ASA California Weekly Roundup: November 3, 2014 California has a lot on the line tomorrow

November 03, 2014 | Don Duncan

Contents:

  • Message from the CA Director: California has a lot on the line tomorrow
  • State & Local News: California, Lake County, San Diego, Humboldt County, Nevada County, Del Rey Oaks, Oceanside, Santa Cruz, San Jose, Malibu
  • Public Meetings & Events: Berkeley, Online, Washington DC
  • Court Support: Redding, Norwalk, and more
  • Take Action Now: Pardon Dr. Mollie Fry, Support the Medical Marijuana Organ Transplant Act, and more
  • ASA Website Spotlight: Vote Medical Marijuana 2014
  • Chapter & Affiliate Meetings: San Francisco, Yuba County, Sonoma County, Sacramento

Tomorrow is Election Day, and there is a lot on the line in California. We will elect 53 members to the US House of Representatives, 80 State Assembly Members, 20 State Senators, 8 Statewide Officers, and numerous city and county officials. Voters in 10 different cities and counties will also decide on 12 different medical cannabis ballot measures that will affect if and how legal patients get their medicine.  Locate your polling place and help make a difference by casting a ballot tomorrow between 7:00 AM and 8:00 PM. 

Officials expect a low voter turn out, which means your vote is even more important. Visit ASA’s new Vote Medical Marijuana 2014 website to learn more about where state and federal candidates stand on medical cannabis and to make an informed choice.

Your vote is especially significant if you live in one of the 10 cities or counties with local ballot measures about medical cannabis – Butte County, Encinitas, La Mesa, Lake County, Nevada County, Santa Ana, City of Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz County, and Shasta County. Voters in these cities and counties will decide on sensible regulations for cultivation and distribution of medical cannabis, overturning bans on safe access, “sin taxes” aimed at legal medicine, and more.

This election will set the tone for California politics for the next two years. Use this strategic midterm election to help steer California on a better path for local, state, and national politics in 2015 and 2016.


California & National News


Schedule I Hearing Concludes; Judge’s Ruling Expected In December (California)
Jeremy Daw, The Leaf Online

Judge Kimberly Mueller announced an end to five days of federal evidentiary hearings on the constitutionality of cannabis’ Schedule I status, requesting extensive briefings from the parties which realistically could delay her ruling by two months or more.
Read more here:
http://theleafonline.com/c/politics/2014/10/schedule-hearing-concludes-judges-ruling-expected-december/

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Pot politics remain local in California as other states consider legalizing recreational use (California)
Lisa Leff, The Republic

Medical marijuana dispensaries are outlawed in the Southern California city of Santa Ana, but that hasn't stopped pot shops from flourishing. Officials estimate there are at least 60 doing business, even though the city has repeatedly gone to court, issued fines, cut off water and power to storefronts, and called in federal drug agents and local police to enforce the ban.
Read more here:
http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/64566b933edb4f109f1481ef695a0abd/CA--California-Election-Medical-Marijuana

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California Medical Marijuana Patients Seek Over $600,000 in Damages for Warrantless Raids (Lake County)
Americans for Safe Access, The Daily Chronic

Nine medical marijuana patients from Lake County filed tort claims today for a total of $621,000 in monetary damages in a widely-watched ongoing legal struggle between growers and county officials.  Two weeks ago, on October 15th, U.S. District Court Judge Thelton Henderson granted a preliminary injunction preventing Lake County authorities from continuing warrantless raids.
Read more here:
http://www.thedailychronic.net/2014/38008/california-medical-marijuana-patients-seek-over-600000-in-damages-for-warrantless-raids/

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Mysterious Burglary Leads to Raid on Activist’s Office Space (San Diego)
Terrie Best, San Diego ASA

Last week, a well-known local activist and small business owner was effectively shut down when Police raided his office, stole his legal medical cannabis and ordered the electric meter removed. Very little explanation was given.
Read more here:
http://www.safeaccesssd.com/2014/10/mysterious-burglary-leads-to-raid-on-activists-office-space.html

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Humboldt supervisors approve medical marijuana nuisance ordinance (Humboldt County)
Will Houston, Times Standard

The Humboldt County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to approve an ordinance aimed at reducing neighborhood nuisances caused by the excessive cultivation of medical marijuana in unincorporated areas.
Read more here:
http://www.times-standard.com/portal/localnews/ci_26820380/humboldt-supervisors-approve-medical-marijuana-nuisance-ordinance?_loopback=1

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ASA Nevada County files FPPC complaint against Nevada County supes, elections and staff (Nevada County)
Patricia Smith, YubaNet.com

Supporters of Measure S filed a formal complaint with the Fair Political Practices Commission against several elected County officials and a public employee for their handling of Measure S, a voter driven initiative to replace the current County Ordinance on marijuana cultivation. The complaint alleges that County officials used public resources to state their opposition to the Measure in violation of CA State law.
Read more here:
http://yubanet.com/regional/ASA-Nevada-County-files-FPPC-complaint-against-Nevada-County-supes-elections-and-staff.php#.VFOz176_lUR

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Del Rey Oaks on its way to opening first medical marijuana dispensary in Monterey County (Del Rey Oaks)
Sarah Rubin, Monterey County Weekly

Del Rey Oaks took a big step toward becoming the county's first city to allow medical marijuana dispensaries, which are legal in California but have been shut out of local cities through zoning and code enforcement.
Read more here:
http://www.montereycountyweekly.com/blogs/news_blog/del-rey-oaks-on-its-way-to-opening-first-medical/article_9b048dd4-6058-11e4-b8f6-001a4bcf6878.html

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Controversial pot shop in Oceanside to close (Oceanside)
Edward Sifuentes, U-T San Diego

A medical marijuana dispensary that Oceanside has been trying to shut down for more than a year finally agreed to close this week, city officials said.
Read more here:
http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2014/oct/29/oceanside-medical-marijuana-natures-leaf/ 

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Santa Cruz Voters Weigh Medical Marijuana Business Tax (Santa Cruz)
Vinnee Tong, KAZU

Santa Cruz is known for being relatively friendly to taxes and to marijuana. On Tuesday, voters in the city and county of Santa Cruz weigh those two together as they consider a new tax on medical marijuana businesses.
Read more and listen to the report here:
http://kazu.org/post/santa-cruz-voters-weigh-medical-marijuana-business-tax

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Committees to support, oppose marijuana measures report on finances (Lake County)
Elizabeth Larson, Lake County News

Supporters and opponents of two marijuana cultivation measures on the fall ballot are stepping up the rhetoric and the donations with the general election set to take place next week.
Read more here:
http://www.lakeconews.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=39087:committees-to-support-oppose-marijuana-measures-report-on-finances&catid=1:latest&Itemid=197

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San Jose City Council Says It Will Take Steps To Counter New Medicinal Marijuana Initiative (San Jose)
Margie Shafer, CBS San Francisco

After an initiative that would repeal San Jose’s new medical marijuana regulations garnered enough signatures to make it to the ballot, the City Council said on Tuesday that it will decide next week what steps need to be taken.
Read more here:
http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2014/10/29/san-jose-city-council-says-it-will-take-steps-to-counter-new-medicinal-marijuana-initiative/

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New Pot Shop gets OK from City (Malibu)
Emily Sawicki, Malibu Times

After a two-year stretch without pot shops, a medical marijuana shop appears headed back to Malibu.  The Malibu City Council voted 3-2 Monday night to allow a medical marijuana dispensary to open in a building shared with Zuma Jay’s Surfshop. Dissenting votes came from Councilmembers Joan House and Lou La Monte.
Read more here:
http://www.malibutimes.com/news/article_7d2e216e-5fbb-11e4-a619-17e339eb6e72.html


Public Meetings & Events


Monday, November 3, 2014 - 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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Tuesday, November 4, 2014 – Election Day (Nationwide)
Get out and vote! Polls are open from 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM statewide. You can find your local polling place here: http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/find-polling-place.htm and learn more about where state and federal candidates stand on medical cannabis here: http://www.VoteMedicalMarijuana.org

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Saturday, November 8, 2014 – Triple Celebration Party with Ed Rosenthal (Berkeley)
8:00 PM at 1319 8th St, Berkeley, CA 94710. Join Ed Rosenthal for a fundraiser for Green Aid featuring musical guest Greg Anton and the All Stars. Tickets start at $40. For more information and to buy tickets, visit http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/896434

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Thursday, November 20, 2014 –What Legalization Means for Medical Cannabis (Online)
7:00 PM online. Join ASA California Director Don Duncan for a live Google Hangout to discuss what legalization of cannabis means (and does not mean) for medical cannabis patients, providers, and other stakeholders in California. A Google Hangout is an interactive event you can join from your computer of mobile device. Click on this link a few minutes early to get signed in and participate in the Q&A/comments: https://plus.google.com/u/0/events/ck8r7cos98b1d6kqube10i4p2so Use this link to watch the broadcast live on YouTube (without signing in): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tk8nCOm4UQs

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March 27, 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?

Monday, November 3, 2014 – Court Support for Planet Herb (Redding)
9:30 AM in Department 2, 1655 West St, Redding, CA 96001. Dress in an appropriate manner and obey all courtroom rules to best help the defendants.

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Tuesday, November 4, 2014 – Court Support for Pretrial Hearing (Norwalk)
8:30 AM in Department S, 12720 Norwalk Blvd, Norwalk,, CA 90650. Email cucuy@gmx.com for more information. 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


Sign the Petition: Pardon Dr. Mollie Fry (National)
http://www.change.org/p/president-barack-obama-pardon-dr-mollie-fry?recruiter=2973685&utm_campaign=twitter_link_action_box&utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=share_petition

Sign this online petition by Republican California Attorney General candidate Ron Gold asking the President to pardon Dr. Mollie Fry. Dr. Fry is in federal prison as a result of a medical cannabis conviction in 2001. 

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

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.

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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.

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

ASA is the nation’s leading medical cannabis patients’ advocacy organization. The patients, medical professionals, scientists, concerned citizens, and other who comprise ASA are committed to promoting safe and legal access to cannabis for therapeutic use and research. ASA works in partnership with state, local and national legislators to overcome barriers and create policies that improve access to cannabis for patients and researchers. 


ASA Website Spotlight


Vote Medical Marijuana 2014
http://www.safeaccessnow.org/vote_medical_marijuana2014

Be an informed voter. This is a powerful tool for voters who care about medical cannabis. Find out where candidates stand on the issue, request a voters’ guide, get connected directly with your elected representative, and more. This is also where you will find ASA groundbreaking political ads targeting candidates that oppose safe access. 


ASA Chapter & Affiliate Meetings


Tuesday, November 4, 2014 - 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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Wednesday, November 5, 2014 - Yuba County ASA (Valley)
The meeting starts at 7:00 PM at Rivers Edge Pub, 1 E. 12th Street, Marysville, CA 95901. Email yuba.asa@gmail.com for more information.

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Thursday, November 6, 2014 - 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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Thursday, November 6, 2014 - Brownie Mary Democratic Club of Sacramento County (Sacramento)
The meeting starts at 6:30 PM at Perkos Farm Fresh Café, 925 3rd Street, Sacramento, California 95814. Visit http://www.bmdcofsaccounty.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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