California Weekly Roundup: August 31, 2015 Medical cannabis news, events, and more from all over the state
August 31, 2015 | Don Duncan
Contents (Scroll down for details and links):
- March 18-22, 2016 – Early Bird Registration: National Medical Cannabis Unity Conference (Washington, DC)
- September 2, 2015 – Court Support for Heather Blackwood (Riverside)
- September 2, 2015 – Court Support for Jeffery and Andrea Sarbak (Pleasanton)
Take Action Now
- Oppose AB 243 in the California Senate (California)
- Medical Marijuana: A Patient Survey (California)
ASA Website Spotlight
- National Medical Cannabis Unity Conference 2016
- ASA-CCSA Email Discussion List
Chapter & Affiliate Meetings
- September 1, 2015 - San Francisco ASA (San Francisco)
- September 2, 2015 – Brownie Mary Democratic Club of Riverside County (Riverside)
- September 3, 2015 - Sonoma ASA (Santa Rosa)
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March 18-22, 2016 – Early Bird Registration: National Medical Cannabis Unity Conference (Washington, DC)
ASA is excited to announce that early-bird registration for the National Medical Cannabis Unity Conference and Citizen Lobby Day 2016 is now open! The theme this year is “Our Medicine, Our Safety, Our Rights.” Our goal is to connect advocates, industry workers and leaders, researchers, doctors and others to effect real change for medical cannabis. Get signed up today so that you can be a part of it all at the Lowes Madison Hotel in Washington, DC, March 18-22, 2016. Here is the link to book your hotel: https://www.loewshotels.com/madison/Americans-for-Safe-Access?corpcode=NUC316 or call 1-855-325-6397 and use Reservation ID NUC316 to make your reservations. Be sure to mention the ASA Unity Conference to get the best rate. Make your reservation ASAP!
September 2, 2015 – Court Support for Heather Blackwood (Riverside)
12:00 PM at 9991 Country Farm Rd, Riverside, CA 92503. Custody hearing. Dress in an appropriate manner and obey all courtroom rules to best help Ms. Blackwood.
September 2, 2015 – Court Support for Jeffery and Andrea Sarbak (Pleasanton)
2:00 PM at 5672 Stoneridge Dr., Pleasanton, CA 94588. Pre-trial Hearing. Dress in an appropriate manner and obey all courtroom rules to best help the defendants.
Find more information and additional listings on The Human Solution Calendar: http://www.thsintl.org/calendar
Take Action Now
Oppose AB 243 in the California Senate (California)
ASA is calling on members and friends to oppose AB 243 (Wood), a medical cannabis licensing and taxation bill in the California Senate. AB 243 will create new licensing requirements and regulations for most medical cannabis cultivation and imposes a new unspecified statewide tax on cultivation (in addition to any other existing taxes).
The licensing and regulations in this bill serve the same purpose as those in a more comprehensive regulatory proposal also pending in the state legislature. The Senate should wait until after this year’s session to see if this part of AB 243 is still needed.
The unspecified tax in AB 243 will mean higher costs for patients. While taxation is a necessary evil in politics, ASA does not like to see arbitrary taxes (“sin taxes”) added to medicine. The cost of implementing state regulations should be borne by licensed commercial cultivators as part of the licensing fees. Environmental remediation should be paid for by fines against a handful of bad actors who damage our ecosystems – not by those who follow the rules.
Medical Marijuana: A Patient Survey (California)
Dr. James Colbert, Dr. Sarah McBane, and the CAPSLEAD (California Pharmacy Student Leadership) team from the UCSD Skaggs School of Pharmacy are conducting a research study to investigate medical marijuana's effectiveness in patients. The purpose of the study is to: (1) Measure the effectiveness of medical marijuana, and (2)Evaluate the education that patients have received regarding medical marijuana. Read more about the study and your rights as a participant online. This study is not a project of ASA. We are simply passing along the link for consideration.
ASA Website Spotlight
National Medical Cannabis Unity Conference 2016
Early Bird Registration is open now. The National Medical Cannabis Unity Conference, March 18-22 in Washington, DC, is the largest conference for medical marijuana patients, activists, lawyers and medical professionals promoting safe and legal access to marijuana for therapeutic uses and research. The Unity conference is your place to learn best practices, exchange ideas and learn how to navigate medical marijuana in this new political landscape. This conference will also provide professional development and leadership training to patients and concerned citizens in all areas of advocacy including federal, state and local government relations, public affairs, community relations, public policy, legislation, Congressional relations, community activism, political engagement and campaigns. Attendees will hear from successful lobbyists and communicators, elected officials, professional staff, industry experts, and public policy specialists on a wide variety of how-to topics relevant to legislative and regulatory advocacy.
ASA-CCSA Email Discussion List
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.
You can use this low-volume list to talk to patients, industry workers, doctors, advocates, and others who share your passion about medical cannabis. The list is a great way to let others know what you are working on, share your opinions, and get feedback from the community. I will be using the list to get your input on ASA’s state and local campaigns.
ASA Chapter & Affiliate Meetings
September 1, 2015 - San Francisco ASA (San Francisco)
The meeting starts at 7:30 PM at Lounge 847, 847 Howard St, San Francisco, CA 94103. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
September 2, 2015 – Brownie Mary Democratic Club of Riverside County (Riverside)
6:00 PM at THCF Patient Center, 647 Main St., Unit 4D, Riverside CA 92501. Email email@example.com for more information.
September 3, 2015 - Sonoma ASA (Santa Rosa)
The meeting starts at 5:00 PM at Arlene Francis Center, 99 West 6th Street, Santa Rosa, CA 95401. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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