As mayor of San Francisco, Gavin Newsom was a strong champion of medical marijuana patients’ rights and access. As Lieutenant Governor, he has done nothing to betray this stance. Therefore, we endorse the incumbent, Gavin Newsome
As a member of the State Board of Equalization, Betty Yee has been one of the strongest voices in state government in favor of medical marijuana. Therefore, we would be happy for her to continue to give her strong voice as controller, where she will have an even larger platform to be a champion for patients’ rights.
Incumbent Joel Anderson has consistently voted against medical marijuana access in the state senate. Challenger Fotios Tsimboukakis public statement is as follows: “It's a waste of time to fight something that used to be legal in this country and a lot of people used it and use it.. They should regulate MJ the same way Colorado and Washington states have. I mean most of the medical marijuana users I have known just had to pay the doc to get the prescription - a mockery of the system. Instead of hiding behind our fingers go the way of the two states I mentioned. I mean I don't see that same strong opposition to cigarette usage and we all know it kills many and is more addictive.” Hear Yee, Hear Yee, Fotios for State Senate!
We are thrilled that Toni Atkins, a consistent, outspoken supporter of medical marijuana access, is our new speaker of the assembly and we hope she uses this new platform to support the rights of patients at a state level.
Dr Shirley Weber recognizes the horribly negative consequences that prejudicial and selective enforcement of drug laws has had on minorities in the state of California, and has voted in favor of regulated access and patients’ rights at a state level.
Lorena Gonzalez comes from a union background, which have traditionally been supporters of medical marijuana access. In her short time in the assembly, she has voted for statewide regulated access to marijuana medicine.
Mayor Jim Wood has been one of the more thoughtful voices on the Oceanside city council regarding medical marijuana, and has no personal opposition to it. Incumbent candidate Bill Horn has been consistently against access on the board of supervisors. Therefore, we endorse Jim Wood.
In the last race Bonnie Dumanis participated in, medical marijuana advocates campaign for "Anyone BUT Dumanis", who has spent her twelve years as district attorney persecuting and prosecuting legitimate patients following California state law. Luckily, this time around, we have a real alternative - Bob Brewer, who has, since the beginning of his campaign, reached out repeatedly to patients and advocate. He has pledged to be fair and un-biasly respect state laws regarding the rights of medical marijuana, and this is more than enough for our endorsement.
Judges are, generally, former prosecutors, and this can lead to an unconscious bias in favor of the prosecution. Carla Keehn was a public defendant for many years before becoming joining the DA's office, and in the DA's office, she worked on rehabilitation, not punishment. She currently coordinates the federal diversion program that gives nonviolent drug offenders the option of treatment instead of jail. We like the perspective and open-mindedness we hope that experience will bring.
Lori Zapf, while voting for the medical marijuana zoning regulation after proposing and getting approval for a cap of four dispensaries per district, has never been a friend to medical marijuana patients, and has taken refuge in such platitudes as "if they want it as medicine, it should be licensed through a pharmacy" and "I voted for Prop 215, but I never expected it to be so abused". This ignorance is intentional, not due to lack of education. Sarah Boot, on the other hand, has been willing to speak, and listen, to medical marijuana patients and advocates, and while we hardly expect her to be the best proponent on city council, she could certainly do better than Lori Zapf.
Myrtle Cole was not a proponent of medical marijuana in her city council race, and has expressed concerns regarding the opposition that certain pastors in her district have to dispensaries. That said, she showed great compassion and bravery during a recent Public Safety Committee meeting, when she led the opposition to a proposed ban on edibles. And for this, she has earned our respect and appreciation.
No candidates have yet made any public statements regarding medical marijuana. This may change prior to the election, and we'll let you know if it does.
David Alvarez has consistently been a strong proponent citywide for medical marijuana access, both in his position on the city council, and in his recent run for mayor. During the city council meeting to establish dispensary zoning, he spoke up against the proposed cap on dispensaries in each district and spoke instead in favor of allowing a minimum number of dispensaries in each district. We are grateful for his support of patients.
Prop. 42 would codify the obligation of all government agencies to comply with all aspects of the California Public Records Act, which requires disclosure of government records upon request. It would do the same for the Brown Act, which requires that meetings of local legislative bodies be properly noticed and open to the public.
Since institutional medical marijuana opponents, such as police departments and pharmaceutical companies often use their influence to stop us from reversing bad drug policy, more transparency can only be a good thing.