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How are you celebrating today?

Birthday cakeToday is the 13th anniversary of the founding of Americans for Safe Access (ASA), which has become the nation’s largest and most influential patient advocacy group. ASA wants to say a very special thank you to the members, donors, and volunteers who have helped us accomplish so much! 

Can you help us celebrate by renewing your membership or making a special donation today?

We’re getting a big birthday present today. Dr. Sanjay Gupta, who has brought stories of everyday Americans that obtain essential benefits from medical cannabis products into the living rooms of millions of Americans, is broadcasting Weed 3 on CNN tonight 9:00 PM ET/6:00 PM PT. We expect this broadcast to have a big effect on the national dialog about medical cannabis. You can talk with an all-star line of medical cannabis experts about the program and its significance on a Live Google Hangout tomorrow, April 20th, at 7:00 PM ET/4:00 PM PT.

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ASA California Roundup: April 21, 2014

Contents:

Message from the CA Director - Is an ASA Chapter, Action Group, or Affiliate Right for Your Community?

California News

  • Support building to fix state medical pot system (California)
  • Local Government Groups Join in Effort to Establish Clear Regulations for Medical Marijuana (California)
  • Pot Smoke And Mirrors: Vaporizer Pens Hide Marijuana Use (California)
  • 420 College -Continuing Complications: Medical Marijuana vs. IRS (California)
  • Long Beach officials loosen restrictions on medical marijuana collectives in draft law (Long Beach)
  • Medical marijuana case dismissed against two men (Long Beach)
  • Pastors reach out on 4/20 (Los Angeles)
  • Medical Marijuana Distributor Sentenced To 22-Year Prison Term Wins 8-Year Reduction (Santa Ana)
  • Marijuana growers being driven from the Valley floor may be heading to Sierra foothills (Tulare County)
  • Martinez makes move to ban outdoor marijuana growing (Martinez)

Events

  • Monday, April 21, 2014 – CA Senate Business, Professions, and Economic Development Committee Hearing on SB 1262 (Sacramento)
  • Tuesday, April 22, 2014 – Sacramento County Board of Supervisors (Sacramento)
  • Tuesday, April 22, 2014 – CA Assembly Public Safety Committee Hearing on AB 1894 (Sacramento)
  • Wednesday, April 23, 2014 – Medical Cannabis Forum with District Attorney Candidates (Sonoma)
  • Sunday, April 27, 2014 – Google Hangout for New & Potential ASA Chapters (Online)
  • Monday, April 28, 2014 – CA Senate Appropriations Committee Hearing on SB 1029 (Sacramento)
  • Tuesday, April 29, 2014 – CA Public Safety Committee Hearing on AB 2500 (Sacramento)
  • Monday, May 12, 2014 – Bloodganja: Medical Cannabis Movie & Panel (Santa Barbara)

Court Support

  • Wednesday, April 23, 2014 – Court Support for Shelby Lucero (Sacramento)

Take Action

  • Don’t Ban Indoor Cultivation in Sacramento County!
  • Oppose AB 2500 in California!
  • Join Americans for Safe Access (ASA)

ASA Website Spotlight

  • Work With ASA

ASA CA Chapter Spotlight

  • Sacramento ASA

ASA Chapter & Affiliate Meetings

  • Thursday, April 24, 2014 – Sacramento ASA (Sacramento)
  • Sunday, April 27, 2014 – Google Hangout for New Chapters (Online)
  • Sunday, April 27, 2014 - Nevada County ASA (North San Juan)
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What’s YOUR New Year’s resolution?

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‘Tis the season for New Year’s resolutions!

We have had an amazing year and we are closer than ever to meeting our national goals. But we still have a lot to do!

As 2014 draws near, it is a good time to look ahead and determine what YOU want to accomplish in the coming year.  At Americans for Safe Access (ASA), one of our New Year’s resolutions is to finally end the federal war on legal medical cannabis patients. In order to accomplish this, we will need to have a committed, informed and resourced field.

Here are three things you can do today to start 2014 on the right track:

 

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National Survey on Medical Cannabis Policy!

fill-out-survey-button.jpgAt Americans for Safe Access (ASA), our policy staff regularly weighs in on medical cannabis policy. From new legislation and regulations to amendments to existing medical cannabis laws, our staff are guiding lawmakers and regulators on crafting laws that work for patients.

Seventeen years of experience with medical cannabis laws has taught us that authorizing the use of cannabis for medical purposes is only the first step and the nuances of the laws and regulations are extremely important.  It is ASA's position that the true test of successful medical cannabis policy is when the patient community has achieved safe and legal access.

After hosting over a hundred community forums across the US to get feedback from patients about what is important to them, ASA created a series of tools to evaluate new laws and regulations called Legislating Compassion and Regulating Compassion. By using these tools to shape ASA’s legislative analysis, lawmakers and regulators receive input based upon what is important to patients.

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American Herbal Pharmacopoeia monograph lays scientific foundation for quality assurance and expanded research

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In an historic move, the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia (AHP) released the first installation of a two-part Cannabis monograph today that classifies cannabis (marijuana) as a botanical medicine, alongside many other widely accepted Complementary and Alternative Medicines. The monograph, entitled Standards of Identity, Quality, and Testing, will be followed late this spring by the Therapeutic Compendium. This is important for the patients, doctors, and researchers, all of whom will benefit from having proven testing standards that can quantify the key cannabinoids that affect therapeutic effects, as well as identify potentially harmful pesticides, metals, and microbes.

Members of Americans for Safe Access (ASA) helped get this monograph published because we want to see cannabis treated like other herbal medicines by doctors, researchers, and regulators. We look forward to a time when everyone who needs medical cannabis has safe and dignified access. The monograph is a big part of that effort.  

Our members have been the backbone behind the amazing work ASA has been able to accomplish, but we still have a long way to go. Please consider becoming a member of ASA today to help us do this kind of long-term, big picture work that will finally bring medical cannabis back into the mainstream of herbal medicine for everyone.  

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Join ASA today & we might see you in Washington, DC!

Join or renew your ASA memberships today and you'll have a chance to win a free trip to our national conference in Washington, D.C.!

For over a decade, Americans for Safe Access (ASA) has been fighting to protect patients' rights to safe and dignified access to medical marijuana. Until ASA stood up for access, the national debate around medical cannabis was focused solely on the legality and ethics of arresting and prosecuting patients for cannabis use. We brought the patient's voice to the table, and shifted the debate to the real concerns of patients: legal access to medicine and patients' civil rights.  But we could not have done all of this without our members.  Membership matters! 

I want to invite you to join our team as a member today. We have kicked off our Fall Membership Drive with a sense of urgency and opportunity for the future. Twenty states and the District of Columbia allow medical cannabis, and more are sure to follow, as federal medical cannabis policy evolves and public opinion shifts. We need your help now more than ever to finally secure safe and dignified access to medical cannabis for everyone who needs it. Can we count on you?

Our members have already helped us do a lot to protect and expand safe access to medical cannabis since patients and caregivers founded ASA in 2002, but we still have a lot to do. Our work won’t be finished until everyone who needs medical cannabis has safe and dignified access, barriers to clinical research come down, and patients’ rights are finally protected everywhere. If you believe in those goals, I want to ask you to join ASA as a paid member or renew your existing membership today. If you become a member during our Fall Membership Drive, you will be entered to win a FREE trip to Washington, DC for the National Medical Unity Conference April 5, 6 & 7.

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Let's Get Jerry Out of Prison!

Jerry Duval (left) with his son Jeremy

Last month, on June 11th, Michigan medical marijuana patient Jerry Duval surrendered to federal authorities to serve a whopping 10-year prison sentence, even though he was never in violation of the state's medical marijuana law. Jerry is a kidney-pancreas transplant recipient who also suffers from heart disease and glaucoma. Nevertheless, the Obama Administration saw fit to arrest, prosecute, and imprison Jerry at a cost of more than $1 million.

This is not just a tragedy for the Duval family, though they were hit hard (as a result of the same case, Jerry's son Jeremy is serving 5 years and the Duvals lost their family farm to forfeiture), it's also an outrage that we have to foot the bill.

However, two other milestones recently occurred that give Jerry and the rest of us hope for his release sooner than planned. Before Jerry even began serving his sentence, attorney Andrew Greenlee of Brownstone filed an appeal with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit on behalf of Jerry and his son Jeremy. We'll be watching that one closely.


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National Lawyers Guild Report Condemns Federal Marijuana Policy, Calls for Reclassification of Marijuana for Medical Use

The National Lawyers Guild (NLG) -- the country's oldest and largest public interest and human rights bar organization -- issued a report yesterday addressing the federal government's flawed policy on marijuana. According to its author NLG Senior Researcher Traci Yoder, High Crimes: Strategies to Further Marijuana Legalization Initiatives "analyzes the legalization process under way in the states, suggests strategies to further marijuana legalization initiatives, and highlights current obstacles to ending prohibition."

While significant attention is given to the adult use of marijuana, generally, the report recommends reframing drug use as "a social and public health issue and not a criminal justice problem," something we've been saying for years at Americans for Safe Access. High Crimes also recommends reclassifying marijuana for medical use. Citing the "[m]ounting scientific and anecdotal evidence" of marijuana's therapeutic benefits, the Guild rightly points out that "Rescheduling cannabis would allow for expanded medical research and use under international law."

The NLG report comes days after a report issued by Americans for Safe Access (ASA), detailing the social and economic costs of the federal government's war on medical marijuana. The ASA report entitled What's the Cost? is geared toward educating federal legislators on the consequences of that war, not only in terms of how it affects the prisoners, their families, and thousands of patients, but also how it impacts the average taxpayer and our federal budget.

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Compassionate Idaho is Now a Chapter of ASA

We have Exciting news to share!! Compassionate Idaho is now a chapter of Americans For Safe Access (ASA)! This is exciting for us for a number of reasons but it is an honor to be a chapter of such a renowned organization. ASA has worked at the Federal and State Levels for Years and is Very active in helping protect patients from arrest, prosecution, and forfeiture. They Demand Safe Access for Patients Now! They have even sued our Federal Government to try to reschedule cannabis to a lower level to recognize it's medical value. They take the 'legalization for recreation' out of the debate and focus on the patients and their needs. Currently there is a 'Peace For Patients Campaign' running. Clearly this is a Great fit for Compassionate Idaho and we couldn't be happier about it!

This means a lot to us on many levels. We will have more resources in general. They can help us with fundraisers and campaigns. They can help with training our activists to be Extremely efficient with their tools. They provide access to doctors that are experts in their fields and have vast knowledge for cannabis and the human body. Their 'About' page says it best.

"Founded ASA in 2002, Americans for Safe Access is the largest organization of Patients, medical professionals, scientists, and concerned citizens promoting safe and legal access to cannabis. We engage a multifaceted strategy public education, impact litigation, grassroots development and advocacy, media campaigns, and direct support services.



Until there is safe access, We are Americans for Safe Access."

Whenever someone joins ASA and joins the Compassionate Idaho Chapter we will benefit and so will ASA, and we believe that the Idaho Chapter will be the biggest Chapter for any organization for medical marijuana reform in the state! We will have access and support to educational sources and all of their vast resources. They, in turn, will have a new Chapter in a new State, that is Completely in support of what they do and grateful to have them! We hope that we can help build their network while we expand and educate, and of course, run the petition. By joining ASA you are supporting reform at both the state And Federal Levels. There are several campaigns currently running and we encourage going to their website and learn more about them at: www.americansforsafeaccess.org.

Joining Americans for Safe Access gives us something that has been a LONG time coming! We will now fall under their 501c4!! We can officially say that we are a Non-profit! And so can you when you hit our 'Donate' button! We have operated as a non-profit for a long time and have had our records in order the entire time to prepare for this. The time is here!! So, Please hit the Donate Button!

We have a new 9 Person Board for our Steering Committee with myself, Lindsey Rinehart voted in as Chair, Josh Rinehart voted in as Vice Chair, Sarah Caldwell voted in as Treasurer, James Richardson voted in as Secretary, Lauren Leonard voted in as Vice Secretary, Bill Esbensen as vote in as Outreach, April Brown voted in as Event Coordinator, Jared Dunn voted in as Education Outreach, and Coty Ternes voted in as Technology Specialist. We already have several 'Founding Chapter Members' who helped with the voting process and were part of the nomination pool. Of course we want as many members as possible so Please join ASA Today here and select Idaho. Eventually it will be changed to reflect that Compassionate Idaho is the option and leave room for more chapters. We are hoping to have several sub-chapters throughout the state! A portion of your donation to them will be remitted to us!

Every Compassionate Idaho meeting is now a Compassionate Idaho Chapter of ASA meeting. Every training, every potluck, every educational forum, every Volunteer Meet and Greet. Anything that Compassionate Idaho does also represents ASA!! This is a Huge step forward in reform for medical marijuana in Idaho and we hope that you will join us in our excitement and join today!! Of course you don't Have to be an ASA member to be a Compassionate Idaho Supporter and we don't want Anyone to feel that they can't participate with us due to not having an ASA membership!! Please understand we don't want to lose anyone at all. Joining ASA is Great but if you can't, we certainly understand and still want you to stand with us! Joining ASA will propel us forward but we certainly don't intend on leaving Anyone behind!

Please look for new updates, new posts, new pages on the website, and much more in the Very near future and Please join ASA with us if you can! We would Love to have you in Our Chapter!


Regulate Pot, Don’t Prosecute It



It seems that area law enforcement has not yet learned the value of working WITH the local community.

Thursday's raid on The Greener Side, a medical marijuana resource center, can hardly be considered a top priority. With law enforcement services severely cut across the state, surely there are more dangerous individuals threatening community safety than a group of medical marijuana patients.

Besides the raid in Eugene, it has been reported that after a two year investigation, up to 70 law enforcement officers were used in concurrent raids in southern Oregon.

In August of last year a woman in Josephine County called 911 as a man who had previously assaulted her was breaking into her home. The dispatcher had to tell the woman there was no one to send. The county had laid off 23 deputies because of budget cuts.



In Oregon in 2010 (according to OSP statistics) there were 1,246 reported forcible rapes - yet only 243 arrests were made. How long will Oregon voters stand for our po

lice and sheriffs kowtowing to the federal drug war bureaucracy?

How long before Oregon legislators and voters figure out the simple economics of cannabis regulation over cannabis persecution?

How long before Oregon's leaders disavows this  federal lunacy and acts to PROTECT patients instead of throwing them under the Prohibition bus?

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This was also published in the Registered  Guard