United Patients' Alliance (UPA), the newly formed trade association of medical cannabis providers in Greater San Diego, is rallying support for Mayor Filner in his fight for safe and regulated access to medical cannabis access in the city. The much debated ordinance, that includes strict zoning, will be presented by Mayor Filner to City Council on April 22nd.
"We have a Mayor that believes California state law allowing safe access to medical cannabis should be upheld in the city of San Diego. This is a good thing and we want to make sure that his efforts are realized," stated UPA President Ken Cole. "Regulated medical cannabis dispensaries will serve the needs of patients and their caregivers in the community, drive away black market street dealers, and will bring favorable economic development to our city".
"The UPA supports the vision of Mayor Filner in the recognition the potential of this industry. This ordinance will enhance public safety, quality of life of patients, positively impact the economy and to the city's revenue stream. We hope that the City Council also recognizes these positive impacts and works to enact Mayor Filner's proposal as soon as possible."
United Patients' Alliance and its member organizations intend to support the mayor's proposal, through educational outreach to the greater community about the benefits of cannabis regulation-both medicinal and financial - as well as the specifics of the mayor's plan.
About the United Patients' Alliance (UPA)
The United Patients' Alliance is the professional association of medical cannabis providers in Greater San Diego. We are an alliance of organizations dedicated to providing high quality cannabis medicine to patients in a professional, respectful, discreet and safe environment. Our members hold themselves to the highest professional standards and are dedicated to making a positive impact on the communities they serve. Our mission is to protect patients' access to cannabis medicine by promoting the legal, safe and responsible operation of medical cannabis cooperatives and collectives.
About UPA President - Kenneth Cole
Ken Cole is the director of a local cannabis marijuana collective, as well as a cancer patient, who uses medical cannabis as part of his treatment for this disease. As a former Olympic basketball player, a coach and motivational speaker, the pursuit of holistic health for himself and others has been a driving force throughout Ken's life. Through his own experiences with medical cannabis, Ken has become a true believer in its therapeutic value and is determined to make it available to other patients in need through safe and respectful dispensing environments.