On December 11th at 3:15 p.m., cannabis advocates will present over 30,000 signatures of Sacramento County voters to Board of Supervisors in favor of sensible medical cannabis regulations. The Committee for Safe patient Access to Regulated Cannabis (CSPARC) calls for the Board to come back to table and establish guidelines limited access points and clear regulations. Supporters will file the initiative again and take it to the voter’s if necessary. Press conference begins at 4:00 p.m.
Who: The Committee for Safe Patient Access to regulated Cannabis (CSPARC), local medical cannabis advocates and supporters, and over 30,000 Sacramento County residents who signed petitions in support of sensible medical cannabis regulations and distribution points.
Contacts- Kimberly Cargile- Committee Coordinator and Local Patient Advocate- (707) 616-7198
Mickey Martin- Committee Coordinator and Author of Medical Marijuana 101- (510) 377-1990
When: December 11th, 2012
· Support Rally and Candlelight Vigil (weather permitting) at 2:00 p.m.
· Presentation to Board of Supervisors- on Agenda for 3:15 p.m. meeting
· Press Conference at 4:00 p.m.
Where: Sacramento County Board of Supervisors Chambers- County Administration Center –
Why: To present over 30,000 signatures to the Board in hopes of them reconsidering their position on medical cannabis and coming back to the table with advocates to develop sensible regulations for medical cannabis. We believe residents of Sacramento County deserve better than to have to simply go somewhere else if they are patients qualified to use medical cannabis. A fair amount of dispensing collectives in the county makes sense for public safety by taking medical cannabis transactions off of our streets; and they also can provide hundreds of good paying jobs for local residents. The goal is to find a happy medium with the Board and encourage them to consider the needs of their constituents.
Moving Forward: Currently there are thousands of medical cannabis patients that are forced to drive long distances to access cannabis medicines. The Board of Supervisors enacted a backdoor ban in December of 2011 that outlawed all cannabis-related activity, including personal patient cultivation. We believe this ban was unconstitutional, as a body cannot move to simply ignore state law. We are asking that the Board of Supervisors reconsider their ban, and work with the community to develop regulations that encourage public safety and consider the needs of the community.
The medical cannabis community is prepared to organize another initiative drive and take the issue to the voters; but we would much rather work with the elected Board of Supervisors to do the work of the people and avoid a costly and unnecessary election process. It is the duty of our local representatives to find a better method of dealing with medical cannabis than simply working to make qualified patients, and their providers, outlaws. We encourage the Board to review the initiative we have developed, which we feel is fair and balanced in its approach. The citizens of Sacramento County deserve solutions.