California Weekly Roundup: December 21, 2015 Medical cannabis news, events, and more from all over the state

December 21, 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

Congress tries to clear the air between states, feds over legal pot

Congress Set to Reauthorize the Rohrabacher-Farr Medical Cannabis Amendment

US Medical Marijuana Advocacy Organization Launches International Research Center

California

California cities rush to ban pot shops as state deadline looms

LA medical cannabis patient is back on the organ transplant list

Local

La Quinta weighing medical marijuana delivery ordinance (La Quinta)

Medical marijuana cultivation debated in SLO, Pismo Beach (San Luis Obispo/Pismo Beach)

Medical marijuana collective to be permitted on Nelson Way (Valley Center)

Santa Maria Council OKs Medical Marijuana Deliveries, Bans Cultivation (Santa Maria)

Pot rules demanded in Sebastopol (Sebastopol)

Weed wants more information before marijuana sales decision (Weed)

Planning commission mulls commercial pot zoning (Trinity County)

Sacramento scrambles to create new medical marijuana laws (Sacramento)

Lompoc to consider new medical marijuana ordinance (Lompoc)

Palm Desert tightens its ban on medical marijuana (Palm Desert)

Contra Costa moves to further restrict medical pot (Contra Costa County) 

 

Meetings

PUBLIC MEETINGS & EVENTS 

January 7, 2016 - Medical Cannabis Discussion Panel (Sacramento)

7:00 PM at Perko’s, 915 3rd Street, Sacramento, CA 95814. Experts discuss how medical cannabis treats serious conditions. Speakers include Dr. Molly Fry, Dr. Lakisha Jenkins, Kim Cargile, and Richard Miller. Sponsored by the Brownie Mary Democratic Club of Sacramento and Safe Access Sacramento. Email marcialayne@gmail.com for more information.

 

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 28, 2015 - Court Support for Chad Christiansen (Jackson)

8:30 AM at 1500 Argonaut Lane, Jackson, CA 95642. Preliminary hearing. Dress in an appropriate manner and obey all courtroom rules to best help the defendant.

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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 

The Medical Cannabis Advocate's Training Center
http://www.safeaccessnow.org/advocate_training_center

Is your city or county talking about regulating or banning medical cannabis? It’s time to get active, and ASA can help you learn the skills you need to be effective. ASA believes that good policy is created when those who are most affected are at the table. Just because you are medical cannabis patient, it doesn't mean that you automatically have a degree in public policy. ASA has always been committed to demystifying political systems and providing advocates the tools they need to participate in the processes in a meaningful way. Learn all about grassroots organizing, citizen lobbying, media spokesperson training, and much more.

 

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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