Medical Marijuana: San Diego Term Limits Initiative Filed in Response to Supervisors' Attacks on State Medical Marijuana Law 1/20/06

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Last month, the San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted to challenge California's medical marijuana law in federal court. Now, board members may be about to pay the ultimate political price for ignoring the will of the voters. On Wednesday, two county residents, a nurse and a medical marijuana patient, filed a notice of intent with county authorities to circulate a ballot initiative setting a two-term limit for supervisors.

Claudia Little, RN, and patient Rudy Reyes, who uses medical marijuana to treat pain and muscle contractions from burns he received in the October 2003 wildfires, are being backed by two national marijuana reform organizations, Americans for Safe Access and the Marijuana Policy Project. A third group not linked to drug reform, US Term Limits, has expressed interest in supporting the move should it qualify for the November ballot.

demonstration honoring Steve McWilliams, medical marijuana
provider who took his own life while facing federal prosecution
The supervisors have been outspoken in their opposition to the state's Compassionate Use Act. Two months ago, they refused to initiate a state-mandated registry for medical marijuana patients and providers, saying it would "send the wrong message" to the county's young people. Last month, in addition to threatening federal court action to challenge the law, supervisors also sat by silently as county law enforcement personnel worked hand in hand with DEA agents to raid every dispensary in the county.

"As a San Diegan and a pain management specialist, I am appalled that our Board of Supervisors is defying the will of county voters, and doing it in order to wage a war on the sick," said Little. "This initiative is necessary because our supervisors are dangerously out of control."

"We don't usually get involved in term limits initiatives, but this situation is extraordinary," said MPP Legislative Analyst Karen O'Keefe. "We cannot just sit idly by while the San Diego County supervisors try to deny patients the medicine that they need, completely ignoring the will of the voters who put them in office."

MPP must like the numbers in a poll released last week. According to that sounding, conducted by the Evans/McDonough Company, 78% of county voters agreed that "The San Diego County Board of Supervisors should not be spending taxpayer money suing the state to try to overturn California's medical marijuana law." Support for a measure to term limit supervisors was even higher, with 84% saying they would vote for such a proposal.

They may soon have the chance.

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