California Weekly Roundup: August 24, 2015 Medical cannabis news, events, and more from all over the state
August 24, 2015 | Don Duncan
Contents (Scroll down for details and links):
- August 26, 2015 - Improving Analysis and Quality Control of Cannabis Products Using Complementary Analytical Techniques (Online)
- August 26, 2015 – Assembly Appropriations Hearing on SB 643 (Sacramento)
- August 27, 2015 – Senate Appropriations Hearing on AB 243 and AB 266 (Sacramento)
- August 30, 2015 - 2nd Annual Sonoma Blossom Festival (Santa Rosa)
- March 18-22, 2016 - National Medical Cannabis Unity Conference (Washington, DC)
- August 26, 2016 – Court Support for Levine (Oroville)
Take Action Now
- Sign the Petition to Ask Your Representative and Senators to Sign on to the CARERS Act! (National)
- 5 Things People Can Do to Help Create Safe Access (National)
- Medical Marijuana: A Patient Survey (California)
ASA Website Spotlight
- 2015 Legislation
- ASA-CCSA Email Discussion List
Chapter & Affiliate Meetings
- August 25, 2015 - San Diego ASA (San Diego)
- August 27, 2015 – Sacramento ASA (Sacramento)
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August 26, 2015 - Improving Analysis and Quality Control of Cannabis Products Using Complementary Analytical Techniques (Online)
8:30 AM – 5:00 PM. Register and get more information at http://www.safeaccessnow.org/improve_analysis_and_quality_control?utm_campaign=wrkshppromosup1&utm_medium=email&utm_source=americansforsafeaccess In this workshop you will learn how flash chromatography, equipped with universal detection technology, can address quality control challenges by offering a more efficient way to isolate cannabinoids and other compounds of interest from complex matrices. Get hands-on experience using flash in conjunction with other analytical techniques to remove matrix interferences, quantify low-level cannabinoid in edibles and topicals, and create your own reference standards.
August 26, 2015 – Assembly Appropriations Hearing on SB 643 (Sacramento)
9:00 AM in Room 4202 in the State Capitol Building in downtown Sacramento. The committee will hear testimony on SB 643 (McGuire), which will regulate and license commercial medical cannabis activity. The recently amended bill is very similar to AB 266 (Bonta). ASA supports SB 643, with reservations. You can watch the hearing live at http://www.calchannel.com/live-webcast/ Visit http://www.safeaccessnow.org/2015_legislation for more information about medical cannabis bills.
August 27, 2015 – Senate Appropriations Hearing on AB 243 and AB 266 (Sacramento)
The hearing begins in Room 4203 in the State Capitol Building in downtown Sacramento after the Senate Floor Session adjourns (time uncertain). During this “Suspense Hearing,” the committee will announce whether they will send two medical cannabis bills to the floor for a vote or hold them in committee (meaning they cannot be adopted this year). There will be no testimony. AB 243 (Wood) would require state and local licensing for most medical cannabis cultivation and impose a new excise tax by weight on commercial cultivation. ASA opposes this bill. AB 266 (Bonta) will regulate and license commercial medical cannabis activity. The bill is very similar to the newly amended SB 643 (McGuire). ASA supports AB 266, with reservations. You can watch the hearing live at http://www.calchannel.com/live-webcast/ Visit http://www.safeaccessnow.org/2015_legislation for more information about medical cannabis bills.
August 30, 2015 - 2nd Annual Sonoma Blossom Festival (Santa Rosa)
2:00 PM at the Arlene Francis Center for Spirit, Art, and Politics at 99 6th St, Santa Rosa, CA 95401. Music, food, education, and great company! Don’t miss this great medical cannabis event. Live music with Jr. Toots and many more surprises to come, $20 at the door. Proceeds benefit the Sonoma Chapter of ASA. Email email@example.com for more information.
March 18-22, 2016 - National Medical Cannabis Unity Conference (Washington, DC)
Registration opens soon for the nation’s premier medical cannabis conference. Plan to join hundreds of medical cannabis patients, advocates, industry workers, scientists, and other stakeholders for four days of meetings and face-to-face lobbying with members of Congress. The event will be at the Lowes Madison Hotel in Washington, DC. Make your travel arrangements now to save money.
August 26, 2016 – Court Support for Levine (Oroville)
8:30 AM at 1 Court St, Oroville , CA 95965. This is a status hearing. Dress in an appropriate manner and obey all courtroom rules to best help the defendant.
Find more information and additional listings on The Human Solution Calendar: http://www.thsintl.org/calendar
Take Action Now
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. Sign the petition to support CARERS today.
5 Things People Can Do to Help Create Safe Access (National)
We hope you are enjoying your summer! ASA members and friends like you are always looking for ways to push the medical cannabis movement forward. That is why our staff has put together this fun list of things you can do this summer to make a real difference! Will you join our nationwide team of citizen advocates in helping out? Here are 5 things you can do this summer to help safe access!
Medical Marijuana: A Patient Survey
Dr. James Colbert, Dr. Sarah McBane, and the CAPSLEAD (California Pharmacy Student Leadership) team from the UCSD Skaggs School of Pharmacy are conducting a research study to investigate medical marijuana's effectiveness in patients. The purpose of the study is to: (1) Measure the effectiveness of medical marijuana, and (2)Evaluate the education that patients have received regarding medical marijuana. Read more about the study and your rights as a participant online. This study is not a project of ASA. We are simply passing along the link for consideration.
ASA Website Spotlight
ASA’s California Campaign for Safe Access tracks state legislation related to medical cannabis. You can use the links below to see the current text and amendments using the state’s LegInfo website. You may also use that site to communicate with the authors about the bills. ASA will also publish position letters and other relevant documents here. Bookmark this page and check back often.
ASA-CCSA Email Discussion List
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.
You can use this low-volume list to talk to patients, industry workers, doctors, advocates, and others who share your passion about medical cannabis. The list is a great way to let others know what you are working on, share your opinions, and get feedback from the community. I will be using the list to get your input on ASA’s state and local campaigns.
ASA Chapter & Affiliate Meetings
August 25, 2015 - San Diego ASA (San Diego)
6:30 – 7:30 networking, 7:30 meeting starts at Giovanni's Restaurant at 9353 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. San Diego, CA 92123. Visit http://www. SafeAccessSD.com or https://www.facebook.com/SanDiegoASA for more for more information.
August 27, 2015 – Sacramento ASA (Sacramento)
6:00 PM at Garden to Grill Restaurant, 2315 K Street, Sacramento, CA 95816. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
See all California ASA Chapter Meetings here:
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