Two new medical cannabis bills in CA (and more on the way)

CA Asm. Member Jones-SawyerContents:

  • Message from the CA Director: Two new medical cannabis bills in CA (and more on the way)

  • State & Local News: California, Fresno, Los Angeles, Santa Ana, Humboldt, San Diego, Santa Rosa, and El Dorado

  • Public Meetings & Events: Santa Rosa, Washington DC, and Online

  • Court Support: Los Angeles and Placerville

  • Take Action Now: Support the Medical Marijuana Organ Transplant Act, Join the ASA-CCSA Discussion List, Expand the Green Zone

  • ASA Website Spotlight: News

  • Chapter & Affiliate Meetings: Nevada County and Yuba County

Pictured: CA Assembly Member Reggie Jones-Sawyer

The debate about licensing and regulating medical cannabis in the state legislature is underway early. Lawmakers already introduced two new bills for the 2015-2016 session – and more are probably on the way. 

Assembly Member Reggie Jones-Sawyer (D-LA) introduced AB 26, a bill that picks up where former Assembly Member Tom Ammiano (D-SF) left off when AB 1894 was defeated in the Assembly earlier this year. Like AB 1894, AB 26 seeks to reign in doctors who recommend medical cannabis, establish regulations and licensing for commercial activity, and authorize local taxation.  Assembly Member Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) introduced AB 34, but the initial draft is just a one-sentence placeholder. We will have to see what the Assembly Member comes up with in the weeks ahead.

ASA will be sponsoring a bill next year to protect legal medical cannabis patients from being denied an organ transplant. There is no current protection for these vulnerable patients under state law. One ASA member has already died after being dropped from the organ transplant list, and others are in jeopardy right now. Just this weekend, the influential California Medical Association passed a resolution opposing the practice of denying organ transplants to cannabis users. Read more about that big step forward in my blog.

You can help out by signing the petition in support of the Medical Marijuana Organ Transplant Act today. Look for more news about this bill and other developments on the California Campaign for Safe Access email discussion list.

While the debate in Sacramento is getting underway, there is still a lot going on in cities and counties across the state. Fresno County is pushing forward with plans to choke off medical cannabis cultivation, despite public opposition. And in Los Angeles, the City Attorney says he has closed more the 400 dispensaries that are not qualified under the voter-approved Measure D. His next target is a new mobile delivery service. Meanwhile in San Diego, two new legal facilities have been approved to provide medicine for patients.

California & National News

Two New Bills Filed To Regulate Marijuana in California (California)
David Downs, East Bay Express

Once more into the breach, folks. Assemblymembers Reggie Jones-Sawyer and Rob Bonta filed two new bills this week in Sacramento to regulate medical cannabis.
Read more here:

Cannabis Radio News #21 - Medical Cannabis and Organ Transplants (California)
Brian Bahouth, Marijuana Public Media

In this edition of Cannabis Radio News, Don Duncan, California Director of Americans for Safe Access, tells us about the Medical Marijuana Organ Transplant Act.
Listen to the broadcast here:

Zero tolerance remains in Fresno County medical marijuana ordinance (Fresno County)
Marc Benjamin, Fresno Bee

Fresno County supervisors made no significant changes Tuesday to the county’s highly restrictive medical marijuana cultivation ordinance despite hopes from advocates that it could be altered.
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400 Los Angeles marijuana shops closed, home delivery under fire (Los Angeles)
Rick Orlov, Daily News

City Attorney Mike Feuer Tuesday took stock of campaign to regulate medical marijuana, announcing that more than 400 dispensaries have been shuttered since limits on the clinics were approved last spring and that his office is taking aim at a medical marijuana home-delivery service run by smartphone app.
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L.A. city attorney asks judge to stop smartphone app for pot, alcohol (Los Angeles)
Soumya Karlamangla, LA Times

Los Angeles City Atty. Mike Feuer said Tuesday that he is trying to shut down Nestdrop, a smartphone application that allows customers to order medical marijuana to be delivered to their door.
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Venezia's View: Santa Ana Leads the Way on Medical Pot (Santa Ana)
Barbara Venezia, Kitsap Sun

Is Santa Ana the city that finally figures out how to properly manage medical marijuana dispensaries in OC? Could they be an example to other municipalities who have long struggled over how to make this budding industry work for them?
Read more here:

With Harvest Season, 'Trimmigrants' Flock To California's Pot Capital (Humboldt County)
WTF Public Radio

California's Humboldt County is known for its towering redwoods. But this region about 200 miles north of San Francisco has another claim to fame. Humboldt is to weed what Napa is to fine wine — it's the heart of marijuana production in the U.S.
Read more and listen to the report here:

Two more pot shops OK'd (San Diego)
David Garrick, U-T San Diego

Two proposed marijuana dispensaries, one in Clairemont and one near the Sports Arena, got key approvals Wednesday morning that put them in position to be among San Diego’s first three legal pot shops.
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Epic marijuana fair flowers in Wine Country (Santa Rosa)
David Down, Smell the Truth

Talk about a “Hall of Flowers”. Up to 10,000 medical cannabis patients and industry members have snatched up most of Santa Rosa’s lodgings for California’s annual cannabis county fair, The Emerald Cup Dec. 13 and 14 at the sprawling Sonoma County Fairgrounds.
Read more here:

El Dorado ordinance fuels outcry over pot-growing boom (El Dorado County)
Peter Hecht, Sacramento Bee

The tense public hearing was three hours in Tuesday when a friend pushed Joyce Hall in her walker to address the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors. The frail, 100-pound woman rose, grasped the lectern with both hands and began to cry.
Read more here:

Public Meetings & Events

Monday, December 8, 2014 - Marijuana Compassion and Common Sense (Online)

6:00 PM at Tune in for this weekly live Internet broadcast about cannabis and medical cannabis issues. You can call in to participate. 

December 13-14, 2014 – The Emerald Cup (Santa Rosa)
Visit the premier outdoor cannabis contest and exposition at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds for music, speakers, great company and more. Visit for information and tickets.

Sunday, December 14, 2014 – Taking the High Road: Comic Confessions from Behind the Cannabis Curtain (Santa Rosa)
Doors at 7:00 PM at the Arlene Francis Center, 99 West 6th Street, Santa Rosa, CA 95401. Don’t miss this one-woman show by comedian Sherry Glaser. Tickets are $25 at the door or at and proceeds benefit Sonoma County ASA. Call (707) 684-0177 for information.

Thursday, December 18, 2014 – What’s Next for Medical Cannabis in CA? (Online)
7:00 PM online. Join us for the last live Google Hangout of the year to talk about what is on the horizon for medical cannabis in 2015 – voter initiatives, legislation, litigation, and more. Look for links to the live online broadcast soon.

March 27-31, 2015 – ASA’s National Medical Cannabis Unity Conference 2015 (Washington, DC)
Join us March 27th – 31stfor the biggest and most important medical cannabis conference yet. Early bird and ASA member discounts are now available. Save money on registration, travel, and lodging by registering now. For more information: 

Court Support

What is Court Support and how do I get involved?

Monday, December 8, 2014 – Court Support for Noah Kleinman (Los Angeles)
9:00 AM at 312 N. Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90012. Dress in a professional manner and obey all courtroom rules to best help the defendants. 

Friday, December 12, 2014 – Court Support for Frank Marrone (Placerville)
8:30 AM at 495 Main St, Placerville, CA 95667. Dress in a professional manner and obey all courtroom rules to best help the defendant.

Friday, December 12, 2014 – Court Support for Fred Delmer (Placerville)
8:30 AM Department 1 at 495 Main St, Placerville, CA 95667. Dress in a professional manner and obey all courtroom rules to best help the defendant. 

Find more information and additional listings on The Human Solution Calendar:

Take Action Now

Support the Medical Marijuana Organ Transplant Act (California)

A patient in California can be denied a life-saving organ transplant solely based on the fact that he or she uses medical cannabis! Legal patients have died after being removed from the organ transplant list, and others are in jeopardy right now. Americans for Safe Access, the nation's leading medical cannabis patients' advocacy organization, proposes legislation to prevent anyone from being denied a transplant because of medical cannabis. Sign this petition to let lawmakers know you support the Medical Marijuana Organ Transplant Act to provide equal access to health care for legal patients.

Join ASA’s New California Discussion List – ASA-CCSA (California)

ASA-CCSA is a membership-based email discussion list about local and state medical cannabis legislation, initiatives, referendums, and related litigation in the state of California. Unlike this weekly email, you can respond to messages on ASA-CCSA and share your response with everyone. The purpose of the list is to facilitate dialog and participation by movement and industry stakeholders. Respectful and courteous participation, conversations, and debate are welcome.

Expand the MCD Green Zone (San Francisco) 

The outdated rules restricting medical cannabis dispensaries to a limited Green Zone of less than 5% of The City of San Francisco have created a clustering problem, and limit access for medical cannabis patients. The current policy has not been updated since 2005. Expanding the existing MCD Green Zone would allow vital medical cannabis dispensaries to locate in more areas of The City of San Francisco.

ASA Website Spotlight


There is a lot going on with medical cannabis at the local, state, and federal level. You can use ASA’s News page to stay up-to-date. Find links here to ASA’s blog, Medical Cannabis: Voices from the Frontlines, and our social media sites. Bookmark the page and check back often.

ASA Chapter & Affiliate Meetings

Tuesday, December 9, 2014 - Nevada County ASA (Grass Valley)
The meeting starts at 6:00 PM at The Banner Grange, 12629 McCourtney Road, Grass Valley, CA 95949. Email [email protected] for more information.

Thursday, December 11, 2014 - Yuba County ASA (Foothills)
The meeting starts at 7:00 PM at the Willow Glen Restaurant. Email [email protected] for more information.


See all California ASA Chapter Meetings here: 

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