Association of Cannabis Professionals Voter guide, June 2018 election

ACP has compiled a voter guide for the convenience of our members and the cannabis community at large. The voter guide was completed as follows:

- ACP staff created 4 questionnaires to be circulated to candidates, one questionnaire for candidates for city offices, one for county offices, state offices, and federal offices.

-Staff Circulated these questionnaires to all candidates seeking public office representing San Diego County.

-Candidates were given 10 days to complete and submit the questionnaire relevant to the office he or she is seeking.

-Upon reviewing the submitted questionnaires, Staff assigned a preliminary rating to each candidate, on a scale including the ratings "All Star," "Acceptable," "Neutral/no rating," "Unknown," "Unacceptable," and "Anyone But!"

-Board then voted to approve or amend the preliminary ratings assigned by staff.  

-The full voter guide, with notes from staff, is available here.

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City Offices: 

San Diego City Council, District 2: 
Jordan Beane - ALL-STAR 

Jordan’s dedication to the safe access movement has been made apparent in his frequent visits to ACP meetings and events, even when he is not speaking or featured in any way. His knowledge of the problems facing the cannabis industry are considerable. Jordan has frequently consulted with ACP staff in crafting his policy regarding cannabis issues, and has shown a healthy appetite to see the cannabis community expand in San Diego. This has earned Jordan the sole "all star" designation in this race.  

Jennifer Campbell - ACCEPTABLE

Jen Campbell has appeared at ACP meetings and has expressed generally progressive views on cannabis. However, her engagement with, and knowledge of, this issue has not been as profound as it could be, therefore Jen has been rated acceptable. 

Bryan Pease - ACCEPTABLE

Many in the Cannabis Community know Bryan as a long time activist and supporter of the Safe Access movement. However, his aggressive, and at times incendiary campaign tactics have alienated him from many in the community. This precluded the board and staff from seeing Bryan as a true all star candidate. This does not, however, take away from his long record as a champion of Safe Access. 

Lorie Zapf - ANYONE BUT!

This official has been one of the greatest opponents of Safe Access in all of San Diego county. She has proactively used her political will to block retail, manufacturing, production, and cultivation in San Diego.

 

DO NOT VOTE FOR THIS PERSON!

San Diego City Council, District 4: 

Myrtle Cole - Neutral/ No rating 

Myrtle Cole has at times voted for marijuana but has also, at times, gone with the advice of the San Diego Police department who can be relatively prohibitionist. 

Monica Montgomery - ACCEPTABLE 

Monica's questionnaire indicated progressive views on safe access, however her lack of a voting record on the subject combined with not a large public engagement presence on this issue precludes her from obtaining a rating higher than acceptable. 

San Diego City Council, District 6: 

Tommy Hough - ALL-STAR 

Tommy is a frequent attendee at ACP meetings and events. Tommy is dedicated to Safe Access - he has repeatedly stated publicly that he supports not only an increase in retail, manufacturing, production, and cultivation licenses within San Diego City, but he would also support implementation of a new regulatory framework permitting on-site consumption of cannabis within city limits. Tommy is very knowledge on the issue of cannabis and has earned the confidence of ACP board and staff.  

Chris Cate - Neutral/No rating

Chris Cate's votes have been a mixed bag. He has at times voted in favor of access and has at times voted against. He did not return a questionnaire. 

San Diego City Council, District 8: 
Zachary Lazarus - ALL STAR

Zachary Lazarus is a dispensary owner and long-time ACP business member. Zachary has been involved in the Safe Access movement for years and has been a reliable advocate for cannabis throughout San Diego. Of the candidates in this race, Zachary is the most sure vote for expanding Safe Access on the city council, which has earned him unanimous support for the rating of all star from the ACP board and staff. 

Vivian Moreno - ACCEPTABLE 

In her endorsement questionnaire, Vivian unequivocally expressed support for the current cannabis regulations in the city (40 MPFs and 14 retailers) but would not commit to voting to expand licensing within city limits "without new evidence showing this to be necessary." This precludes Vivian from a rating of all star, but her stances on the current regulatory framework makes her candidacy acceptable in the eyes of the cannabis community.

Antonio Martinez - UNKNOWN

Antonio did not submit an endorsement questionnaire to the Association, and due to his lack of voting record, it is difficult to formulate a position on his views on commercial cannabis access at this time.  

Christian Ramirez - UNKNOWN

Christian did not submit an endorsement questionnaire to the Association, and due to his lack of voting record, it is impossible to formulate a position on his views on commercial cannabis access at this time.  

County Offices

District Attorney 

Genevieve Jones-Wright - ALL STAR

Having made safe access a focal point of her campaign, and promising to drop the outrageous complaint against Jessica McElfresh, Genevieve Jones Wright's revolutionary candidacy could not have more enthusiastic support from the Association of Cannabis Professionals. Gen is a fantastic attorney with the Public Defender's office with a long standing record of acting as a voice for the voiceless. As District Attorney, Gen will be focused on prosecuting illegal activities and violent crimes, not legal cannabis businesses.

Summer Stephan - ANYONE BUT!

Even as Bonnie Dumanis' hand picked, anointed successor, Summer's rhetoric as the new DA sounded promising. She said that she would not be focussing on prosecuting cannabis activity, BUT she is still prosecuting long time advocate and friend to the cannabis community, Jessica McElfresh. Every other person involved in this case is no longer on trial and in a gross violation of Attorney-Client Privilege, Summer continues to press charges. 

Based on this, we have no reason to believe that Stephen will discontinue Dumanis' crusade against legal cannabis using the bully pulpit of the DA's office to advance their radical anti-access agenda.

 

Vote for Genevieve Jones-Wright!

Sheriff

David Myers - ALL STAR

A 32 year veteran of law enforcement and a Commander within the San Diego county sheriff's office, Dave Myers has been openly critical of the county's cruel cannabis ban and the Sheriff's office's over-policing of the cannabis community. This all ends on June 5th when San Diego elects Dave Myers our next Sheriff. Dave will work with the Board of Supervisors to enact regulatory framework that allows cannabis businesses to operate in the unincorporated areas of the county and will treat them as what they are, normal businesses.  

Bill Gore - Neutral/No Rating

Sheriff Gore did not return a questionnaire to ACP staff. His views on cannabis have not been clear, but he certainly did not lobby the Board of Supervisors against the county cannabis ban. 

Assessor/recorder/clerk

Matt Strabone - ALL STAR

Matt unequivocally supports Safe Access and will lobby the Board of Supervisors to overturn the county cannabis ban. 

Ernie Dronenburg - UNACCEPTABLE 

Board of Supervisors, District 4

This race deserves a disclaimer. District 4 is one of, if not, the most controversial race in the county. In it we have a number of candidates that have previously served in office, some that haven't, but most importantly this race is overshadowed by the worst candidate on the June ballot, Bonnie Dumanis. Because of this, our board has come to the following ratings on each of the District 4 candidates. 

Nathan Fletcher - ALL STAR

Nathan Fletcher is a man who has seen first hand the benefits of cannabis, both for his fellow veterans suffering from PTSD, and for society at large. Nathan has been extremely attentive to this issue and has taken time out of his campaign to meet with industry leaders to craft a highly progressive cannabis policy. Nathan's campaign has been endorsed by several owners of ACP member businesses, and all three full-time members of ACP staff. Nathan Fletcher has pledged to vote to end the county cannabis ban and would actively promote legislation to allow commercial cannabis activity in the unincorporated county.  

Lori Saldaña - ALL STAR

Lori has long been a proponent and an advocate for Safe Access. She has committed unequivocally to voting to end the county cannabis ban and her voting record on cannabis issues has earned her the rating of all-star.

Omar Passons - ACCEPTABLE 

Omar has demonstrated relatively in depth knowledge of the cannabis industry and the issues facing it. However, during an ASA forum on Safe Access, he would not commit to supporting on-site consumption. His views on on-site consumption are not sufficiently progressive to earn a rating of all-star. This combined with a lack of voting record has earned him a rating of acceptable. 

Kenneth Malbrough - UNKNOWN

Kenneth did not submit a questionnaire. His views on cannabis issues are largely unknown.

Bonnie Dumanis: - ANYONE BUT!

Bonnie Dumanis is the bane of Safe Access existence in San Diego. Her only record on the issue includes putting cannabis users, their providers, and their attorneys in jail. She is the absolute worst candidate for this position bar none.  DO NOT VOTE FOR THIS CANDIDATE!

Board of Supervisors, District 5

Michelle Gomez - ALL STAR

Michelle promptly returned the ACP endorsement questionnaire and her answers demonstrated deep support for Safe Access and a profound understanding of the issue. Michelle has a personal connection to this issue as her husband, Donald, is a Marine Corps veteran who uses cannabis for PTSD and Anxiety. ACP board and staff are confident that Michelle will, if elected to the Board, proactively further progressive cannabis policy. It's for all these reasons that we have designated Michelle an All-Star candidate. 

Jerry Kern - ALL STAR 

Jerry Kern may be the most pro-cannabis Republican in San Diego County. As a council member in Oceanside, Kern was on the Ad-Hoc committee that reviewed and wrote the initial ordinance that was ultimately shot down by the rest of council. He has been a staunch advocate for cannabis regulations even when the rest of the Republican Party has been fighting against us. Given his advocacy and voice for this community, we give Kern a rating of All-Star

Jim Desmond - ANYONE BUT

"Legal marijuana? Never in my city." -Jim Desmond. DO NOT VOTE FOR THIS MAN!

State Offices 

Assembly District-80: 

Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher - ALL STAR

Lorena is one of the most progressive members of the California state legislature. The Board and Staff are confident that she will continue proactively advocating for progressive cannabis policy in the assembly. 

Assembly District-79: 

Shirley Weber - ALL STAR

Dr. Shirley Weber has been fighting to end the vicious war on drugs for decades. Her work to bring progressive reforms to cannabis policy has been extremely noble, and ACP board and staff are confident that she will continue this effort once re-elected. 

Assembly District-78

Todd Gloria -- ALL STAR 

Todd is also one of the most progressive members of the California state legislature who's superb voting record on cannabis issues speaks for itself. ACP board and staff has full confidence in Todd to continue to lead California forward. 

Maggie Campbell - UNKNOWN

No questionnaire received. No voting record to show 

Assembly District - 77

Sunday Gover - ACCEPTABLE

In her questionnaire, Sunday pledged to proacitively support progressive cannabis policy at the state level. She demonstrated great knowledge in the field of drug policy reform and has earned the confidence of the board and staff. 

Brian has often voted the right way on issues of cannabis, however he has not demonstrated that this is a priority for him in any way. His re-election campaign did not return a questionnaire to ACP staff, however, his voting record on this issue has earned him the rating of acceptable. 

Assembly District -76 

Thomas Krouse - ALL STAR

As a board member for San Diego Americans for Safe Access Government Affairs Committee, Thomas has demonstrated a years-long dedication to the issue of cannabis policy reform. His endorsement questionnaire demonstrated profound understanding of the issues facing the cannabis community. All of these factors put together earned him the highest rating in the minds of ACP board and staff. 

Elizabeth Warren - ACCEPTABLE

As a member of ACP, Liz has demonstrated considerable enthusiasm for the Safe Access movement. ACP board and staff consider her candidacy quite acceptable in this regard. Liz has frequently demonstrated her dedication to ACP by attending or sending a representitve to general meetings and ACP events. Her questionnaire also showed an in depth understanding of the issues facing the cannabis community. 

Tasha Boerner Horvath - ACCEPTABLE 

Tasha's questionnaire demonstrated a deep understanding of the issues facing the cannabis community. There was one big vote in Encinitas on a potential ordinance that she was open to supporting, but all of council instead voted to put in on the ballot. Since then, Tasha has toured cannabis facilities and has become much more knowledgable on the issues. This has earned her the rating of acceptable. 

Note: No other candidates in this race returned questionnaires.

Federal Offices:

Congressional District-53: 

Susan Davis - ALL STAR

ACP board and staff are confident that Susan Davis will vote the right way when cannabis legalization comes up on the federal docket in the upcoming years. 

Voting record: 

Veterans Equal Access Amendment (2016) - Yes

 

McClintock/Polis Amendment (2015) - Yes

 

Rohrabacher/Farr Amendment (2015) - Yes

 

Veterans Equal Access Amendment (2015) - Yes

Congressional District-52 

Scott Peters - ALL STAR

Scott Peters has truly earned the rating of all-star. A co-sponsor of the Marijuana Business Access to Banking Act, Scott demonstrated a dedication to this issue years ago. He has also sent a representative to numerous ACP meetings to maintain good relations with the group. Board and Staff are confident in Scott's ability to lead on this issue. 

 

Voting record: 

Veterans Equal Access Amendment (2016) - Yes

 

McClintock/Polis Amendment (2015) - Yes

 

Rohrabacher/Farr Amendment (2015) - Yes

 

Veterans Equal Access Amendment (2015) - Yes

Congressional District-51

Juan Vargas - ACCEPTABLE

Voting record: 

Veterans Equal Access Amendment (2016) - Yes

 

McClintock/Polis Amendment (2015) - Yes

 

Rohrabacher/Farr Amendment (2015) - Yes

 

Veterans Equal Access Amendment (2015) - Yes

Congressional District-50

Duncan Hunter - ALL STAR

Duncan Hunter has proactively furthered progressive cannabis policy. He introduced legislation aimed at reforming cannabis policy and his voting record on this issue is excellent.  

Voting record: 

Veterans Equal Access Amendment (2016) - Yes

 

McClintock/Polis Amendment (2015) - Yes

 

Rohrabacher/Farr Amendment (2015) - Yes

 

Veterans Equal Access Amendment (2015) - Yes

Ammar Campa Najjar - ALL STAR

Ammar's questionnaire elucidated his progressive views on cannabis. He believes in nationwide decriminalization and will proactively work towards this goal if elected to congress.  

Josh Butner - UNKNOWN

Josh did not return a questionnaire and with no record to point to, it is impossible for the board and staff to generate a rating for this candidate. 

CA-49

Mike Levin - ALL STAR

Mike Levin has expressed the most progressive cannabis policy of any candidate in this race. Mike has attended ACP meetings and spoken with ACP staff in shaping his cannabis policy. When asked by ACP staff if he would sponsor legislation decriminalizing cannabis at the federal level, he answered "absolutely yes." This accumulation of factors has earned Mike the confidence of the ACP board and staff.  

Joshua Hancock - ACCEPTABLE

Joshua's questionnaire demonstrated knowledge on the issues facing the cannabis community and his libertarian viewpoints on the issue have earned him an acceptable rating. 

Sara Jacobs - ACCEPTABLE

Sara's questionnaire demonstrated a willingness to decriminalize cannabis on a federal level but did not demonstrate that it would be a high priority of that her understanding of the issue was particularly nuanced relative to others that staff received. 

Paul Kerr - UNKNOWN 

Paul's campaign did not submit a questionnaire and with no voting record to point to it was not possible for staff to assign a rating. 

Kristin Gaspar - ANYONE BUT!

NO NO NO NO NO! One of the main proponents of the county cannabis ban, as Supervisor, Gaspar was one of the greatest opponents of legalization in the entire county. DO NOT VOTE FOR THIS CANDIDATE! 

Superior Court Judge Seat no. 37

Matt Brower - ALL STAR 

Matt is a prosecutor who's views on cannabis differ significantly from that of the current and recent past District Attorney. Matt calls himself a "follow the law" candidate, currently meaning that he believes all San Diegans should be free from arrest for personal use of cannabis. He has proactively taken steps to reach out to the cannabis community and share with us his views on this subject.  

Gary Kreep - UNACCEPTABLE

Outdated views on cannabis. Not in touch with the will of the voters. Vote for Matt Brower. 

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