Man's Supervisor Run Prompted by Pot Suit

January 31, 2006

From Times Staff and Wire Reports, Los Angeles Times

An Ontario resident upset with the Board of Supervisors' decision last week to join a lawsuit that seeks to overturn California's medicinal marijuana laws announced Tuesday his intention to run against Supervisor Gary Ovitt in the June election.

Kenneth Michael White, 31, said he would not accept campaign donations or, if elected, meet with lobbyists. He told supervisors at a board meeting that they were "defending the wrong policy" by supporting San Diego County's lawsuit against the state.

California voters in 1996 approved Proposition 215, which allowed doctors to prescribe cannabis for therapeutic use, and subsequent state legislation mandated ID cards for patients and their caregivers. The counties' lawsuit contends that federal law and an international treaty supersede state mandates.

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