Medical marijuana supporters had a bingo party on Saturday, February 12 at Giovanni'sPizza in Fullerton to pay professional petitioners to get some additional signatures on The Medical Cannabis Restriction and Limitation Initiative and insure ballot status on the 2014 election. The Committee to Support Medical Marijuana Ballot Initiative generated an additional $780 at the bingo party. After many months of hard work refining the initiative, gathering donations from collective operators, and paying professional petitioners, they thought they had more than enough signatures to push for a special election.
The day before they were planning to turn in the petitions, Maria Huizar, the city clerk, informed them that the number of signatures she had guaranteed would be sufficient was incorrect. The correct number was more than double that number. They were initially assured that 4700 signatures would put the initiative on the 2014 ballot and with 7050 signatures they could require a special election within 90 days. The new numbers which conflicted with her past guarantees and conflicted with the City website, was 10,900 to be on the 2014 ballot and 16,300 to force a special election.
The Medical Cannabis Restriction and Limitation Initiative
- Requires adequate security
- Allows one collective per 15,000 residents
- Prohibits collectives and cooperatives within 600 ft of any public or private schools, K-12 grade
- Prohibits collectives and cooperatives in all residential zones
- Prohibits collectives and cooperatives in all zones except C1, C4, C5, M1, and P&C-SM
- Prohibits collectives from possessing or maintaining a license from the State Department of Alcohol Beverage Control.
- Requires that the collectives and cooperatives adhere to the 2008 Attorney General Guidelines for the Security and Non diversion of Marijuana Grown for Medical Use
- Cannabis business is class F which requires the entities to pay business taxes of $20 for each $1000 of gross receipts.