Pages tagged "AB 243"

  • Lawmakers must act to remove licensing thresholds for patient and caregiver cultivation

    CA Assembly Member Jim WoodCalifornia lawmakers are moving quickly to correct a drafting error in the Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act (MMRSA), a trio of bills that will finally license and regulate commercial medical cannabis activity in the state. However, lawmakers are overlooking a serious issue in the bill that directly affects individual patient-cultivators and primary caregivers. 

    Americans for Safe Access (ASA), the nation’s leading medical cannabis patients’ advocacy organization, is calling on lawmakers to remove licensing requirements from the MMRSA that apply to some personal non-commercial cultivation of medical cannabis. Otherwise, the MMRSA could become an obstacle to personal cultivation – a historic cornerstone of California’s twenty-year old medical cannabis program. 

    Pictured: California Assembly Member Jim Wood (Dem-Santa Rosa)

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  • The Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act will license and regulate commercial medical cannabis activity in California

    CA Gov. Jerry BrownCalifornia Governor Jerry Brown signed three historic bills today that will finally license and regulate commercial medical cannabis activity in the state. Known collectively as the Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act (MMRSA), the bills create a legal framework for medical cannabis cultivation, manufacturing, distribution, transportation, sales, and testing. ASA has been working on state regulations since 2012, because our research and experience show that sensible regulations are good for legal patients and communities. AB 243, AB 266, and SB 643 are a big step forward for patients, industry, other medical cannabis stakeholders, and community members.

    So now what? Please join ASA California Director Don Duncan on a live Google Hangout on Thursday, October 15, at 8:00 PM PT for a broadcast entitled What’s Next for Medical Cannabis… Regulation, Legalization, and More.” You can participate in the broadcast using Google+ (you must install free software) or watch without the interactive features on YouTube (no software to install). 

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  • The Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act will finally license and regulation commercial medical cannabis activity in California

    During a news conference in Oakland Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) and Don Duncan with Americans for Safe Access were joined by Assemblymembers Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova) and Tom Lackey (R-Palmdale) and other local and state advocates to urge Governor Jerry Brown to sign a trio of medical marijuana bills that passed the Legislature. Assemblymember Bonta, lead author of Assembly Bill 266, told the media “With this legislation, the ‘wild west’ of the medical marijuana industry will be reined in and all of California will benefit.” Duncan says he feels the legislation will benefit patients, law enforcement and communities, “We know from our research and our experience that sensible regulations for medical cannabis preserves safe and legal access for patients and communities...and they reduce crime.” Here’s more in this Assembly Access video. http://www.asmdc.org/bonta

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

    CA Weekly Roundup

    Contents (Scroll down for details and links):

    News

    • Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act of 215
    • Local

    Events

    • March 18-22, 2016 – Early Bird Registration: National Medical Cannabis Unity Conference (Washington, DC)

    Court Support

    • September 24, 2015 - Court Support for Frank and Marthalina Huerta (Porterville)
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    Take Action Now

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

    ASA Website Spotlight

    • California Legislature Wrap Up 2015
    • National Medical Cannabis Unity Conference 2016

    Chapter & Affiliate Meetings

    • September 22, 2015 - San Diego ASA (San Diego)
    • September 24, 2015 - Sacramento ASA (Sacramento)
    • September 27, 2015 - Nevada County ASA (North San Juan)
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  • Medical cannabis news, events, and more from all over the state

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    Join us for a live Google Hangout to talk about who won, who lost, and what come’s next in Sacramento. The “California Legislative Roundup 2015” starts at 8:00 PM PT on Tuesday, September 15. Get the links to join this free online event in the Public Meetings & Events Section of the California Weekly Roundup.

    Contents (Scroll down for details and links):

    News

    • California
    • Local

    Events

    • September 15, 2015 – Live Google Hangout: California Legislative Roundup (Online)
    • March 18-22, 2016 – Early Bird Registration: National Medical Cannabis Unity Conference (Washington, DC)

    Court Support

    • September 24, 2015 - Court Support for Frank and Marthalina Huerta (Porterville)
    • More

    Take Action Now

    • Sign the Petition to Ask Your Representative and Senators to Sign on to the CARERS Act! (National)
    • Medical Marijuana: A Patient Survey (California)

    ASA Website Spotlight

    • Blog: Voices From the Frontlines
    • National Medical Cannabis Unity Conference 2016

    Chapter & Affiliate Meetings

    • September 15, 2015 - Nevada County ASA (Grass Valley)
    • September 16, 2015 - East Bay ASA (Berkeley)
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  • California Legislative Roundup 2015

    CA Capitol BuildingThe California Legislature adjourned tonight, following a session that included more than a dozen bills concerning medical cannabis. Patients, providers, and other stakeholders scored some big victories in Sacramento this year, and now we have important work to do. ASA is committed to working hard to build on the momentum of the legislative session. We are going to be aggressively defending new rights won this year, helping write new regulations for commercial medical cannabis activity, acting as a watchdog on implementation, and more. We are going to need your help and support to get it done.

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  • Medical cannabis news and events from around California

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    Happy Labor Day! Take action today to oppose unreasonable taxes on medical cannabis cultivation in California, and stay tuned for breaking news on legislation to license and regulate commercial medical cannabis activity this week. Be sure to check FaceBook and Twitter to stay up to date!

    The California Legislature adjourns for the year this Friday. Join me for a live Google Hangout online at 8:00 PM on Tuesday, September 15, for the “California Legislative Roundup” to find out what bills made it and what comes next. See the links below.

    Contents (Scroll down for details and links):

    News

    • National
    • California
    • Local

    Events

    • September 9, 2015 - Medical Cannabis Industry Business Resource Seminar (Los Angeles)
    • September 15, 2015 – Live Google Hangout: California Legislative Roundup (Online)
    • March 18-22, 2016 – Early Bird Registration: National Medical Cannabis Unity Conference (Washington, DC)

    Court Support

    • September 24, 2015 - Court Support for Frank and Marthalina Huerta (Porterville)
    • More

    Take Action Now

    • Oppose AB 243 in the California Senate (California)
    • Medical Marijuana: A Patient Survey (California)

    ASA Website Spotlight

    • National Medical Cannabis Unity Conference 2016
    • ASA-CCSA Email Discussion List

    Chapter & Affiliate Meetings

    • September 10, 2015 – Brownie Mary Democratic Club of San Francisco (San Francisco)

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

    Contents (Scroll down for details and links):

    News

    • National
    • California
    • Local

    Events

    • March 18-22, 2016 – Early Bird Registration: National Medical Cannabis Unity Conference (Washington, DC)

    Court Support

    • September 2, 2015 – Court Support for Heather Blackwood (Riverside)
    • September 2, 2015 – Court Support for Jeffery and Andrea Sarbak (Pleasanton)
    • More

    Take Action Now

    • Oppose AB 243 in the California Senate (California)
    • Medical Marijuana: A Patient Survey (California)

    ASA Website Spotlight

    • National Medical Cannabis Unity Conference 2016
    • ASA-CCSA Email Discussion List

    Chapter & Affiliate Meetings

    • September 1, 2015 - San Francisco ASA (San Francisco)
    • September 2, 2015 – Brownie Mary Democratic Club of Riverside County (Riverside)
    • September 3, 2015 - Sonoma ASA (Santa Rosa)
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  • Medical cannabis news, events, and more from all over the state

    Contents (Scroll down for details and links):

    News

    • National
    • California
    • Local

    Events

    • 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)

    Court Support

    • August 26, 2016 – Court Support for Levine (Oroville)
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    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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  • Research and experience show that sensible regulations are good for patients, providers, and communities

    CA Capitol BuildingThe California State Legislature will return from summer recess on Monday, and three medical cannabis bills will be on the table that day. The Senate Appropriations committee will hear testimony on bills to license and regulate commercial medical cannabis activity and to toughen laws related to manufacturing concentrated cannabis. You can read more about AB 243 (Wood), AB 266 (Bonta), and AB 849 (Bonilla) on ASA’s email discussion list or our website.

    While California has been slow to license and regulate commercial medical cannabis activity, other states have already moved successfully in that direction. Patients in Colorado, Arizona and Maine already get their medicine from fully functional and well-regulated medical cannabis programs.  ASA is committed to bringing the proven benefits of regulation to patients and other stakeholders in California. 

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