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December 12, 2015 | Paul Marini
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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 email to learn more about what is happening in California and how you can participate.

 

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Follow @ASAdonduncan on Twitter for medical cannabis news and more.

National

Will Medical Marijuana Ever Be Covered By Medicare?

U.S. Postal Service Threatens Newspapers Over Marijuana Ads

California

Protecting Northern Cali's Environment in the Era of Legal Weed

A Weed Breathalyzer Could Be on the Way

Local

San Jose leaders eye changes to medical marijuana rules (San Jose)

City Council roundup: Monterey, Carmel to address medical pot (Monterey/Carmel)

Ballot initiative would ban marijuana growing in county (Calaveras County)

Fairfield eyes medical marijuana, criminal justice laws (Fairfield)

Activists Revive Effort to Overturn San Jose’s Pot Laws (San Jose)

Council to mull ban of medical pot grows (Ridgecrest)

County’s cannabis committee readies recommendations for supervisors (Santa Cruz County)

Appeals court OKs Fresno County's pot cultivation ban (Fresno County)

Santa Maria considers medical marijuana cultivation ordinance (Santa Maria)

F.V. finalizes ban on pot dispensaries and cultivation, with provision for medical use (Fountain Valley)

Calistoga council to oppose medical marijuana cultivation (Calistoga)

City tightens cannabis rules (Corona)

 

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Public Events

December 10, 2015 - Alameda County Board of Supervisors (Oakland)

9:30 AM at Board of Supervisors Chambers–5th Floor, County Administration Building, 1221 Oak Street, Oakland, CA 94612. County Counsel will give a report on the new medical cannabis laws going into effect on January 1, 2016. Arrive early to complete a public speaker’s card for agenda item #5. Alameda County residents and other stakeholders can also email, visit, or call their representatives in advance. Find contact information at https://www.acgov.org/board/ You can watch the hearing live online at http://www.acgov.org/board/broadcast.htm


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!

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Court Support

What is Court Support and how do I get involved? 

December 7, 2015 – Court Support for the Stenhouse Family (Red Bluff)

1:30 PM at Tehama Superior Court, 633 Wash St, Red Bluff, CA 96080. Hearing on preliminary motions. Dress in an appropriate manner and obey all courtroom rules to best help the defendants.

December 7, 0215 – Court Support for the “Benno 3” (Redding)

1:30 PM in Shasta Superior Court Annex, 1655 West St, Redding, CA 96001. Settlement hearing. 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

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ASA Chapter & Affiliate Meetings

December 10, 2015 - San Francisco Brownie Mary Democratic Club (San Francisco)

6:00 PM at 948 Mission St., San Francisco, CA 94103. Visit http://www.browniemarydemclub.org/ for additional information. 

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

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ASA Website Spotlight

Building a Movement
http://www.safeaccessnow.org/training_building_a_movement

While it is true that a few individuals can accomplish a lot, it will take a strong, vibrant movement for us to achieve our ultimate goal - safe and legal access for all Americans. If your city or county is banning medical cannabis activity, you need to start a local voter and stakeholder-based movement to push back. This section will give you the tools you need to build a strong movement that will help you reach your political goals -  including outreach and recruitment, volunteer and headship development, coalition building, and ASA resources to help.

News
http://www.safeaccessnow.org/news

What’s happening? Stay up today on local and national news with this convenient interface for the ASA blog, press release, FaceBook posts, and Twitter announcements - all in one place!

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Action Alerts 

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.

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