ASA California Weekly Roundup: January 12, 2015 Get ready to speak up, California

January 12, 2015 | Don Duncan

CA Capitol BuildingThe California legislature is back in session, and you can expect a lot of activity around medical cannabis. Assembly Member Jones-Sawyer (D-Santee) has introduced AB 26and Assembly Member Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) introduced AB 34. Both bills will seek to regulate and license commercial medical cannabis activity, but neither is in its final form yet. That means there is still time to speak up about what you want to see in state legislation.

ASA will be sponsoring legislation this year to protect legal medical cannabis patients who need organ transplants from discrimination. You can read more about the Medical Marijuana Organ Transplant Act online. You can sign a petition supporting the legislation in the Take Action Now section of this message.

You can use the tools and strategies in ASA’s free Medical Cannabis Advocacy Training Center to help you participate in the legislative process this year. Read more about the online resource in the ASA Website Spotlight section of this message.

Contents:

News

  • New year brings new restriction on medical marijuana enforcement (National)
  • Key issues for returning California Legislature (California)
  • Mendocino County officials surprised by tribe’s plans for pot farm (Mendocino County)
  • Explosion destroys southeast Fresno home, injures 2 (Fresno)
  • 2 San Francisco Entrepreneurs Develop Medical Marijuana-Of-The-Month Club (San Francisco)

Events

  • January 13, 2015 – Santa Cruz Board of Supervisors (Santa Cruz)
  • January 17, 2015 – Film: Last Dance with MaryJane (Nevada City)
  • January 17, 2015 - Marijuana Grows as a Watershed Issue (Nevada City)
  • January 20, 2015 – Redding City Council Meeting (Redding)
  • January 21, 2015 – Latino Community Outreach Meeting (Los Angeles)
  • February 21, 2015 – Latino Community Outreach Meeting (San Diego)
  • March 27-31, 2015 – ASA’s National Medical Cannabis Unity Conference 2015 (Washington, DC)

Court Support

  • January 18, 2015 – Court Support for Heath Phillips (Sacramento)
  • January 20, 2015 – Court Support for Douglas Street (Placerville)
  • And More

Take Action Now

  • Support the Medical Marijuana Organ Transplant Act
  • Join Americans for Safe Access (ASA)
  • Join ASA’s Email Discussion List

ASA Website Spotlight: The Medical Cannabis Advocates Training Center

Chapter & Affiliate Meetings

  • January 13, 2015 – Nevada County ASA (Grass Valley)

News


New year brings new restriction on medical marijuana enforcement (National)
Andrew Edwards, Contra Costa Times

A single paragraph on the 88th page of the 701-page spending bill passed by Congress last month contains language that may signal a de-escalation of the federal government’s war on medical marijuana.
Read more here:
http://www.contracostatimes.com/news/ci_27258069/new-year-brings-new-restriction-medical-marijuana-enforcement

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Key issues for returning California Legislature (California)
Jeremy B. White and Lauren Rosenhall, Sacramento Bee

… Two decades after California legalized medical marijuana, Sacramento has proved consistently unwilling to enact state-level regulation of the cultivation, transportation and sale of the quasi-legal plant.
Read more here:
http://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/marijuana/article5417739.html#storylink=cpy

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Mendocino County officials surprised by tribe’s plans for pot farm (Mendocino County)
Glenda Anderson, Santa Rosa Press Democrat

News that a Mendocino County Pomo tribe is building a $10 million indoor marijuana- cultivation facility on its rancheria just north of Ukiah has been met with a mix of surprise, concern and a sense it was inevitable as pot growing becomes increasingly common and legal.
Read more here:
http://www.pressdemocrat.com/news/3356501-181/mendocino-county-officials-surprised-by

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Explosion destroys southeast Fresno home, injures 2 (Fresno)
Carmen George, Fresno Bee

A marijuana operation sparked an explosion that destroyed a southeast Fresno home late Friday night and severely burned two teens.
Read more here:
http://www.fresnobee.com/2015/01/10/4323912_explosion-caused-by-marijuana.html?rh=1#storylink=cpy

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2 San Francisco Entrepreneurs Develop Medical Marijuana-Of-The-Month Club (San Francisco)
CBS San Francisco

California’s quasi-legal medical marijuana market can be hard to negotiate for the newbie. Two San Francisco 20-somethings have started a company that delivers hand-selected marijuana to customers each month.
Read more here:
http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2015/01/05/2-san-francisco-entrepreneurs-develop-medical-marijuana-of-the-month-club-marvina-pot-derek-dahmer-dane-pieri/


Public Meetings & Events


January 12, 2015 - Marijuana Compassion and Common Sense (Online)

6:00 PM at www.blogtalkradio.com/marijuananews Tune in for this weekly live Internet broadcast about cannabis and medical cannabis issues. You can call in to participate. ASA California Director Don Duncan will be one of the guests on the show.

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January 13, 2015 – Santa Cruz Board of Supervisors (Santa Cruz)
9:00 AM at 701 Ocean Street, Room 525, Santa Cruz, CA 95060. The Board will hear testimony about new regulations for medical cannabis cultivation. Supervisors need to hear that residents and other stakeholders want reasonable regulations. The agenda and report are not posted yet. Check http://www.co.santa-cruz.ca.us/Government/BoardofSupervisors.aspx for information. 

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January 17, 2015 – Film: Last Dance with MaryJane (Nevada City)
9:15 AM at the Veterans Building at 415 N Pine St, Nevada City, CA 95959. SYRCL's Wild & Scenic Film Festival includes medical cannabis documentaries Marijuana Grows & Restoration, Tricky Business, and One Good Year. Tickets ($20) are available at: http://www.wildandscenicfilmfestival.org/tickets/buy-tickets/

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January 17, 2015 – Panel: Marijuana Grows as a Watershed Issue (Nevada City)
3:00-4:00 PM at 317 Broad St, Nevada City, CA 95959. The topic is protecting our watersheds from abusive growing practices. 

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January 20, 2015 – Redding City Council Meeting (Redding)
6:00 PM in the Council Chambers located at 777 Cypress Avenue, Redding, CA 96001. The City Council may discuss a ban on outdoor medical cannabis cultivation. The item is not yet on the agenda. Check on the status here: http://reddingcityca.iqm2.com/Citizens/calendar.aspx

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January 21, 2015 – Latino Community Outreach Meeting (Los Angeles)
Time to be announced. Buds and Roses Collective, 13047 Ventura Boulevard, Studio City, CA 91604. Es una platica in espanol para educar pacientes y sus cuidadores en el uso de Marijuana Medicinal y sus derechos legales. La education necesaria sobre la Marijuana Medicinal para poder hacer una difirencia en si comunidad. Correo Electronico Yamibolanos@yahoo.com para poder obtener mas informacion. (Spanish language event.)
 
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February 21, 2015 – Latino Community Outreach Meeting (San Diego)
Time to be announced. Chicano Park, beneath the San Diego-Coronado Bridge, where Route 75 crosses Logan Ave. in San Diego. Es una platica in espanol para educar pacientes y sus cuidadores en el uso de Marijuana Medicinal y sus derechos legales. La education necesaria sobre la Marijuana Medicinal para poder hacer una difirencia en si comunidad. Correo Electronico Yamibolanos@yahoo.com para poder obtener mas informacion. (Spanish language event.)

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March 27-31, 2015 – ASA’s National Medical Cannabis Unity Conference 2015 (Washington, DC)
Join us March 27th – 31stfor the biggest and most important medical cannabis conference yet. Early bird and ASA member discounts are now available. Save money on registration, travel, and lodging by registering now. For more information: http://www.nationalmedicalcannabisunityconference.org 


Court Support


What is Court Support and how do I get involved?

January 18, 2015 – Court Support for Heath Phillips (Sacramento)
8:45 AM at 700 H St, Sacramento, CA 95660. Dress in an appropriate manner and obey all courtroom rules to best help the defendant.

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January 20, 2015 – Court Support for Douglas Street (Placerville)
1:00 in Department 7, El Dorado Superior Court, 2850 Fairlane Court, Placerville, CA 95667. Dress in an appropriate manner and obey all courtroom rules to best help the defendant. 

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


Take Action Now


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

A patient in California can be denied a life-saving organ transplant solely based on the fact that he or she uses medical cannabis! Legal patients have died after being removed from the organ transplant list, and others are in jeopardy right now. Americans for Safe Access, the nation's leading medical cannabis patients' advocacy organization, proposes legislation to prevent anyone from being denied a transplant because of medical cannabis. Sign this petition to let lawmakers know you support the Medical Marijuana Organ Transplant Act to provide equal access to health care for legal patients.

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Join Americans for Safe Access (ASA)
http://www.safeaccessnow.org/join_asa

Why should you join Americans for Safe Access (ASA)? Because membership matters! ASA is the nation’s leading medical cannabis patients’ advocacy organization. Our goal is to make medical cannabis legally available for everyone who needs it, and we need your help to make that happen!

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Join ASA’s New California Discussion List – ASA-CCSA (California)
http://www.safeaccessnow.org/asa_ccsa_email_discussion_list

ASA-CCSA is a membership-based email discussion list about local and state medical cannabis legislation, initiatives, referendums, and related litigation in the state of California. Unlike this weekly email, you can respond to messages on ASA-CCSA and share your response with everyone. The purpose of the list is to facilitate dialog and participation by movement and industry stakeholders. Respectful and courteous participation, conversations, and debate are welcome.


ASA Website Spotlight


The Medical Cannabis Advocates Training Center
http://www.safeaccessnow.org/advocate_training_center

ASA believes that good policy is created when those who are most affected are at the table. Just because you are medical cannabis patient, it doesn't mean that you automatically have a degree in public policy. ASA has always been committed to demystifying political systems and providing advocates the tools they need to participate in the processes in a meaningful way. Learn all about grassroots organizing, citizen lobbying, media spokesperson training, and much more.


ASA Chapter & Affiliate Meetings


January 13, 2015 – Nevada County ASA (Grass Valley)
The meeting starts at 6:00 PM at The Banner Grange, 12629 McCourtney Road, Grass Valley, CA 95949. Email info@asa-nc.com for more information.

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January 13, 2015 – Sacramento NORML Meeting
7:00pm at Perkos Farm Fresh Cafe at 3rd and J in Sacramento, California

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


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