Oceanside Ban Headed To Court – City Council to Discuss on 4/20

On 4/20/2011 at the regularly scheduled Council Meeting in Oceanside, the Oceanside City Council will be discussing a lawsuit against two medical marijuana collectives within their city’s limits. Oceanside is one of the municipalities within San Diego County that has had a moratorium on collectives since May of 2009. The city under the guise of updating their municipal code added new wording a few month ago prohibiting all types of businesses and uses that are not explicitly defined in their municipal code, which by default bans collective cultivation efforts which include dispensing medical cannabis through a storefront facility.

Come out to the City Council Meeting in Oceanside on Wednesday 4/20 at 3:30pm and speak out against this ban on patient’s rights and help us ask for a sensible regulation that protects the most vulnerable among us as well as addresses neighborhood concerns.

WHAT: Oceanside City Council Meeting – Speak out against the Ban
WHEN: Wednesday – 4/20/2011 – 3:30pm
WHERE: 300 North Coast Highway Oceanside, California

For more information about the law suit in Oceanside, take a look at the North County Times article:

City officials file lawsuit seeking to close two dispensaries.
OCEANSIDE: City’s ban on medical marijuana shops headed for court

A court showdown is looming between the city of Oceanside and two marijuana dispensaries it’s trying to close down.

City officials in March filed a lawsuit in Vista Superior Court against Abaca Medical Collective on South Coast Highway and Green Ocean Collective on South El Camino Real asking a judge to issue an injunction that would put the dispensaries out of business.

City Attorney John Mullen, in court papers, said the dispensaries violate the city’s moratorium on such businesses, violate zoning ordinances and are operating without a required city business license.

Abaca on Friday counterattacked, filing a class action lawsuit on behalf of its operators and its up to 2,500 members.

The group’s lawyer, Philip Ganong of Bakersfield, asked for a jury trial and is seeking damages of up to $25,000 for each of Abaca’s members and for Abaca’s operators, whom he said were illegally arrested in a May 2010 raid on the dispensary. Read More


Eugene Davidovich, Chapter Coordinator
San Diego Americans for Safe Access

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