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ASA California Roundup: March 17, 2014

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Message from the CA Director - Let's do it again!

California News

  • ‘Cannabis Madness’ Revives Debate Over Medical Marijuana and Epilepsy (National)
  • New rules for medical pot (California)
  • In a Radical Shift, California Police Chiefs Push for Regulation of Medical Marijuana (California)
  • Odor, Sight of Marijuana Enough to Justify Car Search (California)
  • Medical Marijuana Patients Lose Custody Of Baby, Deemed Unfit Parents (Northern California)
  • Is it too late for California to regulate medical marijuana? (Los Angeles)
  • DEA, LAPD raid marijuana dispensaries, Beverly Hills homes (Los Angeles)
  • Medical marijuana brings in $8.6M in taxes to LA (Los Angeles)
  • San Bernardino marijuana dispensaries raided by police, sheriff’s deputies (San Bernardino)
  • Council approves medical marijuana ordinances (San Diego)
  • More than 300 marijuana plants seized from Merced home (Merced)
  • Calaveras sues to shutter 2 pot shops (San Andreas)

Events

  • Monday, March 17, 2014 – San Pablo City Council (San Pablo)
  • Monday, March 17, 2014 – Court Support for Elias Tuvor (Stockton)
  • Wednesday, March 19, 2014 – Court Support for Daniel Gregg (Vista)
  • 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

  • Medical Cannabis Research

ASA Merchandise

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

ASA Chapter & Affiliate Meetings

  • Tuesday, March 18, 2014 - San Francisco ASA (San Francisco)
  • Wednesday, March 19, 2014 - East Bay ASA (Oakland)
  • Wednesday, March 19, 2014 - Lake County ASA (Clearlake Oaks)
  • Sunday, March 23, 2014 - Nevada County ASA (North San Juan)
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Why we fight for medical cannabis - and how Congress can help us win



One month ago I traveled to California for an event in San Francisco. The morning before the event, I awoke to the news that the Drug Enforcement Administration was raiding Blue Sky, a dispensary in Oakland. It was heartening to see an outpouring of support for medical marijuana patients, but the dispensary was closed down and medicine was seized. The next day I visited a dear friend who is suffering from late-stage cancer, who is too ill to medicate even with a vaporizer. Though in great pain, my friend did not want to use morphine and lose her ability to communicate with the friends and family whom she loves very much.



Thanks to California’s compassionate use law, I was quickly able to meet her caregiver at a dispensary in San Francisco where he safely purchased cannabis edibles recommended by her doctor. Within an hour of taking a medical cannabis lozenge, my friend who hadn’t eaten in three days, sat up and ate like a horse. This sight reminded me why we all fight so hard for safe access. What would I have done if this were my grandmother in Texas, which does not permit compassionate use? How could I have quickly found edibles if the DEA had closed every dispensary in the Bay Area?

When the federal government tries to stop access to medicine, they are trying to undo tens of thousands of hours work that advocates and local governments have put in to creating regulations for safe access to cannabis. The DEA wants to deny patients medicine that can dramatically improve their lives, or reduce their suffering. Without safe access to cannabis, patients and caregivers have to resort to the inconsistency of the illicit market.

That is why Congressmen Dana Rohrabacher, Maurice Hinchey and Sam Farr will introduce a bipartisan amendment to deny funding to DEA raids against dispensaries operating in accordance with state law. This amendment to an Appropriations bill would not legalize marijuana, but would preserve state’s rights to allow compassionate use, and support local government decision-making.

If you do one thing for safe access to medical marijuana this year, make it a phone call to your Representative in support of this important amendment by using our Online Action Center.

My friend is still alive. Marijuana will not reverse the course of her illness, but thanks to high-quality cannabis products, she is alert enough to talk to her friends and family for what may be the last time. Having those precious moments with a dear friend is why I work so hard for all patients. Please join me in asking your Representative to vote Yes on the Rohrabacher-Hinchey-Farr Amendment, to preserve safe access for our friends and loved ones.