ASA California Weekly Roundup: June 1, 2015 Only two weeks left until the California Citizen Lobby Day in Sacramento!

June 01, 2015 | Don Duncan

Lobby day participantsYou have a chance to shape the future of medical cannabis in California in just two weeks. That’s when hundreds of patients and advocates will be in Sacramento to talk with their lawmakers about more than a dozen bills touching almost every aspect medical cannabis – commercial licensing and regulation, penalties for manufacturing concentrates, environmental standards for cultivation, patients’ rights, and more. What happens (or does not happen) with these bills will affect you in some way.

Get registered for the California Citizen Lobby Day today, so that ASA has time to make appointments for you with your state Assembly Member and Senator on June 15.

  • Workshops on regulating medical cannabis cultivation and using the voter initiative process in your hometown
  • Special briefing on the exciting developments with more than a dozen bills
  • ASA’s signature Citizen Lobbyist Training and insider’s information about your lawmakers
  • Face-to-face meetings with lawmakers and staff
  • Press conference, pictures, and videos about your participation
  • A free VIP reception with lawmakers and other advocates
  • A great comedy show with comedian, journalist, and cannabis personality Ngaio Bealum

Want fliers to help promote the event? Email courtney@safeaccessnow.org or call (916) 449-3975. 

Want to know more about the bills? Sign up for the ASA-CCSA email discussion list here:
http://www.safeaccessnow.org/asa_ccsa_email_discussion_list

See you in Sacramento June 14 and 15!

 


 ASA California Weekly Roundup: June 1, 2015


Contents (Scroll down for details and links):

News

  • National
  • California
  • Local

Events

  • June 9, 2015 –Volunteer Day for the California Citizen Lobby Day (Sacramento)
  • June 9, 2015 – Live Broadcast: California Citizen Lobby Day Briefing (Online)
  • June 10, 2015 – Senate Health Committee Hearing on AB 258 (Sacramento)
  • June 14-15, 2015 – California Citizen Lobby Day 2015 (Sacramento)
  • June 23, 2015 - Webinar: Improving Analysis of Edibles, Topicals, and Related Products using Flash Chromatography (Online)

Court Support

  • No court support requests this week

Take Action Now

  • Sign the Petition to Ask Your Representatives to Sign on to the Senate CARERS Act! (National)
  • Support the CA Medical Cannabis Organ Transplant Act (California)
  • Stop Incarcerating Parents for Victimless Marijuana Crimes (Sonoma)

ASA Website Spotlight

  • California Citizen Lobby Day

Chapter & Affiliate Meetings

  • June 2, 2015 - San Francisco ASA (San Francisco)
  • June 4, 2015 - Sonoma ASA (Santa Rosa)

News


Follow @ASAdonduncan on Twitter for medical cannabis news and more.

 A surprising ‘yes’ vote from DiFi on medical marijuana use (National)

State, county pot policies moving forward this year (California/Local)

Tax board seeks to stir up pot revenue (California)

Steven Greenhut on How California is Trying to Tax Medical Marijuana Dispensaries (California)

Drug Eviction: Pot Shop Suffers 'Hostile Takeover' (San Francisco)

Marin supervisors propose tough medical marijuana ordinance (Marin County)

Livermore police blame medical pot's hazy rules for crackdowns (Livermore)

Pot delivery thrives despite ban (Riverside County)

Pot delivery service targets Barstow (Barstow)

Robbers at a Pot Dispensary Shoot Employee in Leg (Los Angeles)

Upland medical marijuana initiative proposes to lift ban (Upland)

Greenfield won’t consider medical marijuana dispensaries (Greenfield)

High and active (Sacramento)

Vallejo City Council approves ordinance allowing four MMDs (Vallejo)

Lake County’s first medical marijuana center opens (Lake County)


 Public Meetings & Events


June 9, 2015 –Volunteer Day for the California Citizen Lobby Day (Sacramento)
4:00 – 7:00 PM at the ASA office located at 770 L Street, Suite 950, Sacramento, CA 95814. Help us get materials prepared for the California Citizen Lobby Day and stick around for a live online broadcast at 7:00 PM. Please RSVP to courtney@safeaccessnow.og There is paid parking in the building and nearby. Limited street parking is available.

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June 9, 2015 – Live Broadcast: California Citizen Lobby Day Briefing (Online)
7:00 PM online at https://plus.google.com/events/cco9nujnqklp00a9s7u2igvp2ms Join us live to get the latest updates on the biggest and most important medical cannabis lobby day yet – the California Citizen Lobby Day on June 14 and 15 in Sacramento. We will be discussing the lobby day program, how you can participate, and the latest information on more than a dozen bills in the state legislature. Your questions and comments are welcome in this live interactive broadcast. Log on early to install free software if this is your first Google Hangout. You can watch the broadcast live on YouTube without the interactive features at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mk8bNCy4eBg

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June 10, 2015 – Senate Health Committee Hearing on AB 258 (Sacramento)
1:30 PM in Room 4203 in the State Capitol Building. The committee will hear testimony and vote on AB 258 (Levine), the medical Cannabis Organ Transplant Act. The bill will prevent discrimination against medical cannabis patients in the organ transplant process. ASA is sponsoring AB 258 and strongly supports the bill. Get more information at http://www.safeaccessnow.org/ab_258

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June 14-15, 2015 – California Citizen Lobby Day 2015 (Sacramento)
1:00 – 5:00 PM Sunday, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM Monday at the Library Galleria, 828 I Street, Sacramento, CA 95814. 5:30 PM VIP Reception in the Ballroom at the Citizen Hotel, 926 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95814. ASA will bring hundreds of medical cannabis patients and advocates to Sacramento for workshops on changing local law, special briefings on state bills, training, and face-to-face meetings with lawmakers and staff. Register now for the biggest and most important medical cannabis citizen lobby day yet. Workshops $25 (including materials), Lobby Day $25 requested donation (no one turned away for lack of funds). Registration is open now at http://CaliforniaCitizenLobbyDay.org/registration

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June 23, 2015 - Webinar: Improving Analysis of Edibles, Topicals, and Related Products using Flash Chromatography (Online)
10:00 AM PT at http://patientfocusedcertification.org/webinar/ This webinar will teach you how flash chromatography, equipped with universal detection technology, can address quality control challenges by offering a more efficient way to isolate cannabinoids and other compounds of interest from complex matrices. Find out how flash in conjunction with other analytical techniques can remove matrix interferences, quantify low level cannabinoid in edibles and topicals, and how it can be used to create your own reference standards.


Court Support


What is Court Support and how do I get involved?

No court support requests this week

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Find more information and additional listings on The Human Solution Calendar: http://www.thsintl.org/calendar


Take Action Now


Sign the Petition to Ask Your Representatives to Sign on to the Senate CARERS Act! (National)
http://www.safeaccessnow.org/senate_carers_act_petition

For the first time ever, we now have comprehensive medical marijuana legislation in the U.S. Senate.  Sign the Petition below to urge your senators to protect safe access and patients right by signing onto the CARERS Act.

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Support the CA Medical Cannabis Organ Transplant Act (California)
http://www.safeaccessnow.org/support_the_ca_medical_marijuana_organ_transplant_act

The California Medical Cannabis Organ Transplant Act (AB 258) is on its way to the Senate Health Committee. AB 258 will reduce unnecessary suffering and preventable death. It prohibits anyone in the decision-making process from blocking an organ transplant based on the potential recipient’s legal medical cannabis use, unless a doctor has determined that medical cannabis use is clinically significant to the transplant process. Sign this petition to let committee members and their colleagues in the Senate know that voters support equal access to health care for medical cannabis patients.

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Stop Incarcerating Parents for Victimless Marijuana Crimes (Sonoma)
http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/stop-incarcerating-parents.fb51?source=c.fb&r_by=12947975

Yarrow Kubrin, father of two small children, is facing four and a half years in prison for medical cannabis cultivation. Sign this petition asking Sonoma County District Attorney Jill Ravitch and Probation Director Robert Ochs to stop recommending prison sentences for victim-less crimes related to cannabis.


ASA Website Spotlight


California Citizen Lobby Day
http://californiacitizenlobbyday.org

Get all the details, tentative agenda, and registration information, and more on this new webpage for the California Citizen Lobby Day, June 14-15, in Sacramento, CA. This will be ASA’s biggest and most important lobby day yet in California. We will be discussing regulating cultivation, using local initiatives, and more than a dozen bills in the state legislature. ASA will make an appointment for you to see your state Assembly Member and Senator on Monday, June 15, when you sign up.


ASA Chapter & Affiliate Meetings


June 2, 2015 - San Francisco ASA (San Francisco)
The meeting starts at 7:30 PM at Lounge 847, 847 Howard St, San Francisco, CA 94103. Email tony@safeaccessnow.org for more information.

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June 4, 2015 - Sonoma ASA (Santa Rosa)
The meeting starts at 5:00 PM at Arlene Francis Center, 99 West 6th Street, Santa Rosa, CA 95401. Email sarah@safeaccessnow.org for more information.

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See all California ASA Chapter Meetings here:
http://www.safeaccessnow.org/california_advocacy 


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