CALIFORNIA: Volunteers are collecting signatures in front of the Napa County Library and other public venues this week in the hope of overturning the City Council’s December decision to scrap its medical marijuana ordinance.
So far, the grassroots effort reports having collected about 3,000 signatures of registered city voters since late December, with 3,850 signatures — 10 percent of the city’s registered voters — needed by the Jan. 16 deadline.
If the group meets its goal and the signatures are verified, the City Council may either reverse its decision on medical marijuana or pass a resolution calling for an election no later than November.
Kyle Iverson, who coordinates the petition drive, said the group wants to turn in 5,000 signatures by 5 p.m. Tuesday — or 1,150 more than necessary. The final signature gathering push is planned for this weekend, said Iverson, 32.
On Dec. 3, the City Council repealed its medical marijuana ordinance that would have allowed the opening of a medical marijuana dispensary. The vote was 3-2, with councilmembers Peter Mott and Scott Sedgley voting in the minority.