California Weekly Roundup: February 15, 2016 Medical cannabis news, events, and more from all over the state

February 15, 2016 | Don Duncan

The California Campaign for Safe Access (CCSA) is Americans for Safe Access’ oldest and largest state campaign. This California Weekly Roundup is your way to stay on top of medical cannabis news, events, action alerts, court support, and more.

Last week…

  • ASA worked with legislative offices to improve bills related to licensing and taxation
  • ASA staff and volunteers talked with city and county officials about local ordinances, helping to stop bans
  • ASA hosted a citizen lobbyist training in Los Angeles

This week…

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National

Can Medical Marijuana Treat the NFL’s Biggest Problem?

Cannabis Science 101: The Complex Chemistry of the Bong

Reeferegulatory challenge

California

Excise Tax On Medical Marijuana Sales Proposed In California

State Officials Disagree On Who Will Track Medical Marijuana Plants

Winners of the 2016 SoCal Medical Cannabis Cup

Local

County, Atascadero to craft medical marijuana cultivation ordinances (San Luis Obispo)

Subcommittee Considers Medical Marijuana Ordinances (Martinez)

City begins discussion over potential medical marijuana cultivation regulation (Martinez)

Farm-to-joint: Sacramento sparks up medical marijuana cultivation debate (Sacramento)

Free medical pot for life offered to veterans, cancer patients (Coachella)

Backlash Brews Over Pot Dispensary (Santa Barbara)

Aaron Justis of Buds & Roses Collective (Los Angeles)

Palos Verdes Estates, Rolling Hills Estates ban marijuana cultivation, deliveries (Los Angeles County)

Marijuana Activist Banda Still Plans To File Civil Rights Suit (Long Beach)

Roseanne Barr Plans to Open Dispensary in California (Santa Ana)

City actions may be unconstitutional (Yucaipa)

Highland bans medical marijuana cultivation, delivery (Highland)

Upland medical marijuana initiative could be on ballot as soon as June (Upland)

Solano County extends medi-pot moratorium (Solano County)


Meetings

PUBLIC MEETINGS & EVENTS 

February 15, 2016 - San Diego ASA 215 Party (Ocean Beach)

2:15 - 9:00 PM at the “Seedless Compound” at 2229 Bacon Street, Ocean Beach, CA 92107. Join San Diego ASA for an annual celebration of Proposition 215. Art, live music, food, & fun. $20 at the door. You must be a legal patient and at least 21 years old. ID and recommendation required. Email ilegalsmile@hotmail.com for more information.

February 16, 2016 - Sutter County Board of Supervisors Meeting (Yuba City)

6:00 PM at Board of Supervisors Chambers, Hall of Records Building, 466 Second Street, Yuba City, CA 95991. The Board will vote on a restrictive cultivation law that limits patients to 21 plants indoors. Arrive early to complete a speakers card and ask the Supervisors to delay a vote on item 24 until they have more information.

February 24, 2016 – California, Congress, and Cannabis (Online)

8:00 PM PT online at https://plus.google.com/events/cn09m53ofe4m5eo9dmt322c94r4 Join ASA for another live Google Hangout, an interactive event you can join from your computer or mobile device. We will be talking about the consequences of and solution to the federal and state disconnect on medical cannabis. You may also watch live on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8UlilUhC8hs

February 26-28, 2016 - Brownie Mary Democratic Club at the California Democratic Convention (San Jose)

All day at the San Jose Convention Center at 150 W San Carlos St, San Jose, CA 95113. Visit the BMDC’s exhibit booth and hospitality sweet, while networking with Democrats and other politicos from all over the state. Visit http://www.cadem.org/convention for more information about the full convention. Email lannyswerdlow@earthlink.net or call (760) 799-2055 for more information about BMDC and their activities at the convention.

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!

Take Action

TAKE ACTION NOW 

Oppose SB 987 in California: No more taxes on medical cannabis (California)

California Senator Mike McGuire (D-Healdsburg) has introduced SB 987, a bill that will assess an additional 15% excise tax on medical cannabis in the state.  The new tax will be in addition to the ordinary state sales tax and any local tax patients already pay for their doctor-recommend medicine. SB 987 imposes an unnecessary and unfair burden on medical cannabis patients.

SB 987 is harmful for patients. Medical cannabis is already subject to ordinary sales and use tax of between 7.5 and 10%, depending on the jurisdiction. Additionally, some cities and counties already impose an additional local tax of up to 15% on medical cannabis.

Adding an additional 15% to the cost of medical cannabis, which is not covered by insurance, will be an economic hardship for legal patients – especially those who are already economically vulnerable…

Ask the United Nations to Reschedule Cannabis (National)

As preparations begin for the United Nations General Assembly Special Session on drug policy (UNGASS 2016) we at Americans For Safe Access and the International Medical Cannabis Patients Coalition are calling on medical cannabis patients around the world to contact their UN Ambassador and encourage them to reconsider international drug policy and the outdated 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs. The UN must take action to address the clear disparity between their policy and the medical, scientific and legal realities. We've developed an example letter for folks to work from and made it simple to contact our UN Ambassador via email. So please lend your name to support access for medical cannabis patients not only in the US but across the world…

Save your rights to grow your own medicine in Simi Valley, California (Simi Valley)

Qualified Patients: Veterans, seniors, terminally ill patients, those on a fixed income, citizens of Simi Valley.  Please help us keep our right to privately cultivate our own medicine.  We are about to lose our 20 year right to free and safe medicine.   

The City Council of Simi Valley has proposed an ordinance to ban all personal cultivation of medical marijuana.  This is an overreach of power.   Qualified patients in Simi Valley, with a physician's recommendation, should be allowed to continue to cultivate medical marijuana for their own personal use…

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COURT SUPPORT 

What is Court Support and how do I get involved? 

February 19, 2016 - Court Support for Shelby Lucero (Sacramento)

9:00 AM in Sacramento Superior Court at 9th and H St, Sacramento, CA 95814. 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 WEBSITE SPOTLIGHT 

Press Release: Patient Advocates Bring Medical Cannabis Issues to United Nations

(New York, NY) – Today Executive Director of Americans for Safe Access (ASA), Steph Sherer, and Michael Krawitz, Executive Director, Veterans For Medical Cannabis Access will join organizations from across the globe at at the UN Headquarters to continue preparations for the United Nations General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS 2016) on drug policy to be held April 19th-21st    They will be providing input for Member States in the negotiations of the outcome document to be presented at UNGASS 2016 and will be urging that global policies on medical cannabis be included.

The last time the UN held a special session was in 1999, and its focus, guided by the US, was to eliminate illegal drugs and drug trafficking. Today, international leaders, drug policy reform groups, patients, and citizens are encouraging the UN to reform this outdated and ineffective approach to drug policy.  On  the agenda for UNGASS 2016 is a review of the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs of 1961, the Convention on Psychotropic Substances of 1971, and the United Nations Convention against Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances of 1988…

ASA CHAPTER & AFFLIATE MEETINGS 

None this week.

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


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