Aiming to make marijuana the lowest police priority in town, Sensible Santa Barbara – an organization exclusively committed to promoting a ganja-friendly ordinance – submitted more than 11,500 signatures of support to the city clerks for certification last week, in hopes of either getting the item on the November ballot or before the City Council sometime before then. The group also released results from an Evans/McDonough Co. survey conducted locally during the past few months; it indicated that 73 percent of local residents feel that criminalizing marijuana is “clogging courts and wasting tax dollars.” A spokesperson for the Santa Barbara Police Department commented that marijuana offenses are already pretty low on the totem poll, and usually only receive police attention if they are specifically complained about by citizens.

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