California Weekly Roundup: February 8, 2016 Medical cannabis news, events, and more from all over the state

February 08, 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…

  • Governor Brown signed AB 21, a bill that may slow down the city and county “ban-wagon”
  • Governor Brown appointed a Chief for the new Bureau of Medical Marijuana Regulation
  • The CMA endorsed cannabis legalization

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Will Congress Reschedule Marijuana?

Ex-Lineman Kyle Turley on NFL Cannabis Ban: 'This Whole Thing Has To Change'

Huffman Backs Bill to get USPS off our Backs


Republican Lori Ajax named as state’s 1st medical marijuana czar

Governor signs emergency amendment to medical marijuana law

Gov. Brown gives cities more time to restrict or ban pot farms

California doctors’ lobbying group formally backs marijuana legalization


Supervisors vote against medical marijuana moratorium (Plumas County)

Simi Valley City Council reverses course, will now ban personal cultivation of medical marijuana (Simi Valley)

South Bay cities take hard line on marijuana as state loosens laws (South Bay)

Sacramento passes new medical marijuana cultivation ordinance (Sacramento)

WeHo Must Change Zoning Regulations in Order to Regulate Weed (West Hollywood)

County, state officials join farmers at Mateel cannabis confab (Humboldt County)

Marijuana growers, like one Costa Mesa company, find their hot spot in the desert (Coachella Valley)

Long Beach council just said no to medical marijuana ordinance (Long Beach)

County supervisors move to halt commercial marijuana cultivation (Los Angeles)

Supervisors regulate medical marijuana, butane sales (Shasta County)

Proposed pot farm would yield 6,000 pounds a year (Desert Hot Springs)

Tuolumne County supervisors greenlight medical marijuana regulations (Tuolumne County)

SLO County supervisors to talk medical marijuana on Feb. 9 (San Luis Obispo County)

Pot club owner indicted on fraud charges (San Jose)

Pot Cultivation, Delivery Ban Moves Forward (Malibu)

Spotlight on: Medical cannabis dispensary drivers (Santa Barbara County)




February 8, 2016 – Martinez Public Safety Committee Meeting (Martinez)

6:30 PM at the Senior Center, 818 Green Street, Room 3, Martinez, CA 94553. The committee will consider several options related to medical cannabis, including bans on cultivation and delivery. Stakeholders should as the committee to license and regulate, not ban. Get all the details on the committee’s webpage.

February 9, 2016 – Nevada County Board of Supervisors Meeting (Nevada City)

9:00 AM at 950 Maidu Avenue, Nevada City, CA 95959-8617. The Board will resume debate about regulating or banning medical cannabis. Visit the Board’s webpage for agenda details before the meeting. Arrive early to sign up to speak for local regulation and against a ban. Email for more information.

February 9, 2016 - San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors (San Luis Obispo)

9:00 AM Public Comments, 1:30 PM Report on Medical Cannabis, at County Government Center, 1055 Monterey Street, San Luis Obispo, CA 93408. The Board will hear a report on the need for an urgency ordinance banning medical cannabis cultivation. Arrive early to complete a public speaker’s card and tell the Board not to ban cultivation. Remind them that the March 1st deadline for local regulations or bans has been repealed by the legislature.

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 for more information.

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

8:00 PM PT online at 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

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 for more information about the full convention. Email 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: 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


Sign the Petition to Ask Your Representative and Senators to Sign on to the CARERS Act!

The CARERS Act is the most comprehensive piece of federal medical marijuana legislation that has ever been introduced in both the U.S. House and Senate. The bill would allow state programs to continue without federal inference, move marijuana out of Schedule I, remove CBD from the scheduling, create access to banking services for legal marijuana businesses, end the Public Health service review process and NIDA monopoly that blocks research, and allow VA doctors to write recommendations in states that have a medical marijuana program. Visit this page to sign online or print a paper petition to circulate.

Email Your State Representative ASA's Medical Marijuana Access Report

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…



What is Court Support and how do I get involved? 

None this week. Send court support requests to before noon on Friday to be included in Monday’s California Weekly Roundup.

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Medical Marijuana Access in the U.S.

Every year Americans for Safe Access prepares a report on the state of Medical Cannabis access in the United States. We put this in the form of a report card which lawmakers, activists, and patients can reference easily. We intend this report to serve as a tool to help states compare their medical marijuana program to the programs of other states to see where they can improve and to give recognition to states with great laws and great implementation.


February 10, 2016 –Brownie Mary Democratic Club of San Francisco (San Francisco)

6:30 – 8:30 PM at 847 Howard St, San Francisco, CA 94103. Visit for more information. 

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