"Our organization has wanted to create safe access throughout as much of the county as possible," said PCS chair James Schmachtenberger. "As we began collecting signatures for the initiative in San Diego, we saw the need of patients in outlying areas and we realized we were just under the deadline for when ballot measures would need to be turned in to qualify for the election in November."
A separate group of medical marijuana advocates has launched a petition to reverse a dispensary ban in Imperial Beach.
The efforts come a month after the US Attorney's Office revealed that more than 200 medical marijuana collectives in San Diego and Imperial counties have closed since federal prosecutors announced enforcement actions. Many of the closures were attributed to suits and settlements involving the San Diego City Attorney's Office. (San Diego Union-Tribune, March 30)