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Group Delivers Signatures to Put Medical Marijuana Dispensaries on Ballot in Lemon Grove

Citizens for Patient Rights said it had submitted in excess of 3,000 signatures supporting the initiative, and filed a formal request for a special election.

Residents of Lemon Grove may soon be voting in a special election on whether to allow medical marijuana dispensaries in the city.

A group spearheading a petition drive to expand the operations beyond the city of San Diego said late Wednesday night it had delivered more than enough signatures to place the issue on the ballot.

Citizens for Patient Rights said it had submitted in excess of 3,000 signatures supporting the initiative to the Lemon Grove City Clerk, and filed a formal request for a special election. A total of 1,754 signatures were needed to qualify the measure for a regular or special election.

The group made the announcement by press release, which read in part:

As part of our initiative petition, we have submitted a formal request for a special election, though we hope the Lemon Grove City Council will see fit to enact the ordinance directly or put it to a vote of the people in the November general election, in order to guarantee a quick resolution of the question of whether there will be safe access for the medical marijuana patients of Lemon Grove and the surrounding areas. 

Our initiative proposal gives patients and caregivers access to medical marijuana, in full compliance with California state law, while allowing the City of Lemon Grove complete oversight to ensure that medical marijuana collectives are run in a lawful, legitimate, dignified and discrete fashion. The initiative includes a supplemental sales tax and cost recovery fees, in order to ensure that medical marijuana access in Lemon Grove has a positive net impact on the city's finances.  

We have full confidence that the voters of Lemon Grow will choose regulation, transparency and oversight, and show compassion for the needs of patients and caregivers in their community.

A representative from Citizens for Patients Rights told the City Council at its June 19 meeting the group’s focus is to provide medical marijuana patients with safe access to the product. Roberto Torres said the city would benefit from a 2.5 percent tax on medical marijuana transactions that could boost the city’s coffers by nearly $97,000.

Lemon Grove is among by the group’s expansion effort. Proposals were also filed in La Mesa, Solana Beach, Encinitas and Del Mar.

Lemon Grove does not currently allow medical marijuana dispensaries.

SJ June 26, 2012 at 05:49 PM
Medical Marijuana ... what a pathetic joke. Vote for fuzzy thinking in a time that requires clear thought. Vote for weakness in a time that requires strength. Make a cause of it, use dying people to push it -- vote for your weakness ... join the victim club.
Corey Miller June 27, 2012 at 06:26 AM
Medical Marijuana cures cancer, what a joke!
Dana Ellis June 27, 2012 at 04:38 PM
WOW! $9,700 in tax revenue for the city sounds tempting. At least until you do the math and figure out that means they would have to sell $3,880,000 worth of pot in Lemon Grove. That's a lot of pot in our little city!
Diego June 27, 2012 at 06:14 PM
The same pro-pot lobby representatives that were in Del Mar orchestrating the signature gathering and speaking in front the Del Mar city council were here in Lemon Grove last week at our City Council meeting. These lobbyists are paid by a group of pot shop owners who have been shut down by other cities and the DEA for their illegal operators. With the large amounts of money made off illegal operations these pot shop operators are funding their pro-pot attorneys and lobbyist to try and force the city of Lemon to violate drugs laws. It’s unfortunate that with these illegal profits from selling pot they can hire a professional signature gathering company and pay them for every signature they obtain. They aren’t fooling anyone, and certainly not the DEA and U.S. attorneys. Lemon Grove has been targeted by the pro-pot lobby, but we won’t stand for their illegal operations, nor buy into their claim that they are only here to help the serious ill, really what a joke, nobody buys it, come up with a better marketing plan. Lemon Grove doesn’t want more stoned citizens, nor to become sanctuary city for illegal drug commerce.
Brash Brazen June 27, 2012 at 06:51 PM
Medical marijuana has been legal under state law since 1996 & self-righteous simpletons in local government have been obstructing it's implementation ever since. With polling showing nearly 4 out of 5 Californians supporting medical marijuana it's an outrageous abuse of elected office to put ones personal bias before the will & needs of the majority of their constituents. While the remaining 20% make their opposition clear,they're a shrinking minority as public opinion continues to shift in our direction. California law guarantees "safe & legal access" to medical marijuana to anyone who tells a physician that they believe marijuana would be beneficial for any medical condition they have. No one with a doctor's recommendation is illegally acquiring marijuana & in fact illegally purchased marijuana becomes legal once in a patient's possession. Local politicians who have been rebuked in the state courts in their efforts to obstruct state law have invited the DEA to shutter dispensaries & interfere with our legal rights. These repugnant & callous actions will not be forgotten or go unpunished come election day. It's "high" time to vote these clueless political hacks out of office & insist that those who replace them adhere to all state laws & not just those with which they agree !
Summer Hemphill June 27, 2012 at 10:18 PM
Tobacco kills 480,000 Americans every year & alcohol kills 85,000 more ! Marijuana has never killed anyone & is safer than prescription drugs which kill another 36,000 people every year ! Even the California Medical Association favors legalization & anyone who can't read the writing on the wall no doubt opposes this measure. Once voters know the facts surrounding this unnecessarily controversial issue they overwhelmingly support our right to legally purchase our doctor recommended marijuana without leaving town to do so ! To get the facts try the following websites : NORML (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws), LEAP (Law Enforcement Against Prohibition), MPP (Marijuana Policy Project), ASA (Americans for Safe Access) or Just Say Now to name but a few places where leveler heads prevail. With the state courts ruling in our favor & the lion's share of public sentiment on our side victory is in sight. Now we must be diligent in our efforts to garner the support of those uneducated & undecided on this issue. Because only our continued hard work will make this important effort come to fruition when the voters make their preference clear !
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