3/23/15 – The following press release was issued by:
Maurice Solis, Co-founder of reLeaf Alternative Healing
Anh Nguyen-Solis, reLeaf Alternatives Healing
Kyndra Miller, Cannabusiness Law
Community Rally Against City of Vallejo’s imposed shutdown of all Cannabis dispensaries
VALLEJO, CA— A community rally to protest the unjust closure and regulatory changes imposed against legally operating medical marijuana dispensaries in Vallejo.
The demonstration will start at 5:30 p.m. at the headquarters of reLeaf Alternative Healing, 525 Capitol Street, in Vallejo’s historic downtown. Community members will march from reLeaf to the steps of Vallejo City Hall where Organizers will hold a rally and press conference at 6:30 p.m.
“Our march to City Hall will be a cry of ‘We shall not be moved,’ in the spirit of the march to Selma during the Civil Rights movement 50 years ago,” says Kyndra Miller, lawyer for reLeaf Alternative Healing. “As a cannabis patient and community, we too are experiencing injustice from our public
The rally is being held in response to Vallejo’s City Council decision in January 2015 to close all 11 of the legal medical marijuana dispensaries currently operating within city limits, and to refuse to accept payment of the dispensaries’ Measure C taxes. The City Council additionally voted to ultimately regulate and limit the number of dispensaries operating in Vallejo. Dispensaries attempting to pay their taxes in February were turned away by City Hall. There is a potential City Council vote to pass an Ordinance to add Chapter 7.100 to the Vallejo Municipal Code to Provide Limited immunity to 2 Medical Marijuana Dispensaries.
“Our biggest concern right now is for our patients,” says Anh Nguyen-Solis, Public Relations Manager of reLeaf, a medical cannabis cooperative that has legally operated in Vallejo for more than three years. “At reLeaf, we serve hundreds of chronically ill and disabled patients who rely on this medicine to manage their symptoms, and we provide free medicine to terminally ill and indigent patients in our community.
“Our city representatives need to consider the citizens of Vallejo who depend on these vital medicines,” she continues. “This sudden decision by Vallejo City Council ties our hands in being able to dispense the vital medicines to the patients who depend on them.” reLeaf is organizing the rally in conjunction with the National Organization for the Reform of
Marijuana Laws (NORML) and the non-profit charity Cann-I-Dream Foundation. Participants will include reLeaf patients and supporters, as well as community activists, business and residential neighbors, and representatives from other medical cannabis dispensaries.