California Weekly Roundup: August 15, 2016 Your Weekly Source for Medical Cannabis News and Information

August 15, 2016 | Don Duncan

 

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National

DEA Still Denies Cannabis Has Medical Value

DEA declines to loosen restrictions on medical marijuana

DEA moves to make more marijuana available for medical research

California

California rejects medical cannabis taxes, for now

Pot tax goes down in flames in California Legislature

Wood’s cottage cannabis, broadband map, and doctor recruitment bills advance to Senate

Marijuana vote: Judge splits ruling on Prop. 64 lawsuits, both sides to change ballot arguments

Marijuana Has a Growing Influence in the State Capitol

Local

Head of California’s medical marijuana bureau visits Coalinga (Coalinga)

Marin health board member proposes open use of medical marijuana at Marin General (Marin County)

Carson moves to head off legalization of marijuana by California voters (Carson)

Marijuana dispensary raided by police sues Costa Mesa (Costa Mesa)

Local Tea Party hosts marijuana forum in Costa Mesa (Costa Mesa)

Santa Rosa invites marijuana businesses to step out of the shadows (Santa Rosa)

Fillmore extends marijuana ban until after November election (Fillmore)

2 medical marijuana dispensaries to be up for vote on November ballot (Laguna Beach)

California Valley CSD considers options after marijuana grows spike water demand (SLO County) 


Meetings

PUBLIC MEETINGS & EVENTS 

August 28 - September 14, 2016 - Cannabis Regulations Don’t Have to Be a BuMMeR: PFC’s Cannabis Regulation Demystification Tour (Cities All Over California)

With the passage of Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act (MMRSA), California’s medical cannabis industry is now moving into a state licensing program. Voters will also be deciding on yet another major regulatory bill, Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA) in November. Both laws include robust product safety protocols as well as a new licensing program. Patient Focused Certification, a project of Americans for Safe Access is hosting an educational tour for the California medical cannabis industry to help demystify the regulations that will come from Bureau of Medical Cannabis Regulation (BMMR) and give practical advice for business to meet and exceed these requirements.

•  Hopland: August 28th, 2-5 pm

•  Sacramento: August 29th, 6-9 pm

•  San Jose: August 30th, 6-9 pm

•  Monterey/Santa Cruz: August 31st, 6-9 pm

•  Oakland: September 1st, 6-9 pm

•  Humboldt County: September 10th, 2-5 pm

•  Trinity County: September 11th, 2-5 pm

•  San Diego: September 12th, 6-9 pm

•  Los Angeles: September 13th, 6-9 pm

•  Riverside: September 14th, 6-9 pm

•  Fresno: September 15th, 6-9 pm

Register today for an event near you. Tickets are $75 each and seating may be limited in some locations. Email info@safeaccessnow.org for more information.

Take Action

TAKE ACTION NOW 

Schedule Meeting with Your Members of Congress on Alternate Treatments for Opioids & CARERS Act (National)

Congress is on summer break and now is the perfect time for you to arrange meetings in your district offices. With four simple steps you can help educate and inform legislators of the growing need for an alternate treatment for the millions of patients suffering from pain every day.

Join Americans for Safe Access (National)

Membership matters! Americans for Safe Access (ASA) is the nation’s leading medical cannabis patients’ advocacy organization. Our goal is to make medical cannabis legally available for everyone who needs it, and we need your help to make that happen!

ASA members are patients, caretakers, doctors, researchers, attorneys, providers and concerned community members who are helping to overcome barriers to safe and dignified access to medical cannabis nationwide. ASA provides a patient-focused perspective on medical cannabis legislation and regulations. We strive to change state and federal laws to meet the needs of patients.

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COURT SUPPORT 

What is Court Support and how do I get involved? 

No court support requests this week

Email requests for court support to CARoundup@SafeAccessNow.org before 12:00 PM on Friday to be included in Monday's Roundup.

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

ASA WEBSITE SPOTLIGHT 

Medical Cannabis Access for Pain Treatment: A Viable Strategy to Address the Opioid Crisis

Use of prescription opioids has greatly increased over the last few decades, despite a lack of data supporting their efficacy in long-term use, and immediate efforts are needed to mitigate the public health crisis created by the over-reliance on opioids to treat pain (Chou, 2015). Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that opioids—a class of drugs that includes prescription pain medications and heroin—were involved in 28,648 deaths in 2014  (Rudd, Aleshire, Zibbell, J. E.,Gladden, 2015).  

Thousands of patients are dying every year from opioid overdoses because they are in pain and do not have a safer alternative to relieve their pain. While the evidence that cannabis is medicinally useful in treating chronic pain continues to increase, without a single documented case of an overdose, federal legislators continue to fight against rescheduling cannabis to a schedule that would allow it to be used as medicine. Americans for Safe Access (ASA) has created this document to educate and inform legislators and regulators of the growing need for an alternate treatment for the millions of patients suffering from pain every day.

ASA CHAPTER & AFFLIATE MEETINGS 

August 16, 2016 - Nevada County ASA Meeting (Grass Valley)

6:00 PM at the Golden Empire Grange, 11283 Grange Ct., Grass Valley, CA 95945 (1/4 mile from McKnight off La Barr Meadows). We will update you on our research on the various options we discussed at our last meeting and open discussions for your suggestions. Email psmith@asa-nc.com for more information.

For a list of all CA Chapter Meetings visit:

http://www.safeaccessnow.org/california_advocacy


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The “California Weekly Roundup” is a once-a-week email for ASA Members and Friends that focuses on relevant news and important updates, action alerts, meetings and special events. Send items for the California Weekly Roundup to CARoundup@SafeAccessNow.org before 12:00 PM on Friday to be included in Monday's distribution.


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