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San Diego Mayor Ends Marijuana Dispensary Crackdown

Posted on  January 11, 2013 by  News Admin

 San Diego Mayor Bob Filner has ordered an end to that city's crackdown on medical marijuana dispensaries. The mayor's order decrees an immediate stop to the city's practice of filing code-enforcement violations against the collectives. Acting on City Attorney Jan Goldsmith's advice, the mayor sent a letter [PDF] to Kelly Broughton, director of San Diego's Development Services Department, reports Dave Maass at San Diego CityBeat. Re: Stop the Crackdown on Marijuana Dispensaries Kelly,  I am writing to direct the Department of Neighborhood Code Compliance to stop targeted code enforcement against marijuana dispensaries in the City of San Diego immediately. Further, pursuant to a letter from the City Attorney dated January 9, 2013, I am directing your Department to stop sending dispensary code enforcement cases to the City Attorney's Office for prosecution.  To be clear, if there are general code enforcement or health and safety issues arising from these businesses, you are expected to enforce those laws against these businesses in the same manner you would any other business.  If you have any questions, please contact my office directly.  Sincerely,  Bob Filner Mayor The letter comes just two days after Mayor Filner publicly attacked Goldsmith for filing civil actions against dispensaries; at that time, Filner promised to testify on behalf of patients in court. Goldsmith then sent Mayor Filner a letter saying the mayor could stop him from going after the collectives in "30 seconds." The mayor's Thursday letter, reproduced above, was his response. Mayor Filner had already expressed his support...