After months of an intimidation campaign by the City of San Diego to close all Compassionate Use medical marijuana dispensaries, the citizens who are Compassionate Users are scared and angry.
On December 19th, 2011, seven of those citizens joined together in filing a Notice of Claim Against the City pursuant to the Elder Abuse and Dependent Adult Civil Protection Act. The Notice alleges physical abuse, mental abuse and intentional infliction of emotional distress due to a lack of safe, reliable access to their medical marijuana, as provided for by the Compassionate Use Act. Marijuana is medicine they are legally allowed to possess, use and, most importantly to obtain. The eight are represented by Compassionate Use Law attorney Katherine Clifton
These seven citizens are Randy Wall, 51, who suffers from AIDS; Ruth Wall, Randy’s 79 year old mother, a Registered Nurse who is her son’s primary caregiver; Carolina Moreno, a 32 year old single mother who is a cancer victim; John Riccio, a 31 year old disabled Navy Veteran; Bettie Cain, a 65 year old retired loan officer and horticulturist who is a breast cancer survivor; Silvia Gutierrez, a 43 year old mother of three who is severely disabled from a failed surgery; Daante V.E. Tiraado, a 50 year old disabled veteran who lives with an inoperable broken neck.
These seven courageous citizens are pulling aside the curtain of deception the City Attorney’s Office and the City Council have drawn across the truth. And the truth is that the Compassionate Use of medical marijuana works for each of them to give them a better quality of life.
They are willing to reveal their own lives and their own pain to stop this cruel campaign.
They want people to understand that without access to their medicine, they will suffer.
And they want people to understand that the City Attorney’s Office and the inaction of the City Council are directly responsible for this suffering.
If the City succeeds, San Diego will be responsible for physical abuse, mental abuse and intentional infliction of emotional distress from a lack of safe, reliable access to medical marijuana.
The right to a quality life is an inalienable right, a fundamental right protected by the Constitution. The actions by the City have violated that right for any Compassionate User in the City.
The Notice of Claim of Action filed with the City Administration Office is simply one of the many medical marijuana cases flooding the San Diego Superior Court system.
But, our hope with this case is to focus attention on the true victims of this vengeful witch hunt.
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