Ban on medical marijuana has ‘time specific’ priority at June 15th IB council meeting

Imperial Beach, CA – On June 10th, 2011, city officials released a ‘time specific’ scheduling of 7:00pm for the June 15th vote on a pair of ordinances (I/II) that purportedly ban medical marijuana dispensaries from providing safe access in the city.

In the staff report, city officials claim “the ordinances would not ban medical marijuana in the city” and “only applies when marijuana is supplied to two or more persons” … at “any location” in the city.

Actual wording in the City’s law goes much further than merely banning dispensary storefronts from opening in the city.  If approved, the law would disregard the right for patients to collectively or cooperatively cultivate, afforded by Senate Bill 420, and aims to change Prop. 215, the Compassionate Use Act, by severely limiting ‘legal access’ for seriously injured, sick and dying patients and their caregivers by restricting patients to individually growing at home.  Read the rest of this entry »


Stop The Ban Imperial Beach is meeting tonight

Imperial Beach – May 12, 2011, patient advocates will be meeting this evening to discuss the effort to Stop The Ban of Prop. 215 patient collectives/cooperatives in the city. 

All residents, those for and against, are encuraged to attend today’s meeting.

Despite nearly 15 years of the voter established law to allow safe access to medical marijuana for qualified patients,  the City of Imperial Beach has yet to implement the law or to allow safe access to cannabis for the city’s most vulnerable residents.

Come out this evening to find out how the Stop The Ban IB campaign is working to secure safe access for IB’s injured, sick, and dying Prop. 215 residents. 

We will also be discussing the City’s “Smear with Fear” campaign.  A modern-day ‘Reefer Madness presentation by the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department to the city’s civic leaders.

DATE: Today, Thursday, May 12th
TIME: 6pm – 7pm
WHERE: 1233 Palm Ave in Imperial Beach

Americans for Safe Access Threatens Suit Over Ordinance

“if you do not ease these unconstitutional restrictions[…]we will explore our options for doing so in court.” – ASA Chief Counsel Joe Elford

A well worded ending to a long awaited letter from Americans For Safe Access”, said Marcus Boyd, Vice Chair of the local San Diego Chapter of Americans for Safe Access and the individual heading an effort to stop the ban of patient collectives in Imperial Beach, CA., a suburb of San Diego.

ASA's Patients Rights Project

Today, Americans For Safe Access (ASA), the largest grassroots organization in the country devoted to protecting the rights of medical marijuana patients and their physicians, announced they will indeed bring legal action against the City of San Diego for it’s overly restrictive ordinance if ‘unconstitutional restrictions‘ are not eased.

The demand letter, sent by the nations leading medical marijuana advocates, aims to take on the second-largest city in California and eighth-largest in the U.S., is a welcome turn of events for local Prop. 215 patients who have gone without official implementation of the voter backed initiative for nearly 15 years.

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