California Weekly Roundup: July 13, 2015 Medical cannabis news and events from around the state

July 13, 2015 | Don Duncan

CA SenateThe California legislative calendar is filling up, as lawmakers get ready for the summer recess on July 17. Four medical cannabis bills had committee hearings last week, and there are four more scheduled for this week. Lawmakers seem determined to pass medical cannabis bills this year. Both good and bad bills are being approved by healthy margins. Look for votes on commercial licensing and regulation, cultivation, and manufacturing butane hash oil this week. Get more information about this week’s hearings below, and read about all of the medical cannabis bills at http://www.safeaccessnow.org/2015_legislation

 

Contents (Scroll down for details and links):

News

  • National
  • California
  • Local

Events

  • July 14, 2015 – Senate Public Safety Committee Hearing on AB 849 (Sacramento)
  • July 14, 2015 – Assembly Public Safety Committee Hearing on SB 443 (Sacramento)
  • July 14, 2015 – Assembly Health Committee Hearing on SB 643 (Sacramento)
  • July 15, 2015 – Senate Governance and Finance Hearing on AB 266 (Sacramento)

Court Support

  • July 14, 2015 – Court Support for Andrea and Jeffrey Sarbak (Pleasanton)
  • July 21, 2015 – Court Support for Stephen Boski/The Healing Connection (Modesto)
  • More

Take Action Now

  • Sign the Petition to Ask Your Representative and Senators to Sign on to the CARERS Act! (National)

ASA Website Spotlight

  • Publications

Chapter & Affiliate Meetings

  • July 15, 2015 – East Bay ASA with Special Guest Corral Reefer (Berkeley)
  • July 15, 2015 - Lake County ASA (Clearlake Oaks)

News


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National 

Obama Plans Broader Use of Clemency to Free Nonviolent Drug Offenders

Medical marijuana advertising sparks interest in pot use among teens, study finds

Tuesday In California: Patients And Advocates Hand-Deliver Petition To Senator Feinstein On Medical Marijuana

California

Jerry Brown signs protection for pot smokers seeking organ transplants

New California law allows organ transplants for medical marijuana users

Law Eases Organ Transplant Process For Medical Marijuana Patients

SB 643 – The Medical Marijuana bill passes California State Assembly

California e-cigarette bill abandoned after hostile amendment

Medical marijuana advertising sparks interest in pot use among teens, study finds

California Pot Growers Raid Waterways

Rheumatoid arthritis patients are using medical marijuana — Here’s why

Aide To California Senate Leader Accepted Pot Gifts From Marijuana Lobbyist

Local

Feds seize marijuana from Indian tribal lands in California (Modoc County)

There are new allegations of corruption against the city of Desert Hot Springs (Desert Hot Springs)

Oakland Joins the World's Biggest Pot Shop to Battle the Feds (Oakland)

Monterey supervisors adopt temporary medical marijuana ban for unincorporated areas (Monterey County)

Medical cannabis shop proposed for Murphys (Calaveras County)

CCVH updates county on pot ordinance, excise tax proposals (Humboldt County)

Lawsuit seeks injunction against marijuana law (Riverside County)

SC Labs wins contract to test pot for Palm Springs (Santa Cruz)


 Public Meetings & Events


July 14, 2015 – Senate Public Safety Committee Hearing on AB 849 (Sacramento)
9:30 AM in room #112 in the State Capitol Building in Sacramento, CA. The committee will hear testimony on AB 849 (Bonilla), which makes it a crime to damage property or forest land by causing an explosion while making concentrated cannabis using a volatile solvent (like butane). ASA has no position on the bill. Read more about the bill and download a fact sheets at http://www.safeaccessnow.org/2015_legislation

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July 14, 2015 – Assembly Public Safety Committee Hearing on SB 443 (Sacramento)
9:00 AM in room #126 in the State Capitol Building in Sacramento, CA. The committee will hear testimony on SB 443 (Mitchell), which will reform civil asset forfeiture laws in California. ASA supports the bill. Read more about the bill and download a fact sheets at http://www.safeaccessnow.org/2015_legislation

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July 14, 2015 – Assembly Health Committee Hearing on SB 643 (Sacramento)
1:30 PM in room #4202 in the State Capitol Building in Sacramento, CA. The committee will hear testimony on SB 643 (McGuire), which seeks to regulate commercial medical cannabis activity in California. ASA supports the bill, but is seeking improvements. Read more about the bill and download a fact sheets at http://www.safeaccessnow.org/2015_legislation

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July 15, 2015 – Senate Governance and Finance Hearing on AB 266 (Sacramento)
9:30 AM in room #112 in the State Capitol Building in Sacramento, CA. The committee will hear testimony on AB 266  (Bonta), which seeks to regulate commercial medical cannabis activity in California. ASA supports the bill, but is seeking improvements. Read more about the bill and download a fact sheets at http://www.safeaccessnow.org/2015_legislation


Court Support


What is Court Support and how do I get involved? 

July 14, 2015 – Court Support for Andrea and Jeffrey Sarbak (Pleasanton)
2:00 Pm at 5672 Stoneridge Dr., Pleasanton, CA 94588. Pretrial Hearing. Dress in an appropriate manner and obey all courtroom rules to best help the defendants.

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July 21, 2015 – Court Support for Stephen Boski/The Healing Connection (Modesto)
8:30am in Dept. 6 in Stanislaus Superior Court, 1100 I St. Department 6, Modesto, CA 95354. Preliminary Hearing. Dress in an appropriate manner and obey all courtroom rules to best help the defendant. Email THCcentralvalley@aol.com for more information. 

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


Take Action Now


Sign the Petition to Ask Your Representative and Senators to Sign on to the CARERS Act! (National)
http://www.safeaccessnow.org/senate_carers_act_petition

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 bipartisan legislation would remedy the state-federal conflict over medical marijuana laws. 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. Sign the petition to support CARERS today.


ASA Website Spotlight


Publications
http://www.safeaccessnow.org/publications

ASA publishes important reports, educational material, newsletters, and more for medical cannabis patients and other stakeholders. ASA publications are a great way to learn about medical cannabis, science, and politics. They can also be great tools for citizen advocates when talking to elected officials, media, and community members. Browse and download hundreds of documents for free.


ASA Chapter & Affiliate Meetings


July 15, 2015 – East Bay ASA with Special Guest Corral Reefer (Berkeley)
6:30-8:00 PM at 3025 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94705, USA. Special guest Corral Reefer will discuss using social media in grassroots advocacy. Watch Coral's weekly vlog on YouTube - Stoney Sunday http://stoneysunday.com Email EastbayASA@gmail.com for more information.

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July 15, 2015 - Lake County ASA (Clearlake Oaks)
The meeting starts at 6:30 PM at the Moose Lodge, 15900 East Highway 20, Clearlake Oaks, CA 95423. Email boo5416@yahoo.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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