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…

  • Brought 300 patients, advocates, and other medical cannabis stakeholders to Washington, DC, for the 4th Annual Medical Cannabis Unity Conference and Citizen Lobby Day.
  • Helped to secure three new co-sponsors for the CARERS Act, which will finally end the state/federal conflict over medical cannabis. That brings the total to 31!
  • Worked with legislative offices and committees to oppose excessive taxation on medical cannabis.

This week…

  • ASA will be meeting with elected officials in Southern California to promote local licensing for medical cannabis businesses and organizations. 

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Supreme Court says Oakland can’t help fight pot dispensary closure

Supreme Court rejects challenge to Colorado marijuana law from other states

Historic Federal Summit on Medicine Marijuana Is Slanted By Drug War Agenda

Why Marijuana Businesses Still Can’t Get Bank Accounts


Cannabis Comedy Benefit to Support Vets with PTSD


Yolo drug case poised to test medical marijuana laws (Woodland)

Appellate court sides with cannabis coalition in Upland case (Upland)

Santa Barbara Medical-Marijuana Dispensary Appeal Goes Up in Smoke (Santa Barbara)

No Weed On Wheels In Los Angeles, Rules California State Appellate Court (Los Angeles)

Los Angeles Might Use Medical Marijuana Tax Revenue To Reduce Homelessness (Los Angeles)

Supervisors plan open meetings to help craft Ventura County marijuana ordinance (Ventura County)

Initiative launched to allow, regulate medical marijuana cultivation in the city (Campbell)

Don’t rent to pot shops: LA County could make it illegal (Los Angeles County)

Atascadero to change medical marijuana ordinance (Atascadero)

Ad Hoc-ing Mendo’s Pot Rules (Mendocino County)

Medical marijuana advocates fight back (Simi Valley)

Tehachapi postpones decision on marijuana ban (Tehachapi)



March 30, 2016 – CANCELED: Senate Governance and Finance Committee Hearing on SB 987 (Sacramento)

The committee has pulled SB 987 (McGuire) for its agenda. The bill would 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. Look for updates soon.

April 1, 2016 - Taking the High Road: Comic Confessions from Behind the Cannabis Curtain (Santa Rosa)

Doors at 7:30 OM, show at 8:00 PM at Finley Community Center, 2060 West College Ave., Santa Rosa, CA 95401. This is a one-woman show written and performed by Sherry Glaser.  The show is a multi character, dramatic comedy based on her intrepid adventures in the world of Cannabis that led her to both write and perform in this timely topic.  This is a benefit for Sonoma Americans for Safe Access. Tickets are $25. Email [email protected] or call 707-684-0177 for more information.

April 4, 2016 – Assembly Committee on Revenue and Taxation 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 – 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 7, 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 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 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 – SAVE THE DATE: The California Citizen Lobby Day 2016 (Sacramento)

ASA will host its annual California Citizen Lobby Day in Sacramento on Monday, May 23, 2016. Please mark your calendars now. Details and registration information will follow shortly. This annual lobby day is your chance to meet face-to-face with your Assembly and Senate representatives to talk about medical cannabis bills and issues. Previous lobby days have had a big impact on state legislation. Make sure you are a part of that conversation in this strategic year! 

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Join the California Email Discussion List (California)

There is a lot going on with medical cannabis at the state and local level. Join ASA’s California Campaign for Safe Access email discussion list to talk about it all. Leading advocates, industry players, and others use this low-volume list to talk about medical cannabis legislation, local ordinances, initiatives, referenda, and more. You can choose how often you receive messages, or just go online to read them when ever you want. Sign up and start talking today!

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? 

None this week. Send your court support requests to [email protected] before 12:00 PM PT to be included in the following California Weekly Roundup. 

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ASA Condition-Based Booklets

These booklets are a great way to talk to policy makers, friends and family, and doctors about medical cannabis use from a scientific perspective. The eight booklets summarize the history of medical cannabis and the recent research on using it to treat a variety of conditions, including Cancer, Multiple Sclerosis, Chronic Pain, Arthritis, Gastro-Intestinal Disorders, Movement Disorders, HIV/AIDS, and conditions related to Aging.


March 22. 2016 - San Diego ASA (San Diego)

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