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Initiative For Safe Access To Medical Marijuana Advances In Del Mar


del mar medical marijuanaCitizens Initiative For Save Access To Medical Marijuana Will Appear On November Ballot

I received this e-mail late last night from Citizens for Patient Rights:

Today, July 18th, at the Del Mar City Council Meeting, the Del Mar City Council voted to place the citizens’ initiative for safe access to medical marijuana in Del Mar on the November ballot.

This was done despite a very flawed and extremely critical impact report presented to the council by Deputy City Attorney Robert , who had previously filed lawsuits against medical marijuana dispensaries in the cities of Del Mar and Murrietta.

The report failed to examine impacts related to patient access, did not give any estimations of patient size or current access or the economic impacts of sales and taxation. Instead, it presented limited court opinions against medical marijuana, while ignoring the plethora of court opinions affirming its use.

Amongst other bias statements, the report summary concluded, “Distribution of marijuana is not authorized by California medical marijuana laws” and “Dispensary operations are targets of crime and will increase public safety costs”. The report also categorized the regulation of dispensaries by the City of Del Mar as a threat to federal grant money, despite not being able to cite a single instance where a California City regulating medical marijuana dispensaries had ever been denied a federal grant.

“I hope that the city attorney will be able to present an impartial analysis of the measure for the ballot, as required by law,” stated local resident Martha Sullivan, “but given the prejudice nature of this report, I am very skeptical that this will happen”.

“We are very disappointed in this report”, stated James Schmachtenberger, president of the Patient Care Association, “It would be very hard for any City Council to objectively examine this ballot initiative when presented with such obviously bias information.”

Nonetheless, the City Council did indeed vote to put the measure on the November ballot.

“We are very sorry that the City Council chose not to allow themselves an impartial examination of this issue,” stated Cynara Velazquez, campaign consultant for Citizens for Patient Rights, “however tonight is a huge victory for the voters of Del Mar, the will of the over 10% of Del Mar residents who signed this initiative, and the patients of Del Mar. “


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  1. Jury Nullification is a constitutional doctrine that allows juries to acquit defendants who are technically guilty but do not deserve punishment. – All non-violent ‘drug offenders’ who are not selling to children – be they users, dealers or importers – clearly belong in this category.

    If you sincerely believe that prohibition is a dangerous and counter-productive policy, then you must stop helping to enforce it. You are entitled to act according to your conscience: Acquit the defendant/s if you feel that true justice requires such a result. You, the juror, have the very last word!

    * It only takes one juror to prevent a guilty verdict.

    * You are not lawfully required to disclose your voting intention before taking your seat on a jury.

    * You are also not required to give a reason to the other jurors on your position when voting – simply state that you find the accused not guilty.

    * Jurors must understand that it is their opinion, their vote. If the Judge and the other jurors disapprove, too bad. There is no punishment for having a dissenting opinion.

    “It is not only [the juror’s] right, but his duty … to find the verdict according to his own best understanding, judgment, and conscience, though in direct opposition to the direction of the court.” – John Adams

    We must create what we can no longer afford to wait for — PLEASE VOTE TO ACQUIT!

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