Advocates Issue ‘Enhanced’ Red Alert Specifically to Imperial Beach Supporters of Medical Marijuana

Medical cannabis patients, supporters and advocates in the City of Imperial Beach (IB) are urged to be prepared. Additional law enforcement action against legitimate patients brought about by the IB City Council is imminent. Now is the time to stand up against the City Council’s attempt to eradicate access to medical cannabis for sick and dying patients and defend your rights.

On June 29th, Deputy Attorney General James Cole issued a memo reinforcing the intent of the federal government to interfere with state medical cannabis laws. 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

Imperial Beach Stop the Ban Campaign Collects 100’s of Letters from Local Residents to City Council

IMPERIAL BEACH, CA– This week, medical cannabis advocates sent the first flurry of 138 letters signed by concerned residents of Imperial Beach (IB), CA to city officials urging the reversal of the proposed ban of medical marijuana dispensaries within the city’s limits.   The campaign reports over 100 more letters are waiting to be stuffed, stamped and mailed. Read the rest of this entry »

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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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.

Plea to council to attend San Diego Medical Marijuana Task Force Meetings

To:      City Council Members for the City of Imperial Beach,,,,From:  Marcus Boyd
Date:   October 07, 2009
Re:      Plea to the council to formally agree to attend each San Diego Medical Marijuana Task Force Meeting

 Thank you for taking the time to read this email message and considering my plea.

Please accept my apology for not attending the 2nd moratorium meeting and addressing my concerns at the appropriate time, however, since the 09/09/09 medical marijuana terror attacks on 14 collectives/cooperatives in San Diego County I have been overwhelmed with assisting the victims of the attack and assembling legal case documents for our civil class action effort. 

Council members please consider my request to formally agree to attend each and every San Diego Medical Marijuana Task Force Meeting located at 3rd & C St. beginning this Friday, October 9th at 9am.  During the 8/19/09 council meeting the overwhelming majority of the city council members clearly instructed the city staff to work towards an ordinance and not to focus on a ban.  The 9/23/09 staff report is unmistakably prejudicial against legal collectives/cooperatives, the report merely focused on a ban and offered NO insight into a city ordinance.  In fact, the report combined some facts (while concealing others) with a plethora of the same politics you instructed the staff to leave at the door. Read the rest of this entry »