California Weekly Roundup: November 30, 2015 Medical cannabis news, events, and more from all over the state

November 30, 2015 | Don Duncan

ASA California Weekly Roundup: November 30, 2015 

The California Weekly Roundup, a project of the California Campaign for Safe Access (CCSA), is your way to stay connected to on the latest events and news on medical cannabis in California. CCSA is Americans for Safe Access’ 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 post to learn more about what is happening in California and how you can participate.


News


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National

The DEA has failed to eradicate marijuana. Some members of Congress want it to stop trying

Pot doctors in medical marijuana states push boundaries with marketing

California

In hiring weed czar, California seeks a technocrat — not a stoner

Price for pot freedom is a higher tax bill

Wildlife, Marijuana And Rat Poison: Tackling A Toxic Legacy In California

Local

Council Considers Ordinance Prohibiting Cultivation, Delivery of Medical Marijuana in Pasadena (Pasadena)

Moorpark Planning Commission recommends banning medical marijuana (Moorpark)

Debate over medical marijuana in National City (National City)

Adelanto City Council approves medical cannabis grow ordinance (Adelanto)

Medical-grade cannabis party prepped for San Francisco (San Francisco)

Desert Hot Springs at front of pot cultivation boom (Desert Hot Springs)

Arroyo Grande plans to ban growing pot (Arroyo Grande)

Preparing paperwork for pot balancing act (Humboldt County)

Marijuana dispensaries are banned in Newport Beach (Newport Beach)


 Public Meetings & Events


December 9, 20115 - Nevada County - California Growers Association Policy Summit (Nevada City)
3:00-5:00 PM at the Nevada Theatre, 401 Broad Street, Nevada City, CA 95959. The summit will discuss the newly adopted Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act. Speakers include Hezekiah Allen from the California Growers Associations and a representative from the California Department of Consumer Affairs. Suggested donation is $15, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Email psmith9491@gmail.com for more information.

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? 

December 3, 2015 – Court Support for Alex Lyons (Oroville)
8:30 AM at 1 Court St, Oroville , CA 95965. Bail reduction hearing. Dress in an appropriate manner and obey all courtroom rules to best help the defendant.

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.

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


Find an Attorney
http://www.safeaccessnow.org/find_an_attorney

Are you looking for an attorney or just need legal advice? Click on your state below to find an attorney in your area.  ASA members receive discounts on legal services.  Are you a member of ASA? Join or renew your membership TODAY!

Testifying before Civic Bodies
http://www.safeaccessnow.org/training_testifying_before_civic_bodies

Elected bodies, including City Councils, County Boards of Supervisors, and Planning Commissions, often host public hearings to find out what constituents think about proposed legislation or other topics. Do not be intimidated by the word "hearing." It has nothing to do with going to court or being on trial. A public hearing is just what the name implies—a chance for elected officials to hear what you have to say in a public forum. Public hearings are a great place to influence medical cannabis legislation, but you need to plan ahead to make the most of your testimony.


ASA Chapter & Affiliate Meetings


December 1, 2015 - San Francisco ASA (San Francisco)
The meeting starts at 7:30 PM at Lounge 847, 847 Howard St, San Francisco, CA 94103. Email tony@safeaccessnow.org for more information.

December 2, 2015 - Brownie Mary Democratic Club of Riverside County (Riverside)
The meeting starts at 6:00 PM at THCF Patient Center, 647 Main St., Unit 4D, Riverside CA 92501. Email lannyswerdlowrn@yahoo.com for more information.

December 3, 2015 - Sonoma ASA (Santa Rosa)
The meeting starts at 5:00 PM at Arlene Francis Center, 99 West 6th Street, Santa Rosa, CA 95401. Email sarah@safeaccessnow.org for more information.

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


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