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  • Medical Cannabis in California - Live Google Hangout

    Let’s hang out and talk about medical cannabis in California tomorrow night. Join ASA Executive Director Steph Sherer and me for a live Google Hangout online at 7:00 PM. We will be talking about:

    • The outcome of a key vote on a medical cannabis licensing bill in the Assembly Public Safety Committee on Thursday afternoon – including a discussion of the latest amendments
    • A bill that allows patients and caregivers to receive reasonable compensation if their legal medical cannabis or plants are damaged or destroyed by the police
    • A proposed bill that will save patients’ lives by preventing discrimination against medical cannabis users in organ transplants
    • Local bans, referendums, and initiatives
    • The biggest and most important citizen lobby day yet on Monday, August 4, in Sacramento


    The decisions lawmakers make this summer could affect you and your loved ones for years to come. You need to be a part of the conversation, so don’t miss this chance.

    What:  Medical Cannabis in California - A Live Google Hangout with Steph Sherer & Don Duncan

    When:  7:00 PM (PDT) * Thursday, June 26, 2014

    Copy this URL into your web browser to join the conversation:
    https://plus.google.com/u/0/events/cjln9v0ds1rf99csiuvi52eplrc

    A Google Hangout is a live interactive event online, which you can join on your computer or mobile device. The event is free.

    Don’t forget to register and make travel arrangements for the California Citizen Lobby Day in Sacramento on Monday, August 4, 2014. I will make an appointment for you to meet with your Assembly Member and Senator when you register.

    See you tomorrow night!

  • SB 289 means trouble for legal patients

    California Senator Lou Correa (D-Santa Ana) has proposed a bill that would turn most of the state’s legal medical cannabis patients into criminals. SB 289 will make it a crime to drive with any amount of a controlled substance in your blood, unless the drug was prescribed by a doctor. The bill makes no exception for medical cannabis patients, whose medicine is recommend by a doctor, as opposed to prescribed. That means trouble for responsible, law abiding medical cannabis patients statewide.

    Regular medical cannabis users may have detectable levels of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), one of the active compounds in cannabis, for up to two days after using medicine (See G. Skopp and L. Potsch, "Cannabinoid concentrations in spot serum samples 24-48 hours after discontinuation of cannabis smoking," Journal of Analytical Toxicology 32: 160-4, 2008). However, measurable impairment from medical cannabis use may only last a few hours. This means that a legal medical cannabis user will be in violation of SB 289, because he or she has a detectable amount of THC long after there is any potential for impairment.

    ASA is asking medical cannabis supporters to speak up against SB 289 to protect legal patients from unnecessary arrest. The bill will be heard in the Senate Public Safety Committee on Tuesday, April 30, so your California Senator needs to hear from you now.

     



    Testing for cannabis and medical cannabis impairment is a controversial topic nationwide. Voters in the state of Washington approved an absurdly-low threshold for cannabis-impairment when they approved I502 last year, and rule makers in Colorado seemed poised to do the same. Why the zero-tolerance approach to cannabis and medical cannabis, even where it is legal? Certainly no one wants to see impaired drivers on the road, but the root of the issue is stigma. Zero tolerance measures like SB 289 ignore science and rely instead on the perception of cannabis and medical cannabis users as irresponsible and dangerous on the road. Stigma makes laws that enshrine discrimination plausible, and that in turn, gives medical cannabis opponents the chance to push back on safe access.

    California law already makes driving while impaired by any drug – legal or otherwise – a crime. We do not need another bill to turn up the heat a little more – especially when some of those drivers are obeying the law. Lawmakers should reject SB 289 and rely on science and common sense when making policy.
  • ASA California Tour: August 19 - September 1



    This month, ASA Executive Director Steph Sherer and I will be visiting eleven cities in California to train, empower, and activate the grassroots base of support for medical cannabis! Mark your calendar today for the closest stop on the ASA California Tour 2011.

    We will be conducting a Know-Your-Rights and Raid Preparedness Training in each city, followed by very special city-wide Stakeholders Meeting. ASA invites patients, caregivers, doctors, researchers, community members, and others to attend these free events all over the state.


    The need to mobilize the base in California has never been greater. Cities and counties are adopting regulations, moratoria, and bans on patients’ associations and cultivation. Patients and providers routinely encounter resistance from law enforcement. Media bias and public ambivalence threaten to roll back gains made over the last few years. State lawmakers are grappling with legislation that will have a huge impact on patients’ welfare, and federal pressure on medical cannabis is mounting!

    ASA knows that the key to adopting and implementing good policy at the local, state, and federal level is having a trained and activated grassroots base in the community. There is no other way to make it happen. The ASA California Tour 2011 is a chance to reconnect with the grassroots campaign for safe access – or to get started fighting for patients’ rights for the first time. Don’t miss this great opportunity.

    Mark your calendar today for the ASA California Tour 2011, and download flyers to invite your friends and loved ones to come with you! I look forward to seeing you in cities all over California this month.