Pages tagged "California Citizen Lobby Day"

  • California fiscal committees stop a bad DUID bill, but advance medical cannabis taxation

    Lobby Day Community PhotoMedical cannabis patients and other stakeholders in California scored victories and suffered defeats in the state legislature today. The Appropriations Committees in the Assembly and Senate decided the fate of hundreds of bills today in their biannual “suspense hearings” – including important bills related to medical cannabis licensing, taxation, and patients’ rights.

    The committee votes come just four days after more than one hundred and fifty medical cannabis patients and caregivers gathered in Sacramento to talk face-to-face with lawmakers and staff about medical cannabis bills. Participants in the California Citizen Lobby Day took more than 200 meetings with lawmakers and staff – including members who cast votes in today’s suspense hearings. 

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  • Make a difference for medical cannabis in California

    Lobby Day Banner 2016Americans for Safe Access (ASA) is hosting our annual California Citizen Lobby Day on Monday, May 23rd, in Sacramento. This is your chance to talk face-to-face with lawmakers and staff about medical cannabis issues that affect you and your loved ones –

    • Discrimination in employment, housing, access to health care, and more
    • Bills that will turn legal patients into criminals for driving, even if they are not impaired
    • Excessive taxation on medical cannabis use and cultivation – including an additional 15% tax on medicine
    • Proposed changes to the state’s new commercial licensing program

    If medical cannabis is important to you, register today for the California Citizen Lobby Day on May 23rdASA will make appointments for you at your Assembly and Senate offices when you sign up.

    Why does it matter? I am going to be talking a lot more about that in a live Google Hangout entitled “Medicine for Real” at 8:00 PM PT on Monday, May 9. Log into Google+ a little before 8:00 PM on Monday to join the interactive broadcast, or watch live on YouTube.

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  • Lori Ajax, Chief of the Bureau of Medical Marijuana Regulation, will speak at the morning session

    It’s time to get registered for the biggest medical cannabis lobby day in California! ASA will host our 5th annual California Citizen Lobby Day in Sacramento on Monday, May 23. This is your chance to join 300 other patients and advocates to talk face-to-face with lawmakers and regulators about medical cannabis in California.

    Click here to register for the California Citizen Lobby Day on Monday, May 23, and ASA will make an appointment for you at your State Assembly and Senate offices.

    We are excited to announce some very special guest speakers from the new Bureau of Medical Marijuana Regulation this year. Chief Lori Ajax and Senior Policy Advisor An-Chi Tsou will be at our morning briefing to talk about the Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act (MMRSA) and what comes next for commercial medical cannabis regulation in the state.

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  • Support AB 258 in the California Senate

    CA Capitol BuildingHundreds of medical cannabis patients and advocates will be visiting the state Capitol this afternoon to talk with lawmakers about medical cannabis legislation. One of the most important bills on the table is AB 258, the Medical Cannabis Organ Transplant Act. This bill will prevent discrimination against medical cannabis patients who need organ transplants. It is a high priority for ASA, because medical cannabis patients have already died after being dropped from the organ transplant waiting list. Others are in danger right now.

    Take a minute right now to send an email to your California State Senator asking him or her to support AB 258.

    Don’t wait. The Senate could vote on the bill any time this week. Look for news from today’s California Citizen Lobby Day and the vote on AB 258 later this week. 

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  • AB 258 by CA Assembly Member Marc Levine (D-San Rafael)

    CA Assembly Member LevineLegislation sponsored by Americans for Safe Access (ASA) entered the home stretch on Wednesday when the California Senate Health Committee approved AB 258, the Medical Cannabis Organ Transplant Act. The bill by Assembly Member Marc Levine (D-San Rafael) will protect medical cannabis patients from discrimination in the organ transplant process. AB 258 must now be approved by the full Senate and signed by the Governor. A final vote is expected next week.

    Patients in California who test positive for cannabis use are routinely denied a place on the organ transplant waiting list – even if they are using legal medical cannabis. This widespread policy at hospitals and transplant centers is based on outdated policies that classify legal medical cannabis use as “drug abuse.” Patients have died after being denied an organ transplant based solely on their use of doctor-recommended medical cannabis, and others are at risk right now.


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  • Lobby day next week, live Google Hangout tomorrow, and the petition for AB 258 today…

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    The California Citizen Lobby Day is just one week away! That means it is time for you to get signed up on the event web page at using your home address, so that we have time to schedule a meeting for you with your state Assembly Member and Senator. You will have a lot to talk to them about. There are bills on licensing, regulation, penalties for making concentrates, environmental standards for cultivation, and more.

    How will you get your medicine? Who will be allowed to grow it and where? Can you use a vape pen or concentrates? Will you face discrimination because of your medical cannabis use? Which bills pass or don’t pass will matter to every stakeholder – including you.

    Learn more about the California Citizen Lobby Day and why it matters in my live online broadcast at 7:00 PM on Tuesday, June 9. Log on to There are more details below.

    We are going to provide lobby day participants with a briefing and fact sheets on all the bills in Sacramento next Monday, but I need your help to protect medical cannabis patients from discrimination in the organ transplant process today. The Assembly Health Committee will hear testimony on AB 258, the Medical Cannabis Organ Transplant Act, on Wednesday. That’s when I will tell members how many people have signed the petition in support of the bill. If you have not done so, sign today. If you have, get someone else to join you -

    You will see in the news section below that it has been a busy week for medical cannabis. There was another big vote in the US House of Representatives, the bills are advancing in the California legislature, and cities and voters are making decisions about medical cannabis. Get medical cannabis news, events, court support dates, action alerts, and more in the California Weekly Roundup for Monday, June 8, 2015.

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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:

    See you in Sacramento June 14 and 15!

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  • Get registered for the biggest and most important medical cannabis lobby day yet

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    I want to invite you to get registered for the California Citizen Lobby Day on June 15 in Sacramento. Our fourth annual medical cannabis lobby day will be the biggest and most important one yet. We need hundreds of patients, advocates, industry workers, and other stakeholders in the Capitol this year to make a grassroots showing of strength and unity.

    Click here to get registered today. ASA will make an appointment for you to meet with your state Assembly Member and Senator when you do.

    Your participation matters this year because more than a dozen bills in the state legislature touch on every aspect of medical cannabis –licensing and regulations, manufacturing concentrates, cultivation, vaporizers, organ transplant discrimination and more.  The decisions that lawmakers make this year will affect how patients get medicine for years to come. Which bills are adopted or rejected will also set the political stage for an anticipated vote on legalizing cannabis for adult use in 2016.

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  • Medical cannabis news and events form around California

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    Voters legalized medical cannabis in California when they approved the Compassionate Use Act (Proposition 215) in 1996.  That was a milestone for patients, but only the beginning of a long campaign to fully implement medical cannabis laws at he local and state level. ASA is bringing hundreds of patients and advocates to Sacramento June 14-15 for our annual California Citizen Lobby Day to keep pushing that campaign forward.

    So what dies implementation look like at the local and state level? What do more than a dozen pending bills touching medical cannabis really do? How does an anticipated vote on legalization affect medical cannabis law? And how can you best participate in implementation?

    I am hosting a live Google Hangout from the Sacramento ASA chapter meeting this Thursday, May 28. The broadcast is entitled “Legislating Compassion: Passing and Implementing Good Medical Cannabis Laws.” Join us in person in Sacramento at 6:00 PM or online from anywhere at 7:00 PM to be part of the conversation. Scroll down to the events section for all the details.

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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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