posted Feb 24, 2012, 3:33 PM by Citizens For Patients Rights
updated Feb 24, 2012, 4:15 PM
for Patient Rights is pleased to announce that Bob Filner, Congressman and
Democratic Candidate for Mayor of the City of San Diego, has endorsed the San
Diego Compassionate Use Dispensary Regulation and Taxation Initiative!
to Congressman Filner, "It just makes sense to regulate medical marijuana;
otherwise, we, as a city, limit our own ability to conduct oversight."
Bob Filner's endorsement is one of a string of recent prominent
endorsements for the Compassionate Use Dispensary Regulation and Taxation Act.
It has been endorsed by the statewide organizations California NORML, Coalition
for Cannabis Policy Reform and Law Enforcement Against Prohibition. Other
prominent civic leaders that have endorsed the measure include State
Assemblymember Tom Ammiano, Stephen Downing, Former Deputy Police Chief for the
LAPD, Dan Rush, Medical Marijuana Director for United Food Commercial Workers
Association (UFCW) and Steve Kubby, co-author of Proposition 215, the
Compassionate Use Act.
medical marijuana is prohibited, the City misses out on valuable revenue, while
patients don’t have legal access, the ability to manage pain and enjoy regular
activities" Bob added.
"We are very pleased to have received so many
endorsements so soon in our campaign," reports Cynara Velazquez, campaign
consultant for the Compassionate Use Dispensary Regulation and Taxation
Initiative Campaign. "We really haven't started our main push for endorsements
yet, but people see the situation here in San Diego - federal and municipal
disregard for state law and the will of San Diego Voters, the desperation facing
patients and caregivers and the resurgence of the cartel in the vacuum of
regulated access, and they want to help."
"We are honored to count
Congressman Filner amongst our supporters. Unlike some other local politicians,
he is not afraid to take a stand on important issues, like patient access. The
will of the electorate is with us and we look forward to announcing the support
of many more local elected officials in the near future," stated James
Schmachtenberger, Chair of the Patient Care Association, which is supporting the
The campaign rolled out its professional signature gathering
effort on Presidents' Day, February 20th. They will have until May 22nd to
collect the 62, 057 signatures needed to qualify for the November Ballot.
A full list of endorsements for the Compassionate Use Dispensary
Regulation and Taxation Act is available on the initiative campaign website -