At first, getting 3,750 signatures in 30 days seemed daunting. We are now way past the halfway mark to getting the Medical Marijuana Dispensary Ordinance (MMDO) on the November ballot. Napa’s Compassion Referendum Committee (NCRC) thanks all its volunteers and supporters.
The NCRC is a mix of members from Napa’s Spinal Cord Injury network and proponents of medical marijuana. It is composed of people from all walks of life and represents a cross-section of the Napa community with one thing in common: a great empathy for those suffering and in pain.
The NCRC proposed and designed the Napa dispensary to be the strictest in the state and also to serve as example for other dispensaries. It will operate as a nonprofit.
Petitions are available for signature at the Bel Aire and South Marketplace shopping centers, as well as other areas. Please go to those locations to sign, or help gather the rest of the signatures. Email to pledge your support at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 707-418-8024.
Nearly four years of planning and $100,000 goes down the drain if the MMDO does not pass. The MMDO controls, monitors, educates and invites local law enforcement in, while at the same time providing much needed safe access for many residents who receive medical benefits from cannabis.
Why not benefit as a city from tax revenue, funding local nonprofits and charitable organizations and creating jobs? Committee members grew up in this town believing that those were important things for our community. Napa had already decided it wanted and needed an MMDO and that is why in August 2010, the City Council unanimously voted in favor of our model.
The MMDO was repealed because of a fear of federal prosecution on the city of Napa. If the MMDO passes in November, the federal government will not be able to fine or interfere in the operation.
The application process that selected Napa’s first medical marijuana dispensary was based on merit and the NCRC plan was chosen. The facility will be located away from schools and neighborhoods, with discreet signs and advertising.
It is time to face the facts and allow patients in Napa safe access to their medicine through our MMDO. We have the ordinance. We paid for it and the city recoups that if this MMDO makes it to the ballot and is voted in. If not, our hard-earned tax dollars are wasted.
Get out and sign the petition. Our MMDO will not weaken this great community, but rather strengthen it.
Kyle Iverson is chair of the Napa’s Compassion Referendum Committee.