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  • Court Support: Court hearing TODAY for two Medical Cannabis Patients in Santa Rosa

    Court Support

    What:   Court hearing for two Medical Cannabis Patients facing charges, 1358.5 Hearing for a Suppression Motion 

    When:  Thursday April 24th at 8:30am

    Where: 600 Administration Drive, Santa Rosa, Courtroom 3*

    Who:    Defendants: Jimmy Chang & Joseph Smart Represented by: E. D. Lerman & J. David Nick

    *The courthouse address is 600 Administration Drive in Santa Rosa. Please note that anyone entering the courthouse is subject to search similar to an airport, metal detector walk through & x-ray machine for purses. Do not bring your medicine, knives, pepper spray or any personal items that may be considered illegal. ID is not required.

    Two patients were driving on Highway 101, when an officer pulled them over for questioning. This stop and talk, ultimately lead to charges for 55 pounds of medicine in the vehicle that was going to other qualified patients who were members of a participating collective.

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  • ASA California Roundup: March 3, 2014


    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)


    • 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)

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    • Help send a patient to Washington, DC, for the conference!
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    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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  • 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.
  • Sonoma Advocates Host Election Forum

    Note from Steph - This is an awesome way to inform your community while educating candidates and your future elected representatives. Kudos to Kumari and Sarah Shrader for arranging this forum!
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    [/caption]Candidates for the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors will voice their views on medical marijuana in a public forum to be held tomorrow, Wednesday May 23rd, at the Sonoma County Central Library located at 3rd and E Streets in Santa Rosa. The Forum is hosted by the Sonoma Alliance for Medical Marijuana (SAMM) and the Sonoma County Chapter of Americans for Safe Access (ASA), and will be facilitated by Santa Rosa attorney, Joe Rogoway. The event begins at 5pm and goes until 7:30pm.

    The forum presents an opportunity to hear candidates’ positions on a number of relevant, local, medical cannabis issues. A question and answer period will follow the candidates’ statements. Admission is free and the public is invited. Wheelchair accessible. Refreshments provided.

    This is an exciting and important election because 3 of the 5 seats on the Board are open. There are 11 candidates vying for these 3 seats. The Primary Election on June 5th will determine the top 2 candidates for each seat, and those candidates will face off in the November 6th final election. Whoever wins those 3 seats in November will determine the future of medical cannabis in our county.

    In the 1st district, there are 6 candidates contending for Valerie Brown's seat. In the 3rd district there are 2 candidates including incumbent Shirlee Zane. The 5th district has 3 candidates including incumbent Efren Carillo. Candidates have been asked to complete a survey in advance; their responses will be made available to attendees and all inquiring parties.

    The Board is a key decision maker for local medical cannabis policies. It determines guidelines for possession and cultivation; sets dispensary regulations; and approves dispensary permits, consistent with state laws, Prop. 215 and SB420. Members of the Board also approve the budgets for the Sonoma County Sheriff and District Attorney offices.

    SAMM was formed in 1996 after California voters passed into law Proposition 215, the "Compassionate Use Act of l996" which allows Californians to use marijuana as medicine. Sonoma County voters supported the initiative by more than 70%. ASA is the largest national member-based organization of patients, medical professionals, scientists, and concerned citizens promoting safe and legal access to cannabis for therapeutic use and research. Sonoma chapter of ASA has been active for almost 10 years, and holds monthly meetings that are open to the public.

    Through the years, SAMM and ASA have worked with the Sheriff's Office, District Attorney, Department of Health, City Councils, County Board of Supervisors, Sonoma County Medical Association, and the Narcotics Task Force. They have worked together to establish policies and ordinances for medical marijuana patients, caregivers, small cooperatives, and medical cannabis dispensing collectives. Both are non-profit, volunteer, educational organizations. Neither distributes cannabis. More information about SAMM can be found at