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Hangout with me on Thursday

Contents:

  • Message from the CA Director: Hangout with me on Thursday
  • State & Local News: National, state, and local news from communities all over California
  • Public Meetings & Events: Sacramento, Corcoran, Porterville, Richmond, San Francisco, Riverside, Ventura, Washington, DC, and online
  • Court Support: Oroville, Redding, and more
  • Take Action Now: Join ASA’s New California Discussion List and more
  • ASA Website Spotlight: Campaigns & Projects
  • Chapter & Affiliate Meetings: San Francisco and Lake County

I want to invite you to join me for a live Google Hangout on Thursday, September 18, at 7:00 PM. Don’t worry. You do not have to go anywhere. A Google Hangout is an interactive online event that you can join from you computer or mobile device.

What happened in the state legislature this year? What is likely to happen next year? What does the proposed voter initiative to legalize adult use of cannabis in 2016 mean for patients in California? Let’s talk. There is an interactive Q&A option. Feel free to email questions in advance, too. I’ll be hosting these interactive events monthly for the rest of the year.

Just log onto https://plus.google.com/events/ccj9mhhh29s3rs27m2fjmr905bg a little before 7:00 PM on Thursday to participate in the Q&A part of the broadcast. You can also watch on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mWZhu8oHIB4

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ASA California Roundup: May 26, 2014

CA Sen. Lou CorreaContents:

Message from the CA Director - Support SB 1262 in California

California News

  • Pot growers face charges -- in state where pot is legal (National)
  • U.S. Says Legal Marijuana Growers Can't Use Federal Irrigation Water (National)
  • Experts Debate Use of Cannabis to Control Seizures (National)
  • Calif. law would require cops to return seized pot if charges are dropped (California)
  • John Vasconcellos, longtime Silicon Valley lawmaker, dies at 82  (California)
  • Medical Marijuana Opponents File for an Initiative (Santa Monica)
  • Medical marijuana measure qualifies for June 2015 ballot (Riverside)
  • Editorial: Riverside again ground zero in medical pot fight (Riverside)
  • A Balanced Plan for Medical Cannabis Regulation in San Jose (San Jose)
  • San Jose City Council to Vote on Medical Marijuana Rules (San Jose)
  • Cannaroma: The Werc Shop Unveils Terpene-Enhanced Product Line (Pasadena)
  • County’s marijuana eradication/suppression program (San Bernardino County)
  • LA Pot Politics Spreads Statewide (Los Angeles)
  • Santa Cruz County mulls marijuana dispensary tax (Santa Cruz)
  • Teen arraigned in deadly pot dispensary robbery (San Diego)
  • Yabba dabba do(n't): An uncertain future and a legal gray area shade the growing trend of cannabis concentrates (San Luis Obispo)

Events

  • Wednesday, May 28, 2014 – Sacramento County Board of Supervisors Meeting (Sacramento)
  • Saturday, May 31, 2014 – ASA Spring Membership Drive Ends (Nationwide)
  • Monday, August 4, 2014 – CA Citizen Lobby Day (Sacramento)

Court Support

  • Friday, May 30, 2014 – Court Support for Tavi Gonzales (Rancho Cucamonga)

Take Action

  • Support SB 1262 in California
  • Join Americans for Safe Access (ASA)

ASA Website Spotlight

  • Joining a Movement

ASA Chapter & Affiliate Meetings

  • Tuesday, May 27, 2014 - San Diego ASA (North County)
  • Thursday, May 29, 2014 - Sacramento ASA (Sacramento)
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ASA California Roundup: April 21, 2014

Contents:

Message from the CA Director - Is an ASA Chapter, Action Group, or Affiliate Right for Your Community?

California News

  • Support building to fix state medical pot system (California)
  • Local Government Groups Join in Effort to Establish Clear Regulations for Medical Marijuana (California)
  • Pot Smoke And Mirrors: Vaporizer Pens Hide Marijuana Use (California)
  • 420 College -Continuing Complications: Medical Marijuana vs. IRS (California)
  • Long Beach officials loosen restrictions on medical marijuana collectives in draft law (Long Beach)
  • Medical marijuana case dismissed against two men (Long Beach)
  • Pastors reach out on 4/20 (Los Angeles)
  • Medical Marijuana Distributor Sentenced To 22-Year Prison Term Wins 8-Year Reduction (Santa Ana)
  • Marijuana growers being driven from the Valley floor may be heading to Sierra foothills (Tulare County)
  • Martinez makes move to ban outdoor marijuana growing (Martinez)

Events

  • Monday, April 21, 2014 – CA Senate Business, Professions, and Economic Development Committee Hearing on SB 1262 (Sacramento)
  • Tuesday, April 22, 2014 – Sacramento County Board of Supervisors (Sacramento)
  • Tuesday, April 22, 2014 – CA Assembly Public Safety Committee Hearing on AB 1894 (Sacramento)
  • Wednesday, April 23, 2014 – Medical Cannabis Forum with District Attorney Candidates (Sonoma)
  • Sunday, April 27, 2014 – Google Hangout for New & Potential ASA Chapters (Online)
  • Monday, April 28, 2014 – CA Senate Appropriations Committee Hearing on SB 1029 (Sacramento)
  • Tuesday, April 29, 2014 – CA Public Safety Committee Hearing on AB 2500 (Sacramento)
  • Monday, May 12, 2014 – Bloodganja: Medical Cannabis Movie & Panel (Santa Barbara)

Court Support

  • Wednesday, April 23, 2014 – Court Support for Shelby Lucero (Sacramento)

Take Action

  • Don’t Ban Indoor Cultivation in Sacramento County!
  • Oppose AB 2500 in California!
  • Join Americans for Safe Access (ASA)

ASA Website Spotlight

  • Work With ASA

ASA CA Chapter Spotlight

  • Sacramento ASA

ASA Chapter & Affiliate Meetings

  • Thursday, April 24, 2014 – Sacramento ASA (Sacramento)
  • Sunday, April 27, 2014 – Google Hangout for New Chapters (Online)
  • Sunday, April 27, 2014 - Nevada County ASA (North San Juan)
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ASA California Roundup: March 24, 2014

Contents:

Message from the CA Director - Local victories in CA

California News

  • Medical marijuana dispensaries are denied federal tax breaks (National)
  • Boom and bust in California’s medical marijuana industry (California)
  • Medical marijuana should be regulated by state (California)
  • Medical Marijuana Appeal Rejected, Aaron Sandusky Faces Nine More Years (California)
  • Anti-Pot Rhetoric Out of Step With California Voters (California)
  • San Pablo puts brakes on tough new anti-marijuana ordinance (San Pablo)
  • Fresno City Council bans all marijuana growing (Fresno)
  • Fontana’s Last Medical Marijuana Dispensary Fights Looming Shutdown (Fontana)
  • West Covina joins neighbors in medical marijuana dispensary ban (West Covina)
  • Judge Blows Smoke On LA Pot Shops' Equal Protection Suit (Los Angeles)

Events

  • Monday March 24, 2014 – Court Support for Steve Wick (Inyo County)
  • 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 Advocates Training Center

ASA Merchandise

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

ASA Chapter & Affiliate Meetings

  • Tuesday, March 25, 2014 - San Diego ASA (North County)
  • Thursday, March 27, 2014 - Sacramento ASA (Sacramento)
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ASA California Roundup: February 10, 2014

Contents:

Message from the CA Director - Fremont and Santa Monica

California News

  • Medical marijuana providers raided (Mohave)
  • California Police Now Want To Regulate Medical Pot — Right Out of Existence (California)
  • Fresno County supervisors close loophole on marijuana ban (Fresno County)
  • Obama resists using his power to ease marijuana laws (National)
  • Cigarettes are out; marijuana's in (California)
  • UCSF to study marijuana-based drug for children (San Francisco)
  • Dr. David Allen Becomes Medical Board Target (Sacramento)
  • Medical marijuana dispensary in San Bernardino Mountains robbed (San Bernardino)
  • Cannabis and Yoga as Complementary Medicines (Atwater Crossing)
  • Corona man behind bars in illegal Long Beach marijuana dispensary case (Long Beach)

Events

  • Tuesday, February 11, 2014 – Fremont City Council Hearing (Fremont)
  • Wednesday, February 12 – Santa Monica Planning Commission Hearing (Santa Monica)
  • Saturday, February 15, 2014 – San Diego 215 Party (San Diego)
  • Saturday, February 15, 2014 – Sonoma ASA 215 Party (Santa Rosa)
  • Sunday, February 23, 2014 – State of the Medical Cannabis Union 2014: A Panel of Cannabis Experts (Berkeley)
  • April 5-7, 2014 - The 2nd Annual National Medical Cannabis Unity Conference (Washington, DC)

Take Action

  • Support the Medical Marijuana Organ Transplant Act
  • Join Americans for Safe Access (ASA)

ASA Website Spotlight

  • Resources for Patients
  • Free Online Services

ASA Merchandise

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

ASA Chapter & Affiliate Meetings

  • Tuesday, February 11, 2014 – Nevada County ASA (Grass valley)
  • Tuesday, February 11, 2014 – San Diego ASA (San Diego)
  • Thursday, February 13, 2014 – San Diego ASA (Imperial Beach)
  • Thursday, February 13, 2014 – Yuba County ASA (Foothills)
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California Supreme Court Deems Legality of Storefront Medical Marijuana Dispensaries “Final”

"The matter is now final," according to the California Supreme Court.  On Wednesday, the California Supreme Court denied requests from the League of California Cities, the San Diego District Attorney's Office, the Sacramento District Attorney's Office, the Sonoma District Attorney's Office, the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office and the Los Angeles City Attorney to depublish or review the published decision in People v. Jackson.

After years of struggling over the issue, the Court of Appeal held that storefront dispensaries are legal under California law, so long as they operate on a not for profit basis and adhere to certain corporate forms.  This decision establishes that storefront dispensaries are unquestionably legal under California law and that localities cannot continue to rely on their now-discredited view that all sales of medical marijuana are illegal in order to support their ongoing attacks on medical marijuana dispensaries.

Another important impact of the appellate court ruling is providing medical marijuana providers with a clear defense to state criminal charges. Specifically, the ruling held that in mounting a defense at trial:
Jackson was only required to produce evidence which would create a reasonable doubt as to whether the defense provided by the [Medical Marijuana Program Act] had been established.

The court further held that:
[T]he collective or cooperative association required by the act need not include active participation by all members in the cultivation process but may be limited to financial support by way of marijuana purchases from the organization. Thus, contrary to the trial court's ruling, the large membership of Jackson's collective, very few of whom participated in the actual cultivation process, did not, as a matter of law, prevent Jackson from presenting an MMPA defense.

Closing Dispensaries Harms Patients: Rally for Safe Access in Sacramento!

Since last fall, many of California's dispensaries have been forced to close their doors due to the Justice Department's crackdown on medical cannabis. This unfortunate situation worsened last week as we witnessed two dispensaries in California face DEA raids: G3 Holistic in Upland and El Camino Wellness in Sacramento.

Statewide, patients are concerned over the loss of their dispensaries and are asking loud and clear, "Where will we get our medicine?"

Imagine a patient who, in their lifetime, has never been exposed to the culture or experiences of cannabis. They’ve never called a friend for an 1/8th or contemplated what clones to plant for a new season. One doctor’s visit can change a life - and now this person is faced with a laundry list of decisions, one of them likely relating to medical cannabis.

Patient #2 lives in an apartment and for their own laundry list of reasons is not able to cultivate. Either they are not home enough to nurture and protect that endeavor. Or maybe they have a black thumb or the inability to balance pets, children and cultivation.

Patient #3 has spent two weeks in the hospital, 1 of them in intensive care. Released to go home with severe restrictions, a family member has filled the patient’s prescriptions, gathered groceries and transports the patient back home for recovery. Or maybe even end-of-life care. The caregiver doesn't have the expertise, and the patient doesn't have the time, to wait months to harvest medicine for palliative care.

Dispensaries provide a logical answer for getting medical cannabis into the hands of those with a valid recommendation.

Dispensaries give patients the respect of being able to obtain their medicine in a safe, accountable and professional environment rather than endure risky encounters with strangers. Patients are sick and tired and they want to avoid all of the obstacles between them and their medicine. Patients also want to be treated with respect, not like criminals. Many patients have unique needs, and want a variety of choices of cannabis strains and means of delivery.

Join other patients and concerned citizens coming out in protest over the DEA actions against our state's medical cannabis program.

Hundreds of dispensaries across the state have closed down while many more face threat of closure. Closing dispensaries hurts patients. The time to stand up for patients' rights is now!

What: Rally to protest the June 11th DEA raid on El Camino Wellness Center and widespread federal intimidation
When: Wednesday, June 20th at 1:30pm
Where: Federal Courthouse, 501 I Street, Sacramento


Wear sunscreen and a hat, bring water and make signs of protest. Use talking points like:


DEA Closes Legal Dispensaries
Closing Collectives Hurts Patients
Respect CA State Laws


Courtney Sheats is ASA’s Sacramento Community Liason.

California's Unity Vigil: supporting medical cannabis POWs

The recent California Unity Conference provided an opportunity for California’s medical cannabis patients, caregivers, allies and associates to come together to initiate a successful, informative and vital discussion with our community and our lawmakers. But while we focused on the future of our movement, we also took time to mourn those we have lost.

Sunday night before the Lobby Day, Unity Conference participants gathered at the Sacramento Federal Courthouse, coming together in vigil for medical marijuana prisoners of war, the aggressive forced closures of our state's dispensaries, and brave patients who have passed away before seeing an end to this struggle. Sacramento patients had been mobilizing weekly at the Federal Courthouse since the first week of this year, supporting each other and the victims of the drug war. But this gathering was especially bittersweet, and not just because we were joined by our brothers and sisters from across the state.

We Sacramento area advocates recently learned the crushing news of the passing of our dear friend and activist Joy Cole. Among numerous projects that Joy had spearheaded with our local ASA Chapter, Sac Patients, was organizing the weekly candlelight vigil group. Joy had also stood up in support of POWs Mollie Fry and Dale Schafer, rallying before their surrender to federal marshals while ASA organized the delivery of "Cease & Desist" orders to federal officials in 10 medical marijuana states, as part of our “Sick & Tired” campaign. Despite the effects of battling cancer, Joy was a constant voice for patient rights - whether behind a sign, behind a microphone before city and county officials, or behind a pen, writing to lawmakers and newspaper editors.

Unity Conference gatherers took a moment of silence for all of our brothers and sisters who can longer fight for safe access, having lost their life or their freedom. We closed the evening inspired to continue the momentum of our movement.

We hope you have the opportunity to find inspiration in supporting fellow patients and standing up for medical cannabis prisoners and those awaiting trial. Check out Supporting POWs in ASA's training center. Reach out to local ASA Chapters, Ambassadors and Allied Organizations to coordinate court support, and if you live in California, sign up to receive ASA's California Roundup, a weekly email highlighting news and actions from around the state.

Courtney Sheats is ASA’s Sacramento Community Liason.