The following Press release was issued earlier today by James Anthony who is working to advocate for Cannabis collectives in Vallejo in light of the recent decision by City Council to close all collectives presently operating in the city. The group is calling themselves Measure C Eleven. More on the web at www.SaveMeasureC.com
City of Vallejo Rejects $5 Million in Annual Revenue
From Legal Medical Cannabis Dispensaries
Vallejo, CA – On Thursday February 19th at 11:00 AM, 555 Santa Clara Street, medical cannabis patients and activists will gather at Vallejo City Hall to protest the City’s attempt to close all medical marijuana dispensaries, even the legal ones, and reject a projected $5 million in annual revenue.Dispensaries will attempt to make their usual tax payments—that the City Council just told staff to reject.
Measure C Eleven (MC11) is a coalition of medical marijuana dispensaries that opened before the 2013 moratorium and have consistently paid the City’s 10% tax as well as sales tax. MC 11 is organizing to fight back against the City’s unfair and harmful proposal. Eliminating all medical marijuana dispensaries will cause untold harm to the many hundreds of medical cannabis patients in Vallejo and the surrounding areas.
On Thursday morning at 11:00, Measure C Eleven member dispensaries will offer to pay their taxes—as they have regularly for years. The City Council has told City Staff to refuse the payment. Why is Vallejo turning down money from legally compliant California state medical cannabis patient collectives? 76% Of Vallejo voters approved the tax; far more votes than any city council member or the mayor received.
Measure C Eleven has prepared a compromise proposal that would recognize the dispensaries that were open since before the moratorium and allow them to supply medicine to patients during the transition to the City’s new regulatory system. If the City insists on closing all dispensaries, MC11 is prepared to take action, including a referendum against the City’s unfair, unwise, and unkind policy, and an initiative ordinance so that the voters of Vallejo can choose the most compassionate approach.
Measure C Eleven has retained political consultant and attorney James Anthony (www.MCDLawyer.com) to guide this campaign. For ten years Anthony has guided local medical cannabis campaigns in Berkeley and San Jose, among many others, winning referenda and initiatives throughout California.
Measure C Eleven is committed to maintaining safe access for patients and to engaging in active civic participation. MC11 has prepared a simple petition for Vallejo voters to sign in support of their reasonable proposal, and they are also actively registering new voters now that California has online voter registration as of the beginning of this year. This is a new era in Vallejo citizen engagement.