California Weekly Roundup: November 23, 2015 Medical cannabis news, events, and more from all over the state

November 23, 2015 | Don Duncan

ASA California Weekly Roundup: November 23, 2015 

The California Roundup a project of the California Campaign for Safe Access, is your way to stay connected to on the latest events and news on medical cannabis in California. The California Campaign for Safe Access is ASA's 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.


News


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National

Congressman Calls For DEA Chief's Removal After He Calls Medical Marijuana A 'Joke'

After federal raids, U.S. tribes cautioned about marijuana

California

California pot farmers wrestle with new medical marijuana rules

California counties preparing for cannabis system overhaul

How The Legal Weed Industry Is Squeezing Out Women Growers

Local

Sky High clinic is a flashpoint in Santa Ana's pot wars (Santa Ana)

Indio council wants city to ban medical pot cultivation (Indio)

‘PotLuck’ Medical Marijuana Expo Fires up San Diego (San Diego)

Fountain Valley bans medical marijuana cultivation, delivery (Fountain Valley)

Roundtable reviews new cannabis regs (Willits)

Supervisors to revise medical pot ordinance (Tuolumne County)

Arcata city council pushes forward with innovation zone (Arcata)

Grey area leaves growers vulnerable (Lake County)

County to develop ordinance for commercial medical pot (Trinity County)

Petaluma may tighten rules for growing marijuana (Petaluma)


 Public Meetings & Events


March 18-22, 2016 – National Medical Cannabis Unity Conference (Washington, DC)
All day at the Loews Madison Hotel, 1177 15th St NW, Washington, DC 20005, and the US Capitol Building. The theme this year’s conference is “Our Medicine, Our Safety, Our Rights.” Our goal is to connect advocates, industry workers and leaders, researchers, doctors and others to effect real change for medical cannabis. Get signed up today so that you can be a part of it all. Here is the link to book your hotel: https://www.loewshotels.com/madison/Americans-for-Safe-Access?corpcode=NUC316 or call 1-855-325-6397 and use Reservation ID NUC316 to make your reservations. Be sure to mention the ASA Unity Conference to get the best rate. Make your reservation ASAP!


Court Support


What is Court Support and how do I get involved? 

No court support requests this week. CARoundup@SafeAccessNow.org before 12:00 PM on Friday to be included in Monday's CA Weekly Roundup.

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


Take Action Now


Call your Members of Congress to Support the CARERS Act! (National)
http://www.safeaccessnow.org/carers_calling

The CARERS Act is the most comprehensive piece of federal medical marijuana legislation ever introduced in both the U.S. House and Senate. The bill would allow state programs to continue without federal interference, move marijuana out of Schedule I, remove CBD from the scheduling, create access to banking services for legal marijuana businesses, eliminate the Public Health service review process and NIDA monopoly that block research, and allow Veterans Affairs doctors to write recommendations in states that have a medical marijuana program. Please call your two Senators and your member of Congress today to ask for their support.

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Join ASA today! (National)
http://www.safeaccessnow.org/join_asa

Membership matters! Americans for Safe Access (ASA) is the nation’s leading medical cannabis patients’ advocacy organization. Our goal is to make medical cannabis legally available for everyone who needs it, and we need your help to make that happen!

ASA members are patients, caretakers, doctors, researchers, attorneys, providers and concerned community members who are helping to overcome barriers to safe and dignified access to medical cannabis nationwide. ASA provides a patient-focused prospective on medical cannabis legislation and regulations. We strive to change state and federal laws to meet the needs of patients.


ASA Website Spotlight


Organizing Turnout for Civic Meetings
http://www.safeaccessnow.org/training_organizing_turnout_for_civic_meetings

Is your city or county discussing a new medical cannabis ordinance in light of the recently adopted state licensing law? You might need to organize your community to speak at public meetings in support of sensible regulations or in opposition to a ban. This section contains tips for getting your local allies to City Council and Board of Supervisors meetings to be heard. This is just a part of ASA’s free online Medical Cannabis Advocates Training Center.

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Patient Focused Certification
http://patientfocusedcertification.org/

Patient Focused Certification, PFC is an innovative new program that is calibrating the medical cannabis industry for excellence.  Comprehensive and flexible, PFC is what patients, healthcare providers, companies, and regulators can depend on to identify reliable, high-quality medical cannabis products and services.

PFC addresses product and distribution safety in the medical cannabis industry. The program provides components for operators, legislators and regulators to promote the adoption of safe and reasonable industry standards and regulations from seed to consumption.

Our third-party certification program for the medical cannabis industry is based on quality standards for medical cannabis products and businesses issued by the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) and the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia (AHP) Cannabis monograph.  PFC Certification and professional training is available in all medical cannabis states including the District of Columbia.


ASA Chapter & Affiliate Meetings


November 24, 2015 - 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. Visit http://www. SafeAccessSD.com or https://www.facebook.com/SanDiegoASA  for more for more information.

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See all California ASA Chapter Meetings here:
http://www.safeaccessnow.org/california_advocacy 


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