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ASA California Tour 2011

Sam Sabzehzar 2011-08-11 0 comments

Americans for Safe Access (ASA) is visiting cities all over California this month to train and mobilize the grassroots base of support for safe access to medical cannabis!

What can I do to adopt a new or improved local ordinance? How do we force local police to obey state law? What can be done to protect patients’ rights in employment, child custody, housing, and access to health care? Can we protect medical cannabis growers? What state regulations are going to be adopted? What about taxation? How can I assert and protect my rights? How can we finally change federal law?

Executive Director Steph Sherer and California Director Don Duncan are touring California because the need for grassroots activism has never been greater.

As cities and counties are adopting regulations, moratoria, and bans on patients’ associations and cultivation, patients and providers routinely encounter resistance from law enforcement.

Coupled with a media bias and public ambivalence that threatens to roll back gains made over the last few years, ASA will be hosting Raid Preparedness Trainings and Stakeholders Meetings in eleven cities between August 19 and September 1, in hopes of getting members and allies active in the local, state, and federal campaign for safe access.

Experience and research conducted by ASA show that sensible regulations reduce crime and complaints around medical cannabis, while preserving safe access for patients.

We know that the best policies are made when an educated and empowered grassroots base participates in the process.

One of the goals of this eleven-city tour is to get patients and their caregivers back in front of the local, state, and federal campaign for safe access!

These meetings are a great way for patients, providers, activists and others to plug in and make a difference and Medical Marijuana 411 is proud to be a part of this exciting statewide tour – and we encourage you to invite your friends and loved ones. Join Americans for Safe Access between August 22 and September 1 to ask and help answer many of these questions!

Riverside/Inland Empire – San Diego/La Jolla – Los Angeles/West Hollywood – Oakland- Sacramento – San Francisco (August 19) – San Francisco (August 26) – Santa Cruz -Santa Rosa

Print your local flyer, copy, and share it anywhere medical cannabis patients and advocates may be

Mark your calendar for these dates now:

San Francisco – Friday, August 19 (see August 26 for Stakeholders Meeting)
City Hall, Room 416, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, San Francisco
Raid Training 1:00-5:00 PM

Chico/Butte County – Monday, August 22
Location and times TBA

Sacramento – Tuesday, August 23
Common Roots Collective, 3039-B 52nd Avenue, Sacramento
Raid Training 3:00 PM / Stakeholders Meeting 6:30 PM

Santa Rosa – Wednesday, August 24
Arlene Francis Center, 99 West 6th Street, Santa Rosa
Raid Training 3:00 PM / Mixer 5:00 PM / Stakeholders Meeting 6:30
Possibly movies after!

Oakland and East Bay – Thursday, August 25
Oaksterdam Student Union, 1915 Broadway, Oakland
Raid Training 3:00 PM / Stakeholders Meeting 6:30 PM

San Francisco – Friday, August 26
Green Door Lounge, 847 Howard St., San Francisco
Stakeholders Meeting 7:00 PM

San Jose – Saturday, August 27
Location and times TBA

Santa Cruz – Sunday, August 28
Louden Nelson Community Center, 301 Center St., Santa Cruz
Raid Training 12:00 PM / Stakeholders Meeting 3:00 PM

Fresno – Monday, August 29
Location and times TBA

Los Angeles – Tuesday, August 30
Plummer Park – Fiesta Room, 7377 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood
Raid Training 5:30 PM / Stakeholders Meeting 7:00 PM

Riverside/Inland Empire – Wednesday, August 31
THCF Medical Clinic, 647 N. Main St., Suite 1B, Riverside
Raid Training 5:00 PM / Stakeholders Meeting 7:00 PM

San Diego – Thursday, September 1
La Jolla Brew House, 7536 Fay Ave., La Jolla
Raid Training 4:00 PM / Stakeholders Meeting 7:00 PM

Local Organizers – Can ASA help you? Can you help ASA? Please contact ASA California Director Don Duncan in advance at to discuss your local situation. Are there key stakeholders, elected officials, or key supporters in your community with whom we should meet? Let us know so that we can follow up.

Read more about ASA’s California Campaign for Safe Access and our Emergency Raid Response on our web site.