California Weekly Roundup - October 21, 2013

October 21, 2013 | Don Duncan

Contents:

California News

  • Feds Get Mendocino County to Turn over Medical Marijuana Records
  • San Diego v. Medical Marijuana
  • L.A. Wild West Medical Marijuana Ending 
  • Federal Dismissal of Medical Marijuana Asset Forfeiture Cases
  • Whittier delays taking action on medical marijuana sales
  • Medical Cannabis: Voices from the Frontlines (ASA Blog)

Events

  • SPECIAL EVENT - Saturday, November 16 - Safe Access Night with SF Bulls Pro Hockey

Take Action

  • Sign the petition for Jovan Jackson
  • Fall Membership Drive: Become an ASA Member Now!
  • California Patient Survey

ASA Services

Peer Counseling

  • Wednesday, October 23 - Sebastopol
  • Thursday, October 24 - Oakland

Free Online Services

  • Legal Support
  • Publications
  • Raid Center

ASA Chapter Meetings

  • Sunday, October 27 - Nevada County (North San Juan)

California News



Feds Get Mendocino County to Turn over Medical Marijuana Records

After more than a year of resistance, Mendocino County has agreed to turn over to a federal grand jury information on pot growers who signed up for a medical marijuana permit program in 2010 and 2011.

Read more at http://www.allgov.com/usa/ca/news/controversies/feds-get-mendocino-county-to-turn-over-medical-marijuana-records-131018?news=851427


San Diego v. Medical Marijuana

The first time San Diego attempted to prosecute Jovan Jackson, in 2009, the Navy vet and former operator of the Answerdam medical cannabis collective won a full acquittal on all charges. The jury actually scolded prosecutor Chris Lindbergh for bringing such a misguided case to court.

Read more at http://blog.sfgate.com/smellthetruth/2013/10/15/san-diego-vs-medical-marijuana/


L.A. Wild West Medical Marijuana Ending

The days of the “wild west” for medical marijuana dispensaries may be coming to a close in the City of Los Angeles. The L.A. City Attorney’s office has begun sending misdemeanor complaints to the owners, operators, and landlords of clubs ineligible to stay open under the city’s voter-approved medical marijuana regulations, called Measure D.

Read more at http://blog.sfgate.com/smellthetruth/2013/10/14/l-a-medical-marijuana-wild-west-ending/


Federal Dismissal of Medical Marijuana Asset Forfeiture Cases

Multiple asset forfeiture cases filed by the federal government against landlords of medical marijuana dispensaries were dismissed this week. The landlords, represented by California attorney Matthew Pappas, had been fighting the government's forfeiture cases for just over a year. "This is an important step in the civil rights battle being fought by seriously ill Californians who have been recommended medical marijuana by their doctors," said Pappas.

Read more at http://www.marketwatch.com/story/federal-dismissal-of-medical-marijuana-asset-forfeiture-cases-2013-10-18?reflink=MW_news_stmp


Whittier delays taking action on medical marijuana sales

The City Council has called for more information before making a decision on whether to totally ban medical marijuana dispensaries in the city or allow only one, possibly with some changes.

Read more at http://wavenewspapers.com/news/local/east_edition/article_aad65ec6-3783-11e3-ae87-0019bb30f31a.html


Medical Cannabis: Voices from the Frontlines (ASA Blog)

Read more articles and commentary on ASA's blog, Medical Cannabis: Voices from the Frontlines at http://www.AmericansForSafeAccess.org/blog


Events


 

SPECIAL EVENT - Saturday, November 16 - Safe Access Night with SF Bulls Pro Hockey

Americans for Safe Access and San Francisco Bulls Hockey have teamed up to offer Safe Access Night at the Cow Palace. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to ASA, so come join other advocates for a night of hard hitting hockey!

Email raudelw@sfbulls.com for more info or visit the ticket page.


Take Action




Sign the Petition for Jovan Jackson

San Diego District Attorney and anti-medical cannabis crusader Bonnie Dumanis wants to put a patient-provider on trial for the third time. Americans for Safe Access (ASA) needs your help to stop this unnecessary prosecution and to keep fighting for patients’ rights statewide.

San Diego District Attorney and anti-medical cannabis crusader Bonnie Dumanis wants to put a patient-provider on trial for the third time. Americans for Safe Access (ASA) needs your help to stop this unnecessary prosecution and to keep fighting for patients’ rights statewide. - See more at: http://www.safeaccessnow.org/help_us_stop_the_3rd_prosecution_of_jovan_jackson?utm_source=americansforsafeaccess&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=jovan_jackson_3#sthash.I3560hul.dpuf
San Diego District Attorney and anti-medical cannabis crusader Bonnie Dumanis wants to put a patient-provider on trial for the third time. Americans for Safe Access (ASA) needs your help to stop this unnecessary prosecution and to keep fighting for patients’ rights statewide. - See more at: http://www.safeaccessnow.org/help_us_stop_the_3rd_prosecution_of_jovan_jackson?utm_source=americansforsafeaccess&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=jovan_jackson_3#sthash.I3560hul.dpuf


Fall Membership Drive: Become an ASA Member Now!

ASA offers patients, their providers, attorneys, medical professionals and policymakers up-to-date information on the medical and legal use of cannabis nation-wide.  ASA offers our members legal and legislative support including trainings, capacity-building, analysis, publications and strategic support. We organize media support for court cases, rapid response to law enforcement raids, and media responses to current events.  Our successful advocacy, media, and legal campaigns have resulted in important court precedents, new sentencing standards, and more compassionate local and state guidelines.

Join between October 2nd and November 15th for a chance to win a FREE trip to DC for ASA's Annual Conference this April!


California Patient Survey

Because California has no mandatory state registration for medical cannabis patients, there is very little known about the patient population of the state. Please fill out this completely anonymous 10 question survey for California patients so that we can use this data in our efforts to bring safe access to all parts of the state.


ASA Services



Peer Counseling

Wednesday, October 23 - Sebastopol - 4:00 to 6:00PM
Peace In Medicine
6771 Sebastopol Avenue # 100
Sebastopol, CA 95472

Thursday, October 24 - Oakland - 5:30 to 7:30PM
Harborside Health Center
1840 Embarcadero
Oakland, CA 94606

Free Online Services

  • Legal Support - Legal information for patients, lawyers, and other about medical cannabis laws the legal system.
  • Publications - Education literature and training for patients, activists, and others.
  • Raid Center - Be prepared for a law enforcement encounter, let ASA help you in case of a federal raid, and get text alerts regarding local law enforcement activity.

ASA Chapter Meetings (Full Calendar Here)



Sunday, October 27 - Nevada County (North San Juan)
6:30pm @ Moose Lodge, Clear Lakes Oaks, CA
For more info, contact: action@safeaccessnow.org


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