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Pot Politics
Dave Druker | 10th Street


On May 31, 2012, the City Clerk of Del Mar received an initiative petition to allow Medical Marijuana Dispensaries in the City of Del Mar. On June 11, the County Registrar of Voters certified that there were 289 valid signatures from Del Mar registered voters. To put an initiative on the ballot requires the collection of at least 10% of the registered voters. There are 2,890 registered voters in the City of Del Mar.

On June 18, 2012 the City Clerk of Del Mar, Mercedes Martin, presented a report to City Council, certifying the petition. The City Council, at the meeting, instructed Mercedes to create a report within 30 days concerning the initiative. So on July 18, 2012 the City Council of Del Mar will receive the report and have two alternatives – put the initiative on the November 2012 general election ballot or within 10 days adopt the ordinance as specified in the initiative. Other alternatives would be to create an alternative ordinance or ballot measure.

When interviewed for this article James Schmachtenberger, Executive Director at Medical Marijuana (an advocacy group promoting the implementation of the medical marijuana law) stated that they picked Del Mar because of its overwhelming support for Prop 19 in November 2008. An interesting provision of the initiative is that it assesses a 2.5% sales tax that would directly benefit the City of Del Mar.

The proponent of the ballot measure is Andrew Werner, a Del Mar Heights resident. The cost for putting this measure on the ballot will add $6,800 to the $7,000 cost for the general election.


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