Tag Archives: San Diego

San Diego Legal News: Medical marijuana dispensaries to be shut down in San Diego

In the news this week, is our own, Alex Kreit, Associate Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Law & Social Justice. Professor Kreit is also chairperson of the city of San Diego’s Medical Marijuana Task Force. His remarks, quoted in San Diego CityBeat, suggest that the de facto ban on medical marijuana dispensaries for the next year is the most reasonable compromise that could be made with the current city council members (Lamb). However, in Professor Kreit’s opinion, based on extensive empirical research in the San Diego community, the majority of San Diego residents would likely prefer to have well-regulated and conveniently accessible dispensaries.

In a letter to the City Council, published in San Diego Citybeat, Professor Kreit, on behalf of the City of San Diego’s Medical Marijuana Task Force, urges Council members to reconsider the excessively restrictive zoning regulations that would prohibit medical marijuana collectives and cooperatives from operating in large portions of the City of San Diego, to include central areas where the presence of dispensaries is supported by the majority of the local residents. The letter asks that Council members take into consideration the needs of patients who rely on convenient legal access to doctor-prescribed medication. “Those who will be hurt most by the draft ordinance will be the sickest patients, including the elderly and the disabled, who cannot travel long distances for their medicine and are unable to undertake the time and labor intensive process of attempting to grow medical marijuana for themselves. Indeed, the California legislature adopted the Medical Marijuana Program Act in 2003, which makes medical marijuana collectives and cooperatives legal, in order to protect the rights of patients like these.” (Maass).

What do you think about the new regulations?


San Diego Legal News: Mount Soledad Cross ruled unconstitutional and new laws discussed

The enormous crucifix on government owned land that has been touted as a symbol of support for U.S. veterans has been deemed  unconstitutional. Government resources cannot legally be used to exclusively promote any specific religion, and the Mount Soledad cross is no exception. However, Republicans are determined to keep the cross and are trying to bypass the decision of the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals by taking to Congress their request to keep the Christian symbol standing.


Local News: Wrongful Termination – Scott Kessler fired for being a whistleblower?

San Diego Mayor Jerry Saunders is currently defending the decision to lay off former Deputy Director of Economic Development, Scott Kessler. Kessler claims that he was fired for being a whistleblower on issues related to bribery, fraud, and conflict of interest. For more information, see these two recent articles from the San Diego Reader, and 10News.com. This news comes on the heels of another San Diego Reader news report questioning the Mayor’s ethics regarding the financial interest of San Diego.

San Diego Reader by Don Bauder (Nov 10, 2010)
San Diego Reader by Don Bauder (Oct 19, 2010)