Will Russia Save Marijuana Legalization from Sessions Wrath

 

sessions_cracking_down_on_mj.jpgrussian_bear.jpgSessions Frothing to Go
After Marijuana Legalizers!

Could Russia Foul It All Up?

 

AG Jeff Sessions has been menacingly waving multiple swords for months threatening states that have legalized medical and adult-use marijuana with a variety of different federal law enforcement actions. Examples of his sword-waving are:

sessions_reefer_madness.jpg1. Sent a letter to congress in May asking that the Rohrabacher/Farr amendment, which prevents the DOJ from spending money enforcing federal marijuana prohibition law in states with regulated medical marijuana distribution programs, be repealed,

 

2. Claims of evidence linking marijuana use to an “historic drug epidemic and potentially long-term uptick in violent crime,”

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3. On Monday, July 17, told the National District Attorneys Association. "We plan to develop policies to increase forfeitures” and has reportedly authorized a re-invigorated asset seizure program. This program could be used by Sessions to impede the sale of marijuana in states where it's legal as the government doesn't need to file criminal charges to take someone's money, property or other assets,

 

4. Threatens to withhold federal funds if states do not cooperate in enforcement of federal laws.

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President Trump’s Task Force on Crime Reduction and Public Safety, will release a report by the end of July that is expected to support Session’s much ballyhooed linkage of marijuana to violent crime while recommending tougher sentences for those cultivating, distributing and using it. It should be no surprise to learn that Sessions is the Chair of the Task Force.

 

As much of an old-line drug warrior as imaginable, Sessions is raring for the fight seemingly unconcerned that opposition to his renewed War on Drugs is not just from Democrats, but from Republican leaders in Congress as well.

 

rand_paul.jpgAs part of a rare bipartisan group of Senators cooperatively working to enact legislation which would allow states to continue implementing their voter approved medical marijuana laws free of any federal interference, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky), who supported the Obama Administration’s revision of the War on Drugs criminal charges and sentencing guidelines has stated “I will oppose anybody from the administration or otherwise that wants to interfere with state policy.”

 

President Trump must be aware of Session’s intentions and is encouraging him to go forward by providing him with the means to do so. Last month Trump affixed a signing statement to the Congressional Budget bill that he is not legally bound to the defunding provision that prevents the DOJ from interfering in states medical marijuana laws.

 

Is there any hope? Any chance that Session’s sword will be sheathed and the attack aborted? Yes there is and it is coming from a most unexpected quarter – Russia.

 

Trump-Russia-dealings.pngEver since his inauguration, Trump has been besieged by allegations that Russia interfered in the U.S. presidential election on his behalf. Supported by statements issued by Russian president Vladimir Putin, Trump has repeatedly denied any involvement personally and by members of his administration and election campaign.

 

Before becoming part of the Trump administration as AG, Sessions was chairman of the Trump campaign's National Security Advisory Committee. It would be highly inappropriate, if not bordering on criminal, for Sessions to meet with Sergey Kislyak, the Russian Ambassador to the United States, while serving on Trump’s election campaign, but meet with him he did.

 

sessions_confirm_hearing.jpgSessions is not a political neophyte and must have been fully aware just how “inappropriate” such a meeting would be. How else to account for his "alternative fact" statement in his January confirmation hearings for the position of AG that he “did not have communications with the Russians.”

 

When the Washington Post reported in March that Sessions had two meetings with Kislyak during the campaign, Sessions quickly recanted his previous testimony that he “did not have communications with the Russians.” He now clearly remembered that he met with Kislyak “in an official capacity as a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee” with no campaign issues being discussed.

 

Going out further on a limb, Mr. Sessions also failed to list the meetings when filling out the required government forms to secure a security clearance. Asked to list any contact he or family members had with foreign governments or their representatives over the past seven years, Sessions failed to include his meetings with Kislyak. Although a spokesman for the DOJ stated that Sessions was advised by DOJ staff not to list meetings with foreign dignitaries and their staff connected with his Senate activities, he surely knew it is a federal crime to make false statements or withhold relevant information on a background check form. He was Alabama’s attorney general.

 

no_contextual_relations_sessions.jpgContinuing to insist that he engaged in no campaign discussions with Kislyak or any other Russian, he testified at a Senate hearing in June, “Let me state this clearly: I have never met with or had any conversations with any Russians or any foreign officials concerning any type of interference with any campaign or election.” “Further, I have no knowledge of any such conversations by anyone connected to the Trump campaign.”

 

Last week an article in the Washington Post revealed that U.S. spy agencies had intercepted messages sent by Kislyak to his superiors in Russia reporting “that he discussed campaign-related matters, including policy issues important to Moscow, with Jeff Sessions during the 2016 presidential race.”

 

lie_under_oath.jpgThe article went on to report that “One U.S. official said that Sessions — who testified that he had no recollection of an April encounter — has provided “misleading” statements that are “contradicted by other evidence.” A former official said that the intelligence indicates that Sessions and Kislyak had “substantive” discussions on matters including Trump’s positions on Russia-related issues and prospects for U.S.-Russia relations in a Trump administration.”

 

From denying any “communications with the Russians” to denying “any conversations with any Russians or any foreign officials concerning any type of interference with any campaign or election,” Sessions has tied himself in multiple knots to the point of possibly having committed perjury in sworn testimony before Congress.

 

In addition to his own personal transgressions relating to contact with Russians during the Presidential campaign, Sessions is now being investigated by the newly appointed FBI Special Counsel, former FBI Director Robert Mueller, for obstruction of justice for his role in the firing of former FBI Director James Comey who was pressing forward with an investigation probing into Russian interference in the U.S. presidential election and contacts between Trump’s campaign and Russia.

 

Of course, the filing of criminal charges by the DOJ against Sessions in time to stop his crusade against marijuana legalization is remote. It is far more likely that Trump will have the DOJ investigate Hillary Clinton for using a private email server and “losing” 33,000 emails then Sessions for perjury and/or obstruction of justice.

 

serve_as_AG.jpgThe glimmer of hope for getting rid of Sessions sooner rather than later lies with the President himself. Angered by Sessions decision to recuse himself from the FBI’s Russia investigation, Trump told the New York Times that Sessions decision was “very unfair” to him.

 

In another article published on July 20, the NY Times reported that:

 

Longtime Trump ally Roger Stone argued this week that Trump has been disappointed in Sessions. “The president initially bonded with Sessions because he saw him as a tough guy. Now he’s saying: 'Where’s my tough guy? Why doesn’t he have my back?’ There’s a lack of aggressiveness with Sessions, unless it involves chasing people for smoking pot.”

 

trump_choking_sessions.jpgFurther amplifying Trump’s impatience with Sessions was a Presidential tweet sent out on July 23 reading:

 

“So many people are asking why isn't the A.G. or Special Council looking at the many Hillary Clinton or Comey crimes. 33,000 e-mails deleted?”

 

Followed by another Presidential tweet on July 24 reading:

 

“So why aren't the Committees and investigators, and of course our beleaguered A.G., looking into Crooked Hillarys crimes & Russia relations?”

 

Youre-Fired-2.jpgWhether President Trump fires Sessions or he is forced to resign due to criminal indictments, Trump could just appoint another equally bad AG. Of course, it might be hard to find one as racist, misogynistic, xenophobic and reefer mad as the former Senator from Alabama, but I am sure if Trump looked under enough rocks he could find one.

 

The long delay engendered by replacing Sessions with a new AG would give the forces of reason and rationality on both sides of the aisle the time needed to further protect marijuana legalization laws in those states that have them and allow states considering marijuana legalization the time to needed to pass and enact them.

 

MAPP_Logo.jpgAUGUST MAPP
MEETINGS

 Continue to probe local actions to
implement local access to marijuana

Although Sessions may be an existential threat to implementing local access to marijuana, the bans being enacted by cities and counties are real and immediate. The August MAPP meetings will continue to explore this issue featuring a special presentation at the Moreno Valley MAPP meeting on Wed. August 2 featuring Terrance McBride, IE marijuana entrepreneur and CEO of Phadeville.

 

head_shot.JPGMcBride is seeking to develop programs in the IE to create partnerships with industry and distributors to create an atmosphere conducive to developing marijuana businesses while providing a new tax base and other benefits to the community.

 

Mark your calendar now to attend one of the MAPP meetings near you.

 

Wednesday, August 2 at 7:30 p.m. – Moreno Valley/Western IE MAPP meeting - Greenview Medical, 22275 Alessandro Blvd, Moreno Valley, CA 92553

 

Saturday, August 5 at 12 noon - Palm Springs/Coachella Valley meeting – Crystal Fantasy, 268 N. Palm Canyon Dr., downtown Palm Springs 92262.

 

Saturday, August 5 at 3 p.m. - Joshua Tree/Morongo Valley meeting – Beatnik Lounge, 61597 Twenty-Nine Palms Hwy., Joshua Tree 92252.

BTR_MCCS_Logo.jpg  GANJA GOES
TO
   LAW SCHOOL

The newest episode of Marijuana Compassion and Common Sense explores this issue with Robert Mikos, one of the nation’s leading experts on federalism and drug law. His soon-to-be published and first of its kind law school textbook Marijuana Law, Policy, and Authority is written to be accessible to a broad audience -- not just lawyers and law students.

On the show, Mr. Mikos discusses his new book, how marijuana law found its way into a law school curriculum, how it differs from other product laws, discusses the evolution of marijuana law, how big the field is expected to become and how other attorneys and his peers view marijuana law as a legitimate legal field. Marijuana law may be obtuse, complex and at times baffling, but after listening to Mr. Mikos, it begins to come together in a reasoned and rational way

To hear the interview with Mr. Mikos, CLICK HERE or go to
www.blogtalkradio.com/marijuananews anytime that it is convenient to hear.

 

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BIG Threat to MJ - RICO Ambulance Chasing Lawyers & more

 

rico_act_strings.pngRICO Lawsuits and
Ambulance Chasing
Lawyers Threaten
Marijuana Providers

 

The Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) is a federal law designed to combat organized crime by allowing prosecution and civil penalties for racketeering activity associated with an ongoing criminal enterprise.

 

When passed in 1970, it was intended to go after the mafia and major crime syndicates. Although it has been principally used in drug cases, it has morphed into a much broader legal universe having been used against everything from the Catholic Church sex abuse scandal to Donald Trump’s University.

 

mj_lawsuit_gavel.jpgIts threat to MJ legalization laws is that RICO allows a private citizen to sue “marijuana racketeers” for damage to business or property due to their illegal activities even if they were not directly engaged in its production or distribution. Any kind of marijuana commerce is considered racketeering as it is illegal under federal law.

 

hand_grabs_money.jpgIf victorious, those filing RICO suits are award treble damages meaning three times the amount of the actual damages that were caused by the illegal acts. RICO lawsuits are the wet-fantasies of ambulance chasing lawyers.

 

A decision issued on June 7 by the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Colorado has opened not just a path but an inter-state highway for these lawyers to file against marijuana producers, distributors and anyone even tangentially associated with them.

 

field_of_mj.jpgThe lawsuit upheld by the 10th Circuit Court involved a couple in Colorado that alleged marijuana being cultivated in a property adjoining their property reduced the value of their property because of the noxious odors and other activities associated with the cultivation operation. The lawsuit was originally dismissed by the trial court as the alleged harm was “speculative” and that no evidence proved that they had been harmed.

 

seal_10th_circit_court.pngReversing the District Court’s decision, a 3-judge panel of the 10th Circuit Court ruled that just simply alleging that their property had been damaged by the operation of the federally illegal marijuana cultivation facility was enough for the Colorado couple to comply with RICO. The case was remanded back to the District Court for further consideration.

 

What was not expected, and kind of showed the inherent bias of the 3-judge panel, was the panels’ explanation why the lawsuit complied with RICO.

 

  1. cop_arrest_mj_grower.jpgDefendants were racketeers as they were growing marijuana which is illegal under federal law.
  2. The defendants met RICO’s definition of an “association-in-fact enterprise.” This is extremely easy to do as an “association-in-fact enterprise” may be a group of individuals, a group of corporations and a group that includes both individuals and legal entities - essentially any group of more than one.
  3. Defendants were running the illegal cultivation
  4. The activity of the defendants created a “pattern of illegal acts” that were the direct cause of the Colorado couple’s claimed damages.

 

Such a simple step-by-step procedure provides lawyers a virtual roadmap on how to go after just about anyone conducting a marijuana business.

 

Trying to explain away such a broad ruling, the 3 judge panel wrote:

 

“We are not suggesting that every private citizen purportedly aggrieved by another person, a group, or an enterprise that is manufacturing, distributing, selling, or using marijuana may pursue a claim under RICO. Nor are we implying that every person tangentially injured in his business or property by such activities has a viable RICO claim. Rather, we hold only that the Reillys alleged sufficient facts to plausibly establish the requisite elements of their claims against the Marijuana Growers here.”

 

nose_sniffs_mj.jpgExcuse me for thinking, but if simply alleging that there is a noxious odor from some marijuana plants is all that is necessary “to plausibly establish the requisite elements of their claims against the Marijuana Growers” then I don’t see who wouldn’t have a claim or injury with which to file a RICO claim.

 

santa_plus_chimmey.jpgIt should be noted that the 10th Circuit Court did nix the lawsuit filed by the states of Nebraska and Oklahoma invoking the Controlled Substances Act to overturn Colorado’s voter initiative that legalized and regulated the adult use of marijuana. Don’t get giddy over the ruling though as the court ruled not that the CSA did not apply but rather that the issue could not be decided by the court as only the US Supreme Court has jurisdiction to hear disputes between the states.

 

highway_420.jpgThe court’s protestations notwithstanding and the ink barely dry on the ruling, ambulance chasing lawyers have swiftly moved down the court’s newly opened Interstate Highway of RICO claims all the way to Oregon where a RICO lawsuit has been filed against not just the growers but against 42 other defendants including financial advisers, real estate companies and the Bank of America.

 

In this RICO case, two Oregon landowners claim their property was devalued because a one-lane easement that runs across their property is now trafficked by people who litter nearby properties, play loud music, ride noisy ATVs and harass landowners.

 

3x_multiplier.pngproperty_value_decreased.jpgAlong with the skunk-like odors emanating from the marijuana grows and the constant barking of their guard dogs, the aggrieved landowners claim that the value of their property has been significantly reduced.

 

Although the amount of damages is not specified, under RICO the landowners are entitled to compensation equal to three times the amount of the alleged damages whatever they may turn out to be.

 

To see the lawsuit filed by the Oregon landowners CLICK HERE.

 

lawyer_made_you_unhappy.jpgMake no mistake – there is lots and lots of money to be made filing RICO lawsuits against marijuana cultivators and producers. Along with the now ubiquitous ads for Mesothelioma and adverse drug reactions, it won’t be long before you will see ambulance chasing lawyers running ads on television seeking people harmed by the sales of marijuana by a dispensary next door or by their marijuana cultivating neighbors.

 

It is no surprise to find that anti-marijuana and pro-drug war groups are behind these legal shenanigans to overturn the votes of the people to legalize marijuana and wind down the War on Drugs. In the case of the newfound interest in using RICO to upend marijuana legalization, it is a relatively unknown but well financed group called the Safe Streets Alliance that is the principle instigator.

 

safe_street_alliance_website.pngA Washington, D.C.-based non-profit organization, the Safe Streets Alliance is a secretive association whose funders include police, drug-rehab professionals, for-profit prison owners and other groups and individuals with a financial stake in keeping marijuana illegal.

 

Safe Streets Alliance’s proclaimed mission is to reduce youth drug use and violent crime and they exhibit no shame using children as a shield in their attack on marijuana legalization laws.

 

lawyers_wih_suitcases_of_money.jpgIn a statement issued on the filing of their lawsuits, the group stated that "Safe Streets is asking the federal courts to order Colorado officials to comply with federal law and stop issuing state licenses to deal illegal drugs.” Utilizing RICO, they solicit individuals willing to claim that they, their properties or the businesses have been injured by marijuana businesses and telling them they have a right to an injunction, treble damages and not to worry about attorney fees.

 

brian_barnes.jpg“You might imagine, it’s not hard to find property owners in the state of Colorado who own property that is proximate to marijuana facilities and believe they’ve been injured,” said Brian Barnes, an attorney with Cooper & Kirk, the Washington, D.C., law firm representing Safe Streets Alliance. “We’re putting a bounty on the heads of anyone doing business with the marijuana industry.”

 

Christian_Sederberg.jpgChristian Sederberg, a Denver attorney whose practice centers on marijuana law told the Denver Post “It’s critical that the people of Colorado know that there are out-of-state legal interests and policymakers who are essentially and entirely backing these cases.” To read the Denver Post excellent expose of these people and their methodology CLICK HERE.

 

bank-says-no.jpgIf banks refused to provide banking services to marijuana businesses because they are skittish over banking regulations, imagine how banks and every other business will react when they realize they might be liable under RICO from lawsuits filed by ambulance chasing lawyers seeking treble damages from their deep pockets for their involvement in an “illegal” criminal enterprise.

 

Whether it is the threat from RICO, Trump or local police, those who want to profit from marijuana along with those who want to have safe, reliable, local and affordable access to marijuana are under a well-financed attack determined to undo the hard won advances that have been made. With the potential to even drag into court elected officials who are complicit in allowing marijuana distribution by issuing licenses and collecting taxes, police and their drug war allies are developing an effective strategy for a return to reefer madness.

 

Join_BROWNIE_MARY-jpg.jpgIf we are to moderate, repeal and neuter War on Drug era laws like RICO, Controlled Substances Act and asset-forfeiture so that they can no longer be used to imprison and bankrupt marijuana providers, we better start getting involved politically with our time and our money. We need to elect officials who will repeal and replace these odious laws and appoint judges who will properly interpret them.target_person.jpg

 

If we don’t, RICO will proceed down the newly opened interstate highway jammed with rush hour ambulance chasing lawyers. Anyone involved in the marijuana industry is now a potential target.

 

emergency_room.pngMINI MARIJUANA FESTIVAL
is MAXI FUN

 If you missed the High Times and other major cannabis festivals or if you want to experience them again just on a slightly smaller scale, then you have the opportunity right here in San Bernardino at the Emergency Room beginning Saturday, July 1 and every Saturday thereafter.

 

Held at the Arrowhead Elks Lodge (yes the ELKS Lodge) at 1073 North Mount Vernon Avenue, San Bernardino, CA 92411 the event runs from 1 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. There is no charge for entering the non-medicated area and a $10 entry charge to enter the VIP area. Entry is free for veterans, SSI and disabilitys.

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Hosted by Elmo Green of KCAA’s Cannabis Corner program, the event offers a relaxing experience with a lounge atmosphere, entertainers, speakers and vendors offering an eclectic array of buds, edibles, concentrates and other quality cannabis products all at farmer market prices. More info can be obtained by sending an email to: ElmoGreenMeds@outlook.com

 

                             JULY MAPP MEETINGS

MAPP_Logo.jpgFOCUS ON COMMERCIAL CANNABIS CONFERENCE
and GETTING LOCAL GOVERNMENTS TO ALLOW
MJ DISTRIBUTION AND PRODUCTION

 With the January 1 deadline not much more than six months away, commercial cannabis operations in California are lining up for an expected haul of over $7 billion in 2018. RICO lawsuits, Donald Trump and intransigent city councils and county boards notwithstanding, the state agencies charged with implementing California’s commercial cannabis regulations are moving full-steam ahead.

 

Lori Ajax, the chief of the state’s Bureau of Medical Cannabis Regulation for California, who is in charge of coordinating California’s efforts to oversee the cannabis industry has stated “We all know what we have to get done and failure is not an option for us.”bueaus.png

 

Ms. Ajax and representatives of the two other marijuana regulating agencies, the California Dept. of Food and Agriculture and the California Dept. of Public Health will be making presentations and answering questions this Friday, June 30 in Los Angeles. They will be covering a broad range of issues concerning the regulations being promulgated and how the industry will operate and make marijuana and associated products available to all those who are legally allowed to obtain them which are adults 21 years of age and older and medical marijuana patients regardless of age.

 

The Commercial Cannabis Conference is being sponsored by Assemblyman Jones-Sawyer and everyone is invited to attend. For location, time and other information CLICK HERE.

 

If you cannot attend, I and others who are attending the conference with me will be at all three MAPP meetings providing the information that was presented along with materials and informational brochures that was distributed at the meeting.

 

stop_the_ban_sd.jpgIn addition to the information from the Commercial Cannabis Conference, we will also be discussing a new program to kick start local efforts to convince local city councils and county boards to stop banning commercial marijuana cultivation and distribution and to enact ordinances to allow implementation of the far-reaching range of programs and licenses provided for under both Prop. 64 and Prop. 215.

 

Join friends, patients, consumers and activists at any of the MAPP meetings below.

 

calaendar.jpgSaturday, July 1 at 12 noon - Palm Springs/Coachella Valley meeting – Crystal Fantasy, 268 N. Palm Canyon Dr., downtown Palm Springs 92262.

 

Saturday, July 1 at 3 p.m. - Joshua Tree/Morongo Valley meeting – Beatnik Lounge, 61597 Twenty-Nine Palms Hwy., Joshua Tree 92252.

 

Wednesday, July 5 at 7:30 p.m. – Moreno Valley/Western IE MAPP meeting - Greenview Medical, 22275 Alessandro Blvd, Moreno Valley, CA 92553

 

see_you.jpgCookies, milk, camaraderie and networking available at all three meetings. You should be too.

BTR_MCCS_Logo.jpgGANJA GOES TO
LAW SCHOOL

The newest episode of Marijuana Compassion and Common Sense explores this issue with Robert Mikos, one of the nation’s leading experts on federalism and drug law. His soon-to-be published and first of its kind law school textbook Marijuana Law, Policy, and Authority is written to be accessible to a broad audience -- not just lawyers and law students.
On the show, Mr. Mikos discusses his new book, how marijuana law made it to law school, how it differs from other product laws, discusses the evolution of marijuana law, how big the field is expected to become and how other attorneys and his peers view marijuana law as a legitimate legal field.
Marijuana law may be obtuse, complex and at times seem even absurd, but after listening to Mr. Mikos, it begins to come together in a reasoned and rational way. To hear the interview with Mr. Mikos, CLICK HERE or go to www.blogtalkradio.com/marijuananews anytime that it is convenient to hear.

 

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Hitching 215 & 64 Together - Better than Same-Sex Marriage?

welcome_to_CA_sign.jpgcalifornia-marijuana-flag.jpegCALIFORNIA POISED TO DO
LEGALIZATION
RIGHT

A billion here and a billion there – before long you are talking real money. In California alone it is estimated to reach $7 billion and that’s just the first year. It will go up from there – way up as hopefully more people reduce their use of alcohol and substitute marijuana for a safer, healthier and more enjoyable experience.

 

How the industry is fleshing out and how it will affect consumers and producers is coming into focus with the introduction and consideration by the state legislature of Governor Brown’s trailer bill that reconciles the differences between Prop. 64 and California’s 20+ year old medical marijuana law.

 

Prop. 215, thanks to the ferocious hostility of law enforcement, the timidity of most local government to oppose them and the ineffectiveness of medical marijuana patients to do much about it, failed in almost every respect to provide safe, reliable, local and affordable access to the majority of medical marijuana consumers.

 

Where 215 failed on its own, it looks like a combination of Prop. 215 and Prop. 64 is going to make sensible access to marijuana finally happen and it is looking way better than many thought possible. Take a gander at this:

Marijuana will be treated, for the most part, like alcohol, allowing people 21 and older to legally possess up to an ounce of marijuana and grow six marijuana plants at home. Medical marijuana patients can still grow as much as medically necessary.

Businesses would be able to legally grow, distribute and sell their own product.

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Farmers could form agricultural cooperatives without violating antitrust laws.

Creates microbusinesses and small artisanal/craft businesses similar to small wineries and microbreweries.

mj_delivery.gifSellers with no public storefronts would be able to deliver marijuana directly to customers.

Allows for businesses to permit on-site consumption

mj_festival.jpgBusinesses would be allowed to sell marijuana and provide samples at county fairs, regional agricultural associations and CANNABIS FESTIVALS.

All marijuana sold commercially will have to be tested for content and certified pesticide and residue free by businesses independent of and with no financial ties to growers or retailers.

Dont-Panic-Its-Organic.jpgRequires state regulators to devise rules for marijuana producers to label their product as organic. Since marijuana is a schedule one substance, it cannot be labeled organic under federal rules, so it is important for California to create its own system for designating organically grown marijuana.

Provides for the creation of standards for official marijuana varietals and growing regions, known as appellations, that can be published so craft and artisanal producers can differentiate their products based on their unique strain and growing conditions like winemakers do.

An open container of marijuana in a vehicle would be illegal like it is for alcohol. PEOPLE WITH A MEDICAL MARIJUANA RECOMMENDATION WOULD BE EXEMPT FROM THIS REGULATION.

collecting_taxes.jpgDue to the problem that banks will not provide services to marijuana businesses and that California lawmakers expect to take in hundreds of millions in taxes, the state will open a tax office in the remote region north of San Francisco so marijuana businesses can pay their taxes in cash without having to drive long distances with thousands of dollars.

 

fly-in-ointment.jpegThe major fly-in-the-ointment is that the California Supreme Court has ruled that Prop. 215 gives cities and counties total control over whether to allow medical marijuana cultivation and distribution whether it is for personal or commercial use. Except for preventing local governments from banning indoor cultivation, Prop. 64 follows the same pattern so although the combined 215 and 64 bill is very good, the ability to access what it provides is totally dependent on whether local government will permit it.

 
I don’t mean to imply that local control is the only problem - there are most definitely others. David Goldman, chairperson of the San Francisco chapter of the Brownie Mary Democrats and
Michael Koehn sent a letter to the Bureau of Medical Cannabis Regulation outlining what these problems are and offering suggestions for improvement. Their letter is exceedingly excellent in its review and notations - to read it CLICK HERE.

 

md_presecribes_rx.jpgLike a medical doctor determining if the benefits of a medicine outweigh the negative consequences before prescribing it to her or his patient, the benefits of what appears to be coming out of the state legislature far outweigh the negatives.

Many of the problems cited by David and Michael to the BMCR can be dealt with on the regulatory level and do not have to go through the complex and unwieldy legislative process.

Those negatives that cannot be addressed through the regulatory process, can be addressed legislatively as Prop. 64 provides that the legislature can amend the initiative if the proposed amendments further the intent of the initiative, which is:

to establish a comprehensive system to legalize, control and regulate the cultivation, processing, manufacture, distribution, testing, and sale of nonmedical marijuana, including marijuana products, for use by adults 21 years and older, and to tax the commercial growth and retail sale of marijuana.

 

Making the legislative route favorable is that Prop. 64 requires that a measure to make the initiative less restrictive requires only a majority vote where as a measure to restrict requires a 2/3 vote making it far easier to undo the negatives than it is to undo the positives.


join_bmdc.jpgThis is why it is necessary to support groups, like ASA, CaNORML, MAPP, BMD and others. They have the expertise to interact effectively with state regulatory agencies, but just like lobbyists for businesses and other interest groups, in order to develop effective political clout on the local, state and national level, they need your time and financial support in order to carry out that mission.

brown_sign_bill.jpgEven though Gov. Brown’s reconciliation bill has the approval of the Democratic legislative leadership, it is still up for up for grabs and changes to be made while being debated and manipulated by the 120 state legislators.

 

As Mark Twain so notably wrote “No man's life, liberty, or property are safe while the legislature is in session.” We will need to stay vigilant during this process.

 

 

trump_stay_out_CA.jpgIf we can keep Trump and Sessions out of California and out-of-our-state’s business, then we will have significantly shifted the paradigm on marijuana so far over that marijuana prohibition will never rear its ugly, cruel, malicious and racist head again.

 

I cannot help but feel that the extent that Democrats are moving to provide for the legalization and distribution of marijuana in California is not only animated by their respect for the overwhelming support of the voters for Prop. 64, but also as a way to stick a thumb in Trump’s eye and his minion Sessions.

 

Stay tuned to my email newsletters for updates on this most important piece of legislation and be prepared to send emails and even better to pick up your phone to make calls to your state legislators’ offices when it becomes necessary to do so.

Commercial Cannabis Town Hall
and it’s FREE

 

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Don't want to pay the hundreds of dollars conference fees being charged by organizations sponsoring a cornucopia of commercial marijuana conferences? If you can make it into Los Angeles on Friday, June 30, you won't have to.

Assemblyman Reggie Jones-Sawyer (D-L.A.), sponsor of AB 1578 which prevents local police from cooperating with the feds in enforcement of federal marijuana prohibition law against marijuana providers operating under California law, is hosting a Commercial Cannabis Town Hall featuring the actual people employed by the state to regulate the commercial cannabis industry. Click on flyer to enlarge.

 

Town Hall panelists include Assemblyman Jones-Sawyer, Lori Ajax, Chief, Bureau of Medical Cannabis Regulation and regulators from the California Department of Public Health and the California Department of Food and Agriculture. These are the agencies that will be writing and enforcing the regulations that all commercial businesses, large and small, will operate under. There will also be representatives from Go-Biz – a kind of marijuana venture capital firm that will share information on money they have available for start-ups.

The Commercial Cannabis Town Hall on Friday, June 30th begins at 10:00am at the Los Angeles Expo Center’s Roy A. Anderson Recreation Center in the Community Room on the 2nd Floor located at 3980 Bill Robertson Lane, (formerly S. Menlo Ave.) Los Angeles, California 90037.

They are requesting RSVPs, so let them know you are coming and if you desire additional information call  them at (213) 744-2111.

 

Whether you are going into the marijuana business or not, if you have the time to attend this conference, you will find it of immense benefit to know what is going on and to have any of your questions answered and/or concerns addressed.

 

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LAW SCHOOL

Even with 29 states legalizing medical marijuana and eight states legalizing all use, marijuana has yet to be given the same deference and respect that laws surrounding any other product receive. As a multi-billion dollar business involving tens of millions of consumers, it is imperative that lawyers have the training and skills to not just defend a person from criminal charges, but to help businesses organize and comply with the complex and myriad laws regulating and controlling this burgeoning new industry.

 

robert_mikos.jpgThe newest episode of Marijuana Compassion and Common Sense explores this issue with Robert Mikos, one of the nation’s leading experts on federalism and drug law. His soon-to-be published and first of its kind law school textbook Marijuana Law, Policy, and Authority is written to be accessible to a broad audience -- not just lawyers and law students.

 

mjlaw_book.jpgOn the show, Mr. Mikos discusses his new book, how marijuana law made it to law school, how it differs from other product laws, discusses the evolution of marijuana law, how big the field is expected to become and how other attorneys and his peers view marijuana law as a legitimate legal field.

 

Mr. Mikos’s most recent scholarship analyzes the struggle among federal, state, and local governments for control of marijuana law and policy. In that vein, he has written, testified, and lectured on the states’ constitutional authority to legalize marijuana, federal preemption of state marijuana regulations, the political and budgetary considerations that limit enforcement of the federal marijuana ban, federal law’s influence on state regulation and taxation of the marijuana industry, and the desirability of marijuana localism.

 

Professor Mikos has taught at the University of California at Davis, where he was twice nominated for the school’s Distinguished Teaching Award, as well as at Notre Dame and the University of Michigan. He teaches courses in Federalism, Constitutional Law, Marijuana Law and Policy, Federal Criminal Law, and Drug Law and Policy.

 

Marijuana law may be obtuse, complex and at times seem even absurd, but after listening to Mr. Mikos, it begins to come together in a reasoned and rational way. To hear the interview with Mr. Mikos, CLICK HERE or go to www.blogtalkradio.com/marijuananews anytime that it is convenient to hear.

 

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MAJOR SUCCESS as Ganja Sanctary Bill Passes - What to do now

 

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Call to Congratulate or
Castigate Your Assembly
Member on Their Vote to
Make California America's
1st Ganja Sanctuary State

 

In what is a truly historic vote, the California State Assembly passed AB 1578, the courageous legislation sponsored by Assemblyman Jones-Sawyer which prevents local and state police from cooperating, assisting or collaborating with federal police in the arrest, prosecution and imprisonment of people following California’s medical and adult-use marijuana laws.

 

ca_leg_votes.jpgIt was as narrow a victory as imaginable squeaking by with a 41 to 33 vote (40 Democrats and 1 Republican voting YES, 11 Democrats and 22 Republicans voting NO and 4 Democrats and 2 Republicans NOT VOTING – note they were not absent, they chose not to vote).

 

To see if your assembly member supported or opposed AB 1578 and to see how easy it is to contact them to either congratulate or castigate, CLICK HERE.

 

DEA_with_police.jpgAB 1578 now advances to the Senate where it has two co-sponsors - Senator Nancy Skinner (D-Oakland) and Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco). In the assembly, the bill was intensely opposed by law enforcement. They are expected to continue to pull-out-all-the-stops in a last ditch effort to maintain their ability to continue criminally pursuing marijuana consumers and producers by joining with federal police to enforce federal law as there is no longer any state law that will allow them to continue busting law-abiding citizens.

 

mj_bill.jpgMost of the other 46 bills that had been introduced that would have affected marijuana did not make it through either chamber. Four that did are:

 

AB 64 by Rob Bonta (D) is a reform measure that fills the holes found in current medical and non-medical regulations.

 

AB 1410 by Jim Wood (D) allows licensed growers to pay their cultivation tax through distributors.

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AB 62 by Jim Wood (D) would ban smoking of tobacco products in public housing but along with tobacco also bans vaping and smoking of marijuana - medical and recreational. This is particularly egregious as it leaves medical marijuana patients with no place to legally partake of their medicine. We must engage valiantly in the Senate to defeat or amend this onerous piece of legislation.

 

SB 65 by Jerry Hill (D) re-affirms infraction penalties for driving while using marijuana which is less serious than a DUI, but is still not a good idea to drive and imbibe at the same time.

 

phone.jpgWatch my newsletter for how AB 1578 and these other bills advance in the legislative maze and please, please, please when you receive a newsletter asking that you send an email or make a phone call, take those few minutes and follow through.

 

AB 1578 is a perfect example of why that is so important – it was a squeaker and there is absolutely no doubt that a number of the YES votes would have been NO votes, if you, your friends, family member and others had not taken the small amount of time required to contact their legislators asking them to vote YES on AB 1578.

 

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Jesse Chavez Looks at
Local Marijuana Politics
at Wed. June 7 MAPP
meeting in Moreno Valley

All politics is local is a fact of life that for too long the marijuana movement, whether it be medical or recreational, has failed to take fully into account. Our failure to secure local access for medical marijuana patients throughout most of the state and the ongoing failure to secure local distribution under Prop. 64 is starkly seen by the avalanche of total bans engulfing cities and counties throughout the state.

 

map_highland.pngThe Inland Empire city of Highland is a classic example of that failure. Even though the majority of voters in Highland voted in favor of Prop. 64, the City Council on May 30 enacted a total and complete ban on any distribution or production of cannabis. Highland city residents will not have safe, reliable and local access to a product that they voted for.

 

mj_arms_arond_children.jpgHighland’s Planning Dept. issued the usual unsubstantiated memes of crime, children and calamity if marijuana distribution and production facilities were allowed.  The hostility on the issue from Highland’s mayor was overtly obvious in her refusal to allow additional speaking time when I presented a refutation of the Planning Departments report even though one of the council members specifically requested that I be allotted an additional three minutes.

 

That the issue held little community interest was obvious in that there was only one speaker in favor and two speakers opposed. If this had been an issue of opening up a homeless shelter, the Council chambers would have been full to overflowing.

What happened in Highland is instructive in what is and will be happening throughout the Inland Empire and the rest of California. To analyze what happened and to determine and develop better ways of approaching city councils and county boards to allow marijuana distribution and production, the Wednesday, June 7 MAPP meeting will feature Highland City Council member Jesse Chavez.


jesse_chavez_flag.jpgElected last November to the Highland City Council, Jesse brings a fresh and preformist outlook to what has been a tired and old school viewpoint that has dominated the politics of all too many local governments in the Inland Empire. His interest in local city politics and election to the Highland City Council is as instructive as it is inspiring and can be read about by CLICKING HERE


As a member of the Highland City Council he has quickly picked up the intricacies and intrigues of local politics. His explanation of how the ban came into being, why it happened and what can be done about it will be very instructive when it comes time for any of us to navigate through the political process in our local communities to allow for commercial marijuana enterprises as well as reasonable indoor personal cultivation regulations as permitted under Prop. 215 and Prop. 64.

 

IE_patients_at_capitol_(2).JPGMost excitedly will be a presentation made by IE participants at the Citizens Lobby Day in Sacramento on Monday, June 5. Sponsored by Americans for Safe Access and CaNORML, the annual Citizens Lobby Days brings hundreds of local activists to Sacramento where they receive information on current legislative bills and training to lobby their elected state legislators. The IE participants will be reporting on their interactions with their state legislators and what this portends for the IE. This is a prime example of how marijuana interests can make headway and succeed.

 

Information will also be presented on AB 1578 and other bills in the state legislature as well as a report on what happened relating to marijuana issues at the recently concluded California Democratic Party state convention.

 

The MAPP meeting on Wednesday, June 7 begins at 7:30 p.m. and is held at Greenview Medical, 22275 Alessandro Blvd, Moreno Valley, CA 92553. Everyone is invited to the meeting and encouraged to bring friends, family members and other acquaintances to the meeting. Milk, punch and a delightful assortment of cookies will be provided.

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Who REALLY Controls 215 and 64? Hint: it isn't Monsanto + MAPP meets

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Highland City Council Member to Address MAPP Meeting

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Prop. 215, as interpreted by the California Supreme Court, and Prop. 64, as written in the proposition itself, provides for cities and counties to have complete and total control over the commercial cultivation, manufacture and distribution of marijuana. Although the state issues the licenses, it is the cities and counties that decides who will get them. Local governments determine where it can be done, how it can be done, how many can do it and, if they so choose, they can decide to ban it in its entirety.

 

Egged on by police, drug war supporters, chambers of commerce and reefer madness inspired citizens, most cities and counties have been choosing the banning option. That many local elected officials are also prone to reefer madness makes the bans almost a fait accompli.

 

o-PULLING-HAIR-facebook.jpgThis reefer madness is aided and abetted by a city’s planning agencies that report biased and often untrue negative information about marijuana and fail to report any of the benefits. That they do this even in communities which voted in favor of Prop. 64 only underscores the deranging consequences of reefer madness infections.

 

So insidious is the contagion of reefer madness, that local municipal governments, most of whom are desperately trying to pay for safer communities while maintaining community services in age of shrinking and parsimonious state and federal funding, are willing to forgo millions of dollars in new tax revenues and, by providing an alternative to the illegal trafficking of marijuana, significantly reduce crime.

 

Except for a handful of major urban cosmopolitan cities joined by a handful of bankrupt and desperate small municipalities, advocates for the development of a commercial marijuana market have been even less successful than Democrats who supported Hillary Clinton. At least she won the popular vote, but even though Prop. 64 won in many communities, marijuana advocates have watched as many of their gains they thought they had made evaporated into thin air. Elected officials on both the local and state levels rush to pass laws drastically curtailing access and enact cumbersome and malicious regulations designed to thwart the will of the voters rather than enact the will of the voters.

 

police_close_dispensary.jpgSo dreaded is the idea of marijuana being commercially allowed, that cities and counties in California have spent tens of millions of dollars trying to stem the infiltration of marijuana dispensaries into their communities. They issue press releases and give glowing accounts to the media about how they are valiantly working to protect their citizens from the scourge of marijuana and how many dispensaries they have closed and how they will put those last few dispensaries out of business if it’s the last thing they ever do.

 

The fly-in-their-self-congratulatory-ointment is that the money made by a properly run marijuana store can be enormous. Because Prop. 215 and Prop. 64 significantly reduce the criminality of marijuana distribution, local governments have difficulty imposing much in the way of criminal sanctions and rely more on civil actions which are time consuming and costly and usually result in the offending store closing down and re-opening two blocks down the street. When that happens, the city must begin the process anew to close them down again – taking up to 6 months or more while the dispensary continues to take money in hand over fist.

 

stuff_money_into_pocket.jpgCity leaders should be irate at these landlords that allow these whack-a-mole marijuana dispensary operations to flourish. Unless they are getting substantial re-election campaign contributions from these landlords, they probably are irate. Since these dispensaries pay rent two to four time above what the landlord could get from any other business, they are all too willing to duck the city council members at chamber of commerce meetings as they continue stuffing their pockets with dispensary cash. Dispensaries have to pay in cash as they cannot open bank accounts which many landlords love as it is far easier to hide these rental payments from the taxing authorities.

 

wrong_message_for_children.jpgAs patriotism is the last refuge for a scoundrel, children are the last refuge for reefer mad local government officials. Promulgating the tripe promoted by police they intone that marijuana must be prohibited as having legal marijuana sends the wrong message to children. One might reasonably conclude that they should be equally concerned about stores selling alcohol and tobacco also sending the wrong message to children as these far more dangerous products have a combined annual death rate of over 450,000 in the United States while marijuana has a zero annual death rate.

 

money_flying_away.jpgElected officials are deluding themselves if they really think that by refusing to license and regulate stores selling marijuana, they will reduce the use and availability of marijuana in their communities. They will still have just as much marijuana if they didn’t have a ban, but what they won’t have is the millions of dollars in tax revenue from their residents and the residents of surrounding communities who will go to cities that have regulated its sale. These cities will gleefully use the money spent by the residents of other communities purchasing marijuana in their city to provide services, such as community centers, filling pot-holes and after-school activities, for their citizens.

 

money_for_pot.jpgOf course some, if not most, residents will not want to make the drive all the way to the cities that do regulate its sale and will instead continue to obtain marijuana the old fashion way – from criminals who do not pay any taxes essentially allowing crime to continue when they have the opportunity to reduce crime and increase revenue at the same time.

 

JOIN_BMD-page-001.jpgWhy elected officials want to make it cumbersome and difficult for residents to obtain marijuana as permitted under state law is beyond all reason. As cities love to study an issue in order not to take any action, one would think that at the very least they would form a committee to research the issue and present alternatives including sample ordinances reflecting what a reasonable commercial ordinance would entail.

 

old_people_drink.jpgIf city officials really think that prohibiting locally licensed and regulated marijuana distribution is going to mean less marijuana and make their communities safer and that their residents couldn’t use millions of extra dollars for community services and programs, a rational person cannot help but wonder what have they been drinking?

 

Although drinking and a fondness for alcohol might play a role, it is still puzzling as to why it is so hard to get these officials to sign off on reasonable revenue producing regulations.  Although the message of increased taxes and reduced crime should be effective, it is not most likely because our delivery of the message is clearly not effective.

 

right_message_-_Copy.jpgWe need to learn how to deliver an effective message. One of the best ways that can be done is to learn from the people who we want to listen to our messages. In the Inland Empire, we will be doing that at the Marijuana Anti-Prohibition Project (MAPP) meetings on Saturday, June 3 in Palm Springs and Joshua Tree and at a very special meeting on Wed. June 7 in Moreno Valley, featuring newly elected city of Highland Council member Jesse Chavez.

 

jesse_chavez_flag.jpgJesse became involved politically as a result of the death of a friend in a drive-by shooting in Highland. Jesse’s story on becoming a City Council member at the relatively tender age of 25 is very uplifting. To read about him and be inspired CLICK HERE.

 

As a member of the Highland City Council he has quickly picked up the intricacies and intrigues of local politics especially when it came to dealing with the entrenched powers that be when the city recently passed an ordinance banning marijuana businesses and regulating indoor personal cultivation.

 

How this ordinance is faring and what it being done to revisit and change it will be very instructive. When it comes time to negotiate in your community for allowing commercial marijuana enterprises as well as reasonable indoor personal cultivation regulations, this is a meeting that will be of the utmost interest and utility.

 

two_way_street.pngThe meeting is a two-way street as Jesse would welcome ideas and suggestions on this vexing issue. Come and meet this young man – his enthusiasm is truly motivating, encouraging and exciting.

 

MAPP_Logo.jpgJUNE MAPP
MEETINGS

 

Saturday, June 3 at 12 noon - Palm Springs/Coachella Valley meeting – Crystal Fantasy, 268 N. Palm Canyon Dr., downtown Palm Springs 92262.

 

Saturday, June 3 at 3 p.m. - Joshua Tree/Morongo Valley meeting – Beatnik Lounge, 61597 Twenty-Nine Palms Hwy., Joshua Tree 92252.

 

Wednesday, June 7 at 7:30 p.m. – Moreno Valley/Western IE MAPP meeting - Greenview Medical, 22275 Alessandro Blvd, Moreno Valley, CA 92553

420_club_badge.jpgMAPP works on the local level. Please support our efforts to obtain access in your commnity by joining our 420 Club and donating $4.20/month (that's just 14¢/day)!

CLICK HERE TO JOIN

CLICK HERE TO MAKE A ONE-TIME DONATION

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Immigration Rights vs. MJ Rights - Clout Counts

immigrant_rights.jpgmarijuana_rights.jpgWill California Protect MJ Rights
Like California Protects Immigrant Rights

 Maybe Yes - Maybe No
It's Up to You

police_ice.jpgSB 54 is the controversial “sanctuary state” bill that bars local and state law enforcement from using their resources to help federal immigration officers enforce federal immigration laws. It is fiercely opposed by state and local law enforcement with Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones stating "If SB 54 passes, it will allow dangerous, violent career criminals to slip through the cracks and be released back into our communities.”


criminalalien_crisis.jpgWarning that passage of this bill could endanger federal funding, Sen. Jeff Stone (R-Temecula) opined that “This bill is unsafe. This bill is unlawful. This bill is designed to make California a sanctuary for certain dangerous criminals.” Going one rather large step further, state Sen. Joel Anderson (R-San Diego), said "We are talking about rapists and child molesters."

 

Even with these calamitous warnings from police and respected legislators, the support by a broad coalition of immigrant and civil rights organizations resulted in the California Senate, on a 27-12, party-line vote, passing SB 54 where it now awaits passage in the state Assembly.

 

dea_police.JPGAB 1578 would impose the same restrictions on state and local police preventing their assistance and cooperation with federal police in the enforcement of federal marijuana prohibition law against California residents following California’s medical and adult-use marijuana laws. The bill is up for a vote on the floor of the Assembly as soon as this Friday.

 

youngblood.jpgLike SB 54, AB 1578 faces the scorn and wrath of law enforcement with Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood, president of the California State Sheriffs’ Assn., complaining that “It really is quite offensive wanting to direct law enforcement how they want us to work.” Once again warning of a loss of federal funding, Youngblood reminded legislators that growing and selling marijuana “is still a federal felony and we are still in the United States of America, and the state of California cannot take over the United States.”

 

AB 1578 is coming up for a vote as soon as this Friday. Can marijuana advocates form as a broad a coalition as immigrant rights advocates and succeed in having AB 1578 passed? Good question.

 

trump_signs.jpgSome might argue that this only affects adult-use marijuana because of the Rohrabacher/Blumenauer amendment defunding the Dept. of Justice from enforcing marijuana prohibition against states with medical marijuana law. This is an illusion that is fraught with danger as Pres. Trump specifically included a signing statement in the spending bill directly alongside the amendment stating he does not have to abide by it.

 

If Trump didn’t intend to go after medical marijuana, why did he make the extra effort to add that signing statement? Some detractors may say that’s Crazy Old Trump doing his Crazy Old Stuff, but I think he’s being crazy like a fox.

 

finger-pointers.jpgSo medical marijuana users and adult-use marijuana users have a lot riding on AB 1578 and if the people in favor of and affected by SB 54 could overcome the opposition by police we can too. But it won’t happen unless YOU step up like the immigration advocates did for SB 54 and put forth two minutes to contact your state assembly member and ask her or him to vote YES on AB 1578.

 

2_minutes.jpgNotice I wrote two minutes and not 30 seconds because in this case it is critical that you actually take an entire two minutes and call your assembly member’s office rather than 30 seconds to send an email. It is truly easy to do and it truly can affect their vote – especially if they are sitting on the fence which many of them are.  

 

If you know the name of your assembly member, CLICK HERE and scroll through the list to your assembly member’s name and call the phone number listed there. If you do not know who your assembly member is, CLICK HERE and enter your address. This will bring you to a link that will take you to your assembly member’s website where you can locate the phone number to call

 

When you call, tell the person who answers your name, where you live, and say:

phone.jpgI’m calling in support of AB 1578. The bill will protect Californians who are operating lawfully under our state’s marijuana laws from their local police helping federal police arrest, prosecute and imprison them. The people voted for legalization and I want their vote respected. Please tell my lawmaker that I called. Thank you.

 

Do not hesitate to embellish the message with your own personal thoughts.

 

Most state legislators allow you to leave a voice-mail if you call when the office is not open so call them right now even if its 2 a.m. If the voice-mail option is not available, then please call back anytime Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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We can do it just like the immigration rights advocates did, but only if enough people call in support of AB 1578. Will you be one of those people? I sure hope so.

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OR BUST!

Citizen’s Lobby Day Will Make Your Life Better and everyone else’s too!

Sacramento Citizen’s Lobby Day on Monday, June 5 sponsored by Americans for Safe Access and CaNORML is a little more than a week away and we have four seats left on the Citizen Lobby and Party van for the trip from the Inland Empire to Sacramento on Sunday, June 4 and Monday, June 5.

 

bills.jpgThis is an exciting opportunity to learn firsthand about the 47 marijuana bills in the state legislature and then do something about them by going to the offices of YOUR state assembly member and state senator where you can personally convey your thoughts on these bills and send a very strong message on how they should vote.

 

A previous newsletter contained detailed information about Citizen Lobby Day as well as information on how you can join us for an exciting, fun and a life affirming trip to Sacramento. If you didn’t see it or don’t remember, just CLICK HERE to restore and refresh your memory.

 

reserve_seat.jpgIf you want to go, but still haven’t made your reservation for a seat on the van, a room and bed at the inn, conference seats and reception tickets, then send an email to lanny@marijananews.org.  Don’t delay - send it now as only 4 seats remain

 

The cost is only $85 per person. This includes transportation, lodging (two to a room) and all registration and reception fees. We will dine together if you chose, but all food purchases are on your own. The motel rooms have microwaves and refrigerators as well as free-internet.

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state_capitol.jpgASA’s Citizen Lobby Day in Sacramento has always been a special event that is informative, productive and fun! Don’t miss out on an event that is as cool and memorable as it is rewarding. Reserve your seat in the van and place in our state’s Capitol now by sending an email to lanny@marijuananews.org.

 



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In the Unemployment Line?
In Colorado arrests for marijuana offenses plummeted from over
80,000 a year before legalization to less that 2,000 after legalization.


Famed MJ attorney Bruce Margolin takes a nuanced look at what may be in store.

Listen now - CLICK HERE
 or go to www.blogtalkradio.com/marijuananews

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Make Your Grandkids Proud at Citizen Lobby Day in Sacrameto

 

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Be Part
of the
Democratic
Process

Be Part of ASA/CaNORML
Citizens MJ Lobby Day in Sacramento

ASA’s Citizen Lobby Day in Sacramento has always been a special event that is informative, productive and fun. For 2017 they are being joined by CaNORML to coordinate and create the largest, most rewarding and successful Citizen Lobby Day ever!

 

On Monday, June 5, they are expecting over 300 participants representing patients, advocates, providers, industry workers and others to participate in the state's largest cannabis lobby day.

 

ASA_Lobby_Day_081213_conference_(2).jpgIt’s an amazing experience in the democratic process as you take part in the legislative briefing and lobbyist training which will give you the information and skills you need to meet with your state assembly member and state senator that very same day. Citizen lobbying works - Research shows that an in-person visit from a constituent like you is six times more likely to influence an undecided lawmaker than a visit from a paid lobbyist.


jones-sawyer.jpegThis year’s legislative briefing is highlighted with a presentation by Assemblyman Reginald Jones-Sawyer, author of AB 1578, the California ganja sanctuary bill.

 

ASA’s Citizen Lobby Day has always been extraordinary – everyone who has participated has always felt it was one of the most satisfying days they have spent in a long long time and look forward to participating again. Take a look at the complete schedule of events and lobbying and you will see why - just CLICK HERE.

 

Want to join in – you can!

 

party_van.gifEvery year we rent a van and bring 10 to 15 IE residents to Sacramento for Citizen Lobby Day. Let me assure you that getting there is half the fun!

 

We will leave on Sunday, June 4 at 9 a.m. and will pick up at several locations along the travel route in the IE from Palm Spring to Riverside and San Bernardino. We arrive in Sacramento at around 6 p.m. and check in at a local motel. We go for dinner and for those who want, after dinner we will join ASA and NORML at a social cannabis-friendly event.

 

state_capitol.jpgOn Monday, June 5 we go to the Legislative Briefing and Lobbyist Training at the Citizen’s Hotel in downtown Sacramento. In the afternoon you will go to the State Capitol Building and to the offices of your state assembly member and senator. ASA will make appointments for you, so you will be expected. You will most likely meet with the legislator’s Chief Legislative Aide, but it is not unusual to meet with your actual state assembly member and senator.

 

After the lobbying, we reconvene in the Scandal Lounge at 5:30 p.m. in the Citizen Hotel for a VIP Reception with lawmakers and other state officials. We leave about 7:00 p.m. for home arriving back in the IE around 2 or 3 a.m.

 

IE_patients_at_capitol_(2).JPGYes it is a very full day – one that you will tell everyone you know about. You are not on the sideline looking in – you actually participate in our democracy! And it’s all for cannabis – your right to safe, reliable, local and affordable access.

 

Yes you will actually be able tell your grandkids what you did to end marijuana prohibition.

 

The cost is only $85 per person. This includes transportation, lodging (two to a room) and all registration and reception fees. We will dine together if you chose, but all food purchases are on your own. The motel rooms have microwaves and refrigerators as well as free-internet.

 

There is only room for 12 people in the party van and their are only four seats left – so don’t delay and miss out on this enlightening and fun trip. Email me at lanny@marijuananews.org and reserve your seat in the van, your room in the motel and most of all you participation in grassroots cannabis activism.

 

If you want to go, but needs some help to cover the cost, let me know and I will see if I can rustle up a scholarship or two.

 

If you can take off on Sunday June 4 and Monday June 5 and don’t need much sleep to function on Tuesday or can just sleep on Tuesday, then don’t miss this extraordinary day. I guarantee you will not regret attending and will look back on it for many years as something that you participated in and accomplished and are very proud of.

 

For more information on the ASA/CaNORML Citizen Lobby Days CLICK HERE.

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Brownie Mary Democratic Club CaDEM Banquet Honors Eddy Lepp

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Join us at the
Brownie Mary Democrats
Annual Meeting & Award Banquet

 

BMD_051117.jpgYou are invited to join the Brownie Mary Democrats of California at their annual banquet meeting during the 2017 California Democratic Party state convention in Sacramento on Saturday, May 20 at 6:30 p.m.  The Guest of Honor and featured speaker is Eddy Lepp.

 

Eddy has just been released from prison after serving 8 years for growing medicinal marijuana on his farm. An outspoken and colorful advocate, this will be his first public appearance since being released. If you don’t know much about Eddy, who is indeed a true cannabis icon, CLICK HERE.

 

sac_conv_cen.jpgThe CaDEM state convention is taking place at the Sacramento Convention Center from Friday, May 19 – Sunday, May 21 and you are welcome to attend both the BMD-CA banquet on May 20 and the state convention. Although the general sessions are open only to delegates, you are able to attend any of the 19 caucus meetings ranging from progressive to native America to environmental to veteran.

 

bmd_booth.jpgYou can also visit the exhibit area where there are 50 or more information booths sponsored by Democratic, progressive, civil liberties, labor, health care and other organizations.  BMD-CA will have a booth there and you are cordially invited to join us.

 

BMD_Hospitalty_Suite_2015.JPGThere are also the hospitality suites in the evening beginning at 10 p.m. many serving drinks and desserts. Sponsored by elected officials, candidates for office, businesses and organizations, they are the social highlight of the convention and are not to be missed.

 

cdpdems0303d.jpgThe CaDEM state convention is one of the best places to actually meet elected Democratic officials, both statewide and local as well as connect with Democratic grassroots activists from your community. If you have never been to a state convention, it is the real grassroots of political activism and well worth going to see. For more information on the California Democratic Convention CLICK HERE.

 

If you find this at all intriguing, then come on down to Sacramento and the Sacramento Convention Center, 1400 J St, Sacramento, CA 95814 on Saturday, May 20 and make a day of it, visiting the exhibit area and the Brownie Mary booth, attending some caucus meetings, visiting the hospitality suites and hobnobbing with 3,000+ delegates and the 1,000+ elected officials, party officers and other convention attendees. You do not have to be a Democrat to attend the convention.

 

BANQUET-2-meatball_thumb25.jpgYou are welcome to join BMD-CA for our evening banquet and meet and hear Eddy Lepp. The banquet is being held at the Old Spaghetti Factory, 1910 J St, Sacramento, CA 95811, which is about 3 blocks from the Sacramento Convention Center. The banquet starts at 6:30 p.m. and in addition to Eddy’s appearance, there will be some interesting but short presentations and a silent auction.

 

There are only 50 seats available at the banquet, so it is expected to sell-out. Tickets are $25 and can be obtained by CLICKING HERE.

 

If you have any questions or need more info email me at lanny@browniemarydemocrats.org or call me at 760-799-2055.

 

Lanny

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The Only Game In Town Threatens Police

 

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A
You-Are-There
Report


Will AB 1578,
the Only Game In Town to Thwart the Feds,
Make it to Second Base?

Jones-Sawyer___us_042817.JPGOn Friday, I, along with members of the Brownie Mary Democrats and the Drug Policy Alliance, met with Assemblyman Jones-Sawyer, primary sponsor of AB 1578 which will prevent police from assisting federal police in arresting, prosecuting or imprisoning marijuana providers who are following state law.

Assemblyman Jones-Sawyer explained how he came to submit this legislation and how it would work. As much as I think the feds should completely stay out of California, Assemblyman Jones-Sawyer explained that his bill will only protect those providers who are in compliance with state law. That means if they are rogue operators who have not obtained local and state licenses, local police can still can assist the feds in going after them.

 GOOD NEWS!!!

Poll_legalize_mj-page-001.jpgThis makes the opposition to his bill by the California Chiefs of Police Association and the California State Sheriff’s Association all the more hypocritical and disrespectful of the voters of California.

 

Police should be overjoyed that they have the green-light to utilize federal resource personnel to go after marijuana providers in their community who are operating illegally. They ought to be grateful that a licensed and regulated marijuana distribution system has been put in place that will increase their donut eating time by ending enforcement of marijuana prohibition laws against otherwise law-abiding citizens and decrease the number of black market operators and the problems associated with any criminal enterprise.

 

eric_garner.jpgAfter all they seem to have no problem with legal distributors of alcohol and tobacco and extensively utilize their resources and those of other government agencies to go after people selling alcohol and tobacco without a license. Police even killed a man in New York who was selling individual cigarettes without a license.

 

the-police-do-their-job-09.jpgPolice are well aware that a legal regulated market will in time significantly reduce illegal sales. This clearly shows that their agenda is not public safety, but rather their desire to continue to rake in millions of dollars in tax money and asset forfeiture by keeping marijuana illegal.

 

Endorsed-2.jpgWe got to first base when the Assembly’ Public Safety Committee voted last week on a party-line vote to approve and send to the floor AB 1578. Don’t get to giddy about this as this success has to be tempered with the understanding that Assemblyman Jones-Sawyer is the Chairperson of that committee. It is still considered an uphill battle to get this legislation passed as police are extensively lobbying state legislators with their scare tactics of increased crime, availability to children, stoned drivers and scariest of all a threat to endorse a more cop-compliant opponent in the next election.

STRANGE NEWS!

send_email.jpgtrump_mj_biz_seminar-page-001.jpgDo the right thing and successfully counter their intimidating tactics by taking 60 seconds to send your assembly member an email asking them to vote for AB 1578. If you want to do the super-right thing you can go full-throttle boogie and spend three minutes to give them a phone call. It is really is easy and can really help convince your assembly member to vote YES. To find out just how easy it is – CLICK HERE.

 

MAPP_Logo.jpgmeeting.jpgMAY MAPP MEETINGS FEATURE
ANTI-DRUG DISORDER and
AN INSIDER LOOK AT AB 1578

 

Gicomeng_Press_221.jpgAll three May MAPP meetings feature drug use educator Richard Gicomeng speaking on THE REALITY OF A DRUG SAFETY POLICY IS THAT IT SAVES LIVES. As part of the presentation, Richard will examine Anti-Drug Disorder - a progressive disease process that is characterized by the obsession to apply control policy despite its adverse consequences. For additional information on the scope of the presentation CLICK HERE.

 

I will be presenting a comprehensive update on AB 1578 including a behind-the-scenes account of my meeting with Assemblyman Reginal Jones-Sawyer, the bill’s sponsor. From legislative maneuvering to Gov. Jerry Brown’s leanings, Assemblyman Jones-Sawyer is a wealth of information that is both educational and fascinating.

 

milk_cookie.jpgFrom learning to recognize Anti-Drug Disorder and protecting both medical and adult-use marijuana cultivators, manufacturers and distributors from the feds plus a delicious assortment of cookies with milk, I would look forward to seeing you at any of our May MAPP meeting.

 

Wednesday, May 3 at 7:30 p.m. – Moreno Valley/Western IE MAPP meeting - Greenview Medical, 22275 Alessandro Blvd, Moreno Valley, CA 92553

 

Saturday, May 6 at 12 noon - Palm Springs/Coachella Valley meeting – Crystal Fantasy, 268 N. Palm Canyon Dr., downtown Palm Springs 92262.

 

Saturday, May 6 at 3 p.m. - Joshua Tree/Morongo Valley meeting – Beatnik Lounge, 61597 Twenty-Nine Palms Hwy., Joshua Tree 92252.

 

BTR_MCCS_Logo.jpgbroke_lawyer.gifWILL PROP. 64 PUT MJ ATTORNEYS
OUT-OF-WORK?

Famed MJ attorney Bruce Margolin
Takes a Nuanced Look

 

For the last 75 years, attorneys have made a very good living defending people accused of a broad variety of marijuana crimes. With the advent of legalization, will these attorneys have to look elsewhere for clients? On this podcast of Marijuana Compassion and Common Sense, one of the most experienced and knowledgeable attorneys on marijuana law takes a look at what marijuana legalization means for lawyers.

 

margolin_(3).jpgBruce Margolin is a dedicated criminal defense attorney who successfully defended his clients against all types of accusations from marijuana to murder. For more than 40 years Mr. Margolin has successfully pursued justice on his clients’ behalf and defended their rights to be free of illegal searches and their rights that assure a fair trial.

 

With almost 50 years of courtroom experience in defending persons accused of an extensive variety of crimes, he has specialized in marijuana and drug cases successfully defending more marijuana cases than any other attorney in the country. He has written one of the most comprehensive and easy to read explanations of the California and Federal Marijuana laws that exists today, The Margolin Guide to Marijuana Laws.

Additionally he has served as the Director of the Los Angeles Chapter of NORML since 1973 and has been a candidate for Governor of California and U.S. Congress. Mr. Margolin has been selected numerous times to the list of California Super Lawyers and designated Criminal Defense Attorney of the Year. He has been actively involved in legislative reform initiatives, bar associations and other professional organizations.

 

To listen to this most informative podcast with Bruce Margolin and to find out if he will be applying for unemployment insurance, CLICK HERE or go to www.blogtalkradio.com/marijuananews anytime 24/7.

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Trump's DOJ Threatens California - Police Fight Back - Sort Of

sessions_fox_news.jpgAG Sessions Threatens Federal Funding Cut Over Refusal To Enforce Federal Law

As Marijuana Policy Clouds Up
Police Caught in a Dilemma of their Own Making

 

Sanctuary-Cities-Map.pngAttorney General Jeff Sessions has made headlines recently threatening to withhold federal funds from cities that have declared themselves Sanctuary Cities in that these cities will not allow local law enforcement to cooperate with federal immigration police in the arrest and detainment of undocumented immigrants.

 

Will Sessions use the same tactic of threatening to withhold federal funds to states that have passed Ganja Sanctuary laws like California’s AB 1578 which will prevent local law enforcement from cooperating with the feds in the arrest, prosecution or imprisonment of persons following California’s marijuana laws?

 

A lot may depend on whether Sessions can succeed with his threats against Sanctuary Cities.

 

In a report published by Fox News, the conservative news station stated:

 

fox_news.pngMost experts agree that legal precedent — including a decision heralded by conservatives regarding Obamacare — makes clear that the federal government cannot broadly use federal funds as a stick by which to coerce local jurisdictions into certain actions. The government would likely be limited to pulling funds that it can prove are related to the policy it is targeting, namely immigration enforcement.

 

Which means that almost all the funds that will be withheld will be those that go to law enforcement.

 

mad_cop.gifThis really pisses local police off. Although they are chopping at the bit to go after illegal immigrants along with their federal buddies, they are going to lose the very funds they get for going after illegal immigrants if their cities continue to refuse to allow them to participate in rounding up undocumented immigrants.

 

jim_pasco.jpgLosing money does not sit well with cops. The executive director of the Fraternal Order of Police, Jim Pasco, said the union does not support the policies of Sanctuary Cities, but they are concerned that if Sessions cuts funding for police. “he could put public safety at risk if he intends to cut federal grants to so-called Sanctuary Cities.”

 

trump_fraternal_police.jpgThe police would not be protesting the cut in funds if they were cuts to lunches for poor school kids, but since it is their lunch that is being threatened, they will beseech the President they helped elect not to go through with the threatened cuts if their cities do not back down in the face of Sessions’ threats.

 

Will the police protest the cuts in funding if the same threats are made by Sessions to states that have passed ganja sanctuary laws? Most likely but they are pulling out all the stops to make sure that doesn’t happen by fighting bills like California’s AB 1578 claiming it to be “offensive” and that legislators have no business telling “law enforcement how they want us to work.”

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Tom_AAHA_ad_blue.jpgThere is little doubt that the states will win the argument on whether they can refuse to allow their police to aid in the enforcement of federal law. As also reported by FoxNEWS, Erwin Chemerinsky, Annie Lai and Seth Davis, professors at the University of California at Irvine School of Law, wrote that “the federal government can no more require state and local governments to help it carry out mass deportations than it can require local officers to investigate and enforce federal gun laws.”

 

If the police lose their bid to prevent California and other states from enacting Ganja Sanctuary laws, the same would hold true if a state refuses to allow the use of their police officers to enforce federal marijuana law – the only tangible threat the feds could make would be to once again withhold federal money from police.

 

Let’s not whitewash Trump here – Trump most certainly approves of Sessions threatening Sanctuary Cities and Trump is well aware of Session’s sabre rattling on marijuana. Although some may argue that Trump hasn’t the slightest idea what is going on anywhere let alone with his Dept. of Justice, Trump knows very well what is happening, but it is tip-toeing around the issue on marijuana.

 

trump_tweet.jpgTrump has not tweeted a single tweet about marijuana and marijuana is nothing if not “sensational.” This is not par for the course as Trump tweets on a broad variety of subjects at a moment’ notice and the more sensational the better. This silence speaks volumes about Trump’s confusion on the issue. Unlike immigration which has always been an issue he uses to solidify his populist credentials with his base, marijuana seems not to be on his radar screen.

 

Take_Action_NOW_rev2-page-001.jpgWhat makes it so ironic, is that it is the police who want Trump to green-light enforcement of federal marijuana law, but if Trump follows through and cities and states don’t buckle, it will be the police that suffer the most.

 

This has got to be stranger than fiction.

 

earth_day.jpgCelebrating Earth Day Includes Celebrating Cannabis

On Sunday, April 23, San Diego held one of the largest Earth Day celebrations in the country attracting 70,000 people to its storied Balboa Park. One of the major component of this year’s celebration was the section known as CannaVillage with over 50 booth and exhibits featuring marijuana organizations, hemp product displays, cannabis product companies from Dr. Bronner to Deviant Dabs and a plethora of local marijuana dispensaries handing out information about their product but no product - it was a focal point of the celebration.

DSC05959_(2).JPGI set-up a booth for Brownie Mary Democrats featuring our poster display of famous marijuana folk from Henry Anslinger and Louis Armstrong to Dennis Peron and Barbara Streisand. I must have spoken with and provided information about marijuana politics to several hundred people who visited the booth - everyone from marijuana enlightened millennials and their kids to their parents, grand-parents and great grand-parents.

 

Even though marijuana consumption was not allowed (I never saw one person light up or even take a hit off a pen) it is still mind-boggling that this event took part in and was sanctioned by the Earth Day sponsors as Earth Day has become almost as sacrosanct as Mother’s Day.

 

MAPP_Logo.jpgMAY MAPP MEETINGS

Examining Anti-Drug Disorder
and an Update on AB 1578

 

DSC05845.JPGThe May MAPP meetings are just around the corner so if you live in or will be visiting, mark the dates on your calendar to attend either the Moreno Valley/Western IE, Palm Springs/Coachella Valley or Joshua Tree/Morongo Basin MAPP meetings.

 

Our featured speaker at all three meetings will be Richard Gicomeng whose topic on Drug Use Education features an enlightening look at Anti-Drug Disorder - a progressive disease process that is characterized by the obsession to apply control policy despite its adverse consequences.

 

I will also be reporting on a meeting I will be attending on April 29 with Assemblyman Jones-Sawyer and the processes that need to be followed to not only get AB 1578 through the legislature, but to get Governor Brown to sign it.

 

Milk and cookies of course will be provided.

 

Wednesday, May 3 at 7:30 p.m. – Moreno Valley/Western IE MAPP meeting - Greenview Medical, 22275 Alessandro Blvd, Moreno Valley, CA 92553

 

Saturday, May 6 at 12 noon - Palm Springs/Coachella Valley meeting – Crystal Fantasy, 268 N. Palm Canyon Dr., downtown Palm Springs 92262.

 

Saturday, May 6 at 3 p.m. - Joshua Tree/Morongo Valley meeting – Beatnik Lounge, 61597 Twenty-Nine Palms Hwy., Joshua Tree 92252

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