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Democratic congressman and San Diego mayoral candidate Bob Filner was the featured speaker at a medical marijuana rally and march that took place in Ocean Beach on Monday, December 26.

The organization Americans for Safe Access gathered a vocal crowd of an estimated 50 to 75 people at the foot of Newport Avenue.

Filner spoke about how he supports the usage of medical marijuana. He also decried the recent ramped-up federal efforts against the dispensaries and stated that he "does not understand" why other mayoral candidates are not speaking up against what some activists are calling a persecution of patients who need their medicine.

Filner wore a collared shirt that read "BOB FILNER FOR MAYOR" across the back. He turned his back so the several photographers could get a good photo of his shirt.

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anniej Dec. 27, 2011 @ 9:36 p.m.

the students of the south bay are swimming in a pool of corruption, and where do we find filner - wanting to legalize marijuana.

to each his own i say - but really - in the full scheme of things - really???????????????????????????????

i guess corruption affiliated with hard earned educational tax dollars isn't really important to big time politicians.

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Gail Powell Dec. 28, 2011 @ 4:30 p.m.

@anniej You are confusing the issue here. Bob Filner took a brave stance on the medical marijuana issue. He questioned why the other mayoral candidates refuse to stand up to the dirty feds who are trampling all over this state's rights issue. This is a question of leadership and Bob has the balls here.

As far as the South Bay corruption issue, I am pretty sure sordid stuff like that favoritism and graft goes on ALL THE TIME! The only reason the D.A. went after this group down south is that it is the home turf of DEMOCRAT Congressman Filner, & the Dirty D.A. is trying to flex some political muscle and grandstand to look like she is tough on crime in the schools.

However, as most of the internet comments on the news sites suggest, perhaps the D.A. would do well to go clean up around her own backyard. There are matters of ticket-fixing, Cynthia Gregory..., Suzanne LaTour..., Cheryl Cox. Oh, I could go on and on all day here!

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Duncan20903 Dec. 28, 2011 @ 8:33 p.m.

Exactly what should a United States Congressman be doing about local corruption? He can jawbone all day while campaigning for Mayor but at the end of the day it's Ms. Dumanis that should be the one cleaning up that mess. Hey, maybe if she didn't spend so much of her time figuring out ways to violate her oath to uphold and defend the California State Constitution and to sabotage the will of the California voters on that ever so unimportant medicinal cannabis patient protection thing she'd have more time to prosecute actual criminals.

Say annie, have you written Ms. Dumanis and told her to quit paying attention to such an unimportant issue? Or is it only unimportant when it's the advocates of medicinal cannabis patient protection talking? You just can't have it both ways.

What part of the State Constitution has she repeatedly violated you ask? Article 3, Section 3.5 paragraph C. Presented verbatim:

CALIFORNIA CONSTITUTION ARTICLE 3 STATE OF CALIFORNIA

SEC. 3.5. An administrative agency, including an administrative agency created by the Constitution or an initiative statute, has no power:

(a) To declare a statute unenforceable, or refuse to enforce a statute, on the basis of it being unconstitutional unless an appellate court has made a determination that such statute is unconstitutional;

(b) To declare a statute unconstitutional;

(c) To declare a statute unenforceable, or to refuse to enforce a statute on the basis that federal law or federal regulations prohibit the enforcement of such statute unless an appellate court has made a determination that the enforcement of such statute is prohibited by federal law or federal regulations.

The law is the law? Yeah, right. Tell us another fairy story mommy.

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malcolmkyle Dec. 29, 2011 @ 12:23 a.m.

Thanks to Prohibition we now have far more people locked in cages than would normally be the case. Apart from the fact that these extra prisoners are not contributing economically to society, it also costs 50,000 dollars per annum to incarcerate them. Additionally their families often go on government assistance, and it's again the average tax payer who has to pick up the bill. Their kids may be taken into care or raised by foster parents, again with tax payer money. Now add to all this the court costs, jail costs, and the salaries of all those people that have to deal with the enforcement of prohibition, like police officers, judges and public defenders and you'll start to get a fair idea of why "Black Thursday", October 24, 1929 happened during the period of another of our great experiments - Alcohol Prohibition.

  • The United States has the highest incarceration rate in the world.
  • 743 adults incarcerated per 100,000 population at year-end 2009.
  • 2,292,133 adults were incarcerated federal and state prisons, and county jails at year-end 2009, that's approx. 1% of US adults.
  • Additionally, 4,933,667 adults at year-end 2009 were on probation or parole.
  • In total, 7,225,800 adults were under correctional supervision (probation,parole, or incarcerated) in 2009 — about 3.1% of adults in the U.S. resident population.

Prohibition has helped fill our Prisons and Jails to capacity. Violent criminals, murderers, rapists and child molesters are released early to create space for so called 'drug offenders'. Half of court trial time and also a huge chunk of police officers time is pointlessly wasted. Enormous untaxed profits from illegal drugs fund multi-national criminal empires which bribe law enforcement authorities and spread corruption faster than a raging bush fire. Prohibition takes violent criminals and turns them into multi-billionaires whilst corrupting even entire countries, including our own. Our drug laws are also funding the Taliban and al-Qaeda whose illegal opium profits allow them to buy weapons and pay it's fighters more than $300 a month, compared with the $14 paid to an Afghan policemen.

Maybe many of the early Prohibitionists did not really intend to kill hundreds of thousands worldwide, or put 1 in every 30 American adults under supervision of the correctional system. But similar to our "Great Experiment" of the 1920s, the prohibition of various other drugs has once again spawned rampant off-the-scale criminality & corruption, a bust economy, mass unemployment, a mind-boggling incarceration rate, a civil war in Mexico, an un-winnable war in Afghanistan and an even higher rate of drug-use (both legal & illegal) than in all other countries that have far more sensible policies.

Prohibition is nothing less than a grotesque dystopian nightmare; if you support it you must be either ignorant, stupid, brainwashed, insane or corrupt.

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