Press Conference at 4:00 p.m. Today in Front of the City Administration Building (on main steps in front of “C” Street)
47,000 city residents say keep collectives open
SAN DIEGO, CA (May 27, 2011) The Citizens for Patient Rights (CPR) will announce at 4:00 pm today in front of San Diego City Hall the successful submission of the Citizens for Patient Rights Referendum Petition to the city clerk of San Diego. Supported by 47,000 signatures, this petition immediately halts San Diego City's attempt to shut down legal medical cannabis collectives and continues the legal protections afforded under the Compassionate Use Act of 1996. Because of this effort, patients and caregivers have until the next election retained their right of safe access to their medicine. The Rev. Mary Moreno Richardson, a member of the City's Medical Marijuana Task Force, will speak to reporters at this press conference.
The CPR is confident that the petition will meet the required 31, 029 votes necessary to put this referendum on the ballot. However, the city clerk must verify theses signatures in the next 30 days. If the petition is qualified, the clerk will forward the qualified petition to the San Diego city council. The council can then repeal the ordinance or schedule the referendum for the next election, which is expected to be in June, 2012. In legal terms, the zoning amendment to the Land Development ordinance will not be implemented and the collectives and their patients can operate under previous regulations. CPR eagerly awaits the City's response to this clear and convincing message that the citizens of the city want safe access to medical cannabis. Medical Cannabis collectives create millions of dollars in economic activity to the city and hundreds of thousands in tax revenue. In this economic downturn, we think the city will see the wisdom of increasing economic activity rather than stifling it.
Firmly believing that the people of San Diego support medical cannabis, CPR is also announcing the launch of a campaign to also put an initiative on the next ballot. This initiative campaign will put a law on the books that safely regulates and controls the medical cannabis collectives, allowing San Diego's citizens to protect patient's rights will keeping the streets of San Diego safe.