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Oct 202014

ASA California Weekly Roundup: October 20, 2014 - Americans for Safe Access

Voter registration formContents:

  • Message from the CA Director: Are you ready for November 4?
  • State & Local News: California, Lake County, Mendocino County, Anaheim, San Diego, San Jose, 
  • Public Meetings & Events: Redlands, Fresno, online, and more
  • Court Support: Oroville, Redding, and more
  • Take Action Now: Register to Vote, Support the Medical Marijuana Organ Transplant Act, and more
  • ASA Website Spotlight: Vote Medical Marijuana 2014
  • Chapter & Affiliate Meetings: San Francisco and Nevada County

Today is the deadline to register to vote at your current address for the November 4 election. Are you registered? It matters.

Oct 162014

Advocates Launch "Vote Medical Marijuana" Ahead of November Elections to Help Educate Supporters, Public

Washington, DC -- The medical marijuana advocacy group Americans for Safe Access (ASA) has produced a new 30-second online TV advertisement to launch its groundbreaking, election-cycle voter education campaign "Vote Medical Marijuana." The ad will also air on this Sunday's morning cable news programs in Detroit, Philadelphia, South Florida, and Washington State. The campaign features an interactive online voter's guide at that provides information on political candidate positions as well as voting statistics and a report card for each Member of Congress and certain state elected officials.

Oct 152014

Marijuana dispensaries look to curb crime

Sarah Bruley, Yale Daily News

When licensed marijuana dispensaries began opening in August, Connecticut patients were optimistic they could legally access medical marijuana. But state officials say new laws have not significantly curbed illegal use of the drug in recent months.

Oct 142014

The saga continues - Americans for Safe Access

2061293_1409785819.0382.jpgLocal media continue to ignore real corruption in Modesto last week, while one local organization steps in to fill the void created by the Modesto Narcotics Enforcement Team (MNET). This branch of the Modesto Police Department, has knowingly stole patients’ medicine for the second year in a row by arresting Stephen Boski of The Healing Connection and confiscating the CBD rich extracts used by families to treat childhood epilepsy among other illnesses.

Collective Patient Resources (CPR) is a community organization that advocates for medical cannabis patients in the tri-county region of Amador, Tuolumne, and Calaveras counties. Their joy is to provide free cannabis medicine to patients with terminal illness while also fundraising for local community needs, like keeping the Valley Springs Youth Center open.

Oct 132014

Wisconsin Patients Receive Oregon Medical Cards - Americans for Safe Access

Dennis Brennan

Forty-eight Wisconsin medical marijuana patients this year got their Oregon medicinal cannabis authorizations at the annual Great Midwest Marijuana Harvest Fest. "But wait," you may be thinking. "They live in Wisconsin, not Oregon." That's entirely true -- but according to those in the know, having an out-of-state medical marijuana authorization gives these patients some legal cover should the police come calling.

The authorizations were issued by THCF Medical Clinics at the Harvest Fest as part of something called The Ben Masel Project. Masel was a famous Yippie activist based in Madison who started the Great Midwest Marijuana Harvest Fest; he died suddenly from cancer three and a half years ago. "The Oregon permit has saved several people in Wisconsin from arrest," THCF founder Paul Stanford told Hemp News. The fact that Oregon issues permits to out-of-state patients has been helpful to those in Wisconsin and other non-MMJ states, according to Stanford. "This weekend, we helped 48 patients in Wisconsin get Oregon medical marijuana permits, bringing in almost $10,000 in state fees for the Oregon Health Authority," Stanford told us. "Really, the Wisconsin Legislature should act to help its sick and dying patients, and keep those funds in Wisconsin."


Oct 132014

Columbus, WI accepts new ordinance! - Americans for Safe Access

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After two separate occasions of petitioning the 5,000 residents of the city of Columbus Wisconsin, the small city has decided to implement the ordinance that would decriminalize the use of cannabis for medical patients that are under the care of their doctor. The acceptance of the ordinance wasn't due to signed petitions. The first petition that was circulated in the middle of winter was handed in late therefore nullifying over thirty signatures leaving a deficit of seven signatures. The second petition was circulated in the summer however was compromised with fictitious names and addresses from an opponent who had sent friends to falsify the petition. 

Oct 132014

Do you know what's at stake in November?


  • Message from the CA Director: Do you know what's at stake in November?
  • State & Local News: California, Fresno County, San Jose, Shasta County, Calaveras County, Monterey, Anaheim
  • Public Meetings & Events: San Francisco, Redding, Grass Valley, Lincoln, Nevada City, San Diego, Fresno, Porterville and more 
  • Court Support: Sacramento, Redding, and more
  • Take Action Now: Register to Vote, Support the Medical Marijuana Organ Transplant Act, and more
  • ASA Website Spotlight: Vote Medical Marijuana 2014
  • Chapter & Affiliate Meetings: Nevada County ASA, Lake County ASA, and Sacramento NORML

Be sure to join me online for the next live Google Hangout on Thursday, October 16, at 7:00 PM to talk about local ballot measures and what’s at stake for medical cannabis in the November 4 elections. Voters will decide on twelve measures related to medical cannabis in ten different cities and counties this year. There are important legislative races that will help to define next year’s political landscape and an interesting development in the race for Attorney General (see the News section for more details on that).

Oct 122014

ASA Activist Newsletter - Oct 2014

In This Issue

  • New York Wants Federal Waiver for CBD
  • Patients and Industry Win in Nevada
  • Penn. Senate Approves Medical Cannabis Bill
  • Local Measures Dominate California Ballot
  • ASA Unity 2015 Conference
  • Activist Profile: Kelly Sachs, Florida
  • Action Alert:
Oct 102014

Allegations of Police Misconduct in Marijuana Raids Spark Legal Action

Adrian Baumann, Willits News

A lawyer for a group of local growers has filed a request for public records with the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office for documents connected to allegations of illegal raids, and other police misbehavior, seeking a huge swath of documents related to raids by County of Mendocino Marijuana Eradication Taskforce and the Mendocino Major Crimes Task Force, over the last several years; the document was also sent to the state Department of Justice. Allegations of several raids alleged to be abusive or illegal, have also been communicated in detail to The Willits News.

Oct 092014

Vote Medical Marijuana Launches New TV Ad - Americans for Safe Access

On_Hold_Youtube_Thumbnail_.jpg has just released a new 30-second online advertisement to launch its survey drive for for this year's election-cycle educational campaign. 

The ad "Don't Leave Voters on Hold", encourages elected officials and candidates to state their position on medical marijuana. 

Watch our latest ad "Don't Leave Voters on Hold