Pages tagged "Medical Cannabis"

LA City Council moves to write a third medical cannabis initiative

| January 17, 2013 |

Voters in Los Angeles will have three medical cannabis measures from which to choose when they go to the polls in May. The City Council approved a motion (11-1) by Council Member Paul Koretz on Wednesday instructing the City Attorney...

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California Supreme Court picks February 5th for oral arguments to decide whether municipalities can ban local distribution of medical marijuana

| January 11, 2013 |

The California Supreme Court scheduled oral arguments this week in a case that has received widespread attention inside and outside of the medical marijuana community. The appellate court ruling in City of Riverside v. Inland Empire Patients Health and Wellness...

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ASA's Year in Review 2012

| December 31, 2012 |

This is the time of year when I take some time to reflect over the past twelve months and prepare myself for the opportunities that lay ahead in the New Year.2012 was bittersweet. On one hand, we moved the fight...

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ASA Comments on CA Sales Tax Exemption Proposal

| December 13, 2012 |

Recently, the California State Board of Equalization asked for comments on a conceptual proposal to exempt terminally ill patients from paying sales tax on cannabis provided by dispensaries. In California, as in many other states, medications prescribed by doctors are...

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LA advocates submit 70,000 initiative signatures

| December 11, 2012 |

A coalition of medical cannabis patients, providers, and organized labor submitted 70,000 signatures on Friday to qualify a voter initiative for the May ballot in Los Angeles. The Committee to Protect Patients and Neighborhoods (CPPN), which includes Americans for Safe...

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Massachusetts becomes the 18th medical marijuana state; now comes the difficult work of implementation

| November 28, 2012 |

Earlier this month, an overwhelming sixty-three percent of Massachusetts voters approved Ballot Question 3 and, in so doing, became the country’s 18th state to pass a medical marijuana law. Massachusetts is now the latest in a growing number of states...

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Feds Continue to Undermine Mendocino's Local Law by Violating Patient Privacy

| November 26, 2012 |

It wasn’t enough for the Justice Department to conduct aggressive raids on state-compliant cultivators in Mendocino County in 2010 and 2011, then earlier this year threaten local officials with litigation if the highly successful cultivation program continued. Now, according to...

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Congressional Medical Cannabis Champions Win Big in Reelection & Senate Bids

| November 09, 2012 |

One of the least reported stories coming out of this year's Election Day results was the strong showing that medical cannabis champions had in their reelection bids this year. Even better for medical cannabis patients, 2013 will mark the first...

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Medical Marijuana Advocates Take Fight to DC

| November 08, 2012 |

As the Executive Director of Americans for Safe Access, it’s my privilege to meet and facilitate the work of medical cannabis advocates throughout the nation. In the week before yesterday’s election, I drove all over Arkansas, visiting counties to drop...

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California Medical Association Calls on Governor Brown to Urge for Marijuana's Reclassification

| October 31, 2012 |

More than two weeks ago, with less fanfare than it deserved, the California Medical Association (CMA) voted to urge Governor Brown to petition the federal government to reclassify marijuana for medical use. Notably, the vote occurred two days ahead of...

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