California Weekly Roundup: February 1, 2016 Medical cannabis news, events, and more from all over the state
February 01, 2016 | 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.
Heads Up: California Governor Brown may sign AB 21 (Wood) today! That bill will remove the March 1st deadline for local medical cannabis regulations, which has prompted city and county bans all over the state. Use these buttons to keep an eye on our social media sites and email discussion list for news.
February 2, 2016 - Sonoma County Board of Supervisors Meeting (Santa Rosa)
February 2, 2016 – Alameda County Board of Supervisors (Oakland)
February 3, 2016 – Cultivators Alliance Meeting (Los Angeles)
February 4, 2016 – Berkeley Medical Cannabis Commission Meeting (Berkeley)
February 8, 2016 – Martinez Public Safety Committee Meeting (Martinez)
February 9, 2016 – Nevada County Board of Supervisors Meeting (Nevada City)
February 24, 2016 - California, Congress, & Cannabis (Online)
March 18-22, 2016 – National Medical Cannabis Unity Conference (Washington, DC)
Americans for Safe Access (ASA) issued “Medical Marijuana Access in the US: A Patient-Focused Analysis of the Patchwork of State Laws,” this month. The annual report evaluates the array of differing state medical cannabis programs across the country from a perspective often overlooked in policy debates: the patients’ and provides policy makers with model legislation and regulations. With dozens of states already seeing legislative and regulatory proposals in 2016, this groundbreaking report will provide state lawmakers with timely tools they need to improve their medical cannabis programs to truly meet the needs of the patients they are meant to serve…
The MMRSA requires a state and local license for individual patients who cultivate more than 100 square feet of medical cannabis or for primary caregivers who cultivate medical cannabis in more than 500 square feet (for up to five patients). The licensing requirements apply, even if all of the cannabis is for the patient’s personal medical cannabis use and not for sale. This is an unreasonable and unnecessary burden for legal medical cannabis patients and caregivers. Licensing is likely to be expensive and complicated. Businesses and organizations that work in the field of medical cannabis can be expected to adapt, jump over bureaucratic hurdles, and pay for the cost of licensing. Individual patients and caregivers cannot. Sign this petition asking lawmakers to remove the licensing thresholds for patients and caregivers cultivating medical cannabis for personal use.
None this week. Send court support requests to CARoundup@SafeAccessNow.org before noon on Friday to be included in Monday’s California Weekly Roundup.
With the release last year of the first detailed analysis and comparison of state medical marijuana laws, Americans for Safe Access (ASA) created a patient-focused tool to identify effective programs and problem areas. That groundbreaking report was followed today by the release of ASA’s new, far more detailed report on state programs, which reflects the many new states that have added programs as well as others that have improved their existing programs.
February 2, 2016 - San Francisco ASA (San Francisco)
7:30 PM at Lounge 847, 847 Howard St, San Francisco, CA 94103. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
February 3, 2016 – 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.
February 4, 2016 - Sonoma ASA (Santa Rosa)
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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