Imagine something like this on San Diego Bay. 

Imagine something like this on San Diego Bay. 

Thank You

I just wanted to thank everyone who contributed to the campaign and helped out.  While the result was not what we hoped, it wasn’t unexpected. We managed to get over 19,000 votes in less than three months starting with zero name recognition and very little money.  Unfortunately, that was just not enough time to overcome the advantages of a 16 year incumbent with limitless financial resources.  But it does show that there is an appetite for change.  We’ve met some really wonderful people along the way and learned a lot about the process.  This is the beginning, not the end.  And now it’s time to take a little break to recuperate.  Thanks again,

Brant

Election Day

Dear Friends,
Today we take the first step toward bringing new leadership to San Diego County. We can do this but we have to do it together. I can’t reach all of the people I need to reach in order to make this happen but each of us, individually, can share this post with our friends on Facebook and encourage them to share it with their friends, who can share it with their friends and on and on. If 1000 people share, we can easily reach 100,000 voters! Let’s get involved. Let’s create a Facebook bomb of support for Brant Will for Supervisor! We cannot stay home today. Now, share, and get out and vote! Thank you!


Polling Locations

Below is the link to the Registrar of Voters website, which you can use to locate your polling place:

http://www2.sdcounty.ca.gov/rov/Eng/Epolling_query.asp

Polls are open from 7am to 8pm.

The Democratic Party Endorsements

I’ve received a lot of questions about the San Diego County Democratic Party’s endorsements. The entire list can be seen here:
http://sddemocrats.org/content/PDF/Endorsement_Flyer_P2012_color.pdf

Please remember to vote.  Thanks!

Brant

Things to Remember

With just a couple of days left until Election Day there are a few important things to remember.  Please make sure that your friends, family, co-workers, mortal enemies, etc., know that the Board of Supervisor’s race is a non-partisan election.  This means that it will not tell you in the ballot pamphlet which candidate is the Democrat and which is the Republican. Many people I have spoken to don’t realize this and, worse, have no idea that my opponent is a Republican. I guess 16 years of uncontested, non-partisan elections will do that for you.  At any rate, voters need to be informed that if they want to support the Democratic candidate, they need to know ahead of time that Brant Will is the Democrat in the race.  If we spread the word and get people to the polls we can do this!  Thanks for your support!

Brant

Medical Marijuana

I’ve been asked a number of questions about my views on medical marijuana and safe, convenient access.  The short answer is that San Diego County and the incorporated cities in San Diego are letting patients down.  There are real medical, ethical, legal and political issues here but at it’s core, this is medicine and it’s essential for mitigating the suffering of thousands of San Diego County residents struggling with chronic disease and other debilitating conditions.  California voters decided more than a decade ago that compassionate use should be the law of California, notwithstanding federal drug laws.  It is not the prerogative of elected officials in San Diego County to decide whether or not individuals should have reasonable access to their medicine.  I leave you with the following opinion piece, which was published in the New York Times a few weeks ago.  It’s very compelling.

A Judge’s Plea for Pot

THREE and a half years ago, on my 62nd birthday, doctors discovered a mass on my pancreas. It turned out to be Stage 3 pancreatic cancer. I was told I would be dead in four to six months. Today I am in that rare coterie of people who have survived this long with the disease. But I did not foresee that after having dedicated myself for 40 years to a life of the law, including more than two decades as a New York State judge, my quest for ameliorative and palliative care would lead me to marijuana.

My survival has demanded an enormous price, including months of chemotherapy, radiation hell and brutal surgery. For about a year, my cancer disappeared, only to return. About a month ago, I started a new and even more debilitating course of treatment. Every other week, after receiving an IV booster of chemotherapy drugs that takes three hours, I wear a pump that slowly injects more of the drugs over the next 48 hours.

Nausea and pain are constant companions. One struggles to eat enough to stave off the dramatic weight loss that is part of this disease. Eating, one of the great pleasures of life, has now become a daily battle, with each forkful a small victory. Every drug prescribed to treat one problem leads to one or two more drugs to offset its side effects. Pain medication leads to loss of appetite and constipation. Anti-nausea medication raises glucose levels, a serious problem for me with my pancreas so compromised. Sleep, which might bring respite from the miseries of the day, becomes increasingly elusive.

Inhaled marijuana is the only medicine that gives me some relief from nausea, stimulates my appetite, and makes it easier to fall asleep. The oral synthetic substitute, Marinol, prescribed by my doctors, was useless. Rather than watch the agony of my suffering, friends have chosen, at some personal risk, to provide the substance. I find a few puffs of marijuana before dinner gives me ammunition in the battle to eat. A few more puffs at bedtime permits desperately needed sleep.

This is not a law-and-order issue; it is a medical and a human rights issue. Being treated at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, I am receiving the absolute gold standard of medical care. But doctors cannot be expected to do what the law prohibits, even when they know it is in the best interests of their patients. When palliative care is understood as a fundamental human and medical right, marijuana for medical use should be beyond controversy.

Sixteen states already permit the legitimate clinical use of marijuana, including our neighbor New Jersey, and Connecticut is on the cusp of becoming No. 17. The New York State Legislature is now debating a bill to recognize marijuana as an effective and legitimate medicinal substance and establish a lawful framework for its use. The Assembly has passed such bills before, but they went nowhere in the State Senate. This year I hope that the outcome will be different. Cancer is a nonpartisan disease, so ubiquitous that it’s impossible to imagine that there are legislators whose families have not also been touched by this scourge. It is to help all who have been affected by cancer, and those who will come after, that I now speak.

Given my position as a sitting judge still hearing cases, well-meaning friends question the wisdom of my coming out on this issue. But I recognize that fellow cancer sufferers may be unable, for a host of reasons, to give voice to our plight. It is another heartbreaking aporia in the world of cancer that the one drug that gives relief without deleterious side effects remains classified as a narcotic with no medicinal value.

Because criminalizing an effective medical technique affects the fair administration of justice, I feel obliged to speak out as both a judge and a cancer patient suffering with a fatal disease. I implore the governor and the Legislature of New York, always considered a leader among states, to join the forward and humane thinking of 16 other states and pass the medical marijuana bill this year. Medical science has not yet found a cure, but it is barbaric to deny us access to one substance that has proved to ameliorate our suffering.

Gustin L. Reichbach is a justice of the State Supreme Court in Brooklyn.

Fundraiser!

We’re having a fundraiser in Point Loma next Saturday, May 26! It’s also a somewhat late celebration of the end of my youth.  Otherwise known as my 39th birthday.  If interested in attending please RSVP to Jana at janagarmo@gmail.com.  Thanks!


Brant