California Weekly Roundup: June 8, 2015 - Special Edition Lobby day next week, live Google Hangout tomorrow, and the petition for AB 258 today…

June 08, 2015 | Don Duncan

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The California Citizen Lobby Day is just one week away! That means it is time for you to get signed up on the event web page at http://CaliforniaCitizenLobbyDay.org/register using your home address, so that we have time to schedule a meeting for you with your state Assembly Member and Senator. You will have a lot to talk to them about. There are bills on licensing, regulation, penalties for making concentrates, environmental standards for cultivation, and more.

How will you get your medicine? Who will be allowed to grow it and where? Can you use a vape pen or concentrates? Will you face discrimination because of your medical cannabis use? Which bills pass or don’t pass will matter to every stakeholder – including you.

Learn more about the California Citizen Lobby Day and why it matters in my live online broadcast at 7:00 PM on Tuesday, June 9. Log on to https://plus.google.com/events/cco9nujnqklp00a9s7u2igvp2ms There are more details below.

We are going to provide lobby day participants with a briefing and fact sheets on all the bills in Sacramento next Monday, but I need your help to protect medical cannabis patients from discrimination in the organ transplant process today. The Assembly Health Committee will hear testimony on AB 258, the Medical Cannabis Organ Transplant Act, on Wednesday. That’s when I will tell members how many people have signed the petition in support of the bill. If you have not done so, sign today. If you have, get someone else to join you - http://www.safeaccessnow.org/support_the_ca_medical_marijuana_organ_transplant_act

You will see in the news section below that it has been a busy week for medical cannabis. There was another big vote in the US House of Representatives, the bills are advancing in the California legislature, and cities and voters are making decisions about medical cannabis. Get medical cannabis news, events, court support dates, action alerts, and more in the California Weekly Roundup for Monday, June 8, 2015.


 ASA California Weekly Roundup: June 8, 2015


Contents (Scroll down for details and links):

News

  • National
  • California
  • Local

Events

  • June 9, 2015 – Live Broadcast: California Citizen Lobby Day Briefing (Online)
  • June 10, 2015 – Senate Health Committee Hearing on AB 258 (Sacramento)
  • June 14-15, 2015 – California Citizen Lobby Day 2015 (Sacramento)
  • June 23, 2015 - Webinar: Improving Analysis of Edibles, Topicals, and Related Products using Flash Chromatography (Online)

Court Support

  • June 8, 2015 – Court Support for James Benno (Redding)
  • June 12, 2015 – Court Support for Sierra & Jacob Macias (Oroville)
  • More

Take Action Now

  • Sign the Petition to Ask Your Representatives to Sign on to the Senate CARERS Act! (National)
  • Support the CA Medical Cannabis Organ Transplant Act (California)
  • Stop Incarcerating Parents for Victimless Marijuana Crimes (Sonoma)

ASA Website Spotlight

  • California Citizen Lobby Day

Chapter & Affiliate Meetings

  • June 11, 2015 – Brownie Mary Democratic Club Meeting (San Francisco)
  • June 11, 2015 - Yuba County ASA (Foothills)

News


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National

House Votes In Favor Of Medical Marijuana Protections

Patients Are Relying on Congress to Reauthorize the Rohrabacher-Farr Medical Marijuana Amendment

'Marijuana vote-a-rama' has pot advocates optimistic

California

On Water and Weed: Is Marijuana Responsible for California's Drought?

California medical marijuana may finally get elusive guidelines

Medical Marijuana’s Future in California Awaits Legislative Decision

California Medical Marijuana Legislation Retooled

California takes first step to regulate medical marijuana

Marijuana Watershed Protection Act Passes in State Assembly, Moves on to Senate

Local

Measure's defeat can't snuff pot issue (Riverside)

Pot-dispensary ballot getting smoked in preliminary returns (Riverside)

Time for Riverside to bring marijuana out of shadows (Riverside)

San Jose Marijuana Dispensary in Bout With City (San Jose)

Tahoe Wellness Cooperative and owner's home raided Monday (South Lake Tahoe)

Santa Ana faces legal challenges against medical marijuana measure (Santa Ana)

Yucca Valley Voters Defeat Measure X; Uphold Marijuana Dispensary Ban (Yucca Valley)

Construction appears to start on pot farm north of Ukiah (Mendocino County)

City approves marijuana dispensary in Pacific Beach (San Diego)


 Public Meetings & Events


June 9, 2015 – Live Broadcast: California Citizen Lobby Day Briefing (Online)
7:00 PM online at https://plus.google.com/events/cco9nujnqklp00a9s7u2igvp2ms Join us live to get the latest updates on the biggest and most important medical cannabis lobby day yet – the California Citizen Lobby Day on June 14 and 15 in Sacramento. We will be discussing the lobby day program, how you can participate, and the latest information on more than a dozen bills in the state legislature. Your questions and comments are welcome in this live interactive broadcast. Log on early to install free software if this is your first Google Hangout. You can watch the broadcast live on YouTube without the interactive features at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mk8bNCy4eBg

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June 10, 2015 – Senate Health Committee Hearing on AB 258 (Sacramento)
1:30 PM in Room 4203 in the State Capitol Building. The committee will hear testimony and vote on AB 258 (Levine), the medical Cannabis Organ Transplant Act. The bill will prevent discrimination against medical cannabis patients in the organ transplant process. ASA is sponsoring AB 258 and strongly supports the bill. Get more information at http://www.safeaccessnow.org/ab_258

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June 14-15, 2015 – California Citizen Lobby Day 2015 (Sacramento)
1:00 – 5:00 PM Sunday, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM Monday at the Library Galleria, 828 I Street, Sacramento, CA 95814. 5:30 PM VIP Reception in the Ballroom at the Citizen Hotel, 926 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95814. ASA will bring hundreds of medical cannabis patients and advocates to Sacramento for workshops on changing local law, special briefings on state bills, training, and face-to-face meetings with lawmakers and staff. Register now for the biggest and most important medical cannabis citizen lobby day yet. Workshops $25 (including materials), Lobby Day $25 requested donation (no one turned away for lack of funds). Registration is open now at http://CaliforniaCitizenLobbyDay.org/registration

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June 23, 2015 - Webinar: Improving Analysis of Edibles, Topicals, and Related Products using Flash Chromatography (Online)
10:00 AM PT at http://patientfocusedcertification.org/webinar/ This webinar will teach you how flash chromatography, equipped with universal detection technology, can address quality control challenges by offering a more efficient way to isolate cannabinoids and other compounds of interest from complex matrices. Find out how flash in conjunction with other analytical techniques can remove matrix interferences, quantify low level cannabinoid in edibles and topicals, and how it can be used to create your own reference standards.


Court Support


What is Court Support and how do I get involved?

June 8, 2015 – Court Support for James Benno (Redding)
2:00 PM at 1500 Court St, Redding, CA 96001. Dress in an appropriate manner and obey all courtroom rules to best help the defendant.

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June 12, 2015 – Court Support for Sierra & Jacob Macias (Oroville)
1:30 PM at 1 Court St, Oroville, CA 95965. Dress in an appropriate manner and obey all courtroom rules to best help the defendants. 

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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 Representatives to Sign on to the Senate CARERS Act! (National)
http://www.safeaccessnow.org/senate_carers_act_petition

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

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Support the CA Medical Cannabis Organ Transplant Act (California)
http://www.safeaccessnow.org/support_the_ca_medical_marijuana_organ_transplant_act

The California Medical Cannabis Organ Transplant Act (AB 258) is on its way to the Senate Health Committee. AB 258 will reduce unnecessary suffering and preventable death. It prohibits anyone in the decision-making process from blocking an organ transplant based on the potential recipient’s legal medical cannabis use, unless a doctor has determined that medical cannabis use is clinically significant to the transplant process. Sign this petition to let committee members and their colleagues in the Senate know that voters support equal access to health care for medical cannabis patients.

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Stop Incarcerating Parents for Victimless Marijuana Crimes (Sonoma)
http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/stop-incarcerating-parents.fb51?source=c.fb&r_by=12947975

Yarrow Kubrin, father of two small children, is facing four and a half years in prison for medical cannabis cultivation. Sign this petition asking Sonoma County District Attorney Jill Ravitch and Probation Director Robert Ochs to stop recommending prison sentences for victim-less crimes related to cannabis.


ASA Website Spotlight


California Citizen Lobby Day
http://californiacitizenlobbyday.org

Get all the details, tentative agenda, and registration information, and more on this new webpage for the California Citizen Lobby Day, June 14-15, in Sacramento, CA. This will be ASA’s biggest and most important lobby day yet in California. We will be discussing regulating cultivation, using local initiatives, and more than a dozen bills in the state legislature. ASA will make an appointment for you to see your state Assembly Member and Senator on Monday, June 15, when you sign up.


ASA Chapter & Affiliate Meetings


June 11, 2015 – Brownie Mary Democratic Club Meeting (San Francisco)
6:00 PM at 948 Mission St., San Francisco, CA 94103.

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June 11, 2015 - Yuba County ASA (Foothills)
The meeting starts at 7:00 PM at the Willow Glen Restaurant. Email yuba.asa@gmail.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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