Imperial Beach City Council Forced to Address Pot Dispensary Ban

June 24, 2012

Dorian Hargrove, San Diego Reader

Proponents of prescription pot will once again converge on City Hall in Imperial Beach to ask the city council to end the current moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries and enact a new ordinance which allows dispensary owners to open shop in commercial and industrial zones.

The decision this time may be a costly one if the council decides to pass on a new ordinance. On June 12, the County's Registrar of Voters verified that members of Canvass for a Cause, an LGBT nonprofit, and San Diego Americans for Safe Access submitted enough valid signatures, 1,012 to be exact, to qualify the item to appear on this November's ballot. That means that if council doesn't act they will have to shell out tens of thousands of dollars.

"Although an unlikely scenario, the City Council could save the cash strapped city approximately $20,000 by immediately adopting the ordinance as law instead of placing it on the ballot," reads a statement from the San DIego Chapter of Americans for Safe Access.

The fight over patients' rights to medicinal marijuana has been brewing in the small beach community for more than two years. Last year, on June 15, the council voted in favor of banning dispensaries and collectives.

The council will hear the item at their next scheduled council meeting on July 18 at 5:30pm.

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