Pages tagged "California Weekly Roundup"

  • One More Week...

      

    Contents:

    • Message from the CA Director: One more week...
    • State & Local News: News From Communities All Over California
    • Public Meetings & Events: CA Citizen Lobby Day & Sonoma Blossom Festival
    • Court Support: Westminster
    • Take Action Now: Register for the CA Citizen Lobby Day & More
    • ASA Website Spotlight: Peace for Patients
    • Chapter & Affiliate Meetings: San Diego

    One more week... The CA Citizen Lobby Day is just one week away. We need to see a strong showing of support in the Capitol Building next Monday, August 4, to amplify all of the voices from the medical cannabis community at this crucial moment. Key committee votes may happen just days after our lobby day, and final votes on the floor of the Assembly will come soon after. Your lawmakers need to know that this issue matters to voters in their district. Will you be there to speak up?

    Register today for the CA Citizen Lobby Day in Sacramento on Monday, August 4. Don’t wait any longer. I only have one more week to schedule appointments for you with your Assembly and Senate offices.

    We will be hearing from Senator Lou Correa (D-Santa Ana), the co-author of SB 1262, on Monday morning. We will also be hearing from you. Participants will have a chance to talk to the group about the bills and complete a constituents’ survey about amendments and final positions on legislation. This matters because eleventh-hour amendments in the Assembly Appropriations Committee may have a dramatic effect on SB 1262, the controversial bill that seeks to better regulate doctors and commercial medical cannabis activity in the state. I know many patients and other stakeholders have opinions to share. Now is the time.

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  • Take your seat at the table

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    Contents:

    • Message from the CA Director: Take your seat at the table
    • State & Local News: News From Communities All Over California
    • Public Meetings & Events: Live Google Hangout, State of the State Conference, & more
    • Court Support: Redding & Sacramento
    • Take Action Now: Register for the CA Citizen Lobby Day & More
    • ASA Website Spotlight: Return of Property
    • Chapter & Affiliate Meetings: Nevada County

    We are expecting two hundred patients and other advocates in Sacramento on Monday, August 4, to talk to lawmakers about medical cannabis bills that will affect our community for years to come. Will you be there to take your seat at the table two weeks from today?

    Register today for the CA Citizen Lobby Day in Sacramento on Monday, August 4.

    I will make an appointment for you to meet with your California Assembly Member and Senator when you register. Do it today. Time is running out to make the appointments. ASA is requesting a $25 donation from participants to help defer the cost of the event, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Lobby day participants will be advocating for important amendments to current bills and laying the groundwork for patients’ rights legislation in 2015.

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  • Your Voice Matters

    Contents:

    • Message from the CA Director: Your Voice Matters
    • State & Local News: News From Communities All Over California
    • Public Meetings & Events: Santa Ana City Council, State of Marijuana Conference & More
    • Court Support: No listings this week
    • Take Action Now: Register for the CA Citizen Lobby Day & More
    • ASA Website Spotlight: Work With ASA
    • Chapter & Affiliate Meetings: San Francisco, East Bay, & Lake County

      

    Do you think it doesn’t matter if you speak up about medical cannabis to your lawmakers and their staff? Think again. According to a survey of congressional staffers published in 2011 by the Congressional Management Foundation, Members Congress are more likely to be swayed by concerned citizens who visit, write or call their offices than by the efforts of paid lobbyists.  

    This news isn’t earth shattering, but the survey provides some valuable insight about how crucial the work of grassroots advocacy is to manifest change and about which tactics work best.  For instance, nearly the entire sample of respondents, 97 percent, agreed that personal visits from constituents had “some” or “a lot” of influence on an undecided Member --- more than any other influence group or strategy.

    In fact, visits from constituent representatives, like lobbyists, came in second.   And, a close examination of the survey reveals that even personalized letters, e-mails, phone calls and telephone town hall comments were more likely to change a member's mind than a lobbyist's efforts. The study also explored the type of advocacy that staffers believe is most effective. Turns out that content matters more than medium.  Specifically, staffers indicated that hand-written or personalized notes — even when they are fewer in number — have a bigger impact than form letters and emails.

    The point is your lawmakers want to hear from you!  You will see action alerts every week in this email. You will also see events like the CA Citizen Lobby Day on Monday, August 4, in Sacramento. Speak up and make a difference. Research shows it matters when you do.

    Register for the CA Citizen Lobby Day today. ASA is requesting a $25 donation, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

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  • ASA California Weekly Roundup: July 7, 2014

    Contents:

    • Message from the CA Director: Your CA representatives may be in town
    • State & Local News: News From Communities All Over California
    • Public Meetings & Events: Live Google Hangout & More
    • Court Support: No listings this week
    • Take Action Now: Register for the CA Citizen Lobby Day & More
    • ASA Website Spotlight: Resources for Medical Professionals & Researchers
    • Chapter & Affiliate Meetings: Nevada County, San Diego, Sacramento, & Yuba County

      

    REMINDER – Don’t miss a Live Google Hangout on Wednesday, July 9, at 7:00 PM (PDT). We will be discussing current state legislation and ASA’s proposed Medical Marijuana Organ Transplant Act of 2015. These will be important topics at the CA Citizen lobby Day in Sacramento on August 4. Log on to https://plus.google.com/u/0/events/csadjb5qgj0qd3csdb2dq9r89uc a 7:00 PM on Wednesday to join the conversation.

    Your California Assembly Member and Senator may be in your home town right now. The state legislature has adjourned for their summer recess, and many lawmakers are back in their home districts for the rest of the month. Why not use this time to make an appointment to see them? State representatives have one or more offices in the district they represent. One is probably close to where you live. You can call the district office and make an appointment to talk to your representatives or their staff today. Locate your representatives and find their district offices here.

    District office visits are important, because they show lawmakers that voters who elected Assembly Members and Senators care about medical cannabis. You can talk to your representatives about pending legislation, the need to protect patients’ from discrimination, or barriers to local access to medical cannabis. You can even download one of ASA’s reports to share with lawmakers or staff.

    Do not be intimidated about asking for an appointment. It is a normal part of the Democratic process, and elected officials and staff take meetings with people like you all the time. Just remember your ABCD’s – Be Accurate, Be Brief, Be Courteous, and Do Follow Up. Brush up on your citizen advocacy skills using ASA’s free online Medical Cannabis Advocate's Training Center, and you will be lobbying you elected officials like a pro.

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  • State Regulations Moving Forward

    Contents:

    • Message from the CA Director: State Regulations Moving Forward
    • California & National News
    • Public Meetings & Events
    • Court Support
    • Take Action Now
    • ASA Website Spotlight: ASA Condition-based Booklets
    • ASA Chapter & Affiliate Meetings

      

    Assembly Member Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco) has joined as a principal co-author to Senator Lou Correa’s (D-Santa Ana) SB 1262. That bill will better regulate doctors who recommend medical cannabis and commercial medical cannabis activity in California. The bill has been substantially amended since it passed the California Senate by a vote of 31-0 in May.  ASA and other advocates have managed to get most of the objectionable provisions in early drafts removed, and the bill now includes large portions on Assembly Member Ammiano’s AB 1894. Assembly Member Ammiano is our biggest champion in the legislature, but AB 1894 was defeated in the Assembly earlier this year.

    I know many of you were surprised to see ASA supporting a bill originally authored by a moderate Democrat from Orange County and sponsored by lobbyists representing cities and law enforcement. Those are not our traditional allies, but early on, ASA recognized the value of a compromise bill that might finally get through the legislature and be signed by the Governor. That is why we decided to get behind SB 1262 and make it the best bill possible. That strategy is working.

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  • ASA CA Weekly Roundup: June 23, 2014

    Contents:

    • Message from the CA Director
    • California & National News
    • Public Meetings & Events
    • Court Support
    • Take Action Now
    • ASA Website Spotlight: Are You Facing State or Federal Charges?
    • ASA Chapter & Affiliate Meetings

    Message from the CA Director



    The California Supreme Court ruled last year that nothing in state law prevents cities and counties from banning medical cannabis patients’ collectives and cooperatives. More than 200 local jurisdictions do so already, and there are sure to be additional bans in the future. Patients living in access deserts, areas without practical legal access to medicine, are not likely to get relief from the state legislature in the near future. No state lawmaker has stepped up to challenge the authority of local government to ban, and a bill working its way through the state legislature this summer would further establish the right of cities and counties to regulate or ban patients’ associations.

    That is a sobering reality for patients in the state’s access deserts, but there are some new oases on the horizon. Riverside County is notorious for its opposition to medical cannabis, but lawmakers in the tiny city of Blythe have just voted to repeal their moratorium on medical cannabis facilities and allow two or three to open. Another small city in Riverside County, Desert Hot Springs, will soon join neighboring Palm Springs in allowing legal access. And voters in Cathedral City and the City of Riverside will soon get to vote on whether or not to allow patients’ associations. The trend is not just limited to Riverside County. Voters in Santa Monica, San Jose, Butte County, and Nevada County are all running voter initiatives to create local access.

    Some of the measures are motivated by a desire for revenue, and others are the result of years of work by local advocates. Despite these motives and efforts, we are probably going to have persistent access deserts in some rural and southern communities for years to come. However, the current legislative and initiative efforts are an indication of the possibility to make progress where a committed grassroots base has the skills and resources to mount an effective campaign.  ASA can help. We have free organizing tools, professional support for campaigners, and a free online training program for advocates  – including strategic planning, media, coalition building, and more.

    We are going to talk more about local campaigns and how we can help at the California Citizen Lobby Day in Sacramento on Monday, August 4, and on a live Google Hangout this Thursday, June 26. A Google hangout is a free online event you can join from your computer of mobile device. Please join me for both.

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  • ASA California Roundup: May 19, 2014

    CA State Capitol BuildingMessage from the CA Director - Two medical cannabis bills in "suspense file"

    California News

    • Big Dates for California Medical Pot Regs Coming Up (California)
    • League of California Cities Report New Amendments to Medical Marijuana Bill Would Create a Local-Only Regulatory Scheme (California)
    • Young Seizure Patients Cut Off from Medical Marijuana Treatment (Ocenaside)
    • Medical marijuana measure qualifies for June 2015 ballot (Riverside)
    • Mendocino County's payment program for marijuana defendants under investigation (Mendocino County)
    • Outdoor marijuana cultivation goes up in smoke; ban passes (Martinez)
    • L.A. County Supervisor candidate John Duran sets out to defy expectations (Los Angeles)

    Events

    • Monday, May 19, 2014 – CA Senate Appropriations Committee Hearing on SB 1193 (Sacramento)
    • Monday, May 19, 2014 – CA Senate Appropriations Committee Hearing on SB 1262 (Sacramento)
    • Wednesday, May 28, 2014 – Sacramento County Board of Supervisors Meeting (Sacramento)

    Court Support

    • Monday, May 12, 2014 – Court Support for Joseph Smart & Jimmy Chang (Santa Rosa)
    • Tuesday, May 20, 2014 – Court Support for Dr. Michele Noonan Ross & Todd Ross (Los Angeles)

    Take Action

    • Endorse the California Medical Marijuana Organ Transplant Act
    • Join Americans for Safe Access (ASA)

    ASA Website Spotlight

    • Building a Movement

    ASA Chapter & Affiliate Meetings

    • Tuesday, May 20, 2014 - San Francisco ASA (San Francisco)
    • Wednesday, May 21, 2014 - East Bay ASA (Oakland)
    • Wednesday, May 21, 2014 - Lake County ASA (Clearlake Oaks)
    • Sunday, May 25, 2014 - Nevada County ASA (North San Juan)
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  • ASA California Roundup: May 12, 2014

    Contents:

    Message from the CA Director - Don’t regulate medical marijuana like alcohol

    California News

    • Congress Says “No” To VA Doctors’ Abilities To Recommend Pot To Vets (National)
    • Law enforcement, cannabis industry support Evans’ drug storage bill (California)
    • California's Police Fear Weed Anarchy More Than Weed Itself (California)
    • Marijuana May Heal Health Problems That Come With Old Age: How Can People Living in Senior Homes Get It? (California)
    • Marijuana dispensary burglary suspect arrested (Lakeside)
    • Our Voice: DHS to go slowly on medical marijuana (Desert Hot Springs)
    • SLO City Council says no to ban on outdoor medical marijuana grows (San Luis Obispo)
    • We applaud SLO City Council's sane approach to medical marijuana (San Luis Obispo)
    • Marijuana initiative backers turn in petitions (Riverside)
    • Healdsburg approves outdoor cultivation of 3 marijuana plants (Healdsburg)
    • Initiative filed to stop pot growing regulation by Butte County (Butte County)
    • Only On CBS2: Parents Give Daughter, 11, Medical Marijuana To Help Stem Uncontrollable Seizures (Los Angeles)
    • Oceanside planning commission approves zoning for medical marijuana dispensaries (Ocenaside)

    Events

    • Monday, May 12, 2014 – CA Senate Appropriations Committee Hearing on SB 1193 (Sacramento)
    • Monday, May 12, 2014 – Bloodganja: Medical Cannabis Movie & Panel (Santa Barbara)
    • Tuesday, May 13, 2014 – Dr. David Bearman at the Ventura ASA Action Group (Ventura)
    • Tuesday, May 13, 2014 – San Jose City Council Meeting (San Jose)
    • Wednesday, May 28, 2014 – Sacramento County Board of Supervisors Meeting (Sacramento)

    Court Support

    • Monday, May 12, 2014 – Court Support for Joseph Smart & Jimmy Chang (Santa Rosa)
    • Tuesday, May 20, 2014 – Court Support for Dr. Michele Noonan Ross & Todd Ross (Los Angeles)

    Take Action

    • Support SB 1193 in California
    • Join Americans for Safe Access (ASA)

    ASA Website Spotlight

    • Using Your Voice

    ASA Chapter & Affiliate Meetings

    • Tuesday, May 13, 2014 - Nevada County ASA (Grass Valley)
    • Tuesday, May 13, 2014 –Ventura ASA Action Group (Ventura)
    • Wednesday, May 14, 2014 - San Diego ASA (San Diego)
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  • ASA California Roundup: May 5, 2014

    Contents:

    Message from the CA Director - Well done, California

    California News

    • Veterans Equal Access Amendment Nearly Passes in Milestone Congressional Medical Marijuana Vote (National)
    • League of California Cities Report Crucial Doctor Provisions Deleted from Medical Marijuana Bill in Senate Health Committee (California)
    • Rural County Representatives of California Report Medical Marijuana Regulatory Bills Advance in the Legislature (California)
    • How Should California Test for Marijuana DUIs? (California)
    • Boy with autism has his own strain of medical marijuana and is thriving, mother says (California)
    • Officials: Pot Growers Worsening California's Drought (California)
    • Many Medical Marijuana Users Oppose Legalization of Recreational Use (California)
    • Pro-Medical Marijuana Group Sues the City, While Other Group Criticizes the Suit (San Diego)
    • Judge puts Fresno County medical marijuana fines on hold (Fresno County)
    • SLO City Council to consider tighter law on medical marijuana (San Luis Obispo)
    • Colfax medical marijuana proposal fails (Colfax)
    • Highland pot dealer arrested (Highland)
    • Amazing Medical Cannabis Discoveries (Science)

    Events

    • Monday, May 5, 0214 – Healdsburg City Council Meeting (Healdsburg)
    • Monday, May 5, 2014 – San Pablo City Council Meeting (San Pablo)
    • Tuesday, May 6, 2014 - San Luis Obispo City Council Meeting (San Luis Obispo)
    • Monday, May 12, 2014 – Bloodganja: Medical Cannabis Movie & Panel (Santa Barbara)
    • Wednesday, May 28, 2014 – Sacramento County Board of Supervisors Meeting (Sacramento)

    Court Support

    • Monday, may 5, 2014 – Court Support for Jason Miller (Sacramento)
    • Monday, May 5, 2014 – Court Support for Victoria Mindiola (San Bernardino)
    • Monday, May 12, 2014 – Court Support for Joseph Smart & Jimmy Chang (Santa Rosa)

    Take Action

    • Support SB 1193 in California
    • Join Americans for Safe Access (ASA)

    ASA Website Spotlight

    • Finding Your Voice

    ASA Chapter & Affiliate Meetings

    • Tuesday, May 6, 2014 - San Francisco ASA (San Francisco)
    • Wednesday, May 7, 2014 - Yuba County ASA (Valley)
    • Thursday, May 8, 2014 - San Diego ASA (Imperial Beach)
    • Thursday, May 8, 2014 - Yuba County ASA (Foothills)
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  • ASA California Roundup: April 28, 2014

    Contents:

    Message from the CA Director - A busy week for medical cannabis in the California legislature

    California News

    • Regulations are good for patients (California)
    • State Senate panel advances medical marijuana regulations (California)
    • Medical Association won't back medical pot bill because of lack of research (California)
    • Cops and Politicians Play Doctor With California Patients (California)
    • Sacramento County supervisors vote to ban outdoor marijuana gardens (Sacramento County)
    • Video: Applicants seek permits for medical pot shops (San Diego)
    • Inside a Christian Pot Shop (Sacramento)
    • Santa Monica City Council Balks At Endorsing Medical Marijuana Bill (Santa Monica)
    • Medical marijuana advocacy group seeks suspension of Diamond Bar’s ban on dispensaries (Diamond Bar)
    • D.A. candidates tackle medical pot at Santa Rosa forum (Sonoma County)
    • Pot grower sues Fresno County, saying cultivation fines excessive (Fresno County)
    • Tehama County Supervisors ban marijuana cultivation on vacant lots; require annual registration renewal (Tehama County)

    Events

    • 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)
    • Tuesday, April 29, 2014 - CA Senate Public Safety Committee Hearing on SB 1193 (Sacramento)
    • Wednesday, April 30, 2014 – CA Senate Health Committee Hearing on SB 1262 (Sacramento)
    • Monday, May 12, 2014 – Bloodganja: Medical Cannabis Movie & Panel (Santa Barbara)
    • Wednesday, May 28, 2014 – Sacramento County Board of Supervisors Meeting (Sacramento)

    Take Action

    • Oppose AB 2500 in California!
    • Join Americans for Safe Access (ASA)

    ASA Website Spotlight

    • The Informed Advocate

    ASA CA Chapter Spotlight

    • Sonoma ASA

    ASA Chapter & Affiliate Meetings

    • Tuesday, April 29, 2014 - San Diego ASA (North County)
    • Thursday, May 1, 2014 - Sonoma ASA (Santa Rosa)
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