California Weekly Roundup: September 7, 2015 Medical cannabis news and events from around California

September 07, 2015 | Don Duncan

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Happy Labor Day! Take action today to oppose unreasonable taxes on medical cannabis cultivation in California, and stay tuned for breaking news on legislation to license and regulate commercial medical cannabis activity this week. Be sure to check FaceBook and Twitter to stay up to date!

The California Legislature adjourns for the year this Friday. Join me for a live Google Hangout online at 8:00 PM on Tuesday, September 15, for the “California Legislative Roundup” to find out what bills made it and what comes next. See the links below.

Contents (Scroll down for details and links):

News

  • National
  • California
  • Local

Events

  • September 9, 2015 - Medical Cannabis Industry Business Resource Seminar (Los Angeles)
  • September 15, 2015 – Live Google Hangout: California Legislative Roundup (Online)
  • March 18-22, 2016 – Early Bird Registration: National Medical Cannabis Unity Conference (Washington, DC)

Court Support

  • September 24, 2015 - Court Support for Frank and Marthalina Huerta (Porterville)
  • More

Take Action Now

  • Oppose AB 243 in the California Senate (California)
  • Medical Marijuana: A Patient Survey (California)

ASA Website Spotlight

  • National Medical Cannabis Unity Conference 2016
  • ASA-CCSA Email Discussion List

Chapter & Affiliate Meetings

  • September 10, 2015 – Brownie Mary Democratic Club of San Francisco (San Francisco)

 


News


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National

The Wild West of Marijuana Pesticides

Feds give pot dispensaries a tax break on merchandise

California

California takes new approach on water regulation for pot farms

Gov. Jerry Brown brokering late deal on medical marijuana regulations

End of the marijuana free for all?

Marijuana Bills Gutted and Advanced in State Legislature

Medical Marijuana Bills Retooled

Local

Patricia Smith: Jumping to conclusions (Orange County)

Marijuana ordinance up for review (Porterville)

South Los Angeles Medical Marijuana Dispensary Goes Up in Flames (Los Angeles)

Telehealth aims to boost medical cannabis (Fresno County)

DEA Agents Don’t Lie, Says San Diego Judge In Medical Marijuana Case (San Diego)

Long Beach City Council Takes Wait and See Approach as Medical Cannabis Weighed at State Level (Long Beach)

Weed on TV: Medical marijuana ads light up Bay Area broadcast (San Francisco)

Deputies seize 11,000 pot plants in Newberry Springs (San Bernardino County)

Pot, Politics, and Scandal in San Leandro (San Leandro)


 Public Meetings & Events


September 9, 2015 - Medical Cannabis Industry Business Resource Seminar (Los Angeles)
12:30 PM check-in, 1:00-3:00 PM seminar at the Business Resource Center, 4301 South Central Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90011. California BOE Chairman Jerome Horton is hosting this seminar about how to comply with California Law, avoid the pitfalls of non-compliance, and learn the latest legislation and initiatives affecting the medical cannabis industry. Register online at http://www.boe.ca.gov/cgi-bin/seminar.cgi?FLAG=414 or by calling 1-888-847-9652.  Walk-ins are welcomed.

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September 15, 2015 – Live Google Hangout: California Legislative Roundup (Online)
8:00 PM online at https://plus.google.com/events/cto7pnggrcrkurc7c8vu37vika8 ASA California Director Don Duncan will talk live about the outcome for medical cannabis bills in the state legislature this year, what it means for patients and other stakeholder, and what comes next. There will be a time for questions and comments from viewers. Log on early to get signed in. You can watch live without the interactive features at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nxOAV5XBf-s Use this option if you do not want to install or use Google Plus software.

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March 18-22, 2016 – Early Bird Registration: 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? 

September 24, 2015 - Court Support for Frank and Marthalina Huerta (Porterville)
8:30 AM in Department 19 at 300 East Olive Ave., Porterville, CA 93257. 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


Oppose AB 243 in the California Senate (California)
http://www.safeaccessnow.org/oppose_ab_243_in_the_california_senate

ASA is calling on members and friends to oppose AB 243 (Wood), a medical cannabis licensing and taxation bill in the California Senate. AB 243 will create new licensing requirements and regulations for most medical cannabis cultivation and imposes a new unspecified statewide tax on cultivation (in addition to any other existing taxes).

The licensing and regulations in this bill serve the same purpose as those in a more comprehensive regulatory proposal also pending in the state legislature. The Senate should wait until after this year’s session to see if this part of AB 243 is still needed.

The unspecified tax in AB 243 will mean higher costs for patients. While taxation is a necessary evil in politics, ASA does not like to see arbitrary taxes (“sin taxes”) added to medicine. The cost of implementing state regulations should be borne by licensed commercial cultivators as part of the licensing fees. Environmental remediation should be paid for by fines against a handful of bad actors who damage our ecosystems – not by those who follow the rules.

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Medical Marijuana: A Patient Survey (California)
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/G9KM88X

Dr. James Colbert, Dr. Sarah McBane, and the CAPSLEAD (California Pharmacy Student Leadership) team from the UCSD Skaggs School of Pharmacy are conducting a research study to investigate medical marijuana's effectiveness in patients. The purpose of the study is to: (1) Measure the effectiveness of medical marijuana, and (2)Evaluate the education that patients have received regarding medical marijuana. Read more about the study and your rights as a participant online. This study is not a project of ASA. We are simply passing along the link for consideration.


ASA Website Spotlight


National Medical Cannabis Unity Conference 2016
http://www.nationalmedicalcannabisunityconference.org/

Early Bird Registration is open now. The National Medical Cannabis Unity Conference, March 18-22 in Washington, DC, is the largest conference for medical marijuana patients, activists, lawyers and medical professionals promoting safe and legal access to marijuana for therapeutic uses and research.  The Unity conference is your place to learn best practices, exchange ideas and learn how to navigate medical marijuana in this new political landscape. This conference will also provide professional development and leadership training to patients and concerned citizens in all areas of advocacy including federal, state and local government relations, public affairs, community relations, public policy, legislation, Congressional relations, community activism, political engagement and campaigns. Attendees will hear from successful lobbyists and communicators, elected officials, professional staff, industry experts, and public policy specialists on a wide variety of how-to topics relevant to legislative and regulatory advocacy.

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ASA-CCSA Email Discussion List
http://www.safeaccessnow.org/asa_ccsa_email_discussion_list

I want to invite you to join a new email discussion list ASA is launching to help facilitate conversations about medical cannabis issues in California. The ASA California Campaign for Safe Access (ASA-CCSA) mailing list will be a primary contact point for patients, advocates, and others to share ideas and constructive debate on state legislation, local ordinances, initiatives, and court cases.

You can use this low-volume list to talk to patients, industry workers, doctors, advocates, and others who share your passion about medical cannabis. The list is a great way to let others know what you are working on, share your opinions, and get feedback from the community. I will be using the list to get your input on ASA’s state and local campaigns.


ASA Chapter & Affiliate Meetings


September 10, 2015 – Brownie Mary Democratic Club of San Francisco (San Francisco)
6:00 PM at 948 Mission St., San Francisco, CA 94103.

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


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