Supporters of pot dispensaries and collectives in Sacramento County hoped the ban issue would have been resolved at the polls last month but it didn’t work out the way they’d hoped, so they brought the names on their failed ballot petition to the board of supervisors.
“This ban is putting my safety in jeopardy in order for me to get my medicine,” said Betty Braden, marijuana advocate.
One by one medical cannabis crusaders laid their beliefs and 32,000 of their supporters’ signatures on the line before the supervisors.
It was all in hopes of reversing a year-old county ban on dispensaries a ban many say is unfairly tossing aside state law supporting the qualified use of medical marijuana.
Shelby Lucero’s life and business – The Farmer’s Daughter – slammed right into the ban last July.
“You have 35 men at you with automatic weapons and red lasers telling you to get down on the ground and holding guns to your head,” said Lucero.
She uses cannabis oils and drops to manage intense pain from neuropathy and herniated discs.
She’s also still in the midst of a court battle over what she believes should never have been criminalized.
“We never had 80 pounds of cannabis. We only had enough cannabis for two patients,” said Lucero.
She and others believe a reversal of the ban can’t come soon enough.
“Now, there is no cultivation and no collectives in Sacramento. Patients have to drive sometimes up to a few hours and get into the inner city to get to a safe collective or they have to access the black market, putting already sick patients in harm’s way,” said Kimberly Cargile ,with the Committee for Safe Patient Access to Regulated Cannabis, or CSPARC.
After two months of daily calls to get on the Board of Superivors’ agenda, Cargile and her group are promising a lawsuit if nothing changes.
As of right now the board isn’t planning to take any action on their CSPARC’s presentation.