California Campaign for Safe Access Protecting and expanding patients rights in California
On September 17, 2015, ASA California Director Don Duncan joined California Assembly Members Rob Bonta (D-Oakland), Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova), and Tom Lackey (R-Palmdale) and other local and state advocates to urge Governor Jerry Brown to sign the Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act.
Assemblymember Bonta, lead author of Assembly Bill 266, told the media “With this legislation, the ‘wild west’ of the medical marijuana industry will be reined in and all of California will benefit.” Duncan says he feels the legislation will benefit patients, law enforcement and communities, “We know from our research and our experience that sensible regulations for medical cannabis preserves safe and legal access for patients and communities...and they reduce crime.”
The California Campaign for Safe Access is ASA's oldest state campaign. There are more legal patients, providers, and recommending physicians in California than any other state. More than 1.4 million patients have safe, reliable, and dignified access to medicine in the state, but significant challenges remain.
The mission of the California Campaign for Safe Access is:
- To monitor, implement, and improve medical cannabis law in California; and
- To protect and expand patients’ rights, using education, litigation, legislation, grassroots advocacy and direct support.
Check out the links on this page to learn more about what is happening in California and how you can participate.
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Americans for Safe Access (ASA) is committed to supporting the efforts of advocates and industry in adopting local ordinances to license commercial medical cannabis activity. This is an important part of ensuring an adequate commercial infrastructure to serve the needs of legal patients. ASA’s Local Access Project is designed provide stakeholders with resources they need to launch effective campaigns to adopt new ordinances, pass voter initiatives, and repeal bans on medical cannabis activity.
ASA monitors legislation related to medical cannabis and works with lawmakers to be sure that patients' needs are represented in the legislative process. You can keep track of bills related to medical cannabis in 2016 here.
The California Legislature adjourned n September, following a session that included more than a dozen bills concerning medical cannabis. Patients, providers, and other stakeholders scored some big victories in Sacramento this year, and now we have important work to do. ASA is committed to working hard to build on the momentum of the legislative session. We are going to be aggressively defending new rights won this year, helping write new regulations for commercial medical cannabis activity, acting as a watchdog on implementation, and more. We are going to need your help and support to get it done.
Three separate bills comprise the Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act (MMRSA) – AB 243, AB 266, and SB 643. Each deals with different aspects of licensing and regulating commercial medical cannabis cultivation, manufacturing, distribution, transportation, sales, and testing. This is a brief summary of the bills, based on the digest prepared by the Legislative Counsel’s office.
AB 258, the Medical Cannabis Marijuana Organ Transplant Act, will prevent a patient from being denied life-saving access to an organ transplant based solely on their status as a legal medical cannabis patient.
Americans for Safe Access (ASA), the nation’s leading medical cannabis patients’ advocacy organization, is collecting data about discrimination against legal medical cannabis patients, primary caregivers, and providers to help educate lawmakers and regulators. Our hope is that this information will help create better laws and regulations to prevent medical cannabis discrimination in the future.
A new study shows that 1.4 million Californians have used medical cannabis and an overwhelming majority of those users (92%) believe cannabis helped treat the symptoms of a serious medical condition. The study, which will be published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Review, challenges the commonly held perception that medical cannabis is being overused by healthy people and demonstrates that California’s medical cannabis laws are providing real relief to a lot of people.
The California Weekly Roundup is a weekly email and blog post that reaches tens of thousands of ASA members and friends each week. This is a great tool for keeping up on medical cannabis news and coming events in the state of California. It is also the spot to look for timely action alerts, court support requests, and local chapter meetings. Don't miss out. Get signed up today!
I want to invite you to join a new email discussion list ASA is launching to help facilitate conversations about medical cannabis issues in California. The ASA California Campaign for Safe Access (ASA-CCSA) mailing list will be a primary contact point for patients, advocates, and others to share ideas and constructive debate on state legislation, local ordinances, initiatives, and court cases.
Join ASA’s Medical Cannabis Providers List, a private email discussion list for legal medical cannabis providers in California.
Contact information ASA's California offices