Medical cannabis news, events, and more from all over the state

The California Campaign for Safe Access (CCSA) is Americans for Safe Access’ oldest and largest state campaign. This California Weekly Roundup is your way to stay on top of medical cannabis news, events, action alerts, court support, and more.

Last week ASA…

  • Met with legislative offices to discuss medical cannabis bills
  • Answered twenty constituent support calls
  • Made plans for the California Citizen Lobby Day on May 23

This week…

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As A Big UN Drug Policy Summit Draws Near, Will Marijuana Activists Become Global Drug Reformers?

Brookings Bombshell: America Needs High-Quality Marijuana Medications

Using Medical Marijuana/Cannabis for Fibromyalgia

U.S. Firms Investing Tens of Millions in Israeli Marijuana


NAACP Leader Calls For Medical Marijuana Industry to Get a Black Business Owner

Whoopi Goldberg founds medical marijuana company for women

California marijuana jobs: Hunt at a cannabis career fair in San Francisco

California Marijuana Sales Hit $2.7 Billion in 2015


Marijuana advocates hold fun run in Santa Monica to dispel stereotypes (Santa Monica)

Siskiyou County to vote on medical marijuana growing (Siskiyou County)

The city has twice as many unlicensed pot shops as approved ones (Santa Ana)

How the Medical Marijuana Industry Could Help L.A.'s Homeless Population (Los Angeles)

Supervisors vote to crack down on illegal medical marijuana dispensaries (Los Angeles County)

San Jose Considers Forming New Division of Marijuana Control (San Jose)

Nuns growing cannabis have online shop selling medicinal remedies shut down (Merced)

Trinity County Holds Its First Medical Marijuana Forum (Trinity County)

Coalinga council to vote on medical marijuana cultivation operation at former prison (Coalinga)

Marijuana land rush prompts urgency ordinance (Calaveras County)

Roseville Medical Marijuana Ordinance Tweaked (Roseville)

Medical marijuana effort gets federal help (Ojai)

Emeryville and San Leandro to Legalize Medical Marijuana (San Francisco Bay Area)



April 4, 2016 – Assembly Revenue and Taxation Committee Hearing on AB 2243 (Sacramento)

2:30 PM in room 126 in the State Capitol Building in downtown Sacramento, CA. The committee will vote on AB 2243 (Wood), which would impose a tax on medical cannabis cultivation. ASA opposes this bill because we do not want to see excessive taxation on legal medicine.

April 6, 2016 – Senate Governance and Finance Committee Hearing on SB 987 (Sacramento)

9:30 AM in room 112 in the State Capitol Building in downtown Sacramento, CA. The committee will vote on SB 987 (McGuire), which will impose a 15% excise tax on medical cannabis, unless voters approve the AUMA in November. ASA opposes this bill because we do not want to see excessive taxation on legal medicine.

April 6, 2016 – Cultivators Alliance Meeting (Los Angeles)

11:00 AM – 1:00 PM at Trastevere Restaurant, 6801 Hollywood Blvd #423, Los Angeles, CA 90028. This industry advocacy group is working to ensure that there is safe and legal medical cannabis cultivation in Los Angeles. Email [email protected]  for more information.

April 6, 2016 – Meet Darren Parker, Assembly Candidate for District 36 (Los Angeles)

5:00 PM meet-and-greet, 6:00 PM dinner with a surprise special guest. Buffalo Wild Wings, 3939 Crenshaw Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90008. Mr. Parker is a pro-cannabis candidate. Suggested donation to support his campaign is between $10 and $2,500. Visit for more information.

April 7, 2016 - Berkeley Medical Cannabis Commission (Berkeley)

2:00 PM at Berkeley City Hall, 2180 Milvia St, (between Center and Alston), Redwood room, 6th floor. Email [email protected] for more information.

April 8-9, 2016 – Mendocino Medical Cannabis Resource Conference (Willits)

9:00AM – 6:00 PM on both days at the Little Lake Grange, 291 School Street, Willits, CA 95490. Billed as “the essential two day conference on medical cannabis compliance and cannabusiness development.” ASA CA Director Don Duncan is one of the speakers. Information and tickets online at

April 12, 2016 - Assembly Business and Professions Committee Hearing on AB 1575 (Sacramento)

9:00 AM in room 447 in the State Capitol Building in downtown Sacramento, CA. The committee will vote on AB 1575 (Bonta), a clean up bill for various provisions of the MMRSA. ASA supports this bill as a necessary step in improving state law.

April 13, 2016 – Assembly Committee on Agriculture Hearing on AB 2516 (Sacramento)

1:30 PM in room 126 in the State Capitol Building in downtown Sacramento. The committee will vote on AB 2516 (Wood), which will create a new state license for “specialty cottage” cultivation. ASA supports this bill, because it will expand licensed cultivation in California.

May 3, 2016 – Marin County Board of Supervisors Meeting (San Rafael)

10:00 AM at 3501 Civic Center Drive Room 330, San Rafael, CA 94901. The Board will discuss a new licensing ordinance to allow some medical cannabis businesses in the unincorporated areas of the county.  Check the Board’s website for and agenda and draft ordinance shortly before the meeting.

May 23, 2016 –The California Citizen Lobby Day 2016 (Sacramento)

8:00 AM Registration and Breakfast, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM Lobby Day at the Hyatt Regency, 1209 L St, Sacramento, CA 95814. Join us for the state’s largest medical cannabis lobby day. Special guest speakers, training, briefing materials, and more. ASA will make appointments for you to meet with your state lawmakers when you register. Registration opens on Thursday, April 7, 2016. $40 requested donation. No one turned away for lack of funds.

May 23, 2016 – California Citizen Lobby Day VIP Reception (Sacramento)

7:00 PM at the Hyatt Regency, 1209 L St, Sacramento, CA 95814. Network and celebrate with elected officials, lobby day participants, and special guests. Complimentary hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar. $20 minimum donation, free for lobby day participants. 

Take Action


Like ASA’s California Campaign for Safe Access FaceBook Page (California)

Our California Campaign for Safe Access FaceBook page is a great resource for keeping up on medical cannabis news, events, and more on a daily basis. Like the page so that you get updates on news, meetings, court support and more. It’s also a good place to promote your event or meeting.

Sign the Petition to Ask Your Representative and Senators to Sign on to the CARERS Act! (National)

The CARERS Act is the most comprehensive piece of federal medical marijuana legislation that has ever been introduced in both the U.S. House and Senate. The bipartisan legislation would remedy the state-federal conflict over medical marijuana laws. The bill would allow state programs to continue without federal inference, move marijuana out of Schedule I, remove CBD from the scheduling, create access to banking services for legal marijuana businesses, end the Public Health service review process and NIDA monopoly that blocks research, and allow VA doctors to write recommendations in states that have a medical marijuana program. 



What is Court Support and how do I get involved? 

April 4, 2016 - Court Support for Rick Gromell and Laprill Obrien (Pomona)

8:30 AM at Pomona Courthouse South, Dept. N, 5th Floor, 400 Civic Center Plaza, Pomona, CA 91766. Jury selection. Dress in an appropriate manner and obey all courtroom rules to best help the defendants.

April 8, 2016 - Court Support for Shelby Lucero & Gus Sands (Sacramento)

9:00 AM at Sacramento Superior Court, 720 9th St., Sacramento, CA 95814. Preliminary hearing. Dress in an appropriate manner and obey all courtroom rules to best help the defendants.

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


Facing State or Federal Charges?

Unfortunately, patients, caregivers, and providers are still vulnerable to federal and state arrests, prosecutions, and incarceration.  They also suffer pervasive discrimination in employment, child custody, housing, public accommodation, education and medical care.

If you are arrested for a marijuana offense and the prosecutor files charges, you will first face an arraignment, where you will plead guilty or not guilty. If you plead not guilty, you will have various motions hearings and eventually you may go to trial before a jury or judge, and the process may take a significant amount of time.  


April 5, 2016 - San Francisco ASA (San Francisco)

The meeting starts at 7:30 PM at Lounge 847, 847 Howard St, San Francisco, CA 94103. Email [email protected] for more information.

April 6, 2016 - Brownie Mary Democratic Club of Riverside County (Riverside)

6:00 PM at THCF Patient Center, 647 Main St., Unit 4D, Riverside CA 92501. Email [email protected] for more information.

April 7, 2016 - Sonoma ASA (Santa Rosa)

The meeting starts at 6:00 PM at Arlene Francis Center, 99 West 6th Street, Santa Rosa, CA 95401. Email [email protected] for more information.

See all California ASA Chapter Meetings here:

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