ASA California Roundup: September 30, 2013

September 30, 2013 | Hunter Holliman

Contents:

California News

  • Marijuana groups converge on Victoria Gardens in Rancho Cucamonga
  • Family credits rare medical marijuana with helping epileptic son
  • Santa Clara vs. Marijuana: The Continuing Saga
  • San Diego sues to close medical pot shop

Events

  • Tuesday, October 1 - Court Support: Federal Jury Trial for Jose Gutierrez
  • Saturday, November 16 - Safe Access Night with SF Bulls Pro Hockey

Take Action

  • Support HR 689: The States' Medical Marijuana Patient Protection Act
  • California Patient Survey

ASA Services
Peer Counseling

  • Wednesday, October 2 - Sebastopol
  • Thursday, October 3 - Oakland

ASA Chapter Meetings

  • Tuesday, October 1 - San Francisco
  • Wednesday, October 2 - Yuba County (Valley)
  • Thursday, October 3 - Sonoma County

California News

 



Marijuana groups converge on Victoria Gardens in Rancho Cucamonga

Victoria Gardens Cultural Center is home to a two day marijuana conference.Last Monday, both medical marijuana advocates as well as those who oppose its use converged in Rancho Cucamonga. 

Read More: http://www.dailybulletin.com/social-affairs/20130923/marijuana-groups-converge-on-victoria-gardens-in-rancho-cucamonga


Family credits rare medical marijuana with helping epileptic son

Jayden David suffers from a debilitating form of epilepsy, which causes him to experience frequent seizures – some lasting up to 90 minutes. Until recently, Jayden took up to 20 types of medication every day in an attempt to control his condition. However, when Jayden’s father, Jason David, discovered cannabidiol (CBD), a rare type of non-psychotic medical marijuana, he said it changed the young boy’s life.

Read More: http://www.foxnews.com/health/2013/09/23/family-credits-rare-medical-marijuana-with-helping-epileptic-son/


Santa Clara vs. Marijuana: The Continuing Saga

One of Angel’s Care Executive Director Douglas Carter’s grievances is that Angel’s Care was operating within the City prior to the City’s medical marijuana ban, and that he informed City leaders of the nature of the business eight months before opening. Carter estimates he has paid approximately $200,000 in fines to the City, and estimates Angel’s Care has donated over $200,000 to local charities and events.

Read More: http://www.santaclaraweekly.com/2013/Issue-39/santa_clara_vs_marijuana_the_continuing_saga.html


San Diego sues to close medical pot shop

San Diego's city attorney is suing a medical marijuana dispensary to force it to close.
The Los Angeles Times reports that the move this week is a reversal of the city's official policy toward medical dispensaries under former Mayor Bob Filner.

Read More: http://www.mercurynews.com/california/ci_24196928/san-diego-sues-close-medical-pot-shop


Events



Tuesday, October 1 - Court Support: Federal Jury Trial for Jose Gutierrez

Jury Trial Resumes Tuesday October 2nd
Oakland Federal Courthouse
1301 Clay Street. 4th Floor, Courtroom 2.
The trial is set to be daily 9am to 4:30, lunch hour at noon.

Jury trial for Jose Gutierrez began with Jury Selection Wednesday September 25th, 2013. Judge William Shubb, senior Judge of the Eastern District presiding. Jose is represented pro bono by J Tony Serra, E. D. Lerman & Omar Figueroa.

Trial Update:

· Wednesday 9/25 Six Jurors were selected; 6 men, 6 woman
· Thursday, the last two alternate jurors were selected, proceeded by opening arguments from both sides, and prosecution brought in officer McCloud. In addition, the Judge made a ruling excluding everything that took place prior to the accused assault, and after (including the tackle by law enforcement).
· Friday 9/27: US Marshals: Nicole Lopez, Shaygan Shakeri, Jonathan Rabanol, and Joseph Palmer testified as to what took place at Coffee Shop Blue Sky. A request for dismissal was made by the defense, the Judge said the arguments would best be made in front of the jury, and it was set to continue.


This week the defense begins their arguments, including witnesses from OPD, live streamers, protesters, journalists, and photographers.

*Reminders please note this is a FEDERAL courthouse, please bring a Valid ID to enter the building, security is similar to an airport, please leave all your medicine at home, cameras are not allowed in the building. Cell phones must be turned off.


To confirm details about the case, and future court dates you can reach Edie Lerman’s legal assistant at 707-540-4025.

For More Information on the case:
http://www.ladybud.com/2013/09/04/the-aftermath-of-the-2012-oaksterdam-raids-activist-jose-gutierrez-targeted-and-beaten-by-dea-agents-faces-charges-of-assault-on-federal-officer/

Petition Supporting Oaksterdam:
https://www.change.org/petitions/stop-the-medical-marijuana-raids

Make a donation to the case through green aid:
http://green-aid.com/cases/jose-gutierrez/


Saturday, November 16 - Safe Access Night with SF Bulls Pro Hockey

Americans for Safe Access and San Francisco Bulls Hockey have teamed up to offer Safe Access Night at the Cow Palace. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to ASA, so come join other advocates for a night of hard hitting hockey!

Email raudelw@sfbulls.com for more info or visit the ticket page.


Take Action



Support HR 689: The States' Medical Marijuana Patient Protection Act

On August 29, Attorney General Eric Holder and the DOJ announced a shift in policy regarding federal enforcement of state-sponsored marijuana programs. A memo was also issued by Deputy AG James Cole to US Attorneys that explained the new "trust but verify" approach as well as instituting new guidelines for prosecution.

This is great news for our community, but it is a shift in policy not a change in law which means cannabis is still illegal at the federal level in the US. Help us turn this shift in policy into actual law by reaching out to your Congressperson to support legislation like HR 689.


California Patient Survey

Because California has no mandatory state registration for medical cannabis patients, there is very little known about the patient population of the state. Please fill out this completely anonymous 10 question survey for California patients so that we can use this data in our efforts to bring safe access to all parts of the state.


ASA Services



Peer Counseling
Wednesday, September 25 - Sebastopol - 4:00 to 6:00PM
Peace In Medicine
6771 Sebastopol Avenue # 100
Sebastopol, CA 95472

Thursday, September 26 - Oakland - 5:30 to 7:30PM
Harborside Health Center
1840 Embarcadero
Oakland, CA 94606


ASA Chapter Meetings (Full Calendar Here)



Tuesday, October 1 - San Francisco
7:30pm @ Lounge 847, 847 Howard St, San Francisco, CA
For more info, contact: tony@safeaccessnow.org

Wednesday, October 2 - Yuba County (Valley)
7:00pm @ Rivers Edge Pub, 1 E. 12th Street, Marysville, CA
For more info, contact: yuba.asa@gmail.com

Thursday, October 3 - Sonoma County
5:00pm @ Arlene Francis Center, 99 West 6th Street, Santa Rosa, CA
For more info, contact: sarah@safeaccessnow.org


The “California Weekly Roundup” is a once-a-week email for ASA Members and Friends that focuses on relevant news and important updates, action alerts, meetings and special events. Send items for the California Weekly Roundup to CARoundup@SafeAccessNow.org before 12:00 PM on Friday to be included in Monday's distribution.


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