California Weekly Roundup: July 11, 2016 Your Weekly Source for Medical Cannabis News & Information

July 11, 2016 | Don Duncan

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National

Medical marijuana programs lead to fewer drug prescriptions, study finds

Feds Ready Decision on Reclassficiation of Marijuana

Democrats call for ‘pathway’ to marijuana legalization

California

The Compassion, Care, and Cannabis of Valerie Corral

California Gym Allows Members To Smoke Marijuana While They Exercise: How Weed Affects Your Workout

What you need to know about the risks of marijuana

Local

Medical marijuana initiative qualifies for Long Beach ballot (Long Beach)

Grover Beach council to consider marijuana tax and regulations (Grover Beach)

Desert Hot Springs City Council OKs medical marijuana facility (Desert Hot Springs)

Coalinga legalizes medical marijuana operation (Coalinga)

City of Shasta Lake dubbed ‘Pot City’ (Shasta Lake)

Going Legit: Planning Commission Grants Permits for 7-Acre Marijuana Grow Operation Near Honeydew (Humboldt County)

Mendocino County Could Adopt Wine Industry-Style Marijuana Appellations (Mendocino County)

The ban, regulate or legalize cannabis debate comes to Murphys July 12 (Calaveras County)

Grow It Where the Sun Don’t Shine! (Nevada County)

Siskiyou supervisors seek outside help with cannabis cultivation issue (Siskiyou)


Meetings

PUBLIC MEETINGS & EVENTS 

July 11, 2016 - Berkeley Medical Cannabis Commission Cultivation Subcommittee Meeting (Berkeley)

4:00 PM in the Sitka Spruce Conference Room, Permit Service Center at 2120 Milvia Street, Berkeley, CA 94704. The subcommittee will discuss a medical cannabis cultivation licensing ordinance for the city and related topics. Click here to view the agenda. Email nberkhills@sbcglobal.net for more information.

July 16, 2016 - Farmer's Compliance Workshop (Briceland)

10:00 AM - 4:00 PM at Beginnings, 5 Cemetery Rd., Redway, CA 95560. Staff from the Humboldt County Planning & Building Department will be on hand to answer questions about the Humboldt County Commercial Medical Marijuana Land Use Ordinance. Medcial cannabis cultivators are encouraged to attend. Email slazar@co.humboldt.ca.us or call (707) 268-3741 for more information.

July 18, 2016 - Marijuana Town Hall Meeting (Sonoma)

5:30 – 7:30 PM at the Sonoma Veterans Memorial Building, 126 First Street West, Sonoma, CA 95476. Supervisor Susan Gorin will host this town hall meeting to receive input on marijuana regulation in unincorporated Sonoma County. Stakeholders can also complete an online surveyClick here for a list of all five town hall meetings in Sonoma County.

July 20, 2016 - Marijuana Town Hall Meeting (Petaluma)

6:00 – 8:00 PM, Petaluma Community Center, 320 N. McDowell Boulevard, Petaluma, CA 94954. Supervisor David Rabbit will host this town hall meeting to receive input on marijuana regulation in unincorporated Sonoma County. Stakeholders can also complete an online surveyClick here for a list of all five town hall meetings in Sonoma County.

August 1, 2016 - Senate Appropriations Committee Hearing on Six Medical Cannabis Bills (Sacramento)

10:00 AM in room 4203 in the State Capitol Building in downtown Sacramento. The committee will vote on six medical cannabis bills.

  • AB 567 (Gipson) will create a tax amnesty program for medical cannabis businesses and organizations. ASA supports the bill.
  • AB 1575 (Bonta) is a cleanup bill for the MMRSA. ASA supports the bill.
  • AB 2243 (Wood) imposes a new tax on medical cannabis distributors. ASA opposes the bill.
  • AB 2385 (Jones-Sawyer) allows Los Angeles dispensaries qualified under Measure D to obtain state licenses without a city license. ASA has no position on the bill.
  • AB 2516 (Wood) creates a new "cottage cultivator" license under the MMRSA. ASA supports this bill.
  • AB 2679 (Cooley) expands the reporting requirements and research rules under the MMRSA. ASA has no position on the bill.

You may testify in person at the hearing or send comments to committee members before August 26. The hearing will be broadcast live on CalChannel

Take Action

TAKE ACTION NOW 

Tell Senator Grassley to Give the CARERS Act a Vote (National)

Right now the CARERS Act, the most important piece of legislation addressing medical cannabis is being held up by Senator Chuck Grassley. Senator Grassley needs to hear from medical cannabis patients and caregivers who can tell him how important it is that we pass the CARERS Act. Click here to read more about the CARERS Act.

Medical Cannabis Community Survey (Sonoma County)

California voters have authorized the use of cannabis for medical purposes since 1996. Recent legislation has been adopted to provide further regulation of commercial cultivation, manufacturing, distribution and sale of medical cannabis products. These new laws require legal cannabis operations to obtain local permits and state licenses. The following survey is anonymous and confidential and will be used by Sonoma County to evaluate local land use regulations to address cannabis cultivation and related industries.

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COURT SUPPORT 

What is Court Support and how do I get involved? 

July 14, 2016 – Court Support for Alex Lyons (Oroville)

1:30 PM at Butte County Superior Court, 1 Court St., Oroville, CA 95965. Pretrial Conference. Dress in an appropriate manner and obey all courtroom rules to best help the defendant.

Email requests for court support to CARoundup@SafeAccessNow.org before 12:00 PM on Friday to be included in Monday's Roundup.

Find more information and additional listings on The Human Solution Calendar: http://www.thsintl.org/calendar

ASA WEBSITE SPOTLIGHT 

Resources for Medical Professionals & Researchers

The medicinal properties of cannabis are varied given the multiplicity of physiological roles of the endocannabinoid system, a ubiquitous molecular signaling system at which compounds in cannabis have robust receptor-based actions. Here is information on medical marijuana practice policies and procedures in your locality, as well as scientific and practice ethics information.

ASA CHAPTER & AFFILIATE MEETINGS 

July 14, 2016 - Brownie Mary Democratic Club of San Francisco (San Francisco)

6:30 - 8:30 PM at 847 Howard St, San Francisco, CA 94103. Email brownie.mary@yahoo.com or call (415) 956-9927 for more information. 

For a list of all CA Chapter Meetings visit:
http://www.safeaccessnow.org/california_advocacy


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