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S.D. Urged To Take Stand on Medical Pot

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http://cannabisnews.com/news/list/medical.shtml San Diego, CA -- With medical marijuana dispensaries under mounting pressure from law enforcement agencies, supporters have urged the San Diego City Council to call for a halt to federal raids, and to regulate the shops through local authorities.
But city officials, already saddled with a pension crisis and numerous financial problems, didn't appear too thrilled to tackle the issue.


Nearly 70 supporters packed the council chambers yesterday, giving council members a brief two-minute plea to help keep dispensaries open so those with painful ailments wouldn't suffer needlessly.
Local law enforcement agencies and federal drug agents raided some marijuana dispensaries July 7 and made 15 arrests. On Friday, federal agents visited 10 shops and warned operators that they are operating illegally.
Supporters of medical marijuana asked the council to pass a resolution that would prohibit local authorities from assisting federal agencies in the arrest or prosecution of patients or dispensary operators. They also want the council to develop regulations to provide seriously ill patients safe and legal access to marijuana.
Council President Scott Peters, who has supported the use of medicinal marijuana, said he would need to seek input from Mayor Jerry Sanders and the Police Department before deciding whether to put the proposed resolution up for a vote. He also said the council's schedule is full until September and no immediate action could be taken.

Complete Article: http://tinyurl.com/rnkno Source: San Diego Union Tribune (CA)
Author: Craig Gustafson, Union-Tribune Staff Writer
Published: July 26, 2006
Copyright: 2006 Union-Tribune Publishing Co.

 

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