California Weekly Roundup: October 12, 2015 Medical cannabis news, events, and more from all over the state

October 12, 2015 | Don Duncan

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Contents (Scroll down for details and links):

News

  • National
  • California
  • Local

Events

  • October 14, 2015 – Halloween Costume Contest at the Sacramento NORML Meeting (Sacramento)
  • October 15, 2015 – Live Google Hangout: What’s Next for Medical Cannabis… Regulation, Legalization, and More (Online)
  • October 17, 2015 - Ventura ASA at Ojai Day (Ojai)
  • October 17, 2015 – Know Your Rights, Citizen Advocate Trainings, & More  (Arcata)
  • March 18-22, 2016 –National Medical Cannabis Unity Conference (Washington, DC)

Court Support

  • October 15, 2015 - Court Support for Rick Gromel and LaPrill O’Brien (Pomona)
  • More

Take Action Now

  • Pardon the Kettle Falls Five (National)
  • Like Our New FaceBook Page (California)

ASA Website Spotlight

  • Local Access Project
  • California Campaign for Safe Access

Chapter & Affiliate Meetings

  • October 14, 2015 – Sacramento NORML (Sacramento)

News


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National

MMJ Patients Consume Less Alcohol and Painkillers

Marijuana Doesn't Impose Driving Impairment According to a Recent Study

Illuminating Results of CBD Patient Survey

Family of Pot Patients Sentenced to Prison

Marijuana pesticide concerns prompt what could be 1st lawsuit in nation by pot consumers

California

CA Governor Signs Three Historic Medical Cannabis Bills

California Governor OKs Medical Marijuana Regulations

California Fights Pot Farms' Water Pollution

Marijuana legislation calls for DUI study

Here Comes The Big One: ReformCA Files Its California Pot Legalization Initiative

16 Facts About the ReformCA 2016 California Marijuana Legalization Initiative

Calif. pot battle gears back up; tech money seen taking a role

Local

Medical marijuana advocates withdraw lawsuit against Costa Mesa (Costa Mesa)

County board pulls back on ban against outdoor marijuana (San Benito County)

Public comments sway supervisors in decision to reconsider medical marijuana ordinance (San Benito County)

20 marijuana stores seek San Jose's blessing (San Jose)

Here’s the County’s Draft Marijuana Cultivation Ordinance (Humboldt County)

Oakland Continues Legal Action To Defend World’s Largest Medical Cannabis Dispensary (Oakland)

Repeal Napa's medical pot dispensary ban (Napa)


 Public Meetings & Events


October 14, 2015 – Halloween Costume Contest at the Sacramento NORML Meeting (Sacramento)
7:00 – 8:30 PM at Perko’s, 925 3rd St, Sacramento, CA 95814. ASA California Director Don Duncan will be one of the guest judges for a special Halloween costume contest. Have fun, win, prizes, and get political!

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October 15, 2015 – Live Google Hangout: What’s Next for Medical Cannabis… Regulation, Legalization, and More (Online)
8:00 PM online at https://plus.google.com/events/c5l3ii21dg6i5nr6v5gehudentg ASA California Director Don Duncan will talk about the next steps in implementing California’s new regulations for commercial medical cannabis activity, ASA’s new Local Access Project, how legalization will affect medical cannabis patients and providers, and more. There will be time for questions and comments. You can watch the broadcast live on YouTube without the interactive features at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GPDxIyaf2lo  

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October 17, 2015 - Ventura ASA at Ojai Day (Ojai)
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM on Ojai Ave. in Ojai, CA 93023. Visit the Ventura ASA Action Group at booth #112, near “The Oaks.” Ojai Day is a free community celebration featuring over 100 artisan vendors, a robust food court, five stages, children's and teen area, and a beer and wine garden. The event itself celebrates Ojai culture, arts, and community.

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October 17, 2015 – Know Your Rights, Citizen Advocate Trainings, & More  (Arcata)
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM at 1 Harpst Street, Arcata, CA 95519. ASA California Director Don Duncan will conduct a Know Your Rights seminar, Citizen Advocate Trainings, legislative updates, more.  The event is hosted by the California Cannabis Unity Campaign 2016. Contact Daniela or Kelsay at (707) 656-HEMP for ore information.

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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? 

October 15, 2015 - Court Support for Rick Gromel and LaPrill O’Brien (Pomona)
8:30 AM at 400 Civic Center Plaza, Pomona, CA 91766. Final pre-trial hearing, followed by jury selection. Dress in an appropriate manner and obey 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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Like Our New FaceBook Page (California)
https://www.facebook.com/CaliforniaCampaignForSafeAccess

ASA’s California Campaign for Safe Access has a new FaceBook page. FaceBook users should be sure to like this page so that you get all of the news and announcements about medical cannabis in California. This will be our only FaceBook page for California information beginning November 1.


ASA Website Spotlight


Local Access Project
http://www.safeaccessnow.org/local_access_project

ASA is committed to supporting the efforts of California advocates and industry in adopting local ordinances to license commercial medical cannabis activity. This is an important part of ensuring an adequate commercial infrastructure to serve the needs of legal patients.  ASA’s Local Access Project is designed provide stakeholders with resources they need to launch effective campaigns to adopt new ordinances, pass voter initiatives, and repeal bans on medical cannabis activity.

The California Legislature adopted three bills, known collectively as the Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act (MMRSA), to license and regulate commercial medical cannabis activity in 2015… The MMRSA requires that applicants for a state medical cannabis license also obtain a license, permit, or authorization from the city or county in which they operate or propose to operate.

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California Campaign for Safe Access
http://www.safeaccessnow.org/california_campaign_for_safe_access

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. This page has newly updated links to the information you need to get in involved at the local and state level.


ASA Chapter & Affiliate Meetings


October 14, 2015 – Sacramento NORML (Sacramento)
7:00 – 8:30 PM at Perko’s, 925 3rd St, Sacramento, CA 95814. There will be a Halloween costume contest this month! Email new.avalon@hotmail.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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