California Campaign for Safe Access Protecting and expanding patients rights in California
The California Campaign for Safe Access is ASA's 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.
The mission of the California Campaign for Safe Access is:
- To monitor, implement, and improve medical cannabis law in California; and
- To protect and expand patients’ rights, using education, litigation, legislation, grassroots advocacy and direct support.
Check out the links on this page to learn more about what is happening in California and how you can participate.
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Did you know that legal medical cannabis patients and their primary caregivers may apply for a voluntary and confidential ID card through their local county health department? State law now makes the Medical Marijuana Identification Card (MMIC) even more valuable for patients and primary caregivers in California.
Our mission at Americans for Safe Access (ASA) is focused exclusively on medical cannabis; and therefore, the organization generally does not take positions of support or opposition regarding adult-use cannabis laws. However, Proposition 64 makes beneficial changes to the state’s medical cannabis laws related to personal cultivation, taxation, and patients’ rights.
In considering those decisions, is important that lawmakers and regulators treat medical cannabis like real medicine. We tax and regulate vices, such as alcohol and tobacco, in a fundamentally different way than we do medicine. We would never erect barriers to obtaining heart medication, but we do take steps to discourage tobacco use. Likewise, we would not tolerate a sin tax on insulin or chemotherapy, even if the revenue was dedicated to a laudable goal. Lawmakers must resist the temptation to lump medical and non-medical cannabis use together when making policy choices.
Three separate bills comprise the Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act (MMRSA) – AB 243, AB 266, and SB 643. Each deals with different aspects of licensing and regulating commercial medical cannabis cultivation, manufacturing, distribution, transportation, sales, and testing. This is a brief summary of the bills, based on the digest prepared by the Legislative Counsel’s office.
AB 258, the Medical Cannabis Marijuana Organ Transplant Act, will prevent a patient from being denied life-saving access to an organ transplant based solely on their status as a legal medical cannabis patient.
A new study shows that 1.4 million Californians have used medical cannabis and an overwhelming majority of those users (92%) believe cannabis helped treat the symptoms of a serious medical condition. The study, which will be published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Review, challenges the commonly held perception that medical cannabis is being overused by healthy people and demonstrates that California’s medical cannabis laws are providing real relief to a lot of people.
California's Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act (Proposition 65) requires that the state maintain a list of substances known to cause cancer. The Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) added cannabis smoke to that list in 2009. We believe the inclusion of cannabis smoke is inappropriate. You can help make a change.
The California Weekly Roundup is a weekly email and blog post that reaches tens of thousands of ASA members and friends each week. This is a great tool for keeping up on medical cannabis news and coming events in the state of California. It is also the spot to look for timely action alerts, court support requests, and local chapter meetings. Don't miss out. Get signed up today!
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.
Join ASA’s Medical Cannabis Providers List, a private email discussion list for legal medical cannabis providers in California.