Terrie Best 
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Re: “Referendums Turning the Tide on Pot Bans

I hope the collectives fight to stay open. We need as many as the market will bear to open and stay open. If there were only a few, the DEA could shut them all down before lunch. If the number of collectives ever reaches a number that the DEA can handle, I think safe access will evaporate.

There is strength in numbers and that’s the reality until we can get federal laws in place to protect patients from the DEA and even local law Enforcement.

In San Diego, I watched this issue and, as a community, I feel we should have done better than a referendum. This effort, funded by collective operators, may have missed the mark in support of the patient.

It was a knee-jerk reaction to a seriously bad ordinance but the referendum also immediately closed off lawful zones in which to relocate. Before the ordinance passed, there were no zones; when the ordinance passed it created zones; and since the passage of the referendum there are again no zones.

If the DEA continues the same aggressiveness we’ve seen for years - harassing collectives to close - there will be no lawful place in which to go to start over in providing safe access to sick people.

Instead of working on an effort to create more zones from the now-destroyed, albeit, poor ordinance, we are forced to wait the required year before the San Diego City Council can try again for another ordinance. During this year, safe access for the patient is in serious jeopardy if the City and Dumanis continue picking collectives off one-by-one, especially with the passage of AB 1300.

I suggest cities take a closer look at the consequences of a referendum and what purpose it serves when a battle to open more zones in an existing ordinance might be a better use of resources.

Referendums are a great idea only for cities with true bans, not those struggling with ironing out ordinances. Why use a chain saw when a scalpel will do?

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Posted by Terrie Best on 09/14/2011 at 8:53 AM

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