California Weekly Roundup: December 28, 2015 Medical cannabis news, events, and more from all over the state

December 28, 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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Federal

DEA Eases Cannabis Study Requirements

The Booming Pot Industry Is Draining the U.S. Energy Supply

Epilepsy treatment for children shows promise

California

Medical Marijuana Patient Advocacy Group Urges California Cities And Counties To License Cultivation

State regulation error results in California cities rushing to ban medical marijuana dispensaries

How Will California Handle Laboratory Testing of Cannabis?

Ad for state pot czar: New form of reefer madness?

The Smoke Clears on California Marijuana Legalization as AUMA Takes Center Stage

Local

Supervisors Committed to Forging Ahead on Weed Ordinance, Even if Deadline Disappears (Humboldt County)

Cities opt for local control over medical marijuana (Santa Barbara County)

Hollister City Council to Review Medical Marijuana Dispensary Ordinances (Hollister)

Santa Paula planning panel backs marijuana rules (Santa Paula)

City bans delivery, growth of medical MJ (Morgan Hill)

Delay pot ordinance adjustments (Porterville)

Grover Beach moves forward on medical marijuana cultivation ban (Grover Beach)

La Cañada Flintridge bans sales, cultivation and delivery of medical marijuana (La Cañada Flintridge)

Upland medical marijuana measure fails to gather necessary signatures (Upland)

Berkeley pot shops boost cops’ Toys for Tots drive (Berkeley)

Judge Tosses Claims of a Berkeley Pot Monopoly (Berkeley)

Sonoma City Council strengthens regulations on pot cultivation, dispensaries (Sonoma County)

Sebastopol ordinance satisfies state requirements (Sebastopol)

Amid Federal Counter-Attack, Lynnette Shaw Says: ‘I’m Going to Win’ (Marin County)

Calaveras County to regulate marijuana growers (Calaveras 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 Christensen (Jackson)
8:30 AM at Amador Superior Court, 1500 Argonaut Ln, Jackson, CA 95642. Preliminary hearing. Dress in an appropriate manner and obey all courtroom rules to best help the defendant.

December 29, 2015 - Court Support for Jeffrey Sarbak (Hayward)
9:00 AM at the Hayward Hall of Justice, Room 513, 24405 Amador St, Hayward, CA 94544. 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 

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. 

Vote for ASA: National CannAwards
http://www.canneconomy.com/cannawards/finals

Americans for Safe Access (ASA) recently won the regional award for “Best Effort on Affecting Policy, Regulations & Industry Standards” from CannAwards. Hosted by Cannabis Economy, the CannAwards honor and celebrate leadership and innovation in Cannabis. Use this link to vote for ASA in the national finals. Be sure to share the link with your friends who believe in the work we do! 

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