Stop the Ban SD – Democracy the ol’fashion way

Medical Marijuana Activists Stage Civil Disobedience Tuesday at San Diego City Hall

Medical Marijuana Induced Civil Disobedience at San Diego City Hall

On Tuesday evening orginizers of the Stop The Ban SD campaign, as well as patients and supporters participate in a time honored tradition of civil disobedience, resisting the passage of a flawed ordinance which forces closure of all city collectives and cooperatives in the City of San Diego.

Video provided by Channel 10 News reports, “A vocal and bold protest interrupted a San Diego City Council meeting on Tuesday as members voted on regulations pertaining to [pot] medical marijuana dispensaries.

Bracketts ([ ]) have been added around the bolded word “pot(above) to highlight the continued efforts by the media to downplay and derogatorally refer to medical marijuana, even within news coverage that appears  to supports Prop. 215 patients. 

Discrimination of the seriously ill, injured, sick and dying Prop. 215 patients is not limited to the Imperail Beach city and elected officials.  The bias referenced in the local press, as well as by our political and civic leaders demonstrate a genuine struggle for equality that ligittimate medical patients face in acerting their rights under Prop. 215, SB 420, the Attorney General Guidelines and the San Diego County Grand Jury report.  None of which use the word “pot“.

End the discrimination in Imperial Beach with Stop The Ban IB.  Join and help support safe access today.


Public Notice: Imperial Beach to officially ban safe access


hold a Public Hearing on June 1, 2011, at 6:00 p.m in the Council Chambers, 825 Imperial Beach Blvd.
to consider the following: 


It’s official!  Despite overwhelming local support for medical marijuana patient-collectives, the city council plans to ban safe access for the most vulnerable of Imperial Beach’s residents. As seen on T.V.! 

Council Members need to hear from you today.  Call them, write them a letter and speak at the council meeting or donate your time to another speaker on Jun 1st at 6pm to tell them to approve an ordinance for safe access in Imperial Beach.  

Let them know that you will hold them accountable at election time.  Then, hold’em accountable with your vote!  Subscribe to this website for updates on compassionate council candidates running in 2012.

Stop The Ban IB to begin March 29th

Stop The Ban Moves to IB

Stop The Ban Moves to Imperial Beach

Online news source on Friday announced that the Stop The Ban SD campaign would be directing it’s focus on Imperial Beach after the San Diego council vote on March 28th.  And they were correct.

Tuesday, March 29th is the official kick-off day for Stop The Ban IB, a campaign that is designed to provide the Imperial Beach City Council with direct communications from constituents who are in favor of safe access to medical marijuana through dispensing collectives/cooperatives within the city limits.

“If the Imperial Beach City Council enacts the proposed ban it will be despite the largest public outcry, against an ordinance, the city of Imperial Beach has ever experienced,”  said Marcus Boyd, a campaign organizer on Palm Avenue and Vice Chair of the local chapter of Americans for Safe Access (ASA). Read the rest of this entry »

ASA Advocates Take Possession of Marijuana Plants from San Diego County Sheriff

Thursday, October 21, 2010

ASA Advocates Take Possession of Marijuana Plants from San Diego County Sheriff

REPOSTED: By Marcus Boyd and Eugene Davidovich, San Diego Chapter of Americans for Safe Access

District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis and her ‘fierce fight’ against medical marijuana patients suffered another devastating defeat this week. Advocates from the local chapter of Americans for Safe Access (SDASA), the nation’s largest advocacy group promoting safe and legal access to cannabis for therapeutic use and research, successfully obtained an order from the courts for the release of five large impounded medical cannabis plants. The judge ordered the plants released to a representative of SDASA for their safe keeping.

On Wednesday afternoon of this week, Marcus Boyd of SDASA retrieved the plants from San Diego County Sheriff’s evidence locker.

The patient, to who the plants belong, remains in custody for cultivating them despite all the charges in his case being dropped, and will receive his plants upon release. Read the rest of this entry »

Imperial Beach refuses to implement recommendations of the Grand Jury

Imperial Beach refuses to implement recommendations of the Grand Jury

REPOST: By: Eugene Davidovich, Marcus Boyd (San Diego Americans for Safe Access)

In 1996 California voters passed proposition 215 which legalized marijuana for medical use in the state. Back then, our county officials vowed to fight against medical marijuana, and fourteen years later, in the County of San Diego this fight is still in full swing.

Legitimate state card carrying patients are still arrested for possessing and cultivating small amounts of their own medicine. The San Diego District Attorney’s office is still prosecuting cases where patients are clearly following state law, and council members in cities like Imperial Beach are thumbing their noses at patients and most recently at the County Grand Jury. Read the rest of this entry »

Grand Jury Medical Marijuana Report – 2010 – Imperial Beach

Monday, June 7, 2010

2010 Grand Jury Medical Marijuana Report for Imperial Beach

After months of investigation and inquiry, the San Diego County Grand Jury has finally issues their report on the Medical Marijuana Issue in San Diego. The Grand Jury has made a number of recommendations to the San Diego District Attorney, The Sheriff, and the County Board of Supervisors.

The Grand Jury’s recommendations:

The 2009/2010 San Diego County Grand Jury recommends that the City Council[s] of Imperial Beach:
• 10-120: Enact an ordinance to establish a cost neutral program for the licensing, regulation and monitoring of medical marijuana collectives and cooperatives, and establish a limit on the number of such facilities.
• 10-121: Adopt regulations which would allow for the closure of all unlicensed “dispensaries.”
• 10-122: Upon the enactment of such an ordinance, rescind the current moratorium on the opening of medical marijuana collectives and cooperatives. Read the rest of this entry »

Imperial Beach Medical Marijuana Ordinance Update

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Imperial Beach Medical Marijuana Ordinance Update

REPOSTED: By Marcus Boyd, San Diego ASA

The Imperial Beach City Council heard the 2nd Status Report on Interim Ordinance No. 2009-1091 at the IB city council meeting on Wednesday evening April 21st, 2010.  Ordinance No. 2009-1091 is/was the anxiously awaited medical marijuana zoning ordinance for the City of Imperial Beach requested by local citizens concerned about the lack of safe access in South San Diego, National City, Chula Vista, Nester, San Ysidro, Bonita… well you know the issue… it’s all of San Diego County!  (video links of the meeting are below) Read the rest of this entry »