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  • ASA California Roundup: March 24, 2014


    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)


    • 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)

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    • 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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  • Why I am Going to Sacramento

    Nothing happens in the state legislature just because it should. Sometimes laws get passed because those with a financial interest in the outcome influence lawmakers. In some cases, political favors get traded to get something done. And all too often, lobbyists are the only voices lawmakers hear when they make choices that affect citizens. That is what is happening with medical cannabis in Sacramento right now, and I hope you will join me there next month to change that conversation for the better.

    Medical cannabis patients and other stakeholders are meeting in Sacramento May 4-6 for the California Medical Cannabis Policy Summit and Lobby Day. The goals of the event are to develop strategies and skills necessary to adopt beneficial legislation for medical cannabis this year, and to take that message to lawmakers in person. Americans for Safe Access (ASA) and our partners at Californians to Regulate Medical Marijuana (CRMM); a coalition of patients, cultivators, organized labor, and others; is organizing this event to be sure that patients are at the table when important decisions about regulating medical cannabis are made this year.

    You can help shape the future. Last year, we brought hundreds of patients to the State Capitol and helped push medical cannabis legislation further than anyone thought possible. Lawmakers noticed our grassroots coalition and started to take us more seriously. We need that influence now more than ever. Bills to regulate cultivation, distribution, and testing of medical cannabis are on the table right now. Proposals about additional taxation are on the way. We cannot afford to be silent right now. Someone is going to influence lawmakers on good and bad legislation this year. If it is not you, it will be lobbyists, law enforcement, and others who want to roll back safe access in California.

    We will have a special fundraising reception on Saturday night, and then spend all day Sunday building strategies and skills for the citizen lobby day on Monday. We will start on Monday with a press conference, and then we hope to visit every lawmaker in Sacramento to talk about what we want to see in California. We will all meet back for a complimentary VIP reception on Monday evening.

    Register today for the California Medical Cannabis Policy Summit and Lobby Day. This may be the most important thing you can do for medical cannabis right now.

    We have a great opportunity to do something positive for patients, cultivators, workers, and others. If lawmakers from all over the state hear in person from constituents in their Districts, we can show them that there is a safe political space to stand up for medical cannabis. That is why I am going to Sacramento: to make a difference. Will you be there with me?