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  • Only two weeks left until the California Citizen Lobby Day in Sacramento!

    Lobby day participantsYou have a chance to shape the future of medical cannabis in California in just two weeks. That’s when hundreds of patients and advocates will be in Sacramento to talk with their lawmakers about more than a dozen bills touching almost every aspect medical cannabis – commercial licensing and regulation, penalties for manufacturing concentrates, environmental standards for cultivation, patients’ rights, and more. What happens (or does not happen) with these bills will affect you in some way.

    Get registered for the California Citizen Lobby Day today, so that ASA has time to make appointments for you with your state Assembly Member and Senator on June 15.

    • Workshops on regulating medical cannabis cultivation and using the voter initiative process in your hometown
    • Special briefing on the exciting developments with more than a dozen bills
    • ASA’s signature Citizen Lobbyist Training and insider’s information about your lawmakers
    • Face-to-face meetings with lawmakers and staff
    • Press conference, pictures, and videos about your participation
    • A free VIP reception with lawmakers and other advocates
    • A great comedy show with comedian, journalist, and cannabis personality Ngaio Bealum

    Want fliers to help promote the event? Email [email protected] or call (916) 449-3975. 

    Want to know more about the bills? Sign up for the ASA-CCSA email discussion list here:
    http://www.safeaccessnow.org/asa_ccsa_email_discussion_list

    See you in Sacramento June 14 and 15!

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  • Medical cannabis news and events form around California

    CA Citizen Lobby Day

    ASA believes that good public policy is created when those who are most affected by laws and regulations have a seat at the table. That is why it is so important that California lawmakers hear your voice this year – before they vote on more than a dozen medical cannabis bills. Do you have something to say about patients’ rights, licensing and regulating commercial medical cannabis activity, environmental standards for cultivation, penalties for manufacturing concentrates, and more? If so, you need to be at the California Citizen Lobby Day June 15-15 in Sacramento.

    ASA is bringing 300 patients, doctors, researchers, industry workers, and other stakeholders to the Capitol to talk with lawmakers and staff from every legislative district in the state. But before we do, we are going to have a special insider’s legislative briefing about the most important bills for participants. You will get expert fact sheets on legislation and information about your lawmakers, including their priorities and major campaign donors. This year, the fact sheets will have a place for you to add your own comments and suggestions about pending legislation.

    What happens in the state legislature this year is going to affect medical cannabis for years to come. It will also determine the political landscape for an anticipated vote on legalizing adult use of cannabis in 2016. Don’t miss your chance to be a par of it. Register for the California Citizen Lobby Day today!

    Scroll down for all the medical cannabis news, events, action alerts, court support, and chapter meetings. 

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    Please join me for a live online broadcast entitled “California Lawmakers: Medical Cannabis is Medicine for Real” on Thursday, May 7, and 7:00 PM. I will be talking about the need to treat medical cannabis like other herbal medicine when we write and adopt legislation. Join this Google Hangout on Thursday a little before 7:00 PM to participate:
    https://plus.google.com/events/c0dhokl9h2cjsithrmk32m5ac00
    Or watch live on YouTube without the interactive features:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1WcVy_Tr4SI

    I am happy to report that the California Assembly approved AB 258, the ASA-sponsored Medical Cannabis Organ Transplant Act, on Thursday of last week. The bill will prevent life-threatening discrimination against medical cannabis patients in the organ transplant process. Read ASA’s press release to learn more:
    http://www.safeaccessnow.org/california_state_assembly_passes_the_medical_cannabis_organ_transplant_act

    Registration is now open for the California Citizen Lobby Day, June 14-15, in Sacramento. ASA will make an appointment for you to meet with your state representatives when you sign up. With more than a dozen bills on the table, this is going to be our biggest and most important lobby day yet. Get all the details and register here:
    http://www.safeaccessnow.org/california_campaign_for_safe_access

    Scroll down for all the medical cannabis news, events, action alerts, court support, and chapter meetings. 

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  • Be a part of the biggest and most important medical cannabis lobby day yet

    CA Assembly Member Marc LevineI am happy to report that the California Assembly just adopted AB 258, the Medical Cannabis Organ Transplant Act by a vote of 52 to 8!

    This ASA-sponsored legislation will reduce unnecessary suffering and preventable death by ending pervasive discrimination against medical cannabis patients in the organ transplant process. Thank you to all of the ASA members and friends who signed petitions, sent emails, and visited offices to get the bill through the Assembly. The bill goes next to the Senate for a committee and floor vote, so keep up the good work.

    California Assembly Member Marc Levine (D-San Rafael) introduced AB 258 after two ASA members visited his office last year as part of our annual medical cannabis lobby day in the state legislature. The bill’s introduction is a clear example of direct grassroots action making a real difference in the political process - and in the lives of patients.

    It is time to bring that effective grassroots power back to the state Capitol. Registration for ASA’s California Citizen Lobby Day, June 14-15, in Sacramento is now open. Please sign up today for the biggest and most important citizen lobby day yet.

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  • Medical cannabis news & events from California

    CA Citizen Lobby Day

    Registration for the California Citizen Lobby Day, June 14-15, in Sacramento will begin this week. This two-day event will be the biggest and most important lobby day yet. We will have workshops on local regulations and voter initiatives, special legislative briefings, citizen lobbyist training, and much more. Be sure to respond to the registration announcement when it arrives via email. ASA will make an appointment for you with your state representatives or staff on Monday, June 15. 

    There is a time-sensitive action alert for California patients and advocates this week. Please send an email to your state Assembly Member to support AB 258, the Medical Cannabis Organ Transplant Act. The Assembly could vote on that bill to end discrimination against medical cannabis patients in the organ transplant process at any minute.

    Thanks for helping! Read all the medical cannabis news from around the state, learn about upcoming events, and more in the California Weekly Roundup for Monday, April 27, 2015.

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  • Sign the petition to support AB 258 & save lives!

    Assembly Member Marc LevineThe California Assembly Health Committee will vote tomorrow on AB 258, ASA-sponsored legislation that will help to reduce needless suffering and preventable death by protecting medical cannabis patients from discrimination in the organ transplant process. Patients are routinely denied a place on the national organ transplant list when they test positive for cannabis use – even legal doctor-recommended medical cannabis. Patients have already died after being removed from the list, and others are in danger right now.

    AB 258, by Assembly Member Marc Levine (D-San Rafael), will prevent anyone from being denied an organ transplant based solely on his or her legal medical cannabis use. We need your help today to be sure this important bill gets over this first legislative hurdle.

    If you have not done so already, sign the petition to support AB 258. If you have already signed, please recruit at least one more person to join you.

    There is no time to lose. I will be presenting the final count to the committee tomorrow at 1:30 PM in room 4202 in the State Capitol Building. You can watch the hearing online at http://www.calchannel.com

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  • Senator Boxer supports CARERS as ASA members head to DC!

    US Senator Barbara BoxerCalifornia Senator Barbara Boxer is supporting the CARERS Act in Congress. It is great to see one of our state Senators standing up for our voter-approved medical cannabis laws! I will be with hundreds of other advocates in Washington, DC, this week to talk about the CARERS Act and much more at the National Medical Cannabis Unity Conference and Citizen Lobby Day. Check FaceBook and Twitter for updates if you cannot make it.

    Here in California, the City of Malibu is stalling on approving a dispensary permit, while Ocenside is pushing to close all of its facilities. And Fresno County keeps imposing exorbitant fines for cultivators. Not all the news is bad this week. Tulare County backed off a plan to toughen its medical cannabis regulations, and San Diego’s first legally permitted facility is finally open. Patients in Clearlake are fighting back against a cultivation ban in court.

    Mark your calendar for important city council and legislative dates coming up in Vallejo and Sacramento. Get all the medical cannabis news, events, and court support dates in ASA’s California Weekly Roundup for Monday, March 23.

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  • Do you want to talk about medical cannabis in CA?

    People talking graphicDo you want to talk to other patients, advocates, and professionals about medical cannabis in California? There is a lot to talk about! The campaign to pass the Medical Cannabis Organ Transplant Act is underway, and lawmakers in Sacramento have introduced eleven other bills related to cannabis and medical cannabis this year. There are bills to regulate and license commercial medical cannabis activity, increase penalties against cultivators, regulate vape pens, and more. And that is not including local efforts to regulate or ban medical cannabis.

    Join the ASA California Campaign for Safe Access (CCSA) email discussion list to be a part of the important conversation about medical cannabis issues at the local, state, and federal level.

    The ASA-CCSA mailing list is a members-only discussion list where you can share your thoughts on medical cannabis and hear from leading advocates, grassroots volunteers, doctors, lobbyists, patients, and industry workers. The list is moderated to prevent spam. You can decide how often you get messages from ASA-CCSA, or just go online to read messages at your convenience. Join the conversation today!

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  • Sign the petition for AB 258 and send it to your friends

    Hand signing petitionI need your help to make sure that the state legislature passes AB 258, the Medical Cannabis Organ Transplant Act, this year. Can you sign ASA’s online petition in support if the bill, and then ask your friends and loved ones to do the same? Our goal is to have more than 1,000 signatures before AB 258 is heard in the Assembly Health Committee as soon as next month.

    AB 258 will save lives by preventing discrimination against medical cannabis patients in the organ transplant process. Patients are routinely denied a place on the national organ transplant wait list if they test positive for cannabis use – even doctor-recommended medical cannabis. Legal patients have died after being denied a place on the list and others are in jeopardy right now. AB 258 will prevent unnecessary suffering and avoidable deaths by protecting legal patients.

    Thanks for signing and asking your friends and loved ones to do the same. Don’t forget to share this link with your email list and on social media sites:

    http://www.safeaccessnow.org/support_the_ca_medical_marijuana_organ_transplant_act

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  • Important developments in the federal courts and the state legislature

    Steph ShererASA Executive Director Steph Sherer visited six cities in California last week to talk about local and state medical cannabis policies. ASA will be reporting back on what she heard from members about our proposed “Points of Unity” for commercial medical cannabis regulations in the state and other issues soon.  

    A federal judge in Sacramento said last week that she was “very seriously” considering whether or not medical cannabis is misclassified by the federal government. Her ruling will affect nine defendants in federal court, but it may also have national implications. In a separate case, a judge granted the Berkeley Patients Group a temporary reprieve in a federal civil asset forfeiture case.

    Assembly Member Marc Levine (D-San Rafael) introduced ASA-sponsored legislation to protect medical cannabis patients who need an organ transplant. Meanwhile, lawmakers have started the controversial debate about regulating commercial medical cannabis activity in the state. Read about a new law enforcement-sponsored bill to license medical cannabis business and another measure to prevent negative environmental impact associated with medical cannabis growing below. These are just two of the growing number of medical cannabis bills on the table in Sacramento this year.

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