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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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  • Senate Committee Approves Protections For State Medical Marijuana Programs

    By Matt Ferner Huffington Post

    The Senate Appropriations Committee approved a provision Thursday that would protect medical marijuana operations from federal crackdown in states where the substance is legal.

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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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    By Dennis Romero LA Weekly

    California, God bless her, is often a global tastemaker. And in the field of medical marijuana, the Golden State was the first state in America to legalize it.

    But that's about all we did.

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  • Historic California medical cannabis regulations advance

    By David Downs San Francisco Gate 

    California lawmakers have reached a historic compromise on regulating the world’s largest medical pot economy — paving the way for recreational legalization in 2016.

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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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  • Veterans Equal Access Amendment Would Allow Veterans Administration Physicians To Recommend Medical Cannabis

    US Senator CochranIn a landslide vote, the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations voted to the add the Veterans Equal Access Amendment (VEAA) to the FY2016 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs (MilConVA) Appropriations bill, which sets the budget for the Veterans Administration (VA). The VEAA would end the current  gag order preventing VA physicians from recommending or even discussing medical cannabis to veterans in states where medical cannabis programs exist. The bi-partisan amendment was introduced by Senators Steve Daines (R-MT) and Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and succeeded by a vote margin of 18-12.

    The victorious vote in the Senate Appropriations Committee is nothing short of historic for medical marijuana patients. Although states have been implementing their own medical marijuana programs since 1996, the Senate has never officially weighed in on the subject. Now the Senate Appropriation Committee has done so by affirming that the gag order on V.A. physicians should be lifted. 

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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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