California Weekly Roundup: June 13, 2016 Your Weekly Source for Medical Cannabis News & Information

June 13, 2016 | Don Duncan

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National

Fighting the Feds, Round Two: Harborside vs. the IRS

A Cannabis Tax Revolt

California

California Could Soon See A Huge Tax Increase on Medical Marijuana

Cannabis legalization 2016: Marijuana activists strongly oppose California’s bill to tax medicinal cannabis

A Marijuana Land Rush Is Underway in Northern California

Local

Marijuana dispensary owner shoots would-be robbers, authorities say (Los Angeles)

Sacramento marijuana cultivation tax measure just shy of passage (Sacramento)

California Pot Measures: Nevada County's Fails While Sacramento's Too Close To Call (Nevada County and Sacramento)

Nevada County's Measure W Battle A Sign Of Things To Come In California Weed Wars? (Nevada County)

4 arrested in Ventura in robbery of medical marijuana delivery person (Ventura)

Medical Marijuana Patient Dad Found Not Guilty of Child Endangerment – Jury Doubtful of Detective’s Testimony (San Diego)

New State Bureau that Regulates Medical Cannabis Sounds Like an Advocate (San Diego)

Stockton council to consider cannabis ordinance Tuesday (Stockton)

San Jose Voters Reject Measure To Remove Restrictions On Medical Marijuana Shops (San Jose)

Internal Affairs: Bummer for San Jose's pot czar; she's out (San Jose)

Mobile pot gets grounded (Los Angeles)

Siskiyou County Tightens Pot Regulation (Siskiyou County)

Marysville looks to put marijuana business tax on November ballot (Marysville)


Meetings

PUBLIC MEETINGS & EVENTS 

June 13, 2016 – Senate Business, Professions and Economic Development Hearing on AB 567 and AB 2679 (Sacramento)

1:00 PM in room 3191 in the State Capitol Building in downtown Sacramento. The committee will vote on AB 567 (Gipson), which will create a sales tax amnesty program for medical cannabis businesses. ASA supports this bill. The committee will also vote on AB 2679 (Cooley), which changes reporting and research requirements under the MMRSA. ASA has no position on this bill. You may testify at the hearing or submit written comments in advance. Get the contact information for committee members here: http://sbp.senate.ca.gov/  

June 20, 2016 – Senate Business, Professions and Economic Development Hearing on AB 26, AB 1575 and AB  2385 (Sacramento)

1:00 PM in room 3191 in the State Capitol Building in downtown Sacramento. The committee will vote on three medical cannabis bills. AB 26 (Jones-Sawyer) will create a training program for medical cannabis industry employees. ASA supports this bill. AB 1575 (Bonta) will make important improvements in the MMRSA. ASA supports this bill. AB 2385 (Jones-Sawyer) will exempt medical cannabis dispensaries in Los Angeles from local licensing requirements under the MMRSA. ASA has no position on this bill, but supports efforts to adopt a local licensing ordinance in Los Angeles instead. You may testify at the hearing or submit written comments in advance. Get the contact information for committee members here: http://sbp.senate.ca.gov/  

June 20, 2016 – Assembly Revenue and Taxation Committee Hearing on SB 987 (Sacramento)

2:30 PM in room 126 in the State Capitol Building in downtown Sacramento. The committee will vote on SB 987 (McGuire), which will impose a 15% on medical cannabis consumption statewide. ASA opposes this bill. You may testify at the hearing or submit written comments in advance. Get the contact information for committee members here: http://arev.assembly.ca.gov/membersstaff

June 21, 2016 – Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing on AB 2300 (Sacramento)

1:30 PM in room 112 in the State Capitol Building in downtown Sacramento. The committee will vote on AB 2300 (Wood), which clarifies that state law does not authorize the smoking of medical cannabis where a landlord prohibits smoking. ASA has no position on this bill. You may testify at the hearing or submit written comments in advance. Get the contact information for committee members here: http://sjud.senate.ca.gov/

June 21, 2016 – Senate Agriculture Committee Hearing on AB 2516 (Sacramento)

9:30 AM in room 113 in the State Capitol Building in downtown Sacramento. The committee will vote on AB 2516 (Wood), which creates a “specialty cottage cultivator” license under the MMRSA from smaller cultivators. ASA supports this bill. You may testify at the hearing or submit written comments in advance. Get the contact information for committee members here: http://sagri.senate.ca.gov/

June 29, 2016 – Senate Governance and Finance Hearing on AB 2149 (Sacramento)

9:30 AM in room 112 in the State Capitol Building in downtown Sacramento. The committee will vote on AB 2149 (Bonilla), which authorizes licensed medical cannabis dispensaries to pay sales tax in cash without penalties. ASA supports this bill. You may testify at the hearing or submit written comments in advance. Get the contact information for committee members here: http://sgf.senate.ca.gov/

Take Action

TAKE ACTION NOW 

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

For the first time ever, we have comprehensive medical marijuana legislation in both the U.S. House and Senate.  Sign the Petition below to urge your senators and representative to protect safe access and patients right by signing onto the CARERS Act.

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.

Oppose SB 987 in California (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…

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COURT SUPPORT 

What is Court Support and how do I get involved? 

No court support requests this week. 

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

ASA WEBSITE SPOTLIGHT 

2016 Legislation (California)

Americans for Safe Access (ASA) tracks legislation related to medical cannabis in California. We work with lawmakers, staff, and other stakeholders to support beneficial bills and amendments and stop legislation and amendments that erode patients' rights. Use the links on this page to locate the most up-to-date versions of bills, ASA position letters, and related documents. Bookmark this page and check back often.

ASA CHAPTER & AFFLIATE MEETINGS 

No chapter meetings this week. 

http://www.safeaccessnow.org/california_advocacy


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