and now that you are not going to be the *man making the money* if this passes (no stores owned, operated, or invested in by you, your family, or business partners) then I will be gladly stand by you --- and I am sure many more will be too
Marcus Boyd August 24, 2012 at 11:21 PM
Jon Hall most of your comments are just disingenuous fear mongering rhetoric, but now you are just a LIAR! "The only thing (yo)u seem to care about is the boatload of money you stand to make as the *provider of the pot*" - Take just a moment to try to prove this boatload of crap, you are an outright liar! "You don't give a rats ass about the community, the home owners, or anything beyond your pocketbook" - The South Bay School Board Members, and my clients (about 3,000 or so) know better... Again you lie like a Persian rug. "if you will take an oath here and now that you are not going to be the *man making the money [...] then I will be gladly stand by you*" DONE! - LIAR! You can be "Sir Jon", the scientifically untenable liar, and remain a minority on this issue, that's entirely your choice. I'll say NO to liars like you Jon, and YES on Prop S for Safe Access in IB! I'll also continue to make sure the same thing that occured with my sister won't occur someone you love, and for my compassion, you're welcome.
Dr. Emmett Smith August 24, 2012 at 11:25 PM
Regarding the idea that 'pot' stores will go everywhere, destroying the community: 1. Repeated studies have shown that the areas around cannabis dispensaries see a drop in crime rates. 2. Your children currently can obtain cannabis more easily than they can alcohol or tobacco. Both tobacco and alcohol are far more dangerous than cannabis. How well did Prohibition work? 3. Beverage alcohol kills over 83,000 people per year, tobacco over 435K 4. One of the founders of LEAP, who is a former drug task force officer and retired police chief of Seattle has pointed out, neither he nor any officer under him at any time have found cannabis use to be factorial in a crime.
Mike G August 25, 2012 at 04:26 AM
Moot points all. The Asst U.S. Atty, General, one Laura Duffy, a DEMOCRAT and attack dog by proxy of one President Barack Obama (yes the same P.O.S. that said he WOULDN'T go after state affirmed medical pot dispensaries), has made it perfectly clear that the will of any local or state populace is subordinate to federal law, i.e, pot is illegal and the bitch will shut down any and all dispensaries by strong-arming the owner/lessor of the property operating the business. So have your little ballot measure. You're pissing up a rope my friend.
Bong Sativa August 25, 2012 at 05:19 AM
Seventeen states have chosen to defy the federal government,public opinion is finally on our side,the courts are continuing to rule in our favor & there's always "jury nullification" if all else fails !!! The vast majority of Americans have lost their respect of & their patience with the federal governments outdated & untenable stance on marijuana,which they will be forced to abandon any day now ! Vote for Johnson/Gray this November & encourage all your friends & neighbors to vote "YES on S" !!! Because you don't want to be one of those intolerant old fuddie-duddies who think medical marijuana dispensaries lead to hopped up jazz musicians raping white women !!! The one thing everyone agrees on is that no matter what the legality there will always be thousands of people enjoying marijuana's benefits in IB every day & an ample supply for them to enjoy ! Denying "safe & legal access" to medical marijuana accomplishes nothing other than making it virtually impossible for those in greatest need to acquire there doctor recommended medication ! How cruel !!! Several communities in Washington have local decriminalization measures on the ballot which direct local politicians & law enforcement not to cooperate with the Feds regarding marijuana anymore ! Once the Feds are forced to reclassify marijuana there will be nothing that the obstructionists/prohibitionists can do to keep each state from deciding how to appropriately regulate marijuana for their citizens ! Smells like victory !
Jon Hall August 25, 2012 at 03:20 PM
Mike G --- no good trying to bring logic, reasoning, or facts into this discussion --- you will just get told how Imperial Beach will be the first City in the nation to stand up to the unjust laws of the USA --- and just like in the battles of old (and most good movies) *right will prevail over might* ... Of course, there may be a few casualties along the way but no worries --- they can get their pot here while recovering from their wounds ...
Marcus Boyd August 25, 2012 at 04:14 PM
Nice to see that you're coming around Jon... That's it Jon, baby steps, just take small baby steps...
Marcus Boyd August 25, 2012 at 06:52 PM
Jon Hall has brought up one relevant point during his past last-ditch prohibitionist rants, with regard to the protecting of patients, and/from the federal government's bullying... I encourage all local patients, their supporters and conscious Patch readers to visit, and participate in, Camp WakeUpObama (http://americansforsafeaccess.org/campwakeupobama) ARE YOU... Frustrated watching on the sidelines as the Obama Administration tramples on patients rights? ARE YOU... Tired of reading news story after news story about injured, sick and dying patients being targeted? ARE YOU... Willing to plug into the national movement to help patients locally? Then, off to Camp WakeUpObama with you, better yet make it two and take a friend with you! http://americansforsafeaccess.org/campwakeupobama
Jon Hall August 25, 2012 at 07:04 PM
What a fantastic idea --- work on change from the *top down* --- get Federal Law changed instead of mounting a useless effort that will only line the pockets of a few advocates Should be easy --- after all, the Progressives keep telling all y'all how much they support your cause --- and as soon as you cut a bigger check to the politicians than Anheuser-Busch does it may just happen Until then the only *legal bud* comes from a bottle ...
Marcus Boyd August 25, 2012 at 07:36 PM
"mounting a useless effort" - PURE 100% RHETORIC! - 17 states is over a third of the U.S., I'd use less harsh wording than 'useless' to describe the change in public opinion that was brought about through 100% grassroots advocacy, activists, who are backed by countless indisputable scientific studies... - 7 more states are either, on the 2012 ballot to allow the use of medical cannabis, or being considered through state legislation. (Illinois, Massachusetts, Missouri, New York, New Hampshire, Ohio, and Pennsylvania) Furthermore... Three (3) states that may just tell the Fed to go straight to he*l, by outright legalizing the recreational use of marijuana in November. (Colorado, Washington and Oregon) I find your post far more useless than the efforts by those unpaid, scientifically correct, and very persistent activists, and I believe Jon readers do too. Let's review as time goes on Jon, I'd like to watch that corner you've painted yourself in get smaller and smaller, till you go * P O O F * and disappear, forever.
Jon Hall August 25, 2012 at 08:25 PM
I would love to see ONE instance in the USA where the Federal Government has legalized, decriminalized, or even sanctioned the use of Marijuana (in its natural form) --- do that and my *rhetoric* can be stopped Just one will do ...
Jon Hall August 25, 2012 at 08:27 PM
FYI: The day Marijuana is legalized I will congratulate you --- and I may even open a Pot Shop to compete with you ...
Marcus Boyd August 25, 2012 at 08:34 PM
"I would love to see ONE instance...blah blah blah... --- do that and my *rhetoric* can be stopped" GREAT! Cause' I forgot to include Washington DC in my list above, which actually took an act of Congress to allow for the District of Columbia's safe access to medical marijuana! "--- do that and my *rhetoric* can be stopped" STOP IT! And, thanks.
Marcus Boyd August 25, 2012 at 08:38 PM
Washington, DC, Announces Six Locations Medical Marijuana Will Be Grown http://www.drugpolicy.org/news/2012/03/washington-dc-announces-six-locations-medical-marijuana-will-be-grown
Marcus Boyd August 25, 2012 at 08:44 PM
* P O O F * Jon is, or at least should be gone, if he were a man of his word and not simply of rhetoric.
Jon Hall August 25, 2012 at 09:17 PM
I read up on it and you are correct --- when the Progressives controlled both houses of Congress and Obama was elected they chose to not interfere with the D.C. law --- so for now there is a place in the USA where some can legally get stoned --- and although it is far more restrictive than the proposed law here --- only terminal patients with specific illnesses are allowed access --- it is indeed legal for now With this I am out of this discussion ...
Marcus Boyd August 25, 2012 at 09:43 PM
* G R I N * for Jon's inability to discontinue the flow of political nonsense and prohibitionist rhetoric... Man-up Jon, considering your position you were out of this discussion before you engaged it!
Marcus Boyd August 25, 2012 at 09:47 PM
Oh' Ya-huh! I almost forgot... "Have a compassionate day, too!"
Brash Brazen August 26, 2012 at 09:46 AM
Presidents Clinton,Bush & Obama all enjoyed smoking marijuana & if you elected me President of the United States that's the only reason I'd ever even consider stopping (daily enjoyment for forty-five years & still going strong),for the good of our nation !!! Vote "YES" on "S" !!! Conservative,old,white people can't be right !!! Vote "YES" on "S" !!! Let them see what the future looks like before they die or become too senile to care by Voting "YES" on "S" !!! Tell your mom & dad,aunts & uncles & your grandparents to Vote "YES" on "S" for a better & more compassionate Imperial Beach !!!
Jon Hall August 27, 2012 at 02:36 AM
When I agreed to stop posting here I never expected Marcus Boyd to turn into a 6 year old shouting Neener Neener Neener and attacking me personally Since I did agree to cease here I am unable to answer him here --- however, I am more than happy to meet him at the pier on Tuesday afternoon at 4:30 to discuss this face to face --- man to man ...
Marcus Boyd August 27, 2012 at 03:50 AM
WoW, really?!?! Okay, okay, I apologize, I take back the 'Neener Neener Neener' part.
Jon Hall August 27, 2012 at 02:23 PM
Apology accepted --- now don't forget our meeting ... You see, as a visitor you probably aren't aware that here in IB we love to discuss things face to face --- and there is no place better than the beach to do that --- sit back, enjoy your favorite frosty beverage (or smoke if you prefer), and discuss life while enjoying some of the things that make IB the unique place it is --- the gentle waves --- the local surfers --- our children and grandchildren romping in a peaceful safe place --- all free from gangs, druggies, and bums so prevalent elsewhere See ya Tuesday Marcus ... BTW: If you can't make it Tuesday name a time more convenient and I'll swing on down --- I am really looking forward to meeting you ...
2crudedudes August 27, 2012 at 02:55 PM
What about all the liquor stores in IB? Are you against those as well or are you just a narrow-minded idiot?
2crudedudes August 27, 2012 at 03:00 PM
@Jon Hall, Marijuana is still being sold in IB. The fact that dispensaries are not legal doesn't change that. So now, do you want it to be more controlled, or do you want it to stay in the black market?
2crudedudes August 27, 2012 at 03:02 PM
Do you have evidence for your claims or are you just making stuff up as you go?

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