California Weekly Roundup: February 22, 2016 Medical cannabis news, events, and more from all over the state

February 22, 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 collected almost 600 signatures on a petition opposing SB 987
  • ASA worked with local government and allies to help pass local licensing ordinances
  • ASA worked with legislative offices to improve medical cannabis bills

This week…

Get all the news, events, action alerts, & more...

NEWS

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National

10 top-rated states for medical marijuana

CDC Pressured to Study Medical Marijuana as an Opioid Substitute

Veterans Forced To Look Beyond VA For Medical Marijuana

IRS Agent Gets Slammer For Soliciting Bribe From Medical Marijuana Business

California

Bay Area senator proposes 15 percent tax on medical pot

Cash-Only Marijuana Dispensaries Flood California Tax Office With Piles of Money

Butane hash oil fire season sweeps through California

Complex pot act created unseen problem

Local

Investors, celebs rush to desert city Adelanto for marijuana cultivation (Adelanto)

Hybrid News: High Desert Town Goes From Prisons to Pot, Marijuana Found Innocent of Causing Anxiety or Depression (Adelanto)

Humboldt marijuana growers lead in water program participation (Humboldt County)

Coalinga man’s hope for pain relief gets caught in controversy over medical marijuana (Coalinga)

'The most critical cases' (Nevada County)

Atascadero to reverse its marijuana cultivation ban (Atascadero)

Willows extends marijuana urgency ordinance (Willows)

Weed task force to explore what ifs of legal weed (Weed)

Angels Camp City Council puts off marijuana regulation (Angeles Camp)

Critics call for overhaul of draft Monterey County medical marijuana rules (Monterey County)

Desert City to Become a Medical Marijuana Hub (Adelanto)

Windsor opts to keep medical marijuana ban in place (Windsor)

The Marijuana Forecast: What California Has in Store for OC (Orange County)

 

Meetings

PUBLIC MEETINGS & EVENTS 

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 suite, 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.

February 29, 2016 – Assembly Banking and Finance Committee Hearing (Sacramento)

2:00 PM in room 4202 in the State Capitol Building. The committee will hold an informational hearing on issues related to banking and medical cannabis. You may listen live online at http://assembly.ca.gov/listen/4202-audio

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 22, 2016 - Court Support for Kevin Saunders (Salinas)

8:30 AM in Room 4 at Monterey County Superior Court, 240 Church St., Salinas, CA 93901. “Coasterdam” cultivation case. Trial continues for several days this week. Dress in an appropriate manner and obey all courtroom rules to best help the defendant.

February 25, 2016 – Court Support for John Mazula (El Cajon)

9:00 AM at 250 E Main St #1 El Cajon CA 92020, El Cajon, CA 92020. 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 

ASA-CCSA Email Discussion List

Join ASA’s email discussion list to be a part of conversations about medical cannabis issues in California. The ASA California Campaign for Safe Access (ASA-CCSA) mailing list will be a primary contact point for patients, advocates, and others to share ideas and constructive debate on state legislation, local ordinances, initiatives, and court cases.

You can use this low-volume list to talk to patients, industry workers, doctors, advocates, and others who share your passion about medical cannabis. The list is a great way to let others know what you are working on, share your opinions, and get feedback from the community. I will be using the list to get your input on ASA’s state and local campaigns.

You can choose how often you receive emails from the ASA-CCSA email list, or just go online to read all of the messages there. The list will be monitored to remove spam and inappropriate content. And of course, you may unsubscribe with a single click at any time.

ASA CHAPTER & AFFLIATE MEETINGS 

February 23, 2016 - San Diego ASA (San Diego)

6:30 – 7:30 networking, 7:30 meeting starts at Giovanni's Restaurant at 9353 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. San Diego, CA 92123. Visit http://www. SafeAccessSD.com or https://www.facebook.com/SanDiegoASA  for more for more information.

February 28, 2016 - Nevada County ASA (North San Juan)

The meeting starts at 2:00 PM at the North San Juan Senior Center, 29190 State Hwy 49, North San Juan, CA 95960. Email info@asa-nc.com for more information.

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


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