ASA in the News
By Maura Dolan Los Angeles Times
California’s new medical marijuana regulations will likely reduce federal crackdowns in the state, but dispensaries will continue to have difficulty obtaining banking services and deducting business expenses, legal experts and activists said Friday.
By Dennis Romero LA Weekly
Gov. Jerry Brown today signed a trio of bills that finally provides statewide rules for California's medical marijuana growers and sellers.
WW: Council candidate talks weed, Spokane Valley says no more pot businesses - Americans for Safe Access
By Jake Thomas The Inlander
Evan Verduin is running for Spokane City Council against incumbent Councilwoman Karen Stratton. He wants the council to get back to legislating on basic municipal services and avoid social issues that he says are needlessly divisive. Backed by Mayor David Condon, he says he’ll be independent and will bring a business perspective to the council, which he and Condon both say is needed.
By Patrick McGreevy The Los Angeles Times
With one week left to act on nearly 500 bills, Gov. Jerry Brown is besieged by vigils, rallies, petition drives and phone calls from people wanting his signature or veto on legislation.
Brown can no doubt hear the loud rallies held on the Capitol steps. Meanwhile, his office mailbox has been stuffed with letters urging action on a proposed new system for regulating the sale of medical marijuana, help for women who want equal pay from employers and approval of a bill that would allow doctors to prescribe lethal doses of drugs to terminally ill patients so they can hasten their deaths.
By Chris Roberts SF Weekly
Multiple efforts to legalize cannabis in California are currently afoot. If you're a registered voter, you may have already signed a petition to put adult recreational use of marijuana on the November 2016 ballot. But very few — if any — of those efforts matter, because very few — and possibly not any — of those efforts have any money or institutional support.
By Vivian McPeak Seattle PI
After receiving much attention by reform advocates all over the nation, the remaining defendants of the Kettle Falls Five case have received their sentencing. Rhonda Firestack-Harvey and her daughter in law Michelle Gregg were both sentenced for one year and a day after being found guilty of cannabis cultivation. Rolland Gregg was sentenced to 33 months. All three were released pending appeal.