ASA California Weekly Roundup: March 2, 2015 Do you want to talk about medical cannabis in CA?

March 02, 2015 | Don Duncan

People talking graphicDo you want to talk to other patients, advocates, and professionals about medical cannabis in California? There is a lot to talk about! The campaign to pass the Medical Cannabis Organ Transplant Act is underway, and lawmakers in Sacramento have introduced eleven other bills related to cannabis and medical cannabis this year. There are bills to regulate and license commercial medical cannabis activity, increase penalties against cultivators, regulate vape pens, and more. And that is not including local efforts to regulate or ban medical cannabis.

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ASA California Weekly Roundup: March 2, 2015


Contents:

News

  • Medical Marijuana Patients In California Are Being Denied Organ Transplants, But That Could Soon Change (California)
  • Potential organ recipients face off with doctors over medical-cannabis use (California)
  • Commercial Medical Pot Regulations Floated for California Again (California)
  • Rural County Representatives of California Provides an Update on Current Marijuana Legislation in the Legislature (California)
  • Pot Policy Splits Native Americans Over Whether Business Is Worth It (California)
  • Outdoor pot ban passes first vote in Yuba County (Yuba County)
  • South County council rejects pot shop plans (San Luis Obispo)
  • L.A. city attorney shuts down 1 Wilmington marijuana shop, hopes to close 6 more (Los Angeles)
  • Report: Medical pot is getting into L.A. school kids' hands (Los Angeles)

Events

  • March 2, 2015 - Marijuana Compassion and Common Sense (Online)
  • March 2, 2015 – Acton Town Council Meeting (Los Angeles County)
  • March 3, 2015 – Richmond City Council Meeting (Richmond)
  • March 27-31, 2015 – ASA’s National Medical Cannabis Unity Conference 2015 (Washington, DC)

Court Support

  • March 2, 2015 – Court Support for Dan Levine (Oroville)
  • And more

Take Action Now

  • Don't Roll Back Legal Access in Richmond
  • Support the Medical Marijuana Organ Transplant Act

ASA Website Spotlight: Resources for Policy Makers

Chapter & Affiliate Meetings

  • March 3, 2015 - San Francisco ASA (San Francisco)
  • March 5. 2015 - Sonoma ASA (Santa Rosa)
  • March 5, 2015 - Brownie Mary Democratic Club of Sacramento County (Sacramento)

News


Medical Marijuana Patients In California Are Being Denied Organ Transplants, But That Could Soon Change (California)
Carly Schwartz, Huffington Post

Justin Turley has suffered from cirrhosis, a degenerative liver disorder that keeps him in near-constant pain, for 13 years. Shortly after his diagnosis, frustrated by the side effects of pharmaceutical medications he said turned him into a "zombie," he started using medical marijuana to treat his symptoms.
Read the full article here:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/02/24/marijuana-organ transplant_n_6736672.html

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Potential organ recipients face off with doctors over medical-cannabis use (California)
Joshua Smith, San Diego City Beat

Justin Turley smokes about a gram of cannabis every night before bed. Diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver in 2004, he’s used the drug for several years to treat pain and stave off nausea caused by the dozen or so medications he takes at any given time.
Read more here:
http://www.sdcitybeat.com/sandiego/article-13935-potential-organ-recipients-face-off-with-doctors-over-medical-cannabis-use.html

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Commercial Medical Pot Regulations Floated for California Again (California)
David Downs, East Bay Express

Lawmakers have begun fleshing out two potential visions for a state-regulated California medical cannabis industry. And while it looks like a replay of last year's failed efforts, there's more to the story.
Read more here:
http://www.eastbayexpress.com/LegalizationNation/archives/2015/02/25/commercial-medical-pot-regulations-floated-for-california-again

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Rural County Representatives of California Provides an Update on Current Marijuana Legislation in the Legislature (California)
Sierra Sun Times

A number of bills have been introduced in the Legislature concerning marijuana over the past several weeks. 
Read more here:
http://goldrushcam.com/sierrasuntimes/index.php/news/local-news/2389-rural-county-representatives-of-california-provides-an-update-on-current-marijuana-legislation-in-the-legislature

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Pot Policy Splits Native Americans Over Whether Business Is Worth It (California)
National Public Radio

When it comes to marijuana laws, the Justice Department is now treating American Indian tribes the way it treats states that have legalized pot.
Listen to the broadcast and read more here:
http://www.npr.org/blogs/codeswitch/2015/02/22/387822329/as-feds-turn-blind-eye-to-pot-in-reservations-some-tribes-see-dollar-signs

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Outdoor pot ban passes first vote in Yuba County (Yuba County)
Andres Creasey, The Union

If the volume of applause for various speakers were the only indicator, it would appear Yuba County residents are against proposed changes to the county’s marijuana cultivation ordinance.
Read more here:
http://www.theunion.com/news/15213532-113/outdoor-pot-ban-passes-first-vote-in-yuba-co

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South County council rejects pot shop plans (San Luis Obispo)
CalCoastNews.com

A South County advisory body declared Monday night that it does not support a Santa Cruz woman’s plan to open a medical marijuana dispensary in Nipomo.
Read more here:
http://calcoastnews.com/2015/02/south-county-council-rejects-pot-shop-plans/

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L.A. city attorney shuts down 1 Wilmington marijuana shop, hopes to close 6 more (Los Angeles)
City News Service

A Superior Court judge has issued a temporary restraining order stopping the operation of a Wilmington medical marijuana business, Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer announced today.
Read more here:
http://www.presstelegram.com/general-news/20150224/la-city-attorney-shuts-down-1-wilmington-marijuana-shop-hopes-to-close-6-more

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Report: Medical pot is getting into L.A. school kids' hands (Los Angeles)
Staff, CBS News

Medical marijuana is being sold to school-aged kids in Los Angeles in broad daylight, within walking distance of local schools, reports CBS Los Angeles.
Watch a video and read more here:
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/report-medical-pot-is-getting-into-los-angeles-school-kids-hands/


 Public Meetings & Events


March 2, 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. 

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March 2, 2015 – Acton Town Council Meeting (Los Angeles County)
7:30 PM at the Acton Agua Dulce Library at 33792 Crown Valley Road, Acton, CA 9351. Patient operators will talk to the Council about their proposed collective. Read more here: http://www.farmersdaughtercollective.com/Welcome.html

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March 3, 2015 – Richmond City Council Meeting (Richmond)

This meeting has been postponed. Look for updates in future messages.

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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?

March 2, 2015 – Court Support for Dan Levine (Oroville)
8:30 AM at 1 Court St, Oroville, CA 95965. 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


Don't Roll Back Legal Access in Richmond
http://www.safeaccessnow.org/don_t_roll_back_legal_access_in_richmond_ca

The Richmond City Council may vote to reduce the number of medical cannabis patients’ associations in the city on Tuesday. Tell the City Council that patients need more access, not less!

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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.


ASA Website Spotlight


Resources for Policy Makers
http://www.safeaccessnow.org/policy_shop

Whether you are working on a local ordinance, implementing statewide regulations, or passing landmark Congressional legislation, the materials here will help you with your goals in creating medical cannabis programs that are focused on patient wellbeing and community safety.

For those working on passing new laws or reforming existing programs, this is the place for you. In this section you will find materials that will help you draft and implement well-regulated medical cannabis programs that serve the best needs of patients, such as Legislating Compassion analysis, ASA’s legislative testimony, and model legislation.


ASA Chapter & Affiliate Meetings


March 3, 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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March 5, 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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March 5, 2015 - Brownie Mary Democratic Club of Sacramento County (Sacramento)
6:30 PM at Perkos Farm Fresh Café, 925 3rd Street, Sacramento, CA.

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


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