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It's Official... ASA Wins Big!

Like most of the country we had mixed feelings about the mid-term elections. No matter what side of the aisle you’re on, there were gains and concessions, reliefs and disappointments. But, there was one race that changed everything—one election that leveraged our movement so greatly things will never be the same.

If you don’t live in California you may not have heard much about our Attorney General race. Steve Cooley was running for AG with the most blatant anti-patient platform this country has ever seen. Hand picked by the cops and funded by rightwing political strategist Karl Rove, Cooley made no small effort to let voters know that if he were elected he would do everything in his power to eradicate medical marijuana for California.



Knowing how important the success of California’s safe access program is in directing the rest of the country, we threw the full weight of ASA into this race; galvanizing our community, educating Californians and mobilizing voters. We built coalitions, created strategic marketing videos and fervently developed our field.

We watched the results pour in November 2nd, excited when he was down and nervous as his numbers went back up. Our office held our breath as the outcome seemed to change every hour. At around mid-night it was clear we weren’t going to have an answer, and we went to bed crossing our fingers that we would wake up to good news.

Well, as you may know we didn’t get that good news for another three weeks. Today, we found out—patients won! Steve Cooley was defeated, and California’s safe access is protected.

And, while this is great news for the west coast it’s even better news for us nationally, because ASA has established medical cannabis patients as a real player in the electoral landscape. This election was won by only the smallest margin of votes. It is clear to every political expert in the country that it was the patient community that swung this election, and it will be ASA that will continue to swing elections as long as our patients’ rights are in jeopardy. You saw us win in California, now help us win nation-wide.

Every ounce of weight and leverage we have is because of our members. YOU are ASA! It is our members that supported this effort, and a special thanks to members David Bronner of Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps and to the American Cannabis Research Institute’s Ben Bronfman and Matt Atwood for their generous support.

We need your support, too. You are protecting your rights when you help us fight back and win big victories like this. ASA will be there for the next battle, if you help us do it.
Join ASA today and make sure this win is heard across the country—make sure that when you need help, we’ll be there too.

 

 

 

CA Attorney General? Not Steve Cooley!

On November 2, medical cannabis patients in California will make an important choice at the polls – one that will shape the fight for safe access to medicine for years to come. I am not talking about Proposition 19, the voter initiative that is garnering headlines nationwide. I am talking about the race for California Attorney General.

If Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley wins, it will mean tough times for patients and providers all over the state.



Steve Cooley is leading in the polls, and that should make you worried. If Cooley is elected as our next Attorney General, he will pursue the same anti-medical cannabis agenda we know all too well from his tenure in Los Angeles County. Cooley will likely dismantle the gains made by medical cannabis patients over the past 10+ years, rewrite the Attorney General Guidelines to ban the sales of medical marijuana, continue to raid dispensaries and undermine the full implementation of state law, and work to overturn important legal precedents in the courts.

In short, he will roll back years of progress – putting us on the defensive in California for a long time.

But it does not have to be this way. There are millions of Californians who oppose Cooley’s agenda  - and not just concerning medical cannabis. Cooley opposes marriage equality, considers environmental protection a low priority, and has a spotty record on women’s issues. ASA is organizing a coalition of opposition committed to defeating Steve Cooley. We need to get the word out about Steve Cooley to all of the constituents who are threatened by his agenda. We need to build alliances, get our message in the media, and turn out voters. Most of all, we need your support for the “Not Cooley” campaign right now.

ASA is calling on patients and advocates all over California to register to vote  before October 18, and turn out to the polls on November 2. Together, I know we can make a difference!