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  • 2014 Legislation

    The California legislature has finished debate on medical cannabis-related bills this year and will adjourn by August 31. 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.

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    AB 604 (Ammiano):  No position - Inactive, No vote

    Summary: This bill will create a new Division in the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) to develop and enforce regulations for commercial medical cannabis activity. ASA strongly supports sensible regulations, although we have deep reservations about ABC oversight. Many provisions of this bill have been incorporated into AB 1894, discussed below. This bill may not move this year.

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    AB 1588 (Conway)Oppose - Defeated

    Summary: This Republican bill would have increased the distance between patients’ associations and schools from 600 to 1,000 feet statewide and increase fines for violations substantially. See the “Take Action” section for more. ASA oppose this bill. ASA Members helped defeat this bill in committee. Well done!

    Download a copy of ASA's letter of opposition here.

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    AB 1894 (Ammiano):  No Position - Defeated

    Summary: This bill combines elements of AB 604 and a dormant bill by Senate President Pro tem Darrell Steinberg (SB 439). AB 1894 will (1) create a new Division in the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) to develop and enforce regulations for commercial medical cannabis activity, (2) require registration for commercial medical cannabis activity, and (3) define unprofessional conduct by physicians who recommend medical cannabis, and (4) make enforcement against physicians who engage in unprofessional conduct a higher priority. ASA strongly supports sensible regulations, although we have deep reservations about ABC oversight.

    Download ASA's Fact Sheet: Don’t Regulate Medical Marijuana Like Alcohol

    Read ASA's memo regarding suggested changes to AB 1894.

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    AB 2500 (Frazier):  Oppose - Defeated

    Summary: As amended, this bill would have made it a crime to drive with two or more nanograms of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in your blood – even if you are a patient and not driving impaired. ASA opposed this bill.ASA Members helped defeat this bill in committee. Thank you!

    Download a copy of ASA's letter of opposition here.

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    SB 1029 (Hancock):  Support - Held in committee, Inactive, No vote

    Summary: This bill will make some people convicted of drug felonies, including medical cannabis offenses, eligible for certain public benefits. ASA supports this bill.

    Download a copy of ASA's letter of support here.

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    SB 1193 (Evans):  Oppose - Inactive, No vote 

    Summary: ASA changed its position from support to oppose after the Assembly Appropriations Committee removed language that would have required law enforcement to pay reasonable compensation if medical cannabis or plants that were lawfully possessed were damaged or destroyed by police officers or Sheriffs. 

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    SB 1262 (Correa/Ammiano):  Support, Suggested Amendments - Held in committee/Inactive, No vote

    Summary:  This bill is designed to better regulate doctors who recommend medical cannabis and commercial medical cannabis activity in California. The bill establishes a new bureau in the Department of Consumer Affairs to issue licenses, develop regulations, enforce the rules, and more.

    Download a copy of a memo by Sebastopol Mayor Robert Jacob and ASA recommending changes to SB 1262. (March 10, 2014)

    Download a copy of ASA's position letter (Oppose Unless Amended) for the Senate Business, Professions, and Economic Development Committee here. (April 14, 2014)

    Download a copy of ASA's letter of support, including suggested changes, for the Senate Health Committee here (April 21, 2014)

    Download a copy of additional information about medical cannabis in pharmacies and high- Cannabidol medicine prepared for the Senate Health Committee here. (April 21, 2014)

    Download a copy of ASA's letter of support for the Assembly Public Safety Committee here. (June 19, 2014)

    Download a copy of ASA's memo suggesting changes to SB 1262 for the Assembly Public Safety Committee here. (June 19, 2014)

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  • California fiscal committees stop a bad DUID bill, but advance medical cannabis taxation

    Lobby Day Community PhotoMedical cannabis patients and other stakeholders in California scored victories and suffered defeats in the state legislature today. The Appropriations Committees in the Assembly and Senate decided the fate of hundreds of bills today in their biannual “suspense hearings” – including important bills related to medical cannabis licensing, taxation, and patients’ rights.

    The committee votes come just four days after more than one hundred and fifty medical cannabis patients and caregivers gathered in Sacramento to talk face-to-face with lawmakers and staff about medical cannabis bills. Participants in the California Citizen Lobby Day took more than 200 meetings with lawmakers and staff – including members who cast votes in today’s suspense hearings. 

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  • Make a difference for medical cannabis in California

    Lobby Day Banner 2016Americans for Safe Access (ASA) is hosting our annual California Citizen Lobby Day on Monday, May 23rd, in Sacramento. This is your chance to talk face-to-face with lawmakers and staff about medical cannabis issues that affect you and your loved ones –

    • Discrimination in employment, housing, access to health care, and more
    • Bills that will turn legal patients into criminals for driving, even if they are not impaired
    • Excessive taxation on medical cannabis use and cultivation – including an additional 15% tax on medicine
    • Proposed changes to the state’s new commercial licensing program

    If medical cannabis is important to you, register today for the California Citizen Lobby Day on May 23rdASA will make appointments for you at your Assembly and Senate offices when you sign up.

    Why does it matter? I am going to be talking a lot more about that in a live Google Hangout entitled “Medicine for Real” at 8:00 PM PT on Monday, May 9. Log into Google+ a little before 8:00 PM on Monday to join the interactive broadcast, or watch live on YouTube.

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  • Lori Ajax, Chief of the Bureau of Medical Marijuana Regulation, will speak at the morning session

    It’s time to get registered for the biggest medical cannabis lobby day in California! ASA will host our 5th annual California Citizen Lobby Day in Sacramento on Monday, May 23. This is your chance to join 300 other patients and advocates to talk face-to-face with lawmakers and regulators about medical cannabis in California.

    Click here to register for the California Citizen Lobby Day on Monday, May 23, and ASA will make an appointment for you at your State Assembly and Senate offices.

    We are excited to announce some very special guest speakers from the new Bureau of Medical Marijuana Regulation this year. Chief Lori Ajax and Senior Policy Advisor An-Chi Tsou will be at our morning briefing to talk about the Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act (MMRSA) and what comes next for commercial medical cannabis regulation in the state.

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  • Medical cannabis news, events, and more from all over the state

    CA Weekly Roundup

    Contents (Scroll down for details and links):

    News

    • Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act of 215
    • Local

    Events

    • March 18-22, 2016 – Early Bird Registration: National Medical Cannabis Unity Conference (Washington, DC)

    Court Support

    • September 24, 2015 - Court Support for Frank and Marthalina Huerta (Porterville)
    • More

    Take Action Now

    • Sign the Petition to Ask Your Representative and Senators to Sign on to the CARERS Act! (National)

    ASA Website Spotlight

    • California Legislature Wrap Up 2015
    • National Medical Cannabis Unity Conference 2016

    Chapter & Affiliate Meetings

    • September 22, 2015 - San Diego ASA (San Diego)
    • September 24, 2015 - Sacramento ASA (Sacramento)
    • September 27, 2015 - Nevada County ASA (North San Juan)
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  • Medical cannabis news, events, and more from all over the state

    CA Weekly Roundup Banner

    Join us for a live Google Hangout to talk about who won, who lost, and what come’s next in Sacramento. The “California Legislative Roundup 2015” starts at 8:00 PM PT on Tuesday, September 15. Get the links to join this free online event in the Public Meetings & Events Section of the California Weekly Roundup.

    Contents (Scroll down for details and links):

    News

    • California
    • Local

    Events

    • September 15, 2015 – Live Google Hangout: California Legislative Roundup (Online)
    • March 18-22, 2016 – Early Bird Registration: National Medical Cannabis Unity Conference (Washington, DC)

    Court Support

    • September 24, 2015 - Court Support for Frank and Marthalina Huerta (Porterville)
    • More

    Take Action Now

    • Sign the Petition to Ask Your Representative and Senators to Sign on to the CARERS Act! (National)
    • Medical Marijuana: A Patient Survey (California)

    ASA Website Spotlight

    • Blog: Voices From the Frontlines
    • National Medical Cannabis Unity Conference 2016

    Chapter & Affiliate Meetings

    • September 15, 2015 - Nevada County ASA (Grass Valley)
    • September 16, 2015 - East Bay ASA (Berkeley)
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  • Medical cannabis news, events, and more from all over the state

    Contents (Scroll down for details and links):

    News

    • National
    • California
    • Local

    Events

    • March 18-22, 2016 – Early Bird Registration: National Medical Cannabis Unity Conference (Washington, DC)

    Court Support

    • September 2, 2015 – Court Support for Heather Blackwood (Riverside)
    • September 2, 2015 – Court Support for Jeffery and Andrea Sarbak (Pleasanton)
    • More

    Take Action Now

    • Oppose AB 243 in the California Senate (California)
    • Medical Marijuana: A Patient Survey (California)

    ASA Website Spotlight

    • National Medical Cannabis Unity Conference 2016
    • ASA-CCSA Email Discussion List

    Chapter & Affiliate Meetings

    • September 1, 2015 - San Francisco ASA (San Francisco)
    • September 2, 2015 – Brownie Mary Democratic Club of Riverside County (Riverside)
    • September 3, 2015 - Sonoma ASA (Santa Rosa)
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  • California Weekly Roundup: July 20, 2015

    Google Hangout July 28

    Mark your calendar now for the next live Google Hangout, The Truth About Medical Cannabis: Regulations in California, on Tuesday, July 28, at 8:00 PM. Get all the federal, state, and local medical cannabis news for California... plus events, court support, action alerts, chapter meetings, and more in this week’s California Weekly Roundup!

    Contents (Scroll down for details and links):

    News

    • National
    • California
    • Local

    Events

    • July 28, 2015 - Sacramento County Board of Supervisors Meeting (Sacramento)
    • July 28, 2015 – The Truth About Medical Cannabis: Regulations in California (Online)

    Court Support

    • July 21, 2015 – Court Support for Stephen Boski/The Healing Connection (Modesto)
    • More

    Take Action Now

    • Sign the Petition to Ask Your Representative and Senators to Sign on to the CARERS Act!  (National)
    • Growing Medical Cannabis is Not a Waste (Sacramento County)

    ASA Website Spotlight

    • Find an Attorney: ASA Legal Team

    Chapter & Affiliate Meetings

    • July 21, 2015 - Nevada County ASA (Grass Valley)
    • July 21, 2015 - San Francisco ASA (San Francisco)
    • July 23, 2015 - Sacramento ASA (Sacramento)
    • July 26, 2015 - Nevada County ASA (North San Juan)
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  • The California legislature has a full plate this year when it comes to medical cannabis

    California Capitol BuildingThe California State Legislature will adjourn for their summer recess tomorrow, following a flurry of activity surrounding medical cannabis. Legislative policy committees have approved at least eight bills that touch on almost every aspect of the issue. These bills are both good and bad for patients, providers, and others. However, they all share one common trait: they are moving easily through the process. After failing to adopt a significant medical cannabis bill since the Medical Marijuana Program Act in 2003 (SB 420), lawmakers are determined to pass bills this year. Most of bills have passed easily through committee votes so far – some with no opposition at all.

    Lawmakers will have three weeks to get bills through the Appropriations Committees and to a final floor vote when they get back to Sacramento on August 17. Not every bill will make it. The Appropriations Committees are tasked with determining which policy decisions the state can afford. Many bills never make it out of these powerful committees. Bills that make it through Appropriations are likely to be adopted in a final floor vote before September 11. Governor Jerry Brown will then have until October 11 to sign or veto each bill. Things will move quickly between now and the end of the session. Patient advocates must stay alert and active to make a difference in the home stretch. 

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  • Medical cannabis news and events from around the state

    CA SenateThe California legislative calendar is filling up, as lawmakers get ready for the summer recess on July 17. Four medical cannabis bills had committee hearings last week, and there are four more scheduled for this week. Lawmakers seem determined to pass medical cannabis bills this year. Both good and bad bills are being approved by healthy margins. Look for votes on commercial licensing and regulation, cultivation, and manufacturing butane hash oil this week. Get more information about this week’s hearings below, and read about all of the medical cannabis bills at http://www.safeaccessnow.org/2015_legislation

     

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