California Weekly Roundup: December 14, 2015 Medical cannabis news, events, and more from all over the state

December 14, 2015 | Don Duncan

The California Weekly Roundup, a project of the California Campaign for Safe Access (CCSA), is your way to stay connected to on the latest events and news on medical cannabis in California. CCSA is Americans for Safe Access’ 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. Click on the links on below or scroll through the entire email to learn more about what is happening in California and how you can participate.

NEWS

NEWS 

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National

Medical marijuana linked with lower obesity rates

State

Cultivation Bans Will be Retained Under New CA Laws

A Rash of Medical Pot Bans

California’s Leading Legalization Initiative Gathers Momentum

California Telehealth Law Increased Access to Medical Marijuana

Local

Long Beach to consider allowing 9 medical marijuana dispensaries (Long Beach)

Marin Makes Way for Four Medical Marijuana Dispensaries (Marin County)

Internal Affairs: The politics behind San Jose's pot wars (San Jose)

Modesto considers regulating medical pot (Modesto)

Placer County officials turn focus to medical marijuana industry (Placer County)

Santa Cruz County sets new rules for commercial cultivation of medical marijuana (Santa Cruz County)

Santa Maria moves closer to banning private cultivation of medical marijuana (Santa Maria)

Solana Beach to consider medical marijuana options (Solana Beach)

Gilroy Planning Commission Just Says No to Cannabis (Gilroy)

City seeks to ban medical marijuana delivery, cultivation (Patterson)

Cathedral City reworking pot cultivation laws (Cathedral City)

Fortuna City Council says 'No' to marijuana cultivation (Fortuna)

 

 

Meetings

PUBLIC MEETINGS & EVENTS 

December 15, 2015 - The Cannabis Revolution Review for 2015 (San Diego)
7:30 - 9:00 PM at 4901 Morena Blvd., Suite 701, San Diego, CA 92117. This is a big news presentation on changes in cannabis policies around the world and especially in Mexico happening in two events in two languages this next week in the San Diego (15th)/Tijuana (17th) areas. For more information on the San Diego event on the 15th contact; Dion Markgraaff 619-403-2538 or email cannabismedia@gmail.com

March 18-22, 2016 – National Medical Cannabis Unity Conference (Washington, DC)
All day at the Loews Madison Hotel, 1177 15th St NW, Washington, DC 20005, and the US Capitol Building. The theme this year’s conference 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. 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!

 

COURT SUPPORT 

What is Court Support and how do I get involved? 

December 14, 2015 – Court Support for Pure Life (Placerville)
1:30 PM in El Dorado County Superior Court, Main St., Placerville , CA 95667. Pre-trial hearing. Dress in an appropriate manner and obey all courtroom rules to best help the defendants.

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

ASA CHAPTER & AFFLIATE MEETINGS 

None scheduled this week.

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

ASA WEBSITE SPOTLIGHT 

Local Access Project
http://www.safeaccessnow.org/local_access_project

Americans for Safe Access (ASA) is committed to supporting the efforts of California 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…

Check the links on the page for information about the history of medical cannabis regulations in California, details about the MMRSA, advice or writing a campaign plan to adopt a local ordinance or voter initiative, fundraising tips, and free resources to support organizers. 

Take Action

ACTION ALERTS 

Contact Your Local Representatives About Medical Cannabis Licensing (California)
http://www.safeaccessnow.org/contact_your_local_representatives_in_california

Some California cities have moved forward with licensing for commercial medical cannabis activity since Governor Brown signed the Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act (MMRSA) earlier this year. Unfortunately, others have reacted by banning some or all medical cannabis businesses and organizations. Most cities and counties have yet to act. Your local representatives need to hear from you whether they have licensed medical cannabis, banned it, or have done nothing at all.

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Join ASA today! (National)
http://www.safeaccessnow.org/join_asa

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 prospective on medical cannabis legislation and regulations. We strive to change state and federal laws to meet the needs of patients.

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