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Proponents of prescription pot will once again converge on City Hall in Imperial Beach to ask the city council to end the current moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries and enact a new ordinance which allows dispensary owners to open shop in commercial and industrial zones.

The decision this time may be a costly one if the council decides to pass on a new ordinance. On June 12, the County's Registrar of Voters verified that members of Canvass for a Cause, an LGBT nonprofit, and San Diego Americans for Safe Access submitted enough valid signatures, 1,012 to be exact, to qualify the item to appear on this November's ballot. That means that if council doesn't act they will have to shell out tens of thousands of dollars.

"Although an unlikely scenario, the City Council could save the cash strapped city approximately $20,000 by immediately adopting the ordinance as law instead of placing it on the ballot," reads a statement from the San DIego Chapter of Americans for Safe Access.

The fight over patients' rights to medicinal marijuana has been brewing in the small beach community for more than two years. Last year, on June 15, the council voted in favor of banning dispensaries and collectives.

The council will hear the item at their next scheduled council meeting on July 18 at 5:30pm.

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Purocuyu June 25, 2012 @ 3:04 p.m.

IB should just let them do it, ultimately, the feds will show up and stop everything, which I guess is what happened to the places just outside IB on Palm Avenue.

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TheKindGardenersCollective June 26, 2012 @ 7:18 a.m.

Read the proposed ordinance first!

It contains tough restrictions on 'dispensing collectives', and provides local residents with protection from 'rogue'/bad operators.

It helps police distinguish between (legal under State Laws) Medical Marijuana, and illegal/illicit Mexican cartel marijuana, which is currently prevalent in So Cal.

Regulating the sale and distribution of Medical Marijuana will literally drain the lifeblood from illegal Cartels, robbing them of a primary source of income (a good thing).

Unlike Bilbray, I would rather have my daughter obtain medical marijuana from a respectable, regulated well-run non-profit dispensary than have her buy from a dealer in a dark alley.

The Council would do well by simply adopting the proposed Ordinance. Save those precious funds for other important City matters.

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