Pages tagged "California Weekly Roundup"

  • California Weekly Roundup: November 13, 2014

    Contents:

    • Message from the CA Director: Do you know what's at stake in November?
    • State & Local News: California, Fresno County, San Jose, Shasta County, Calaveras County, Monterey, Anaheim
    • Public Meetings & Events: San Francisco, Redding, Grass Valley, Lincoln, Nevada City, San Diego, Fresno, Porterville and more 
    • Court Support: Sacramento, Redding, and more
    • Take Action Now: Register to Vote, Support the Medical Marijuana Organ Transplant Act, and more
    • ASA Website Spotlight: Vote Medical Marijuana 2014
    • Chapter & Affiliate Meetings: Nevada County ASA, Lake County ASA, and Sacramento NORML

    Be sure to join me online for the next live Google Hangout on Thursday, October 16, at 7:00 PM to talk about local ballot measures and what’s at stake for medical cannabis in the November 4 elections. Voters will decide on twelve measures related to medical cannabis in ten different cities and counties this year. There are important legislative races that will help to define next year’s political landscape and an interesting development in the race for Attorney General (see the News section for more details on that).

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  • ASA California Weekly Roundup: October 6, 2014

    Group of peopleContents:

    • Message from the CA Director: 5% used medical cannabis, 92% found relief
    • State & Local News: Mendocino County, Humboldt County, San Jose, Los Angeles, Vallejo, El Cajon, San Diego, and more
    • Public Meetings & Events: Richmond, Alameda County, Lincoln, Nevada City, San Diego, Fresno, Porterville, and more 
    • Court Support: Santa Ana and more
    • Take Action Now: Tell Riverside County Not to Ban Cultivation, Support the Medical Marijuana Organ Transplant Act, and more
    • ASA Website Spotlight: Work With ASA
    • Chapter & Affiliate Meetings: San Francisco and Yuba County

    Did you see the stories about a new study released last week about the prevalence of medical cannabis use in California? The study shows that 5% of Californians have used medical cannabis, and 92% of those report that it provided relief for a serious medical condition. This is big news. The research debunks the misperception that healthy people are overusing medical cannabis. Almost all of the 1.4 million Californians who have used medical cannabis used it successfully to treat the symptoms of a serious medical condition - chronic pain, arthritis, migraine, cancer, AIDS, glaucoma, muscle spasms, nausea, stress, and depression.

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  • There's a lot going on!

    Woman signing petitionContents:

    • Message from the CA Director: There's a lot going on!
    • State & Local News: National, state, and local news from communities all over California
    • Public Meetings & Events: Ventura, Lincoln, Nevada City, and more
    • Court Support: Santa Rosa and more
    • Take Action Now: Tell Riverside County Not to Ban Cultivation
    • ASA Website Spotlight: Medical Cannabis: Voices from the Frontlines
    • Chapter & Affiliate Meetings: Ventura, Yuba County, and Sonoma County

    Things may be quiet in the State Capitol right now, but there is a lot going on with medical cannabis in California. Did you know that there are currently twelve campaigns for local ballot measures in ten different cities and counties in the state? Voters will make important choices about medical cannabis in Butte County, Lake County, Nevada County, Santa Cruz County, Shasta County; and in the cities of Encinitas, La Mesa, Santa Ana, and Santa Cruz on November 4.

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  • Local bans call for action. Are you ready?

    Supervisor JeffriesContents:

    • Message from the CA Director: Local bans call for action. Are you ready?
    • State & Local News: National, state, and local news from communities all over California
    • Public Meetings & Events: Riverside, Ventura, Washington, DC, and online
    • Court Support: Redding and more
    • Take Action Now: Tell Riverside County Not to Ban Cultivation
    • ASA Website Spotlight: Advocacy
    • Chapter & Affiliate Meetings: None this week

    Pictured: Riverside County Supervisor Kevin Jeffries

    The Riverside County Board of Supervisors delayed a vote on an ordinance banning medical cannabis cultivation in the unincorporated areas of Riverside County until November 25. That is good news for local advocates, who need more time to rally the base in opposition to the proposed ban. See the Take Action section of this message to find out what you can do to help right now.

    The proposal by Supervisor Jefferies is the latest in a series of moves by local governments to roll back the right of legal patients and caregivers to cultivate medical cannabis. Lake County banned cultivation in June, and the ACLU is currently challenging a ban adopted by Fresno County in March. Other cities and counties may soon follow suit.

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  • Hangout with me on Thursday

    Contents:

    • Message from the CA Director: Hangout with me on Thursday
    • State & Local News: National, state, and local news from communities all over California
    • Public Meetings & Events: Sacramento, Corcoran, Porterville, Richmond, San Francisco, Riverside, Ventura, Washington, DC, and online
    • Court Support: Oroville, Redding, and more
    • Take Action Now: Join ASA’s New California Discussion List and more
    • ASA Website Spotlight: Campaigns & Projects
    • Chapter & Affiliate Meetings: San Francisco and Lake County

    I want to invite you to join me for a live Google Hangout on Thursday, September 18, at 7:00 PM. Don’t worry. You do not have to go anywhere. A Google Hangout is an interactive online event that you can join from you computer or mobile device.

    What happened in the state legislature this year? What is likely to happen next year? What does the proposed voter initiative to legalize adult use of cannabis in 2016 mean for patients in California? Let’s talk. There is an interactive Q&A option. Feel free to email questions in advance, too. I’ll be hosting these interactive events monthly for the rest of the year.

    Just log onto https://plus.google.com/events/ccj9mhhh29s3rs27m2fjmr905bg a little before 7:00 PM on Thursday to participate in the Q&A part of the broadcast. You can also watch on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mWZhu8oHIB4

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  • Let's talk... join ASA-CCSA

    Contents:

    • Message from the CA Director: Let's talk
    • State & Local News: National, state, and local news from communities all over California
    • Public Meetings & Events: Cable TV, online, and Riverside
    • Court Support: Pasadena, Yuba City, and more
    • Take Action Now: Join ASA’s New California Discussion List and more
    • ASA Website Spotlight: National Medical Cannabis Unity Conference 2015
    • Chapter & Affiliate Meetings: San Diego, Sacramento, Nevada County, Yuba County

    I want to invite you to join a new email discussion list ASA is launching to help facilitate conversations about medical cannabis issues in California. The ASA California Campaign for Safe Access (ASA-CCSA) mailing list will be a primary contact point for patients, advocates, and others to share ideas and constructive debate on state legislation, local ordinances, initiatives, and court cases. 

    https://groups.google.com/a/safeaccessnow.org/forum/#!forum/asa-ccsa

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  • Grassroots power worked this year

    Contents:

    • Message from the CA Director: Grassroots power worked this year
    • State & Local News: National, state, and local news from communities all over California
    • Public Meetings & Events: Online, Riverside, and Washington, DC
    • Court Support: Sacramento
    • Take Action Now: Organ transplants and Measure S (Nevada County)
    • ASA Website Spotlight: National Medical Cannabis Unity Conference 2015
    • Chapter & Affiliate Meetings: San Francisco, Yuba County, Sonoma County, and Sacramento

    Happy Labor Day, California. The state legislature has adjourned for the year, and on balance, it has been a good session for medical cannabis patients and other stakeholders. Your grassroots action helped stop some bad bills from becoming law this year:

    • AB 1588 would have increased the minimum buffer zone between legal patients’ cooperatives and collectives and schools statewide. We killed this bill in committee early in the session.
    • AB 2500 would have made it a crime for a legal patient to drive with even a tiny amount of cannabis detectable in their blood. ASA members and others defeated this bill in committee for the third year in a row.
    • SB 1193 was amended at the last minute to remove language beneficial to patients. ASA members generated more than 1,000 emails many phone calls in opposition to the amended bill in just one week.

    We didn’t win every battle. SB 1029 would have expanded eligibility for public assistance to certain drug felons, including those convicted cannabis “crimes.” That bill died in committee.  The legislature also rejected two bills that would have regulated commercial medical cannabis activity – AB 1894 and SB 1262. Read more about that process in my blog from last week: http://www.safeaccessnow.org/regulations_in_california_will_have_to_wait_again

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  • One more battle to fight in California this year - Oppose SB 1193

    Contents:

    • Message from the CA Director: One more battle in Sacramento this year
    • State & Local News: News from communities all over California
    • Public Meetings & Events: Santa Rosa, Riverside, and Online
    • Court Support: Submit dates for court support!
    • Take Action Now: Oppose SB 1193 and more
    • ASA Website Spotlight: Patient Focused Certification
    • Chapter & Affiliate Meetings: Submit dates for local meetings!

    The 2014 legislative session is almost over. Lawmakers have until August 31 to pass hundreds of bills through the state Assembly and Senate, and Governor Brown has thirty days to sign or veto each. One topic not on the agenda will be SB 1262 (Correa/Ammiano), the bill that would have created statewide regulations for doctors who recommend medical cannabis and for the medical cannabis industry. That bill was held in the Assembly Appropriations Committee on August 15, so it will not be adopted this year. Both co-authors are serving their final terms in the legislature according o the state’s term limit rules, so it is back to the drawing board for statewide regulations in 2015.

    Pictured: California Senator Noreen Evans (D-Santa Rosa), author of SB 1193

     The Assembly may still vote on a badly amended version of SB 1193 (Evans) – unless we stop them first! SB 1193 was a win-win compromise for law enforcement and patients in California. The old version of the bill, which ASA supported, reduced the amount of cannabis and cannabis plants police and Sheriff’s departments have to keep as evidence, but required law enforcement to pay reasonable compensation if they damaged or destroyed cannabis or plants later found to be legal. Unfortunately, the Assembly Appropriations Committee removed language requiring the return of wrongfully-confiscated property and reasonable compensation at the August 15 hearing.

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  • ASA California Weekly Roundup: August 11, 2014

    Contents:Photo: Mayor Jacob and me presenting an award to Assembly Member Ammiano at the lobby day @safeaccess #mmot #mmj

    • Message from the CA Director: Well done on the lobby day!
    • State & Local News: News From Communities All Over California
    • Public Meetings & Events: Sacramento, Santa Rosa, & Riverside
    • Court Support: Submit dates for court support!
    • Take Action Now: Support medical cannabis bills in CA & More
    • ASA Website Spotlight: Vote Medical Marijuana
    • Chapter & Affiliate Meetings: Nevada County, San Diego, Sacramento, & Yuba County

    ASA’s fourth citizen lobby day in California was a big success. Approximately 150 patients and other stakeholders attended, and they visited more than fifty legislative offices – plus a lot of impromptu visits initiated by attendees themselves. Participants asked lawmakers to support ASA’s proposed Medical Marijuana Organ Transplant Act and SB 1193 (Evans), the return of property bill. They also expressed a variety of opinions on the controversial SB 1262 (Correa/Ammiano).

    After the lobby day, a standing-room only crowd gathered to watch Sebastopol Mayor Robert Jacob, ASA Executive Director Steph Sherer, and me present term-limited Assembly Member Tom Ammiano with a certificate of appreciation for his years of work on behalf of medical cannabis patients. Assembly Member Bill Quirk, Senator Mark Leno, and staff members from several legislative offices joined us for the reception.

    We spent a long time talking about SB 1262 at the lobby day. There is a lot of concern, indecision, and support for the bill among our base. Of the twenty five attendees who returned our survey on lobby day, eight supported SB 1262, six opposed it, and ten were undecided (one did not answer the question). Most had helpful input and suggestions. I will be interested in seeing how those numbers change as others return their surveys or complete them online. There are action alerts for the two current bills and ASA's Medical Marijuana Organ Transplant Act in the "Take Action" Section of this email.

    I want to say a special thank you to the volunteers who helped pull off the lobby day this year, and to our sponsors: The Greater Los Angeles Collective Alliance, Organicann, Peace in Medicine, SPARC, Buds & Roses, and the Emerald Growers Association.

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  • Wherever You Are in California

    Contents:

    • Message from the CA Director: Wherever you are in California
    • State & Local News: News From Communities All Over California
    • Public Meetings & Events: Sacramento, Costa Mesa, Santa Rosa, & More
    • Court Support: Westminster
    • Take Action Now: Support SB 1193, Support the Med MJ Organ transplant Act, & More
    • ASA Website Spotlight: The Medical Cannabis Advocate's Training Center
    • Chapter & Affiliate Meetings: San Francisco, Yuba County, Sonoma County

    The CA Citizen Lobby Day is today! I hope to see many of you with the patients and advocates at the Citizen Hotel this morning and at the Capitol Building this afternoon. I understand others cannot make it to Sacramento today. That is OK. You can help out wherever you are in California. Will you take a minute to send an email to your California Assembly Member in support of SB 1193 (Evans) and sign a petition supporting ASA’s proposed Medical Marijuana Organ Transplant Act of 2015? Do it today, so lawmakers see your email on the same day they see us in the hallways and in their offices.

    People all over the state are talking about SB 1262 (Correa/Ammiano), the bill that seeks to regulate doctors who recommend medical cannabis and those who commercially cultivate, process, or distribute it. Read my blog entitled “So, what’s the deal with SB 1262” to learn more about ASA’s position and strategy on this controversial bill. We expect that bill to be heard in the Assembly Appropriations Committee next week, so it is crunch time for final amendments. Keep an eye open for news.

    Thanks for helping today! Look for news about the CA Citizen Lobby Day on my Facebook page, Twitter feed, and the ASA Blog

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