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Jim Holman, owner and publisher of the San Diego Reader, has contributed advertising valued at $2,831 to Citizens for Patient Rights, sponsored by the "Patient Care Association, an association of medicinal cannabis patients and patient organizations," according to the group's most recent disclosure report, filed late yesterday and posted online by the county Registrar of Voters.

The committee is backing ballot campaigns in the cities of Lemon Grove (Prop T), Solana Beach (Prop W), Del Mar (Prop H), and Imperial Beach (Prop S) to variously liberalize regulation of medical marijuana.

"These seem like very middle-of-the-road measures to me," said Holman during a telephone interview earlier today.

U-T San Diego, the daily newspaper and online operation owned by hotel mogul Doug Manchester, offered another opinion in an editorial last week.

"Voters in those cities need only to look at their big neighbor, San Diego, to see what the future would hold: parents constantly concerned about the proximity of marijuana dispensaries to schools and other places where children gather, even if the dispensaries are within the designated areas; police and sheriff’s deputies concerned about dispensaries attracting crime, no matter where they’re located; the U.S. Attorney’s Office, which, no matter what local law might say, is mandated to uphold federal law that says growing, selling, distributing or even using marijuana – for any reason – is illegal."

This year's local medical marijuana debate has cut across traditional party lines, with Obama administration U.S. Attorney Laura Duffy backing the San Diego mayoral campaign of Republican City Councilman Carl DeMaio, also supported by Manchester, against Democratic congressman Bob Filner, who favors a less restrictive ordinance in the city.

“I want to make sure [medical marijuana is] available for those who are suffering from illness but that neighbors are protected, kids are protected from any use or recreational use,” Filner told the U-T in September. “I think you can do both. You have to have an ordinance which, unlike the one the council passed, allows them to occur but be regulated. And I think it was far too restrictive.”

Filner has also challenged Duffy's get-tough enforcement actions against the My Mother Earth Co-op .

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Sjtorres Nov. 3, 2012 @ 11:52 p.m.

The funniest joke I've ever heard is "medical marijuana".

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Founder Nov. 4, 2012 @ 6:56 a.m.

Guess you don't know anyone with chronic pain (or all the other health problems) that have found it to be a cost effective, Natural way to make their lives less of a nightmare!

Why penalize everyone for the problems caused by a few; if we did that there would be no Bars selling alcohol in SD because of the problems caused by a small percentage of their patrons or even driving at night because of the problems caused by DUI Drivers...

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dwbat Nov. 4, 2012 @ 8:14 a.m.

Medical marijuana has been around for a very long time, Sjtorres. Read this accurate information from WebMD, and you'll learn it's not a "joke" after all. http://www.webmd.com/cancer/tc/ncicdr0000683767-history

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Founder Nov. 4, 2012 @ 8:41 a.m.

Kudos to Jim Holman for providing both a public forum (The SD Reader) and encouraging discussion on this and any other issue facing SD voters!

Public discussion in San Diego's media is now being punked because Doug Manchester has now limited comments on stories and articles at the UT, Channel 10's website and also the newly acquired North County Times to only those with a FaceBook account and that is "allowed" on only those topics that do accept comments! The LA Times is the only major MSM left in SoCal and Doug Manchester is now considering buying it!

Our outgoing Mayor Sanders is infamous for telling City Staff to not talk to the Reader, and so it is no surprise that both he and BM are supporting Carl DeMaio, which is their right, but when Doug Manchester does so using the UT, then it has lost all its credibility as a fair and balanced newspaper, becoming instead yet another outlet for Profitganda in San Diego. Too many of our Leaders ignore the decisions made by voters of San Diego and continue to do what they want to instead and the MM issue is a perfect example! The voters have spoken and support that issue, yet our elected Leaders choose to ignore the fact that they WERE APPOINTED TO SERVE THE PUBLIC NOT RULE THE PUBLIC.*

If the UT can complain about The Reader's owner supporting the discussion of local issues, we should complain that the UT's Owner's media outlets are only posting whispers about the 1.2 Billion Dollar Debacle at San Onofre caused by SCE, which has gotten so much public attention that even the Utility Friendly CPUC has now started to investigate them? Why is the UT not following this major news story with daily updates? I bet it would be real news to most SD ratepayers, that we are now paying about $2 Million Dollars a day and receiving nothing in return from our Utilities, while SCE is paying record dividends to its shareholders! ttps://docs.google.com/folder/d/0BweZ3c0aFXcFZGpvRlo4aXJCT2s/edit?docId=0BweZ3c0aFXcFN1dhcUJDcVhMaGc

I see the The Reader becoming THE ONLY source of real news in San Diego and the fact that it is still FREE, says volumes about its Owner, Jim Holman; especially when compared to the UT's Owner...

Profitganda is the use of phony "feel good" information to sell an idea, product or concept to the masses.

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monaghan Nov. 4, 2012 @ 11:31 a.m.

"Medical" marijuana is a convenient dodge for legalizing the sale of pot and it is an oxymoron which the morons who use it will not understand. (Oxymoron roughly means a contradiction in terms.)

Pot is harmful to developing brains -- as in teenagers, who are the group most likely to "experiment" with it. Chronic pot use (aka addiction) leads to permanent changes in brain-function -- and not for the better, either. Marijuana stays in the user's system for a month and repeated use just compounds the mental fog of the user.

To introduce this substance into general legal availability will wreak more social havoc than we already experience with the widespread misuse of alcohol, tobacco, meth and prescription pain killers. But oh well.

I am sorry to read that Reader publisher Jim Holman has donated advertising to the promoters of "medical marijuana" -- likely because the back pages of the San Diego Reader had been flooded with ads for "medical marijuana" dispensaries up until the local U.S. Attorney's crackdown on same in compliance with federal law (which conflicts with State law.)

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Founder Nov. 5, 2012 @ 9:03 a.m.

monaghan, I feel you are in the same "boat" as Sjtorres because my reply to him also goes for your comment!
+ Your comment about "Introducing this substance" misses the mark since those that want to acquire it can and have been doing just that for a very long time despite the failed War On Drugs which has done nothing positive except possibly allowed Big Business to get into the Private Prison business. The USA now has en-prisoned more people than any other Country in the World with the majority convicted of selling small amounts of marijuana. This huge cost is taking money away from other far more important Social Programs like education!

I'd like to also mention that the DHS budget is 4.5% of the 2013 Budget while Social Security + Medicare + Medicaid only add up to about 6% of that same budget, so the USA needs to set priorities and one of them is the decriminalization of POT... It just like alcohol, needs to be sold in a regulated way that does not penalize those that have the legal right to use it while also penalizing all those that abuse it, like by selling it to children.

Even Law Enforcement is beginning to see the light, and so should we! http://www.leap.cc/

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David Dodd Nov. 4, 2012 @ 6:16 p.m.

Hey Matt, me love you long time but the lead sucks, Holman's involvement in legal weed is tainted by advertising in the Reader. You could have led with something else and this would have been more stellar. Journalism. To hell with the check, do what's right. Great piece, but Jim didn't even have to be a part of it to make this work well, amigo.

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Founder Nov. 5, 2012 @ 8:47 a.m.

RF I think Matt was smart to put Jim Holman's name at the top because if he didn't then comments would have pointed out his contribution and hinted that it was some kind of secret big deal when in fact I see it as exercising his right to free speech... Too many feel threatened these days and I believe Jim's donation was a step in the right direction...

San Diego needs all the public discussion it can get if we are to retain our previous level of personal freedom in these times of ever more Government Control.

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