Pages tagged "Lou Correa"

  • ASA California Roundup: March 10, 2014

    Contents:

    Message from the CA Director - Flex your grassroots muscle... today!

    California News

    • Marijuana news: California governor, worried about 'potheads,' is skeptical of legalized pot (California)
    • Medical marijuana bill limits who can prescribe pot (California)
    • Jailed For Medical Marijuana: California Man Gets 2 Years In Federal Prison For Managing Legal State Dispensary (California)
    • California Man Begins 2-Year Prison Term For Working At Legal Marijuana Dispensary (California)
    • Editorial: Long-overdue reforms for medical pot (California)
    • City of Chula Vista fighting to close illegal medical marijuana dispensaries (Chula Vista)
    • Medical marijuana patients accused of illegally growing at home turn down plea deal (Vista)
    • Outdoor marijuana grow ordinance up for debate; Planning Commission seeks public input before making changes (Humboldt County)
    • Cash shipment led to Mendocino pot dispensary raid (Mendocino County)
    • Two arrested, suspected in making 'honey oil,' causing Palm Springs home explosion (Palm Springs)

    Events

    • Monday, March 10, 2014 – Livermore City Council Meeting (Livermore)
    • Monday, March 10, 2014 – Court Support for Heath Phillips (Sacramento)
    • Tuesday, March 11, 2014 – CA Assembly Public Safety Committee Hearing (Sacramento)
    • Thursday, March 13, 2014 – Weed City Council Meeting (Weed)
    • Thursday, March 13, 2014 – Court Support for Shelby Lucero (Sacramento)
    • Monday, March 17, 2014 – Court Support for Elias Tuvor (Stockton)
    • April 5-7, 2014 - The 2nd Annual National Medical Cannabis Unity Conference (Washington, DC)

    Take Action

    • Tell CA Lawmakers to Reject AB 1588
    • Join Americans for Safe Access (ASA)

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    ASA Chapter & Affiliate Meetings

    • Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - Nevada County ASA (North San Juan)
    • Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - Ventura ASA (Ventura)
    • Tuesday, March 11, 2014 – San Diego ASA (San Diego)
    • Thursday, March 13, 2014 – San Diego ASA (Imperial Beach)
    • Thursday, March 13, 2014 – Yuba County ASA (Foothills)
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  • ASA California Roundup: March 3, 2014

    Contents:

    Message from the CA Director - 34 Days Until the Conference!

    California News

    • State Senator Lou Correa Authors First Marijuana Bill Backed by Cops (California)
    • Editorial: California needs to solve medical marijuana mess first (California)
    • Robert Duncan Begins Prison Sentence For Working In Legal Medical Pot Shop (California)
    • Between the lines: Bee writers tackle pot culture, counter culture (California)
    • In the club (California)
    • City Council passes medical marijuana regulations (San Diego)
    • Medical marijuana dispensary takes on IRS over what it calls ‘punitive’ taxes (Sacramento)
    • Medical marijuana usage causes problems for tenants (San Francisco)
    • Berkeley medical marijuana dispensary certified by nonprofit advocacy group (Berkeley)
    • Weed proposes ban of outdoor marijuana cultivation (Weed)
    • California man sentenced In marijuana distribution conspiracy (Sioux Falls, SD)

    Events

    • Monday, March 3, 2014 – Trial of Deborah and Dennis Little (Vista)
    • Monday, March 3, 2014 – Appeals Hearing for Aaron Sandusky (Pasadena)
    • Tuesday, March 4, 2014 – Preliminary Hearing for Laura Sharp (Chula Vista)
    • Thursday, March 13, 2014 – Weed City Council Meeting (Weed)
    • April 5-7, 2014 - The 2nd Annual National Medical Cannabis Unity Conference (Washington, DC)

    Take Action

    • Help send a patient to Washington, DC, for the conference!
    • Join Americans for Safe Access (ASA)

    ASA Website Spotlight

    • Return of Property
    • Free Online Services

    ASA Merchandise

    • ASA Cloud Vaporizer Pen
    • ASA Condition-Specific Booklets for Kindle

    ASA Chapter & Affiliate Meetings

    • Tuesday, March 4, 2014 – San Francisco ASA (San Francisco)
    • Wednesday, March 5, 2014 – Yuba County ASA (Valley)
    • Thursday, March 6, 2014 – Sonoma ASA (Santa Rosa)
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  • New medical cannabis bills in California

    Friday, February 21, was the deadline to introduce new bills for the 2014 legislative session in California. There are three bills that will be a priority for medical cannabis cultivators, patients, industry workers, and other stakeholders this year. Americans for Safe Access (ASA), the nation’s leading medical cannabis patients’ advocacy organization, has been talking with lawmakers, staff, and influential organizations in Sacramento about new legislation since last year. Now that the playing field is clear, we are ready to put our grassroots power to work.

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  • California Gov. Brown Vetoes SB 847!

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    I am happy to report that California Governor Jerry Brown has vetoed SB 847, a bill by Senator Lou Correa (D-Santa Ana) that would have required medical cannabis cooperatives and collectives be located at least 600 feet from residential zones! The Governor’s veto comes after a groundswell of opposition from members of Americans for Safe Access (ASA) and other medical cannabis advocates. I want to say a special thank you to everyone who visited legislative offices, made phone calls, wrote letters, and sent emails. Well done!



    The veto of SB 847 shows that grassroots participation makes a difference. We have some big challenges to overcome at the state and local levels, and ASA is already working on next year’s California Campaign.  We have just finished a statewide tour to talk with organizers, and are launching a new effort to coordinate grassroots support for ASA’s draft state legislation. Our goals are to defend patients’ civil rights, authorize cooperatives and collectives, and finally protect medical cannabis cultivators.

    I need your help right now, so that we can start preparing for the next steps. Can you make a special contribution to ASA to build on today’s momentum?

    In addition to the statewide tour, ASA also launched a new Activist Training Center this summer with the goal of building skills in our grassroots base. And we have kicked off our innovative Think Tank and Policy Shop to offer unprecedented professional support to local organizers. If we can mobilize a well-trained and motivated base, the veto of SB 847 will be the first of many victories in California.

    Please take a moment right now to make a one-time or recurring donation to ASA, so we can keep the momentum going in our direction!

    Thanks again for your work to stop SB 847!
  • Oppose SB 847 - Don't choke off safe access in CA!

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    UPDATE: The CA Senate approved SB 847 on June 1. Now we must work to stop the bill in the Assembly!

    The California Senate will vote soon on a bill that will make it much more difficult to establish a legal medical cannabis patients’ cooperative or collective. Senator Lou Correa’s (D-Santa Ana) SB 847 will require that all cooperatives and collectives be located at least 600 feet from residential zones or use – effectively excluding vast portions of most California cities. This would be on top of the existing requirement that facilities be located 600 feet from schools.

    Americans for Safe Access (ASA) is calling on medical cannabis patients and supporters to oppose SB 847 today. ASA's Online Action Center makes it easy to find your Senator and send a message right now.



    SB 847 is burdensome. It is already hard enough for patients to organize and operate legal cooperatives and collectives. This new rule may make it almost impossible in some cities. Most medical cannabis patients rely on cooperatives and collectives for access to medicine, so onerous restrictions like this serve to choke off safe access. That is not what voters intended when they approved Proposition 215 calling on lawmakers “to implement a plan to provide for the safe and affordable distribution of marijuana to all patients in medical need of marijuana.”

    SB 847 is unnecessary. Research conducted by ASA and more than fifteen years of experience with medical cannabis in California have taught us that sensible local regulations reduce crime and complaints. We do not need to usurp local control on medical cannabis. Instead, legislators should be cooperating with local government and other stake holders to adopt state laws that facilitate safe, reliable, and legal access to medicine.

    Email your California Senator today and ask him or her to vote no on SB 847.

    Thank you for helping!