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Advocates for the safe access of medicinal marijuana will assemble in Hillcrest this evening from 5 pm to 6 pm for a panel discussion on their plan to overturn Imperial Beach’s ban on medicinal marijuana dispensaries.

Last year, Brian P. Bilbray, son of Congressman Brian Bilbray, whose sister is a medical marijuana patient and supporter, was the only councilmember to vote against Imperial Beach’s ban.

Activist and community organizer with San Diego Americans for Safe Access, Eugene Davidovich states the council’s actions moved forward despite strong opposition from residents, and medical marijuana supporters throughout San Diego intend to let the city's voters decide.

“[We have] partnered up with Canvass for a Cause because we are committed to moving patients' rights in the right direction by overturning the city's ban and replacing it with reasonable regulations,” Davidovich said.

The Imperial Beach City Attorney is expected to return a “Title and Summary” this week in response to a measure filed by Americans for Safe Access on Monday, March 5. Tonight’s panel discussion will include the signature gathering effort that will begin shortly afterward.

Davidovich explains their goal is to submit 2,000 valid signatures from Imperial Beach residents, exceeding the 1,014 required signatures by the Registrar of Voters to place their initiative on the city’s November ballot. They have until June 20 to do so.

Also taking part in the panel discussion taking place at Canvass for a Cause (CFAC) headquarters is attorney and co-executive director of Canvass for a Cause Rachel Scoma, who served as the regional field director of the Prop 19 campaign in San Diego.

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malcolmkyle March 20, 2012 @ 11:39 a.m.

Prohibition has finally run its course; the lives and livelihoods of hundred's of millions of people worldwide have been destroyed or severely disrupted; many countries that were once shining beacons of liberty and prosperity have become toxic, repressive, smoldering heaps of hypocrisy, and a gross affront to fundamental human decency. It is now the duty of every last one of us to insure that the people who are responsible for this shameful situation are not simply left in peace to enjoy the wealth and status that their despicable actions have, until now, afforded them. Former and present Prohibitionists must not be allowed to remain “untainted and untouched” from the unconscionable acts that they have viciously committed on their fellow human beings. - They have provided us with neither safe communities nor safe streets; we will provide them with neither a safe haven to enjoy their ill-gotten gains nor the liberty to repeat such a similar atrocity!

Prohibition has evolved local gangs into transnational enterprises with intricate power structures that reach into every corner of society, helping them control vast swaths of territory while gifting them with significant social and military resources.

Those responsible shall not go unpunished!


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