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Medical Marijuana Supporters Targeting La Mesa
LA MESA -- Proponents of medical marijuana clinics have delivered more than enough signed petitions to City Hall and city officials will have to submit the proposal to directly to the voters for consideration at the next general election.
According to the City Council's supporting materials for Tuesday's council meeting, proponents of allowing medical marijuana clinics within the city limits delivered 6,958 signatures, far more than the 4,561 required to get an initiative on the 2014 La Mesa ballot.
A similar proposal was just defeated in Lemon Grove earlier this month by a 63 percent to 37 percent vote, but proponents of medical marijuana may have two years to garner support among La Mesa locals for the proposal and this issue is a moving target.
Several states earlier this month voted to legalize recreational use of marijuana, essentially putting it on a par with alcohol. However, the possession and sale of marijuana remains illegal under federal law and it is not clear how the federal and state law enforcement officials will manage the changing public sentiment toward the herb.
La Mesa officials are sending a copy of the proposed proposition to the local U.S. Attorney to make certain federal officials are fully informed of this additional local manifistation of the marijuana legal struggles. Full wording and city documents can be found in the supporting materials of the City Council agenda by clicking here.
The City Council meets Tuesday at 4 p.m. for what is now a lameduck session. Council member Dave Allan will leave the council after his final meeting in December. He chose not to seek re-election and will be replaced by election victor Kristine Alessio in January.