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marmar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 07:06 AM
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What's the Matter with San Diego? An Anti-Marijuana City in the Green Oasis of California
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What's the Matter with San Diego? An Anti-Marijuana City in the Green Oasis of California

By Phillip S. Smith, Drug War Chronicle. Posted September 18, 2009.

There's a pattern of bitter, recalcitrant refusal on the part of San Diego county officials to abide by the will of the voters and accept CA's medical marijuana law.




San Diego County District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis claims to be a friend of medical marijuana, but one would be hard-pressed to find anyone in the local medical marijuana community who would agree with her. This "friend" coordinated mass raids against medical marijuana dispensaries there in 2006, again in February of this year, and yet again just last week.

It is part and parcel of a pattern of bitter, recalcitrant refusal on the part of San Diego county officials to abide by the will of the voters and accept the state's medical marijuana law. The conservative county Board of Commissioners is notorious for its opposition to medical marijuana, going so far as pursuing a quixotic and costly legal challenge to state laws, which it lost in every court that heard it.

On Tuesday, the Board unanimously extended for 10 months a moratorium on new dispensaries in unincorporated areas of the county. After its court challenge to the state law was defeated, the Board is now grudgingly allowing staff to develop regulations for dispensaries, but in the meantime, DA Dumanis is picking them off in batches.

The city of San Diego has been a bit more friendly. Last week, just one day before Dumanis' raiders struck, the City Council voted to implement a task force to create recommendations for regulating collectives and co-ops in accordance with guidelines issued earlier this year by the state attorney general. But if the City Council is working with the medical marijuana community, the San Diego Police Department is not. Instead, it has joined forces with Dumanis and her conservative cronies to attack the dispensaries. ..............(more)

The complete piece is at: http://www.alternet.org/drugreporter/142742/what%27s_th...




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ChairmanAgnostic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 07:26 AM
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1. the military presence and attitude may impact that city.
Isn't that one of the largest bases in the country?
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