Source: Patient Care Association of California (PCA)
Citizens for Patient Rights and The Patient Care Association of California (PCA) have successfully halted the ban on medical cannabis collectives in the City of San Diego. Faced with the prospect up to one million dollars in ballot expenses, San Diego City Council voted 6-2 with council members Marti Emerald and Tony Young opposed today to repeal the suspended ordinance banning collectives rather than fund the placement on the ballot in June 2012. The PCA thanks the people of San Diego for their support. In addition, we believe the council members acted in the best interests of the city by not wasting taxpayer dollars in this time of fiscal crisis.
“We thank the city council for their fiscally responsible vote today. We look forward to engaging in productive, good faith negotiations with the City so that we can create sensible laws that allow for safe access across the city,” Said Bob Selan, spokesperson for the PCA.
Citizens for Patient Rights is now crafting an initiative to go on the June 2012 ballot that will put into law a common sense approach to protecting the rights of patients while respecting the needs of the larger community. The City’s own Medical Marijuana Task Force has already laid a solid foundation for such an initiative and the cornerstone of any campaign will be by-right zoning that allows collectives to operate in all zones except residential. The PCA holds that sick patients should not have to travel far and wide to access their medicine. The PCA envisions a city in which the sick and dying can access their medicine in the same manner as prescription drugs.
A large number of groups and individuals have helped in this process. The PCA would like to thank Nuggetry, Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soap, The Reader, CA NORML, California Cannabis Coalition and all of the patients, caregivers, and other supporters who donated their time, energy, and resources for gathering signatures to repeal this ordinance.
INFORMATION ON ALL COLLECTIVES IN CITY OF SAN DIEGO (compiled by the Patient Care Association of California)
- Collectives in City of San Diego serve an estimated patient base of over 70,000 (approximately 8,100 patients daily).
- Collectives employ greater than 1917 people directly and indirectly (approximately 1037 directly) in the City of San Diego (estimated over 1200 residents of City of San Diego versus the county).
- We estimate that over 600 additional members/ member families provide ancillary services and products to their collectives.
- Collectives generate almost $5.25 million in annual tax revenues to the general fund.
- All Collectives pay a total monthly rent in excess of $334,800, which is more than $4.0 million per year.
- Collectives generate commerce and trade estimated at greater than $550,000 daily (approximately $200 million annually) in City of San Diego.