Medical marijuana activists in Imperial Beach, CA have begun collecting signatures in order to get the Safe Access Ordinance of Imperial Beach on the November 2012 ballot.
The measure was filed with the Imperial Beach City Clerk’s office on March 5, 2012. On Thursday, March 22, 2012, the text of the initiative as well as the Title and Summary were published in the Imperial Beach Eagle and Times, which legally enabled supporters to begin collecting signatures for the cause.
The campaign needs to receive over 1,000 valid signatures in order to qualify for the November ballot. Supporters have set a goal of 2,000 valid signatures in order to ensure that the measure will be on the ballot.
Should the measure be placed on the ballot and voted into law, it would overturn Imperial Beach’s current ban on medical marijuana collectives and safe access for patients. The measure would also create new zoning regulations and operating requirements for medical marijuana dispensaries within the city.
There has been a temporary moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries in the city for over two years. When the moratorium was put in place, the city said that they would conduct research and then create an ordinance based on their findings. However, rather than create an ordinance that would allow collectives in the city, the city has now voted to ban collectives outright.
The Safe Access Ordinance of Imperial Beach is a combined effort of Americans for Safe Access, Canvass for a Cause, and citizens of Imperial Beach.
To volunteer or sign the petition, you can find more information at the Safe Access IB Facebook Page.