California Weekly Roundup: November 9, 2015 Medical cannabis news, events, and more from all over the state

November 09, 2015 | Don Duncan

CA Weekly RoundupContents (Scroll down for details and links):

News

  • National
  • California
  • Local

Events

  • November 13, 2015 - Tri-County Cannabis Policy Summit (Petaluma)
  • November 20-21, 2015 - New West Summit (San Francisco)
  • March 18-22, 2016 –National Medical Cannabis Unity Conference (Washington, DC)

Court Support

  • November 10, 2015 - Court Support for Pure Life (Placerville)
  • More

Take Action Now

  • Pardon the Kettle Falls Five (National)
  • Call your Members of Congress to Support the CARERS Act! (National)

ASA Website Spotlight

  • ASA Condition-based Booklets
  • The Informed Advocate

Chapter & Affiliate Meetings

  • November 12, 2015 - Brownie Mary Club of San Francisco (San Francisco)

News


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National

Federal judge slaps Justice Department for limits on medical marijuana

California

Ballot Initiative Filed to Legalize Marijuana in California

Scientists say illegal pot farming operations are poisoning threatened weasels

Local

CA medical marijuana growers say police are raiding and looting their farms (Mendocino County)

Will 'Big Marijuana' obliterate the small family farms of Mendocino County? (Mendocino County)

Supervisors wary of commercial medical pot cultivation (Napa County)

War in Weed Country (Humboldt County)

Man shot near Santa Ana medical marijuana dispensary (Santa Ana)

Ian McCall is co-managing a medical marijuana facility, could walk away from MMA (Santa Ana)

Indio doesn't need medical marijuana, panel says (Indio)

Supervisors turn down marijuana dispensary in Nipomo (San Luis Obispo County)


 Public Meetings & Events


November 13, 2015 - Tri-County Cannabis Policy Summit (Petaluma)
3-6:00 pm at the Petaluma Community Center, located at 320 N. McDowell Blvd., Petaluma,  CA 94954. The purpose of the Summit will be to educate and detail the significance of the recently-enacted Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act (MMRSA). Hosted by the Sonoma County Growers Alliance (SCGA) and the California Growers Association (CGA). Suggested donation is $15. Call 707-861-0050 or visit SCGAlliance.org for more information.

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November 20-21, 2015 - New West Summit (San Francisco)
All day at the Parc 55 Hotel, 55 Cyrill Magin St., San Francisco, CA 94102. A medical cannabis conference focused on technology, investment, and media. For details, costs, and registration, visit http://www.NewWestSummit.com

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March 18-22, 2016 – National Medical Cannabis Unity Conference (Washington, DC)
ASA is excited to announce that early-bird registration for the National Medical Cannabis Unity Conference and Citizen Lobby Day 2016 is now open! The theme this year 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 at the Lowes Madison Hotel in Washington, DC, March 18-22, 2016. 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? 

November 10, 2015 - Court Support for Pure Life (Placerville)
8:30 AM in Department 2, 405 Main Street, Placerville, CA 95667. Pretrial hearing for defendants operating a medical cannabis collective. 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


Pardon the Kettle Falls Five (National)
https://petitions.whitehouse.gov//petition/pardon-kettle-falls-five-0

On Oct. 2, 2015, three defendants in the Kettle Falls Five case were sentenced to federal prison terms and fines for cultivating as patients under WA’s medical cannabis program. Despite a Congressional restriction on cannabis prosecutions, the DOJ has committed hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars to prosecuting and jailing these patients.

We ask for immediate orders of commutation and remission of jail time and fines for Rolland Gregg, his wife Michelle Gregg, and his mother Rhonda Firestack-Harvey. We seek complete pardons of their convictions so that they are no longer considered felons. Allow them to return to being the productive members of society they were, before this ordeal began.

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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.


ASA Website Spotlight


ASA Condition-based Booklets
http://www.safeaccessnow.org/asa_condition_based_booklets

These booklets summarize the history of medical cannabis and the recent research on using it to treat a variety of conditions, including Cancer, Multiple Sclerosis, Chronic Pain, Arthritis, Gastro-Intestinal Disorders, Movement Disorders, HIV/AIDS, and conditions related to Aging.

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The Informed Advocate
http://www.safeaccessnow.org/training_the_informed_advocate

The best advocate is an informed advocate. The history of medical cannabis advocacy is a rich one, filled with brave individuals like you. The key to being an effective advocate is a firm understanding of our history, the political landscape in which you are operating, the rules of engagement and the ability to articulate your needs.


ASA Chapter & Affiliate Meetings


November 12, 2015 - Brownie Mary Club of San Francisco (San Francisco)
6-7:30 PM at 948 Mission St., San Francisco, CA 94103. Call (415) 956-9927 or email brownie.mary@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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