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CA cities: License, ban, or let voters decide?

Undecided California communities are still grappling with medical cannabis in the absence of a statewide licensing and regulation program. Dispensary applications in San Diego continue to move forward, clearing an important legal hurdle last week. Voters in Riverside and Yucca Valley will decide about medical cannabis rules this summer. Meanwhile Tehama County and the City of Clearlake have banned cultivation – a poorly conceived strategy that has still not seen its final day in court. Read more about the news, events, and court support in this week’s California Weekly Roundup.

Are you registered for the National Medical Cannabis Unity Conference and Citizen Lobby Day, March 27-31, in Washington, DC? Don’t miss the most important medical cannabis event of the year. There are only eighteen more days to get signed up and book your room at the Lowes Madison Hotel.

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Happy MLK Day, California!

Town Hall pictureHappy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, California! I hope you are all having a safe and healthy holiday. There is good news and bad news at the local level in this week’s California Weekly Roundup. The good news is that the Pinoleville Pomo Nation, a Native American tribe in Mendocino County, will soon start cultivating medical cannabis on tribal land. And I am also happy to see the City of San Diego continuing its march towards safe and legal access in Southern California.

Unfortunately, there is bad news for patients in other communities. The City of Vallejo just voted to close all of the patients’ collectives there, and Kern County is suing local providers. You will also see a short piece this week about plans to ban outdoor cultivation in Redding.

While the prospects for medical cannabis look good for the state on the long term, patients and providers are still stuck in crosscurrents at the city and county level. Local advocacy is still important, and I want to help you succeed in your hometown. You can use ASA’s free online Medical Cannabis Advocates Training Center to learn advocacy skills, craft a strategy, and build a coalition. You can also use this weekly email blast to let others know about community meetings, city council meetings, and other important events. Just send an email to CARoundup@SafeAccessNow.org before 12:00 PM on Friday to be included in Monday's distribution.

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ASA California Weekly Roundup: October 6, 2014

Group of peopleContents:

  • Message from the CA Director: 5% used medical cannabis, 92% found relief
  • State & Local News: Mendocino County, Humboldt County, San Jose, Los Angeles, Vallejo, El Cajon, San Diego, and more
  • Public Meetings & Events: Richmond, Alameda County, Lincoln, Nevada City, San Diego, Fresno, Porterville, and more 
  • Court Support: Santa Ana and more
  • Take Action Now: Tell Riverside County Not to Ban Cultivation, Support the Medical Marijuana Organ Transplant Act, and more
  • ASA Website Spotlight: Work With ASA
  • Chapter & Affiliate Meetings: San Francisco and Yuba County

Did you see the stories about a new study released last week about the prevalence of medical cannabis use in California? The study shows that 5% of Californians have used medical cannabis, and 92% of those report that it provided relief for a serious medical condition. This is big news. The research debunks the misperception that healthy people are overusing medical cannabis. Almost all of the 1.4 million Californians who have used medical cannabis used it successfully to treat the symptoms of a serious medical condition - chronic pain, arthritis, migraine, cancer, AIDS, glaucoma, muscle spasms, nausea, stress, and depression.

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One More Week...

  

Contents:

  • Message from the CA Director: One more week...
  • State & Local News: News From Communities All Over California
  • Public Meetings & Events: CA Citizen Lobby Day & Sonoma Blossom Festival
  • Court Support: Westminster
  • Take Action Now: Register for the CA Citizen Lobby Day & More
  • ASA Website Spotlight: Peace for Patients
  • Chapter & Affiliate Meetings: San Diego

One more week... The CA Citizen Lobby Day is just one week away. We need to see a strong showing of support in the Capitol Building next Monday, August 4, to amplify all of the voices from the medical cannabis community at this crucial moment. Key committee votes may happen just days after our lobby day, and final votes on the floor of the Assembly will come soon after. Your lawmakers need to know that this issue matters to voters in their district. Will you be there to speak up?

Register today for the CA Citizen Lobby Day in Sacramento on Monday, August 4. Don’t wait any longer. I only have one more week to schedule appointments for you with your Assembly and Senate offices.

We will be hearing from Senator Lou Correa (D-Santa Ana), the co-author of SB 1262, on Monday morning. We will also be hearing from you. Participants will have a chance to talk to the group about the bills and complete a constituents’ survey about amendments and final positions on legislation. This matters because eleventh-hour amendments in the Assembly Appropriations Committee may have a dramatic effect on SB 1262, the controversial bill that seeks to better regulate doctors and commercial medical cannabis activity in the state. I know many patients and other stakeholders have opinions to share. Now is the time.

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San Diego's Higher Love Cooperative Sentenced to Summary Probation for Manufacturing Medical Marijuana Concentrates

San Diego, CA – Three medical cannabis patient defendants were sentenced on felony manufacturing and possession charges after butane canisters and hash oil were discovered in their home - the friends were free to go yesterday when the judge sentenced them to summary probation and a couple weeks of volunteer service. 

The case began when one of the defendants, Jason Lujan, member of the Higher Love Cooperative delivery service was pulled over by a San Diego sheriff deputy for “intermittent brake light failure.”  During the encounter, deputy Nicklo noticed a hemp bracelet on Jason’s wrist and questioned him.  Based on facts that came out later, it is believed that surveillance, such as trailing and viewing electrical usage at Higher Love Cooperative, began from that questioning.  

A search warrant was issued on the three’s Poway home but the affidavit used to obtain it was incomplete with regard to probably cause which was attributed to a “concerned citizen’s report.”  During the preliminary examination hearing in December, 2013, defense attorney Nathan Shaman attempted to get the warrant overturned base on the questionable probable cause but Judge Louis Hanoian bound the defendants over for trial. 

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ASA California Roundup: May 12, 2014

Contents:

Message from the CA Director - Don’t regulate medical marijuana like alcohol

California News

  • Congress Says “No” To VA Doctors’ Abilities To Recommend Pot To Vets (National)
  • Law enforcement, cannabis industry support Evans’ drug storage bill (California)
  • California's Police Fear Weed Anarchy More Than Weed Itself (California)
  • Marijuana May Heal Health Problems That Come With Old Age: How Can People Living in Senior Homes Get It? (California)
  • Marijuana dispensary burglary suspect arrested (Lakeside)
  • Our Voice: DHS to go slowly on medical marijuana (Desert Hot Springs)
  • SLO City Council says no to ban on outdoor medical marijuana grows (San Luis Obispo)
  • We applaud SLO City Council's sane approach to medical marijuana (San Luis Obispo)
  • Marijuana initiative backers turn in petitions (Riverside)
  • Healdsburg approves outdoor cultivation of 3 marijuana plants (Healdsburg)
  • Initiative filed to stop pot growing regulation by Butte County (Butte County)
  • Only On CBS2: Parents Give Daughter, 11, Medical Marijuana To Help Stem Uncontrollable Seizures (Los Angeles)
  • Oceanside planning commission approves zoning for medical marijuana dispensaries (Ocenaside)

Events

  • Monday, May 12, 2014 – CA Senate Appropriations Committee Hearing on SB 1193 (Sacramento)
  • Monday, May 12, 2014 – Bloodganja: Medical Cannabis Movie & Panel (Santa Barbara)
  • Tuesday, May 13, 2014 – Dr. David Bearman at the Ventura ASA Action Group (Ventura)
  • Tuesday, May 13, 2014 – San Jose City Council Meeting (San Jose)
  • Wednesday, May 28, 2014 – Sacramento County Board of Supervisors Meeting (Sacramento)

Court Support

  • Monday, May 12, 2014 – Court Support for Joseph Smart & Jimmy Chang (Santa Rosa)
  • Tuesday, May 20, 2014 – Court Support for Dr. Michele Noonan Ross & Todd Ross (Los Angeles)

Take Action

  • Support SB 1193 in California
  • Join Americans for Safe Access (ASA)

ASA Website Spotlight

  • Using Your Voice

ASA Chapter & Affiliate Meetings

  • Tuesday, May 13, 2014 - Nevada County ASA (Grass Valley)
  • Tuesday, May 13, 2014 –Ventura ASA Action Group (Ventura)
  • Wednesday, May 14, 2014 - San Diego ASA (San Diego)
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ASA California Roundup: May 5, 2014

Contents:

Message from the CA Director - Well done, California

California News

  • Veterans Equal Access Amendment Nearly Passes in Milestone Congressional Medical Marijuana Vote (National)
  • League of California Cities Report Crucial Doctor Provisions Deleted from Medical Marijuana Bill in Senate Health Committee (California)
  • Rural County Representatives of California Report Medical Marijuana Regulatory Bills Advance in the Legislature (California)
  • How Should California Test for Marijuana DUIs? (California)
  • Boy with autism has his own strain of medical marijuana and is thriving, mother says (California)
  • Officials: Pot Growers Worsening California's Drought (California)
  • Many Medical Marijuana Users Oppose Legalization of Recreational Use (California)
  • Pro-Medical Marijuana Group Sues the City, While Other Group Criticizes the Suit (San Diego)
  • Judge puts Fresno County medical marijuana fines on hold (Fresno County)
  • SLO City Council to consider tighter law on medical marijuana (San Luis Obispo)
  • Colfax medical marijuana proposal fails (Colfax)
  • Highland pot dealer arrested (Highland)
  • Amazing Medical Cannabis Discoveries (Science)

Events

  • Monday, May 5, 0214 – Healdsburg City Council Meeting (Healdsburg)
  • Monday, May 5, 2014 – San Pablo City Council Meeting (San Pablo)
  • Tuesday, May 6, 2014 - San Luis Obispo City Council Meeting (San Luis Obispo)
  • Monday, May 12, 2014 – Bloodganja: Medical Cannabis Movie & Panel (Santa Barbara)
  • Wednesday, May 28, 2014 – Sacramento County Board of Supervisors Meeting (Sacramento)

Court Support

  • Monday, may 5, 2014 – Court Support for Jason Miller (Sacramento)
  • Monday, May 5, 2014 – Court Support for Victoria Mindiola (San Bernardino)
  • Monday, May 12, 2014 – Court Support for Joseph Smart & Jimmy Chang (Santa Rosa)

Take Action

  • Support SB 1193 in California
  • Join Americans for Safe Access (ASA)

ASA Website Spotlight

  • Finding Your Voice

ASA Chapter & Affiliate Meetings

  • Tuesday, May 6, 2014 - San Francisco ASA (San Francisco)
  • Wednesday, May 7, 2014 - Yuba County ASA (Valley)
  • Thursday, May 8, 2014 - San Diego ASA (Imperial Beach)
  • Thursday, May 8, 2014 - Yuba County ASA (Foothills)
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ASA California Roundup: April 28, 2014

Contents:

Message from the CA Director - A busy week for medical cannabis in the California legislature

California News

  • Regulations are good for patients (California)
  • State Senate panel advances medical marijuana regulations (California)
  • Medical Association won't back medical pot bill because of lack of research (California)
  • Cops and Politicians Play Doctor With California Patients (California)
  • Sacramento County supervisors vote to ban outdoor marijuana gardens (Sacramento County)
  • Video: Applicants seek permits for medical pot shops (San Diego)
  • Inside a Christian Pot Shop (Sacramento)
  • Santa Monica City Council Balks At Endorsing Medical Marijuana Bill (Santa Monica)
  • Medical marijuana advocacy group seeks suspension of Diamond Bar’s ban on dispensaries (Diamond Bar)
  • D.A. candidates tackle medical pot at Santa Rosa forum (Sonoma County)
  • Pot grower sues Fresno County, saying cultivation fines excessive (Fresno County)
  • Tehama County Supervisors ban marijuana cultivation on vacant lots; require annual registration renewal (Tehama County)

Events

  • 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)
  • Tuesday, April 29, 2014 - CA Senate Public Safety Committee Hearing on SB 1193 (Sacramento)
  • Wednesday, April 30, 2014 – CA Senate Health Committee Hearing on SB 1262 (Sacramento)
  • Monday, May 12, 2014 – Bloodganja: Medical Cannabis Movie & Panel (Santa Barbara)
  • Wednesday, May 28, 2014 – Sacramento County Board of Supervisors Meeting (Sacramento)

Take Action

  • Oppose AB 2500 in California!
  • Join Americans for Safe Access (ASA)

ASA Website Spotlight

  • The Informed Advocate

ASA CA Chapter Spotlight

  • Sonoma ASA

ASA Chapter & Affiliate Meetings

  • Tuesday, April 29, 2014 - San Diego ASA (North County)
  • Thursday, May 1, 2014 - Sonoma ASA (Santa Rosa)
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Update: Victory for Defendants in Two Medical Marijuana Cases

San Diego, CA – Over a handful of weeks three state legal medical cannabis patient defendants have had charges dropped against them in two different courts.  Congratulations to Andrew Turner and his attorney, Mark Bluemel and Daniel Gregg with co-defendant, Donna and their attorneys Lance Rogers and Logan Fairfax.

Andrew Turner’s preliminary exam was heard before judge Herbert J. Exarhos in the El Cajon Courthouse on April 1st, but the legal patient’s ordeal began back in August of 2013 when a fire outside of his Santee residence brought the local fire department. After the fire crew was admitted to Andrew’s house for a safety check, the fire chief tipped off the San Diego Sheriff to Andrew’s medical cannabis grow of 83 plants in the garage. When Sheriffs demanded admittance to Andrew’s garage, Andrew demanded a search warrant.  After an hour the Sheriff returned with the warrant, the medical grow was discovered and Andrew was arrested on sales and cultivation charges.  The only evidence of sales was pure assumption based on the amount of cannabis plants found in Andrew’s garage. 

However, when the case came before the court for a preliminary examination of the evidence against Andrew, in an unprecedented decision, the judge found there was no evidence to show sales and the case could not move forward. Judge Exarhos declined to bind Andrew over to endure a jury trial, citing lack of evidence and clarity in the law. Helping the judge in his decision were defense expert witnesses, Eugene Davidovich and Michelle Sexton, ND. 

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ASA California Roundup: April 7, 2014

Contents:

Message from the CA Director - Californians in DC

California News

  • Supreme Court Approves Returning Medical Marijuana to California Patient Stopped in Arizona (National)
  • AAN endorses cannabis for MS (National)
  • More Pot, Safer Roads: Marijuana Legalization Could Bring Unexpected Benefits (National)
  • Rural County Representatives of California Report Medical Marijuana Bills to Develop Statewide Regulatory Scheme on the Legislature’s Agenda (California)
  • Long Beach’s Measure A would set tax on medical marijuana (Long Beach)
  • More than 450 medical pot shops file to renew taxes in Los Angeles (Los Angeles)
  • Group using cannabis oil to treat children’s seizures told to shut down by L.A. City Attorney (Los Angeles)
  • Stockton man heads to prison for supplying medical marijuana (Stockton)
  • 400 marijuana plants seized from underground garden in Hilmar (Merced County)
  • Council pledges to ban outdoor marijuana grows (Martinez)
  • State Medical Board issues settlement, disciplinary order for Upper Lake doctor; probation, courses ordered (Lake County)
  • Judge upholds Bakersfield's marijuana dispensary ban (Bakersfield)

Events

  • Tuesday, April 8, 2014 - CA Senate Human Services Committee Hearing on SB 1029 (Sacramento)
  • Thursday, April 10, 2014 – Book Signing with Peter Hecht, Author of Weed Land (Sacramento)
  • Monday, April 14, 2014 – Court Support for Ronnie Chang (San Diego)
  • Thursday, April 17, 2014 – Court Support for Joe Grumbine (Long Beach)
  • Monday, April 21, 2014 – CA Senate Business, Professions, and Economic Development Committee Hearing on SB 1262 (Sacramento)
  • Wednesday, April 23, 2014 – Medical Cannabis Forum with District Attorney Candidates (Sonoma)

Take Action

  • Support HR 689 and HR 710
  • Join Americans for Safe Access (ASA)

ASA Website Spotlight

  • ASA Monthly Activist Newsletters

ASA CA Chapter Spotlight

  • San Diego ASA - 2013 Chapter of the Year

ASA Chapter & Affiliate Meetings

  • Tuesday, April 8, 2014 – Nevada County ASA (Grass Valley)
  • Tuesday, April 8, 2014 – San Diego ASA (San Diego)
  • Thursday, April 10, 2014 - San Diego ASA (Imperial Beach)
  • Thursday, April 10, 2014 - Yuba County ASA (Foothills)
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