Citizens for Patient Rights and The Patient Care Association of California (PCA) has succeeded in halting the ban on medical cannabis collectives in the City of San Diego. Faced with the prospect up to one million dollars in ballot expenses, San Diego City Council voted today 6 to 2 to repeal the suspended ordinance banning collectives rather than fund the placement on the ballot in June 2012. We believe the fiscally responsible council members acted in the best interests of the city by not wasting taxpayer dollars in this time of fiscal crisis.
Citizens for Patient Rights is now crafting an initiative to go on the June 2012 ballot that will put into law a common sense approach to protecting the rights of patients while respecting the needs of the larger community. The City’s own Medical Marijuana Task Force has already laid a solid foundation for such an initiative and the cornerstone of any campaign will be by-right zoning that allows collectives to operate in all zones except residential.
A large number of groups and individuals have helped in this process. We would like to thank all of the patients, caregivers, and other supporters who donated their time, energy, and resources for gathering signatures to repeal this ordinance.