Delay on SB 129 means more time to build support

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Americans for Safe Access (ASA) has been working since 2006 to protect medical cannabis patients from workplace discrimination. We represented medical cannabis patient Gary Ross in his appeal to the California Supreme Court in Ross v. Rangingwire Telecommunications. When the court failed to protect patients like Gary Ross from discrimination, we sponsored then-Assemblymember Mark Leno’s (D-San Francisco) AB 2279 to establish employment rights for legal patients. That bill passed the state legislature, but was vetoed by former Governor Arnold Schwarzeneggr.

California Senator Mark Leno re-introduced this important legislation this year as SB 129. Many of you have already helped promote this important bill in the Senate, and we have a lot more work to do. Unfortunately, the bill will not come for a vote before the full Senate during this crowded legislative session. The upside is that we will have until January of 2013 to build support among voters, labor, employers, and patient advocates. Between now and the next session, I hope we can count on your continued support.

In the meantime, we need to focus on opposing Senator Lou Correa’s (D-Santa Ana) SB 847. Find out more about this misguided legislation and what you can do to help stop it today.