Feb 212012
 February 21, 2012

san diego medical marijuanaProfessional Signature Gathering Begins For Compassionate Use Dispensary Regulation And Taxation Initiative In San Diego

Citizens for Patient Rights is pleased to announce that starting on Presidents’ Day, February 20th, we began our paid signature gathering effort for the Compassionate Use Dispensary Regulation and Taxation Initiative to ensure safe, well regulated, access to medical marijuana in San Diego City.

Signature gatherers with petitions for the Compassionate Use Dispensary Initiative can be now be found in front of major supermarkets and retail stores around San Diego City. We urge our supporters to sign these petitions.

We will need 62,057 signatures for our initiative petition in order to qualify for the November ballot. We will have until May 22nd to gather these signatures.

We have full confidence that we will qualify for the November ballot, having recently completed a signature gathering campaign for a referendum initiative to overturn a severely restrictive ordinance within thirty days. In the referendum effort, we saw the overwhelming public support, as we succeeded in submitting over 15,000 additional signatures above and beyond those needed to qualify our referendum within the thirty day window.

We are confident that we will prevail in enacting fair regulations that meet the needs of patients, caregivers and the community at large through the direct democracy process.

The Compassionate Use Dispensary Initiative has also received many prominent endorsements, including that of California NORML, the Coalition for Cannabis Policy Reform, Dan Rush (international director of the medical marijuana division of UFCW), Congressman Bob Filner and Assemblymember Tom Ammiano. More prominent endorsements are expected soon, as we begin our endorsement push in the upcoming weeks.

For more information on the campaign, please visit our website at www.citizens4patientrights.org.

Fun Presidents’ Day Facts: President George Washington grew hemp. President Lincoln smoked “sweet hemp” and medical marijuana was commonly used to during the civil war era to treat chronic pain. We believe that Presidents Washington and Lincoln could fully embrace the regulated, lawful, distribution of medical marijuana in San Diego City!

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  • DaveMan50

    Thank you Rudy, Can I get a copy of the Petition? We here are trying to get the law dogs off our backs. We just got a sympathetic DA elected thru the county commission. Now we are working on making the law dogs back off. I don’t know if any of last years BS got out. They busted about 25 clubs and Co-Op’s here. We got no support from anyone. Our NORML closed. ASA disappeared. Even the public Library wants to charge us to use a meeting room once a month.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Stan-Williams/100000193313148 Stan Williams

    is this a REAL patient-based initiative or another ASA/ don duncan attempt at monopolizing medical marijuana in SD county?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Stan-Williams/100000193313148 Stan Williams

    is this a REAL patient-based initiative or another ASA/ don duncan attempt at monopolizing medical marijuana in SD county?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Donna-Lambert/100002540972946 Donna Lambert

    It is a nightmare, Don Duncan is not behind it, but this group got together at first for good reasons, to overturn the city council defacto ban on dispensaries (due in huge part to ASA shennanigans to prevent level 2 and 3 zoning in favor of their Restrictive permitting) – so PCA forms with Craig Beresh and Randy Welty putting it togerht and overturns the ban

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Donna-Lambert/100002540972946 Donna Lambert

    It is a nightmare, Don Duncan is not behind it, but this group got together at first for good reasons, to overturn the city council defacto ban on dispensaries (due in huge part to ASA shennanigans to prevent level 2 and 3 zoning in favor of their Restrictive permitting) – so PCA forms with Craig Beresh and Randy Welty putting it togerht and overturns the ban

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Donna-Lambert/100002540972946 Donna Lambert

    But then the PCA kicks out Welty (and Craig but Craig was never an official part of it) and decides to model themselves after GLACA and ASA and write an iniative that would make THEM the ones who decides if a store gets to be open and of course puts in a bunch of stipulations so they can be the only ones open, like you have to havae “open” for a year and half w at least 30 members, which is of course according to THEIR STANDARDS, and up to them,

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Donna-Lambert/100002540972946 Donna Lambert

    CRAIG BERESH IS AN EXPERT ON THIS GROUP AND WHAT THEY ARE DOING

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Donna-Lambert/100002540972946 Donna Lambert

    ASA tried to take it over and almost did, a couple of the board members tried to get Davido-snitch in there, but then Davido-snitch made the fatal flaw of getting a Union Tribune Reporter to write this smear piece against Randy Welty as Randy Welty was fully aware of Davidosnitch and who he really is (informant NCIS) http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2011/jul/08/flesh-club-owner-heads-medical-marijuana-effort/
    I called the reporter in this, the people quoted are 1)known narc Terrie Best (narc in my case – brought into help run asa after NCIS takeover of that group)
    KIM TWOLAN IS A FORMER CO-WORKER TO DA BONNIE DUMANIS AND MANY OF US WHO HAVE BEEN AROUND FOR YEARS KNOW SHE HAS A FREE PASS – Ask Rudy Reyes, Dale Rostamo – She also introduced me to Davidovich
    QUOTE FROM ASA SMEAR PIECE AGAINST THE PCA:
    “”Kim Twolan, director of Mother Earth Co-Op and a member of the city’s regulation task force, left the association after her colleagues refused to distance themselves from Welty.””TERRIE BEST IS A NARC IN MY MMJ CASE AND DID NOT SMOKE MARIJUANA WHEN DAVIDOVICH BROUGHT HER IN – QUOTE FROM ASA SMEAR PIECE AGAINST THE PCA
    “I am really upset that he is trying to project himself as the face of medical cannabis in our community,” said activist Terrie Best, who also was turned off by his demeanor and the fact that he refused to step aside. “When you get in the same room with this guy, you want to take a shower afterward.”Terrie Best bragged about charges in my case to me and my lawyer two days before they were even filed.

    She knew and she wanted us to know she knew. The DA also allowed his narcs to harass both my attorney and I to the point where my attorney had to send him an email of the civil code of liability for their NARCSSo Welty was a colorful character but without him and Craig this overturning the refernedum would not have happened as Craig and Randy actually started it alone, after gathering 6k signatures nearly single handedly Craig realized he would not be able to, and the PCA was formed.
     THE PCA THEN GOT GREEDY AND DECIDED TO WORK TO FURTHER THEIR OWN FINANCIAL INTERESTS
     I WAS ASKED IF I WAS WILLING TO SELL TO STRANGERS OFF THE STREET WHO WALK UP TO ME WITH MMJ REC AND NO OTHER THING THAN THEM SIGNING A PIECE OF PAPER.
    I told them that “no” I would not at this time accept strangers off the street.  i HAVE A COLLECTIVE CULTIVATION GROUP – WE HELP OTHER PATIENTS TO CULTIVATE, MOST DO, AND SHARE AMONG THOSE ON AN INCOME AND NEED BASED RATIOI was told that membership to the PCA was only for storefronts that are willing to sell “retail style” to people that walk in off the street. I said I dont have a problem with other people doing that, but b/c of my court case, and the fact that I do have a fully operating collective group who works together to help each other, I WAS TOLD TO LEAVE.