Pages tagged "California Weekly Roundup"

  • Happy Holidays, California

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    Contents:

    • Message from the CA Director: Happy Holidays, California

    • News: National, California, San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, Fresno County, Costa Mesa, Sonoma County

    • Public Meetings & Events: Santa Cruz, Los Angeles, San Diego, Washington DC

    • Court Support: None this week

    • Take Action Now: Support the Medical Marijuana Organ Transplant Act, Join the ASA-CCSA Discussion List, Expand the Green Zone

    • ASA Website Spotlight: National Medical Cannabis Unity Conference 2015

    • Chapter & Affiliate Meetings: None this week

    Happy Holidays to ASA members and friends in California! 

    2014 may be winding down, but medical cannabis activity at the state level is speeding up! See the News section of this message for articles about an exciting development in court for patients who use concentrates and a new player in the statewide regulatory game - the State Water Resources Control Board. That agency will join lawmakers in trying to regulate medical cannabis cultivation next year. Meanwhile, cities and counties are still grappling with local regulation, a Los Angeles neighborhood rejected a medical cannabis Santa Claus, and the results from the states biggest outdoor cannabis contest are in.

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  • What's next depends on you, CA

    US Capitol BuildingContents:

    • Message from the CA Director: What's next depends on you, CA

    • State & Local News: National, California, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Yuba County, San Diego, Inland Empire

    • Public Meetings & Events: Los Angeles, Marysville, Washington DC

    • Court Support: Redding

    • Take Action Now: Support the Medical Marijuana Organ Transplant Act, Join the ASA-CCSA Discussion List, Expand the Green Zone

    • ASA Website Spotlight: National Medical Cannabis Unity Conference 2015

    • Chapter & Affiliate Meetings: San Francisco, East Bay, Lake County

    By the time you read this message, it may already be illegal for the US Department of Justice (DOJ) to investigate, raid, arrest, and prosecute medical cannabis patients and providers in California. Congress passed a historic budget bill on Saturday night that includes an amendment removing any funds for federal interference in states with medical cannabis laws. The President could sign it at any time. 

    ASA started working on this amendment soon after patients and caregivers established the organization in California in 2002. I want to say a special thank you to everyone who helped us get here!

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  • Two new medical cannabis bills in CA (and more on the way)

    CA Asm. Member Jones-SawyerContents:

    • Message from the CA Director: Two new medical cannabis bills in CA (and more on the way)

    • State & Local News: California, Fresno, Los Angeles, Santa Ana, Humboldt, San Diego, Santa Rosa, and El Dorado

    • Public Meetings & Events: Santa Rosa, Washington DC, and Online

    • Court Support: Los Angeles and Placerville

    • Take Action Now: Support the Medical Marijuana Organ Transplant Act, Join the ASA-CCSA Discussion List, Expand the Green Zone

    • ASA Website Spotlight: News

    • Chapter & Affiliate Meetings: Nevada County and Yuba County

    Pictured: CA Assembly Member Reggie Jones-Sawyer

    The debate about licensing and regulating medical cannabis in the state legislature is underway early. Lawmakers already introduced two new bills for the 2015-2016 session – and more are probably on the way. 

    Assembly Member Reggie Jones-Sawyer (D-LA) introduced AB 26, a bill that picks up where former Assembly Member Tom Ammiano (D-SF) left off when AB 1894 was defeated in the Assembly earlier this year. Like AB 1894, AB 26 seeks to reign in doctors who recommend medical cannabis, establish regulations and licensing for commercial activity, and authorize local taxation.  Assembly Member Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) introduced AB 34, but the initial draft is just a one-sentence placeholder. We will have to see what the Assembly Member comes up with in the weeks ahead.

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  • Sign the petition for organ transplant patients

    Patient and surgeonContents:

    • Message from the CA Director: Sign the petition for organ transplant patients
    • State & Local News: National, California, San Francisco, Riverside County, San Luis Obispo
    • Public Meetings & Events: Placerville, Santa Rosa, Washington DC, and more
    • Court Support: Redding, Santa Ana, Los Angeles
    • Take Action Now: Expand the Green Zone (SF), Join the ASA-CCSA Discussion List, Support the Medical Marijuana Organ Transplant Act
    • ASA Website Spotlight: Legal
    • Chapter & Affiliate Meetings: San Francisco, Yuba County, Sonoma County

    Voters in California legalized medical cannabis when they approved the Compassionate Use Act eighteen years ago. We have come a long way since then, but we still have important work to do here in California. Legal patients face pervasive discrimination in employment, housing, parental rights, and access to health care. ASA and other advocates are working hard to change this, and we need your help to do it.

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  • Join the conversation about medical cannabis

    US AG Eric HolderContents:

    • Message from the CA Director: Join the conversation about medical cannabis
    • State & Local News: National California, San Francisco, Fresno, Santa Ana, La Mesa, San Diego, Diamond Springs, Riverside County
    • Public Meetings & Events: Riverside, Santa Ana, Placerville, Washington DC, and Online
    • Court Support: No dates reported this week
    • Take Action Now: Expand the Green Zone (SF), Join the ASA-CCSA Discussion List, Support the Medical Marijuana Organ Transplant Act
    • ASA Website Spotlight: Resources for Policy Makers
    • Chapter & Affiliate Meetings: San Diego

    Thanks to everyone who joined me last week for the latest live Google Hangout, What Legalization Means for Medical Cannabis. I appreciate the comments and questions. The broadcast is still available if you missed it live.

    I know you have a lot to say about medical cannabis in California, too. While medical cannabis and legalizing cannabis gain momentum nation wide, California cities and counties are still cracking down. Read about increased pressure in La Mesa, Santa Ana, Diamond Spring, and San Diego in the News Section of this message. You will also see that Riverside and Fresno are using harsh fines to shut down cultivation. What does this mean for California? How is it impacting you? What can we do about it?

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  • What legalization means for medical cannabis

    People talkingContents:

    • Message from the CA Director: Thursday - What Legalization Means for Medical Cannabis 
    • State & Local News: National California, San Mateo County, Costa Mesa, Nevada County, Galt
    • Public Meetings & Events: San Francisco, Santa Ana, Washington DC, and Online
    • Court Support: Pamona, Redbluff, Redding, and more
    • Take Action Now: Expand the Green Zone (SF), Join the ASA-CCSA Discussion List, Support the Medical Marijuana Organ Transplant Act
    • ASA Website Spotlight: Resources for Providers
    • Chapter & Affiliate Meetings: San Francisco ASA, East Bay ASA, Lake County ASA, and OC NORML

    There is a lot of momentum behind legalizing cannabis for responsible adult use right now. Alaska, Oregon, and the District of Columbia joined Washington and Colorado in legalizing cannabis on Election Day. Voters in California will probably decide on the issue in November of 2016. What does that mean for medical cannabis patients, cultivators, and providers? How will it impact local regulations and state laws? Will patients keep all of the rights they have now? Will medical and non-medical cannabis consumers continue to face discrimination in employment, housing, parental rights, and access to health care?

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  • Let's talk about medical cannabis and the election

    CA State AssemblyContents:

    • Message from the CA Director: Let's talk about medical cannabis and the election
    • State & Local News: California, Santa Ana, Santa Cruz, La Mesa, Nevada County, De Luz, Berkeley
    • Public Meetings & Events: San Francisco, Santa Ana, Washington DC, and online
    • Court Support: Los Angeles, Visalia, and more
    • Take Action Now: Pardon Dr. Mollie Fry, Join the ASA-CCSA Discussion List, Support the Medical Marijuana Organ Transplant Act
    • ASA Website Spotlight: Resources for Patients
    • Chapter & Affiliate Meetings: Grass Valley, Yuba County

    Election Day in California is over, and medical cannabis advocates can expect a legislative playing field in 2015 that is largely unchanged from this year. Seventeen Assembly Members identified as medical cannabis supporters were up for election on Tuesday. Fifteen were reelected to their offices, and two were elected to serve in the Senate.  Fifteen Assembly Members identified as opponents were seeking reelection, but only thirteen succeeded. The supporter/opponent ratio in the Senate, where only twenty out of forty seats were on the ballot, remained unchanged.

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  • California has a lot on the line tomorrow

    Contents:

    • Message from the CA Director: California has a lot on the line tomorrow
    • State & Local News: California, Lake County, San Diego, Humboldt County, Nevada County, Del Rey Oaks, Oceanside, Santa Cruz, San Jose, Malibu
    • Public Meetings & Events: Berkeley, Online, Washington DC
    • Court Support: Redding, Norwalk, and more
    • Take Action Now: Pardon Dr. Mollie Fry, Support the Medical Marijuana Organ Transplant Act, and more
    • ASA Website Spotlight: Vote Medical Marijuana 2014
    • Chapter & Affiliate Meetings: San Francisco, Yuba County, Sonoma County, Sacramento

    Tomorrow is Election Day, and there is a lot on the line in California. We will elect 53 members to the US House of Representatives, 80 State Assembly Members, 20 State Senators, 8 Statewide Officers, and numerous city and county officials. Voters in 10 different cities and counties will also decide on 12 different medical cannabis ballot measures that will affect if and how legal patients get their medicine.  Locate your polling place and help make a difference by casting a ballot tomorrow between 7:00 AM and 8:00 PM. 

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  • No, it's not over yet

    The Farm in West HollywoodContents:

    • Message from the CA Director: No, it's not over yet
    • State & Local News: National, California, Oakland, West Hollywood, Laguna Woods, San Francisco, Mendocino County, San Bernardino County, Lake County, Hanford
    • Public Meetings & Events: Sacramento, Online, Washington DC
    • Court Support: Oroville, Redding, and more
    • Take Action Now: Pardon Dr. Mollie Fry, Support the Medical Marijuana Organ Transplant Act, and more
    • ASA Website Spotlight: Vote Medical Marijuana 2014
    • Chapter & Affiliate Meetings: San Diego

    I got a FaceBook message after ASA reported that Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents raided two medical cannabis patients’ collectives in the Los Angeles area on Thursday: “I thought this crap was over???!!” Not yet, I am afraid. Federal interference and intimidation is still a reality in California, and there is reason to believe we will not see a change soon. Outgoing Deputy US Attorney General James M. Cole told the Los Angeles Times earlier this month that raids and other federal pressure would continue until California gets its “regulatory act together.”

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  • Are you ready for November 4?

    Voter registration formContents:

    • Message from the CA Director: Are you ready for November 4?
    • State & Local News: California, Lake County, Mendocino County, Anaheim, San Diego, San Jose, 
    • Public Meetings & Events: Redlands, Fresno, online, and more
    • Court Support: Oroville, 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: San Francisco and Nevada County

    Today is the deadline to register to vote at your current address for the November 4 election. Are you registered? It matters.

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