California Weekly Roundup: April 18, 2016 Medical cannabis news, events, and more from all over the state

April 18, 2016 | Don Duncan

The California Campaign for Safe Access (CCSA) is Americans for Safe Access’ oldest and largest state campaign. This California Weekly Roundup is your way to stay on top of medical cannabis news, events, action alerts, court support, and more.

Last week ASA…

  • ASA California Director Don Duncan testified in support of AB 1575, a bill that will make important changes to the Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act.
  • ASA California Director Don Duncan testified in support of AB 2516, a bill that will create a new “cottage cultivation” license for smaller-scale medical cannabis cultivators.

This week…

  • ASA will testify in opposition to statewide taxes on medical cannabis consumption and cultivation.
  • Registration is now open for ASA’s California Citizen Lobby Day, May 23, 2016, in Sacramento, CA.

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National

Medical Marijuana Providers Score Major Victory in Federal Court

As Marijuana Goes Mainstream, These California Pioneers Are Rotting in Federal Prison

California

In California, Marijuana Is Smelling More Like Big Business

California medical marijuana czar says she never smoked pot

CA Legislature to Vote on Medical Marijuana Tax Bills April 18

Bill to Help ‘Specialty Cottage’ Weed Growers Moving Through Legislature

North Coast legislator seeks new licensing for small medicinal marijuana growers

Roadside Swabbing Bill Draws Ire Of Medical Marijuana Advocates

O.C. tech exec's next venture: An Uber-like app for ordering marijuana

Kristin Nevedal on Cannabis Farming and Pesticides

Ex-NFL Players Rally Behind Medical Marijuana

Local

Six Counties Collaborate on One Cohesive Marijuana Policy (Northern California)

Pondering pot: Oakland museum marijuana exhibit delves into the debatable bud (Oakland)

Marijuana Exhibit Opening At Oakland Museum Of California (Oakland)

Officers Involved In Santa Ana Medical Marijuana Dispensary Raid Should Be Fired (Santa Ana)

Calaveras Tackles Urgency Marijuana Ordinance, Tree Task Force (Calaveras County)

Initiative Would Overturn Laguna’s Ban on Medical Marijuana Stores (Laguna Beach)

County supervisors vote to appeal pot shop ruling (Kern County)

L.A. County Bans Medical Marijuana Growing in Unincorporated Areas (Los Angeles County)

Marijuana to join pesky pests, water as a priority? (Solano County)

Planners finalize marijuana proposal (Trinity County)

A push to create the next great American marijuana town (Adelanto)

President of Ojai medical marijuana cooperative arrested (Ojai) 


Meetings

PUBLIC MEETINGS & EVENTS 

April 18, 2016 - Assembly Committee on Revenue and Taxation Hearing on AB 2149 (Sacramento)

2:30 PM in room 126 in the State Capitol Building in downtown Sacramento, CA. The committee will vote on AB 2149 (Bonilla), which will allow the CA Board of Equalization to accept cash payments from medical cannabis businesses and organizations on behalf of other state agencies. ASA supports the bill, because many medical cannabis associations cannot get financial services.

April 18, 2016 - Assembly Committee on Revenue and Taxation Hearing on AB 2243 (Sacramento)

2:30 PM in room 126 in the State Capitol Building in downtown Sacramento, CA. The committee will vote on AB 2243 (Wood), which will impose a statewide tax on medical cannabis cultivation (in additional to any other tax). ASA opposes the bill because we find it excessive and premature.

April 18, 2016 - Senate Appropriations Committee Hearing on SB 987 (Sacramento)

10:00 AM in room 4203 in the State Capitol Building in downtown Sacramento, CA. The committee will vote on SB 987 (McGuire), which imposes an additional 15% tax on medical cannabis consumption statewide. ASA opposes this bill, as the tax is an unfair burden on patients.

April 18, 2016 - Bureau of Medical Marijuana Regulation Informational Sessions (Oakland)

9:30 AM and 11:00AM at Elihu M. Harris State Office Building - 1515 Clay Street Room 2, Oakland, CA 94612. The Chief of the Bureau of Medical Marijuana Regulation, Lori Ajax, and staff will be traveling to Oakland to provide information to the public about the Bureau and the regulatory process.  All members of the public are invited to participate in these informational sessions.  Please arrive early for registration purposes. Register in advance for 9:30 session or the 11:00 AM session.

April 19, 2016 - Assembly Committee on Business and Professions Hearing on AB 2385 (Sacramento)

9:30 AM in room 4202 in the State Capitol Building in downtown Sacramento, CA. The committee will vote on AB 2385 (Jones-Sawyer), which would make dispensaries qualified for limited immunity under city law eligible for state licensing. The bill does not make any other medical cannabis businesses eligible for state licensing. ASA does not have a position on the bill at this time.

April 19, 2016 –Assembly Committee on Business and Professions Hearing on AB 2545 (Sacramento)

9:30 AM in room 4202 in the State Capitol Building in downtown Sacramento, CA. The committee will vote on AB 2545 (Bonta), which will authorize the Governor to enter into agreements concerning medical cannabis with federally recognized sovereign Native Americans tribes. ASA has no position on this bill at this time.

April 20, 2016 - Dr. Burnell Vasser: Walk a Mile in Her Shoes (Grass Valley)

7:00 PM at 400 Idaho Maryland Rd, Grass Valley, CA 95945. Dr. Burnell Vasser talking about CBD's particularly as it effects epilepsy.  We have a 8-year old local boy, Silas Hurd, who has become the poster child for this issue.  His father will be speaking as well as Kara Fox whose son also has intractable epilepsy.  There will be a silent auction to raise money to defeat Measure W, the outdoor cultivation ban ordinance. Email psmith9491@gmail.com for details.

April 23-24, 2016 - The 2016 Medicinal Cannabis Conference (Arcata)

All day both days at Arcata Community Center, 321 Community Park Way, Arcata, CA 95521. See the agenda, speaks, and ticket information at http://www.medicalmarijuanaconference.net/     

April 26, 2016 - Assembly Committee on the Judiciary Hearing on AB 2300 (Sacramento)

2:30 PM in room 126 in the State Capitol Building in downtown Sacramento, CA. The committee will vote on AB 2300 (Wood), which will prohibit smoking medical cannabis anywhere where smoking is prohibited by a landlord. ASA has no position on this bill, but regards it as unnecessary.

May 3, 2016 – Marin County Board of Supervisors Meeting (San Rafael)

10:00 AM at 3501 Civic Center Drive Room 330, San Rafael, CA 94901. The Board will discuss a new licensing ordinance to allow some medical cannabis businesses in the unincorporated areas of the county.  Check the Board’s website for and agenda and draft ordinance shortly before the meeting.

May 6, 2016 - Bureau of Medical Marijuana Regulation Informational Sessions (Sacramento)

9:00 AM and 10:30 AM at California State Capitol - 1315 10th St - Room 126, Sacramento, CA 95814. The Chief of the Bureau of Medical Marijuana Regulation, Lori Ajax, and staff will be traveling to Oakland to provide information to the public about the Bureau and the regulatory process.  All members of the public are invited to participate in these informational sessions.  Please arrive early for registration purposes. Register in advance for 9:00 AM session or the 10:30 AM session.

May 23, 2016 –ASA’s California Citizen Lobby Day 2016 (Sacramento)

8:00 AM Registration and Breakfast, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM Lobby Day at the Hyatt Regency, 1209 L St, Sacramento, CA 95814. Registration is now open! Join us for the state’s largest medical cannabis lobby day. Special guest speakers, training, briefing materials, and more. ASA will make appointments for you to meet with your state lawmakers when you register. $40 requested donation. No one turned away for lack of funds. Click here to get more information and register today.

May 23, 2016 – ASA’s California Citizen Lobby Day VIP Reception (Sacramento)

7:00 PM at the Hyatt Regency, 1209 L St, Sacramento, CA 95814. Network and celebrate with elected officials, lobby day participants, and special guests. Complimentary hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar. $20 suggested donation, free for lobby day participants. Click here to get more information.

Take Action

TAKE ACTION NOW 

Register for the California Citizen Lobby Day - May 23, 2016 (California)

Join Americans for Safe Access (ASA), the nation’s leading medical cannabis patients’ advocacy organization, our annual California Citizen Lobby Day on Monday, May23, in Sacramento. You will be part of the state's largest medical cannabis lobby day - with more than 300 patients, advocates, providers, industry works, and other stakeholders. This is your chance to talk face-to-face with lawmakers and regulators about patients' rights, taxation, and commercial regulation.

Research shows that an in-person visit from a constituent like you is six times more likely to influence an undecided lawmaker than a visit from a paid lobbyist. That means you have a lot of power to shape the future of medical cannabis in California. When you register for ASA's California Citizen Lobby Day, we will make an appointment for you to meet with your State Assembly Member and Senator to talk about legislation that affects you and your loved ones.

Sign the Petition to Ask Your Representative and Senators to Sign on to the CARERS Act! (National)

The CARERS Act is the most comprehensive piece of federal medical marijuana legislation that has ever been introduced in both the U.S. House and Senate. The bipartisan legislation would remedy the state-federal conflict over medical marijuana laws. The bill would allow state programs to continue without federal inference, move marijuana out of Schedule I, remove CBD from the scheduling, create access to banking services for legal marijuana businesses, end the Public Health service review process and NIDA monopoly that blocks research, and allow VA doctors to write recommendations in states that have a medical marijuana program. 

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COURT SUPPORT 

What is Court Support and how do I get involved? 

April 18, 2016 – Court Support for Dan Levine (Chico)
8:30 AM at 1775 Concord Ave, Chico, CA 95928. Civil case. Dress in an appropriate manner and obey all courtroom rules to best help the defendant.

April 19, 2016 – Court Support for the “Shangri-la Three” (Ventura)

1:30 PM at Ventura County Courthouse, Department/Courtroom 13, 800 S. Victoria Ave., Ventura CA 93009. Arraignment for three defendants in a medical cannabis dispensary case. Dress in an appropriate manner and obey all courtroom rules to best help the defendants. Email industry@safeaccessnow.org for more information.

Find more information and additional listings on The Human Solution Calendar: http://www.thsintl.org/calendar

ASA WEBSITE SPOTLIGHT 

California Citizen Lobby Day 2016

Join Americans for Safe Access (ASA), the nation’s leading medical cannabis patients’ advocacy organization, for our annual California Citizen Lobby Day on Monday, May 23, in Sacramento. You will be part of the state's largest medical cannabis lobby day - with more than 300 patients, advocates, providers, industry works, and other stakeholders. This is your chance to talk face-to-face with lawmakers and regulators about patients' rights, taxation, and commercial regulation.

Special guest speakers include:

  • Lori Ajax, Chief of the Bureau of Medical Marijuana Regulation
  • An-Chi Tsou, Senior Policy Advisor at the Bureau of Medical Marijuana Regulation
  • Steph Sherer, Executive Director of Americans for Safe Access
  • Don Duncan, California Director of Americans for Safe Access

ASA CHAPTER & AFFLIATE MEETINGS 

None this week.

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


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