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This was a tough year for medical cannabis in California. The state legislature failed to adopt a measure protecting patients’ employment rights, but they did adopt two bills that will present new hurdles for patients, providers, and growers. Americans for Safe Access (ASA) has a plan to take back the momentum in California and pass legislation in 2012 to protect patients’ rights, community-based access, and medical cannabis growers. But we need your help to do it!
Can you please take a minute right now to donate $20, $50, $100… or whatever amount you can afford to support ASA?
This year, lawmakers adopted AB 1300, legislation authorizing local governments to regulate the location, operation, and establishment of patients’ cooperatives and collectives. While ASA is continuing the fight against local distribution bans in the California Courts of Appeal, we fear that medical cannabis opponents will misuse AB 1300 to promote more bans on access and cultivation in cities and counties across California. The legislature also approved SB 847, a bill that requires legal cooperatives and collectives to be located at least 600 feet from residential uses or zones. If that bill is signed by Governor Brown, it may choke off access in some communities. (Click here to ask Governor Brown to veto the bill.)
These bills were not the result of a right-wing attack on medical cannabis. Both were sponsored by Democrats, who traditionally support medical cannabis. But lawmakers are only hearing from those who oppose medical cannabis. We need to get patients back in lawmakers’ offices to tell our side of the story!
ASA is working hard to build, train, and mobilize the grassroots base of support in California. We have just finished a statewide tour to find out what is happening in communities, identify local organizers, and develop new chapters. Now we are going to use new tools like our Online Activist Training Center and our innovative Think Tank and Policy Shop to train and support activists in local and statewide campaigns.
We can have a new cadre of medical cannabis activists setting the agenda at the local and state level before lawmakers start the 2012 legislative session. We can pass legislation to defend patients’ civil rights, license cooperatives and collectives, and finally protect medical cannabis growers! But we can only do it if we have the resources to further build, train, and mobilize the grassroots base. Can you help ASA do that right now?
Please make a special contribution to help ASA turn the tide and make a difference – starting right now!
Thank you for doing your part!