Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, signature gathering for our initiative was forced to discontinue which has caused us to miss our deadline of May 15th. When the pandemic is under control and mandates have been lifted, we will pick up the process and continue with our mission to bring safe access for both medical and adult use cannabis to Oceanside.

Donate TODAY and help us bring Safe, Local Access to Oceanside!


Oceanside for a Safer Community


Oceanside for a Safer Community was formed by cannabis patients and activists with the sole purpose of repealing the medical marijuana bans in the City of Oceanside.

Our goal is to establish sensible regulations so patients have access to safe, affordable medicine with tough lab testing standards, while keeping our kids and neighborhoods safe by moving cannabis off the streets and into a controlled environment.




2020 is the year of opportunity for Oceanside with qualified candidates ready to work for our community. If you are not currently registered to vote in the city of Oceanside, please register and help make a difference in this historic year. Oceanside for a Safer Community proudly endorses the following candidates for Oceanside office.

Amber Newman
Oceanside City Council District 3

Michelle Gomez
Oceanside City Council District 4


Our mixer event on May 26th to bring awareness and support for Oceanside’s new Marijuana Ad Hoc Committee. Over 70 industry, patient and patient advocates were in attendance and spent the evening eating, drinking and networking with like minded individuals. Our Mixer Event features speakers Amber and David Newman, City Councilperson Chuck Lowery, and a special appearance by Congressional Candidate Col. Doug Applegate.


Published on Jun 12, 2017
Charter-Cox Local Edition Host Brad Pomerance interviews Oceanside Deputy Mayor Chuck Lowery about the sale of both medical and recreational marijuana in the city of Oceanside California.


Published on Jun 20, 2017
San Diego Union Tribune Article
Oceanside farmers seek cannabis legalization


Published on Aug 2, 2017
San Diego Union Tribune Article
Cannabis advocates seek special elections
Oceanside marijuana activists David and Amber Newman began circulating a petition over a year ago to legalize medical marijuana in their city. However, they suspended their signature drive to work with the city’s ad hoc committee.



On June 12, 2018 a Press Conference was held at the steps of city hall to introduce a cannabis citizens initiative in the city of Oceanside. Oceanside for a Safer Community joined forces with other groups to create Oceanside Advocates for Safe Access so we can continue with the signature gathering process and move the initiative onto the 2020 Ballot that will let the voters decide the fate of safe access in the city.



On June 30th we made history as the first cannabis group to participate in the Oceanside Independence Day Parade led by current Deputy Mayor and District 1 Council Candidate Chuck Lowery and District 2 Candidate Terry Johnson. We were exhilarated by the show of support from the crowd as many people came off the sidewalk and asked to sign our petition even as we continued through the Parade route! It’s obvious Oceanside wants “Safe Access” to cannabis and will not settle for anything less than lifting the cannabis bans once and for all! See everyone in next years parade!!


Long Term Effects

Evidence does not support the notion that even heavy, long-term marijuana use by adults permanently impairs memory or other cognitive functions.

Some studies have shown that heavy marijuana use starting in the early teens has an impact on the brain, while other studies have shown no impact. What is clear is that much more research is needed.

A 2014 study of 2,600 young people found that when taking into account socio-economic factors such as environment, poverty, poor nutrition, parenting style, mental health, and alcohol use, the association between moderate marijuana use and IQ largely disappears. Still, it is strongly recommended that teens not use marijuana, as their brains are still developing, and in particular the part of the brain that controls emotional development can be sensitive

There is no definitive evidence that marijuana causes some psychiatric disorders in otherwise healthy individuals. Most tellingly, rates of schizophrenia and other psychiatric illnesses have remained flat even during periods of time when marijuana use rates have increased. This is not to say that there is no relationship between psychoactive substances and mental functioning. Some effects of marijuana use can include feelings of panic, anxiety  and paranoia, but these effects  are temporary.

Medicinal Properties

Alleviate symptoms of a wide range of debilitating medical conditions, including cancer, HIV/AIDS, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s Disease, epilepsy, and Crohn’s Disease.

  • Act as a safer and more effective alternative to narcotic painkillers
  • Treat severe pain
  • Reduce nausea induced by cancer chemotherapy
  • Stimulate appetite in AIDS patients
  • Reduce intraocular pressure in people with glaucoma
  • Reduce muscle spasticity in patients with neurological disorders
  • Help manage some mental health conditions, particularly PTSD
  • Associated with reduced risk of head and neck cancer

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Oceanside for a Safer Community is a committee formed by a group of concerned patients, parents, residents, community leaders and business owners advocating the value, acceptance, and inclusion of both medical and adult use cannabis in Oceanside.

If you would like to be an advocate with us, Volunteer today and help us replace the cannabis bans with sensible, realistic, regulations in the city of Oceanside!


Oceanside for a Safer Community
Oceanside, CA 92054

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