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  • ASA California Roundup: March 31, 2014

    Contents:

    Message from the CA Director - Maral v. Live Oak – Local Politics Matter

    California News

    • Crime Reduces at Steeper Rate in States Allowing Medical Marijuana, Study Says (National)
    • Medical marijuana eases some MS symptoms, neurologists report (National)
    • California Supreme Court upholds ruling on local medical marijuana cultivation bans (California)
    • Police Lobby Wants to Gut Medical Pot in California (California)
    • Leland Yee corruption case: State senator faces uphill fight against strong FBI evidence(California)
    • On marijuana legalization in California and Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s remarks (Califonia)
    • Petition drive seeks to overturn Watsonville medical marijuana ban (Watsonville)
    • Shasta County expecting busy marijuana grow season as number of illegal farms explodes (Redding)
    • City to ban pot growth; Council requests ordinance draft before next meeting; mayor says public welcome to comment on it (Colusa)
    • Measure A Gives Long Beach Voters Option To Tax Medpot (Long Beach)
    • Fresno County imposes marijuana growing fines (Fresno County)
    • Fresno man pleads guilty in marijuana growing operation near Newman (Stanislaus County)
    • The 102 Los Angeles medical marijuana dispensaries closed since Proposition D (map) (Los Angeles)

    Events

    • 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

    • Limiting Law Enforcement Encounters

    ASA Merchandise

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

    ASA Chapter & Affiliate Meetings

    • Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - San Francisco ASA (San Francisco)
    • Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - Yuba County ASA (Valley)
    • Thursday, April 3, 2014 - Sonoma ASA (Santa Rosa)
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  • Maral v. Live Oak – Local Politics Matter

    A local ban on all medical cannabis cultivation stands after the California Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal on Wednesday in Maral v. Live Oak, an appellate decision permitting cities and counties to prevent patients from growing their own medicine, despite the fact that it is allowed under state law. The decision means that a ban on all cultivation adopted by the City of Live Oak in 2011 will be precedent for other cities and counties to follow.

    The Maral decision is a second blow to patients’ rights in California. Last year, the state supreme court held in Riverside v. Inland Empire Patients Health and Wellness Center that local governments could ban distribution of legal medicine. Maral and Riverside are a one-two punch for California patients and providers. By allowing local governments to prevent any cultivation or distribution of medical cannabis, the courts are, in effect, authorizing jurisdictions to opt out of crucial parts of Proposition 215.

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  • 2014 Legislation

    The California legislature has finished debate on medical cannabis-related bills this year and will adjourn by August 31. Your grassroots action helped stop some bad bills from becoming law this year:

    * AB 1588 would have increased the minimum buffer zone between legal patients’ cooperatives and collectives and schools statewide. We killed this bill in committee early in the session.

    * AB 2500 would have made it a crime for a legal patient to drive with even a tiny amount of cannabis detectable in their blood. ASA members and others defeated this bill in committee for the third year in a row.

    * SB 1193 was amended at the last minute to remove language beneficial to patients. ASA members generated more than 1,000 emails many phone calls in opposition to the amended bill in just one week.

     We didn’t win every battle. SB 1029 would have expanded eligibility for public assistance to certain drug felons, including those convicted cannabis “crimes.” That bill died in committee.  The legislature also rejected two bills that would have regulated commercial medical cannabis activity – AB 1894 and SB 1262. Read more about that process in my blog.

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    AB 604 (Ammiano):  No position - Inactive, No vote

    Summary: This bill will create a new Division in the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) to develop and enforce regulations for commercial medical cannabis activity. ASA strongly supports sensible regulations, although we have deep reservations about ABC oversight. Many provisions of this bill have been incorporated into AB 1894, discussed below. This bill may not move this year.

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    AB 1588 (Conway)Oppose - Defeated

    Summary: This Republican bill would have increased the distance between patients’ associations and schools from 600 to 1,000 feet statewide and increase fines for violations substantially. See the “Take Action” section for more. ASA oppose this bill. ASA Members helped defeat this bill in committee. Well done!

    Download a copy of ASA's letter of opposition here.

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    AB 1894 (Ammiano):  No Position - Defeated

    Summary: This bill combines elements of AB 604 and a dormant bill by Senate President Pro tem Darrell Steinberg (SB 439). AB 1894 will (1) create a new Division in the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) to develop and enforce regulations for commercial medical cannabis activity, (2) require registration for commercial medical cannabis activity, and (3) define unprofessional conduct by physicians who recommend medical cannabis, and (4) make enforcement against physicians who engage in unprofessional conduct a higher priority. ASA strongly supports sensible regulations, although we have deep reservations about ABC oversight.

    Download ASA's Fact Sheet: Don’t Regulate Medical Marijuana Like Alcohol

    Read ASA's memo regarding suggested changes to AB 1894.

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    AB 2500 (Frazier):  Oppose - Defeated

    Summary: As amended, this bill would have made it a crime to drive with two or more nanograms of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in your blood – even if you are a patient and not driving impaired. ASA opposed this bill.ASA Members helped defeat this bill in committee. Thank you!

    Download a copy of ASA's letter of opposition here.

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    SB 1029 (Hancock):  Support - Held in committee, Inactive, No vote

    Summary: This bill will make some people convicted of drug felonies, including medical cannabis offenses, eligible for certain public benefits. ASA supports this bill.

    Download a copy of ASA's letter of support here.

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    SB 1193 (Evans):  Oppose - Inactive, No vote 

    Summary: ASA changed its position from support to oppose after the Assembly Appropriations Committee removed language that would have required law enforcement to pay reasonable compensation if medical cannabis or plants that were lawfully possessed were damaged or destroyed by police officers or Sheriffs. 

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    SB 1262 (Correa/Ammiano):  Support, Suggested Amendments - Held in committee/Inactive, No vote

    Summary:  This bill is designed to better regulate doctors who recommend medical cannabis and commercial medical cannabis activity in California. The bill establishes a new bureau in the Department of Consumer Affairs to issue licenses, develop regulations, enforce the rules, and more.

    Download a copy of a memo by Sebastopol Mayor Robert Jacob and ASA recommending changes to SB 1262. (March 10, 2014)

    Download a copy of ASA's position letter (Oppose Unless Amended) for the Senate Business, Professions, and Economic Development Committee here. (April 14, 2014)

    Download a copy of ASA's letter of support, including suggested changes, for the Senate Health Committee here (April 21, 2014)

    Download a copy of additional information about medical cannabis in pharmacies and high- Cannabidol medicine prepared for the Senate Health Committee here. (April 21, 2014)

    Download a copy of ASA's letter of support for the Assembly Public Safety Committee here. (June 19, 2014)

    Download a copy of ASA's memo suggesting changes to SB 1262 for the Assembly Public Safety Committee here. (June 19, 2014)

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  • ASA California Roundup: March 10, 2014

    Contents:

    Message from the CA Director - Flex your grassroots muscle... today!

    California News

    • Marijuana news: California governor, worried about 'potheads,' is skeptical of legalized pot (California)
    • Medical marijuana bill limits who can prescribe pot (California)
    • Jailed For Medical Marijuana: California Man Gets 2 Years In Federal Prison For Managing Legal State Dispensary (California)
    • California Man Begins 2-Year Prison Term For Working At Legal Marijuana Dispensary (California)
    • Editorial: Long-overdue reforms for medical pot (California)
    • City of Chula Vista fighting to close illegal medical marijuana dispensaries (Chula Vista)
    • Medical marijuana patients accused of illegally growing at home turn down plea deal (Vista)
    • Outdoor marijuana grow ordinance up for debate; Planning Commission seeks public input before making changes (Humboldt County)
    • Cash shipment led to Mendocino pot dispensary raid (Mendocino County)
    • Two arrested, suspected in making 'honey oil,' causing Palm Springs home explosion (Palm Springs)

    Events

    • Monday, March 10, 2014 – Livermore City Council Meeting (Livermore)
    • Monday, March 10, 2014 – Court Support for Heath Phillips (Sacramento)
    • Tuesday, March 11, 2014 – CA Assembly Public Safety Committee Hearing (Sacramento)
    • Thursday, March 13, 2014 – Weed City Council Meeting (Weed)
    • Thursday, March 13, 2014 – Court Support for Shelby Lucero (Sacramento)
    • Monday, March 17, 2014 – Court Support for Elias Tuvor (Stockton)
    • April 5-7, 2014 - The 2nd Annual National Medical Cannabis Unity Conference (Washington, DC)

    Take Action

    • Tell CA Lawmakers to Reject AB 1588
    • Join Americans for Safe Access (ASA)

    ASA Website Spotlight

    • Press Releases
    • Free Online Services

    ASA Merchandise

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

    ASA Chapter & Affiliate Meetings

    • Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - Nevada County ASA (North San Juan)
    • Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - Ventura ASA (Ventura)
    • Tuesday, March 11, 2014 – San Diego ASA (San Diego)
    • Thursday, March 13, 2014 – San Diego ASA (Imperial Beach)
    • Thursday, March 13, 2014 – Yuba County ASA (Foothills)
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  • ASA California Roundup: March 3, 2014

    Contents:

    Message from the CA Director - 34 Days Until the Conference!

    California News

    • State Senator Lou Correa Authors First Marijuana Bill Backed by Cops (California)
    • Editorial: California needs to solve medical marijuana mess first (California)
    • Robert Duncan Begins Prison Sentence For Working In Legal Medical Pot Shop (California)
    • Between the lines: Bee writers tackle pot culture, counter culture (California)
    • In the club (California)
    • City Council passes medical marijuana regulations (San Diego)
    • Medical marijuana dispensary takes on IRS over what it calls ‘punitive’ taxes (Sacramento)
    • Medical marijuana usage causes problems for tenants (San Francisco)
    • Berkeley medical marijuana dispensary certified by nonprofit advocacy group (Berkeley)
    • Weed proposes ban of outdoor marijuana cultivation (Weed)
    • California man sentenced In marijuana distribution conspiracy (Sioux Falls, SD)

    Events

    • Monday, March 3, 2014 – Trial of Deborah and Dennis Little (Vista)
    • Monday, March 3, 2014 – Appeals Hearing for Aaron Sandusky (Pasadena)
    • Tuesday, March 4, 2014 – Preliminary Hearing for Laura Sharp (Chula Vista)
    • Thursday, March 13, 2014 – Weed City Council Meeting (Weed)
    • April 5-7, 2014 - The 2nd Annual National Medical Cannabis Unity Conference (Washington, DC)

    Take Action

    • Help send a patient to Washington, DC, for the conference!
    • Join Americans for Safe Access (ASA)

    ASA Website Spotlight

    • Return of Property
    • Free Online Services

    ASA Merchandise

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

    ASA Chapter & Affiliate Meetings

    • Tuesday, March 4, 2014 – San Francisco ASA (San Francisco)
    • Wednesday, March 5, 2014 – Yuba County ASA (Valley)
    • Thursday, March 6, 2014 – Sonoma ASA (Santa Rosa)
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  • New medical cannabis bills in California

    Friday, February 21, was the deadline to introduce new bills for the 2014 legislative session in California. There are three bills that will be a priority for medical cannabis cultivators, patients, industry workers, and other stakeholders this year. Americans for Safe Access (ASA), the nation’s leading medical cannabis patients’ advocacy organization, has been talking with lawmakers, staff, and influential organizations in Sacramento about new legislation since last year. Now that the playing field is clear, we are ready to put our grassroots power to work.

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