Pages tagged "SB 1262"

  • Take your seat at the table

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    Contents:

    • Message from the CA Director: Take your seat at the table
    • State & Local News: News From Communities All Over California
    • Public Meetings & Events: Live Google Hangout, State of the State Conference, & more
    • Court Support: Redding & Sacramento
    • Take Action Now: Register for the CA Citizen Lobby Day & More
    • ASA Website Spotlight: Return of Property
    • Chapter & Affiliate Meetings: Nevada County

    We are expecting two hundred patients and other advocates in Sacramento on Monday, August 4, to talk to lawmakers about medical cannabis bills that will affect our community for years to come. Will you be there to take your seat at the table two weeks from today?

    Register today for the CA Citizen Lobby Day in Sacramento on Monday, August 4.

    I will make an appointment for you to meet with your California Assembly Member and Senator when you register. Do it today. Time is running out to make the appointments. ASA is requesting a $25 donation from participants to help defer the cost of the event, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Lobby day participants will be advocating for important amendments to current bills and laying the groundwork for patients’ rights legislation in 2015.

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  • Big news about the CA Citizen Lobby Day on August 4

    I have some exciting news to share with you about ASA’s CA Citizen Lobby Day on Monday, August 4, in Sacramento, and I want to hear from you about legislation that will affect medical cannabis patients and others for years to come. Will you join me for a live Google Hangout online at 7:00 PM tonight? A Google Hangout is a free interactive event you can join from your computer or mobile device.

    What:  Medical Cannabis in California – A Live Google Hangout

    When:  7:00 PM (PDT) * Wednesday, July 9, 2014

    Where:  Log on to https://plus.google.com/u/0/events/csadjb5qgj0qd3csdb2dq9r89uc

    We have a lot to talk about! I am happy to report that two California lawmakers will be joining more than 200 ASA members and allies in Sacramento for what promises to be our biggest and most important medical cannabis lobby day yet. Senator Lou Correa (D-Santa Ana) will be our special guest speaker on Monday morning, and Assembly Member Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco) will be our guest of honor at a reception that evening. This will be a great chance to hear directly from the co-authors of SB 1262, a regulatory bill for doctors and commercial medical cannabis activity in California.

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  • State Regulations Moving Forward

    Contents:

    • Message from the CA Director: State Regulations Moving Forward
    • California & National News
    • Public Meetings & Events
    • Court Support
    • Take Action Now
    • ASA Website Spotlight: ASA Condition-based Booklets
    • ASA Chapter & Affiliate Meetings

      

    Assembly Member Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco) has joined as a principal co-author to Senator Lou Correa’s (D-Santa Ana) SB 1262. That bill will better regulate doctors who recommend medical cannabis and commercial medical cannabis activity in California. The bill has been substantially amended since it passed the California Senate by a vote of 31-0 in May.  ASA and other advocates have managed to get most of the objectionable provisions in early drafts removed, and the bill now includes large portions on Assembly Member Ammiano’s AB 1894. Assembly Member Ammiano is our biggest champion in the legislature, but AB 1894 was defeated in the Assembly earlier this year.

    I know many of you were surprised to see ASA supporting a bill originally authored by a moderate Democrat from Orange County and sponsored by lobbyists representing cities and law enforcement. Those are not our traditional allies, but early on, ASA recognized the value of a compromise bill that might finally get through the legislature and be signed by the Governor. That is why we decided to get behind SB 1262 and make it the best bill possible. That strategy is working.

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  • Medical Cannabis in California - Live Google Hangout

    Let’s hang out and talk about medical cannabis in California tomorrow night. Join ASA Executive Director Steph Sherer and me for a live Google Hangout online at 7:00 PM. We will be talking about:

    • The outcome of a key vote on a medical cannabis licensing bill in the Assembly Public Safety Committee on Thursday afternoon – including a discussion of the latest amendments
    • A bill that allows patients and caregivers to receive reasonable compensation if their legal medical cannabis or plants are damaged or destroyed by the police
    • A proposed bill that will save patients’ lives by preventing discrimination against medical cannabis users in organ transplants
    • Local bans, referendums, and initiatives
    • The biggest and most important citizen lobby day yet on Monday, August 4, in Sacramento


    The decisions lawmakers make this summer could affect you and your loved ones for years to come. You need to be a part of the conversation, so don’t miss this chance.

    What:  Medical Cannabis in California - A Live Google Hangout with Steph Sherer & Don Duncan

    When:  7:00 PM (PDT) * Thursday, June 26, 2014

    Copy this URL into your web browser to join the conversation:
    https://plus.google.com/u/0/events/cjln9v0ds1rf99csiuvi52eplrc

    A Google Hangout is a live interactive event online, which you can join on your computer or mobile device. The event is free.

    Don’t forget to register and make travel arrangements for the California Citizen Lobby Day in Sacramento on Monday, August 4, 2014. I will make an appointment for you to meet with your Assembly Member and Senator when you register.

    See you tomorrow night!

  • Big news in California

    CA State Capitol BuildingI hope you have all heard the big news from Washington, DC, last week. The US House of Representatives voted to end funding for federal medical cannabis enforcement in states where it is legal. This is a major victory for medical cannabis patients and providers! Read more about the Rohrabacher-Farr Amendment and what comes next in a blog by ASA Executive Director Steph Sherer and in the “News” Section of the website.

    You may not have seen another big story from right here in California. On Thursday, the same day as that momentous vote in Congress, the California Assembly rejected a bill by Assembly Member Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco) that would have empowered the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) to write and enforce regulations for commercial medical cannabis activity statewide. AB 1894 lost by a vote of 26 to 33, with 20 lawmakers not voting (corrected 06/02/2014). The bill needed 41 votes to pass the Assembly and advance to the Senate.

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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: May 19, 2014

    CA State Capitol BuildingMessage from the CA Director - Two medical cannabis bills in "suspense file"

    California News

    • Big Dates for California Medical Pot Regs Coming Up (California)
    • League of California Cities Report New Amendments to Medical Marijuana Bill Would Create a Local-Only Regulatory Scheme (California)
    • Young Seizure Patients Cut Off from Medical Marijuana Treatment (Ocenaside)
    • Medical marijuana measure qualifies for June 2015 ballot (Riverside)
    • Mendocino County's payment program for marijuana defendants under investigation (Mendocino County)
    • Outdoor marijuana cultivation goes up in smoke; ban passes (Martinez)
    • L.A. County Supervisor candidate John Duran sets out to defy expectations (Los Angeles)

    Events

    • Monday, May 19, 2014 – CA Senate Appropriations Committee Hearing on SB 1193 (Sacramento)
    • Monday, May 19, 2014 – CA Senate Appropriations Committee Hearing on SB 1262 (Sacramento)
    • Wednesday, May 28, 2014 – Sacramento County Board of Supervisors Meeting (Sacramento)

    Court Support

    • Monday, May 12, 2014 – Court Support for Joseph Smart & Jimmy Chang (Santa Rosa)
    • Tuesday, May 20, 2014 – Court Support for Dr. Michele Noonan Ross & Todd Ross (Los Angeles)

    Take Action

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

    ASA Website Spotlight

    • Building a Movement

    ASA Chapter & Affiliate Meetings

    • Tuesday, May 20, 2014 - San Francisco ASA (San Francisco)
    • Wednesday, May 21, 2014 - East Bay ASA (Oakland)
    • Wednesday, May 21, 2014 - Lake County ASA (Clearlake Oaks)
    • Sunday, May 25, 2014 - Nevada County ASA (North San Juan)
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  • ASA California Roundup: April 28, 2014

    Contents:

    Message from the CA Director - A busy week for medical cannabis in the California legislature

    California News

    • Regulations are good for patients (California)
    • State Senate panel advances medical marijuana regulations (California)
    • Medical Association won't back medical pot bill because of lack of research (California)
    • Cops and Politicians Play Doctor With California Patients (California)
    • Sacramento County supervisors vote to ban outdoor marijuana gardens (Sacramento County)
    • Video: Applicants seek permits for medical pot shops (San Diego)
    • Inside a Christian Pot Shop (Sacramento)
    • Santa Monica City Council Balks At Endorsing Medical Marijuana Bill (Santa Monica)
    • Medical marijuana advocacy group seeks suspension of Diamond Bar’s ban on dispensaries (Diamond Bar)
    • D.A. candidates tackle medical pot at Santa Rosa forum (Sonoma County)
    • Pot grower sues Fresno County, saying cultivation fines excessive (Fresno County)
    • Tehama County Supervisors ban marijuana cultivation on vacant lots; require annual registration renewal (Tehama County)

    Events

    • 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)
    • Tuesday, April 29, 2014 - CA Senate Public Safety Committee Hearing on SB 1193 (Sacramento)
    • Wednesday, April 30, 2014 – CA Senate Health Committee Hearing on SB 1262 (Sacramento)
    • Monday, May 12, 2014 – Bloodganja: Medical Cannabis Movie & Panel (Santa Barbara)
    • Wednesday, May 28, 2014 – Sacramento County Board of Supervisors Meeting (Sacramento)

    Take Action

    • Oppose AB 2500 in California!
    • Join Americans for Safe Access (ASA)

    ASA Website Spotlight

    • The Informed Advocate

    ASA CA Chapter Spotlight

    • Sonoma ASA

    ASA Chapter & Affiliate Meetings

    • Tuesday, April 29, 2014 - San Diego ASA (North County)
    • Thursday, May 1, 2014 - Sonoma ASA (Santa Rosa)
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  • Regulations are good for patients

    headlineVoters in California adopted the county’s first medical cannabis law in 1996, but the state has lagged behind in implementing it. The Medical Marijuana Program Act (SB 420), adopted by the legislature in 2003, recognized cooperative and collective patients’ associations, but gave little clarity as to the details of how they should operate. Cities and counties have developed a patchwork of local ordinances regulating and banning medical cannabis in the legal vacuum. That leaves some cities and counties with stable, well-regulated facilities, while others are effectively "access deserts" - areas without safe, legal, and dignified access to medicine.

    Most of the players in California’s nascent medical cannabis industry see regulations as inevitable, and the more savvy ones recognize the benefits regulation offers to those looking to serve the state’s vast patient population on the long term.  Two regulatory bills are vying for support in Sacramento right now: Senator Lou Correa’s (D-Santa Ana) SB 1262 and Assembly Member Tom Ammiano’s (D-San Francisco) AB 1894. They take different tacks, but both would reign in the commercial medical cannabis trade and related businesses. So what is in it for patients? A lot, it turns out.

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  • ASA California Roundup: April 14, 2014

    Message from the CA Director - A New Medical Cannabis Bill in CA

    California News

    • Medical-Marijuana Advocates Descend on Capitol Hill (National)
    • California Gets Stricter Medical Marijuana Regulations (California)
    • Marijuana: Another Contributor to California's Drought (California)
    • How medical marijuana is helping Californian children with epilepsy (California)
    • Vague state marijuana rules cost cities (California)
    • Medical marijuana supporters launch effort (Costa Mesa)
    • Medical marijuana activist sues Redondo police (Redondo Beach)
    • Marijuana addressed by Gridley City Council (Gridley)
    • Permit issued for Arnold medical collective (Calveras County)
    • Lathrop just says no to medical pot dispensaries (Lathrop)
    • Long Beach voters favor Measure A tax on medical marijuana (Long Beach)

    Events

    • Wednesday, April 16, 2014 – San Diego Public Safety Committee Hearing (San Diego)
    • Saturday, April 19, 2014 – CBD Seminar (Grass Valley)
    • Monday, April 21, 2014 – CA Senate Business, Professions, and Economic Development Committee Hearing on SB 1262 (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)

    Court Support

    • Monday, April 14, 2014 – Court Support for Ronnie Chang (San Diego)
    • Wednesday, April 16, 2014 – Court Support for Taryn Hughey & Ryan Metroka (Oroville)
    • Thursday, April 17, 2014 – Court Support for Joe Grumbine (Long Beach)

    Take Action

    • National: Support HR 689 and HR 710
    • Join Americans for Safe Access (ASA)

    ASA Website Spotlight

    • ASA Live

    ASA CA Chapter Spotlight

    • San Francisco ASA

    ASA Chapter & Affiliate Meetings

    • Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - San Francisco ASA (San Francisco)
    • Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - East Bay ASA (Oakland)
    • Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - Lake County ASA (Clearlake Oaks)
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