While L.A.'s own liberal City Hall often ends up being a lot more conservative than it advertises -- some of our leaders turned on the Occupy movement and Mayor Antonio Villaraiogsa pot shops should be banned -- the once right-wing city of San Diego is turning out to be a beacon for progressives.
Mayor Bob Filner recently ordered city authorities to stop code enforcement and prosecution of cannabis dispensaries in our neighbor to the south.
Medical advocates are elated:
The group Americans for Safe Access stated recently that its people "applauded" the mayor's actions, which included a directive to city staffers, including San Diego Police Chief William Lansdowne and Neighborhood Code Compliance director Kelly Broughton, to ...
... stop targeted code enforcement against marijuana dispensaries in the City of San Diego immediately ... [and] stop sending dispensary code enforcement cases to the City Attorney's Office for prosecution.
ASA says the mayor was delivering on a promise he made to a chapter meeting of the group Tuesday.
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Like L.A., San Diego has struggled with trying to regulate pot shops. It also enacted a ban that was overturned after a voter referendum was sent to the council.
ASA executive director Steph Sherer:
The leadership of Mayor Filner is a ray of hope for San Diego patients after years of hostility from local and federal officials. Mayor Filner is the latest in a series of local officials to take a bold stand against federal intimidation.