Tuesday, February 1, 2011

San Bernardino County Planning Commission Feb. 3, 2011

Just one week before the San Bernardino County Planning Commission (SBCPC) hearing (Feb. 3) and almost two years since a medical marijuana collective moratorium was put in place, San Bernardino County has released their proposed ordinance.

Apparently dissatisfied with just undermining state law, SBCPC has decided that a total ban on medical marijuana collectives was the more prudent way to go. The ordinance also bans all outdoor grows and makes any private patient indoor grow of more than two patients illegal. Such an over the top and illegal ordinance is really not that surprising for a county that prides itself on being the most fraudulent and mean spirited in all of California.

Funny thing is… the ordinance was submitted by a Josie Gonzales, the San Bernardino County Supervisor who at the Board meeting, following San Bernardino County's loss of their lawsuit to have Prop. 215 ruled unconstitutional, stood up declaring she was in support of medical marijuana and patient's rights with a tearful and poignant narrative of how her aunt used medical marijuana to treat her tender body after working in the fields on her hands and knees all day.

The hearing before the San Bernardino County Planning Commission will be this Thursday, Feb. 3 beginning at 9 a.m. I think they are expecting a lot of us to attend as the meeting is being held in the County Council chambers. Let's not disappoint them.

We will meet and rally at 8:30 a.m. With impassioned speeches from patients and activists we will be primed and enthused as we enter the Council Chambers at 9 a.m. to engage the Planning Commission with our eloquence and passion. Please plan now to join patients, advocates and supporters at the San Bernardino County Government Center building at 385 N. Arrowhead Ave., in downtown San Bernardino 92415.

It is also important that written communication be sent in as well as personal phone contact made. It just so happens that the regular monthly MAPP meeting in Riverside is the evening before the SB Co. Planning Commission hearing. Final preparations for the rally and participation in the Planning Commission hearing will be made at the meeting.

Wednesday, Feb. 2 at 7:30 p.m. - MAPP meeting to prepare for rally at Planning Commission hearing - THCF Medical Clinic, 647 Main St., Riverside 92501. The meeting will start promptly at 7: 30 a.m. and end promptly at 9 p.m. Refreshments will be provided and if you would like to bring a non-medicated treat or two, that would be much appreciated.

Thursday, Feb. 3 at 8:30 a.m. - Rally at San Bernardino County Government Center, 385N. Arrowhead Ave. in downtown San Bernardino 92415.

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