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ASA California Roundup: March 31, 2014

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Message from the CA Director - Maral v. Live Oak – Local Politics Matter

California News

  • Crime Reduces at Steeper Rate in States Allowing Medical Marijuana, Study Says (National)
  • Medical marijuana eases some MS symptoms, neurologists report (National)
  • California Supreme Court upholds ruling on local medical marijuana cultivation bans (California)
  • Police Lobby Wants to Gut Medical Pot in California (California)
  • Leland Yee corruption case: State senator faces uphill fight against strong FBI evidence(California)
  • On marijuana legalization in California and Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s remarks (Califonia)
  • Petition drive seeks to overturn Watsonville medical marijuana ban (Watsonville)
  • Shasta County expecting busy marijuana grow season as number of illegal farms explodes (Redding)
  • City to ban pot growth; Council requests ordinance draft before next meeting; mayor says public welcome to comment on it (Colusa)
  • Measure A Gives Long Beach Voters Option To Tax Medpot (Long Beach)
  • Fresno County imposes marijuana growing fines (Fresno County)
  • Fresno man pleads guilty in marijuana growing operation near Newman (Stanislaus County)
  • The 102 Los Angeles medical marijuana dispensaries closed since Proposition D (map) (Los Angeles)

Events

  • April 5-7, 2014 - The 2nd Annual National Medical Cannabis Unity Conference (Washington, DC)
  • Wednesday, April 23, 2014 – Medical Cannabis Forum with District Attorney Candidates (Sonoma)

Take Action

  • Oppose AB 2500 – Don’t turn patients into criminals!
  • Join Americans for Safe Access (ASA)

ASA Website Spotlight

  • Limiting Law Enforcement Encounters

ASA Merchandise

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

ASA Chapter & Affiliate Meetings

  • Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - San Francisco ASA (San Francisco)
  • Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - Yuba County ASA (Valley)
  • Thursday, April 3, 2014 - Sonoma ASA (Santa Rosa)
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Maral v. Live Oak – Local Politics Matter

A local ban on all medical cannabis cultivation stands after the California Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal on Wednesday in Maral v. Live Oak, an appellate decision permitting cities and counties to prevent patients from growing their own medicine, despite the fact that it is allowed under state law. The decision means that a ban on all cultivation adopted by the City of Live Oak in 2011 will be precedent for other cities and counties to follow.

The Maral decision is a second blow to patients’ rights in California. Last year, the state supreme court held in Riverside v. Inland Empire Patients Health and Wellness Center that local governments could ban distribution of legal medicine. Maral and Riverside are a one-two punch for California patients and providers. By allowing local governments to prevent any cultivation or distribution of medical cannabis, the courts are, in effect, authorizing jurisdictions to opt out of crucial parts of Proposition 215.

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