Strict new medical marijuana rules were scheduled to take effect on Friday in San Diego -- amounting to a de facto ban, according to many activists -- but the action has been suspended since 47,000 signatures were filed for a referendum to end the ban on medicinal cannabis in the city, according to the California Cannabis Coalition and Patient Care Association of California. "We needed 32,000 signatures for the referendum to end the ban," said Craig Beresh of the California Cannabis Coalition just before the referendum was filed. "We will turn today over 47,000 signatures," Beresh said. "This will suspend the ordinance. The ban on medical marijuana in San Diego will be suspended until the registrar verifies the signatures." "We filed at 4:20 today," Beresh said. "So the end result... THE BAN HAS BEEN SUSPENDED AS OF 4:20 TODAY!"