California Weekly Roundup: January 25, 2016 Medical cannabis news, events, and more from all over the state
January 25, 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.
- Take Action Now (New action alert this week!)
- Court Support
- ASA Website Spotlight
- Chapter & Affiliate Meetings
Local Bans in the News
January 25, 2016 – Yucaipa City Council Meeting (Yucaipa)
January 27, 2016 - Protecting Access in Your Community: California Local Access Project (Online)
January 28, 2016 – Berkeley Medical Cannabis Commission Meeting (Berkeley)
March 18-22, 2016 – National Medical Cannabis Unity Conference (Washington, DC)
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.
AB 26 by Assembly Member Jones-Sawyer (D-LA) will require that medical cannabis businesses seeking a license to operate under the Medical marijuana Regulation and Safety Act provide compliance training for employees. ASA strongly support robust training for the professional serving legal medical cannabis patients in California. Sign this petition to support quality and service in the medical cannabis industry. Read more about AB 26 at http://www.safeaccessnow.org/2016_legislation
January 29, 2016 – Court Support for Shelby Lucero (Sacramento)
California lawmakers are moving quickly to correct a drafting error in the Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act (MMRSA), a trio of bills that will finally license and regulate commercial medical cannabis activity in the state. However, lawmakers are overlooking a serious issue in the bill that directly affects individual patient-cultivators and primary caregivers.
Americans for Safe Access (ASA), the nation’s leading medical cannabis patients’ advocacy organization, is calling on lawmakers to remove licensing requirements from the MMRSA that apply to some personal non-commercial cultivation of medical cannabis. Otherwise, the MMRSA could become an obstacle to personal cultivation – a historic cornerstone of California’s twenty-year old medical cannabis program…
July 26, 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. We will have local civil rights attorney Bryan Pease speak to us about his plans to run for San Diego City Council. Visit http://www. SafeAccessSD.com or https://www.facebook.com/SanDiegoASA for more for more information.
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