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ASA California Roundup: April 21, 2014


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California News

  • Support building to fix state medical pot system (California)
  • Local Government Groups Join in Effort to Establish Clear Regulations for Medical Marijuana (California)
  • Pot Smoke And Mirrors: Vaporizer Pens Hide Marijuana Use (California)
  • 420 College -Continuing Complications: Medical Marijuana vs. IRS (California)
  • Long Beach officials loosen restrictions on medical marijuana collectives in draft law (Long Beach)
  • Medical marijuana case dismissed against two men (Long Beach)
  • Pastors reach out on 4/20 (Los Angeles)
  • Medical Marijuana Distributor Sentenced To 22-Year Prison Term Wins 8-Year Reduction (Santa Ana)
  • Marijuana growers being driven from the Valley floor may be heading to Sierra foothills (Tulare County)
  • Martinez makes move to ban outdoor marijuana growing (Martinez)


  • Monday, April 21, 2014 – CA Senate Business, Professions, and Economic Development Committee Hearing on SB 1262 (Sacramento)
  • Tuesday, April 22, 2014 – Sacramento County Board of Supervisors (Sacramento)
  • Tuesday, April 22, 2014 – CA Assembly Public Safety Committee Hearing on AB 1894 (Sacramento)
  • Wednesday, April 23, 2014 – Medical Cannabis Forum with District Attorney Candidates (Sonoma)
  • Sunday, April 27, 2014 – Google Hangout for New & Potential ASA Chapters (Online)
  • Monday, April 28, 2014 – CA Senate Appropriations Committee Hearing on SB 1029 (Sacramento)
  • Tuesday, April 29, 2014 – CA Public Safety Committee Hearing on AB 2500 (Sacramento)
  • Monday, May 12, 2014 – Bloodganja: Medical Cannabis Movie & Panel (Santa Barbara)

Court Support

  • Wednesday, April 23, 2014 – Court Support for Shelby Lucero (Sacramento)

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ASA Chapter & Affiliate Meetings

  • Thursday, April 24, 2014 – Sacramento ASA (Sacramento)
  • Sunday, April 27, 2014 – Google Hangout for New Chapters (Online)
  • Sunday, April 27, 2014 - Nevada County ASA (North San Juan)
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Medical Marijuana Week - Day 4: Protesting the federal crack down nationwide

During Obama’s Presidency, his administration has used a series of familiar and new tactics to interfere with state medical cannabis laws including nearly 200 SWAT-style raids leading to more than 60 indictments, threat letters to landlords and government officials, gross manipulation of the tax code, denying medical cannabis patients the right to bear arms, seizing medical cannabis related bank accounts, and much more. Today, ASA Chapters and affiliates in 9 cities and 6 states rallied outside of federal buildings and other venues across the country to tell Obama that enough is enough.

Steph Sherer, Executive Director of Americans for Safe Access, protested with the San Francisco ASA Chpater in front of his campaign appearance there. She said:
The literal and figurative assault on medical marijuana patients currently underway by the Obama Administration is unprecedented in this country's history, despite hollow proclamations to the contrary.  The intensity and breadth of the attacks has far surpassed anything we saw under the Bush Administration and has resulted in the roll-back of numerous local and state laws.

The Obama Administration has also employed numerous federal agencies, including the DEA, FBI, ATF, VA, and IRS to shut down access to medical marijuana, and cut-off services for, or otherwise discriminate against, literally hundreds of thousands of patients across the country.

Patient advocates in San Francisco and across the country called on Obama to end his attacks on the medical marijuana community and begin to address this issue from a public health standpoint. In addition to keeping his pledge of deprioritizing enforcement, advocates are encouraging Obama to reschedule marijuana for medical use. ASA is currently litigating the rescheduling issue in the D.C. Circuit and has also filed a separate lawsuit challenging the Obama Administration's violation of the Tenth Amendment by derailing state medical marijuana laws.