Access For PatientsOne of my New Year’s resolutions was to do a better job of highlighting the hardworking marijuana activists and marijuana organizations out there, both recreational and medical. After all the whole point of a blog and activism is to get the word out, right? Here is some information about the Long Beach Collective Association taken from their website. If you are in the Long Beach area, join the fight!:
The Long Beach Collective Association (LBCA) is a group of local medical marijuana collectives which have joined together to help create a better Long Beach for everyone.
The LBCA was formed to help the Long Beach City Council find a solution to the issues that resulted from the court case Pack Vs. The City of Long Beach.
Rather that just banning the collectives or repealing the current medical marijuana ordinance, the LBCA is advocating for a third option — revising the current ordinances in a way that creates a win-win situation for everyone — the city, the patients and the collectives.
Our MembersEveryday our member collectives serve hundreds of patients in the Long Beach area, providing safe and legal access to medicamarijuana.
Before the days of collectives, many of the our patients had to look to the black market to find the medicine they need. Money that often ended up in the hands of gangs and cartels.
Our member collectives have a different idea in mind -The Third Option — instead of the money going towards gangs and cartels, how about we work together in a cooperative way to benefit our local neighborhoods and our city.
Click on any of the member collectives below to find out more about them.
562 Discount Meds, Inc.
ATS — Alternative Therapeutic Solutions
Avalon Wellness Collective
Calm & Collective Wellness Center
Care Alternative Meds
Chronic Pain Releaf Center
Long Beach Green Room
An Open Letter To Our Community
URGENT — The fate of the entire medical marijuana community throughout the nation depends on the decisions made by the City of Long Beach.
City Attorney Shannon wants to BAN medical marijuana collectives in Long Beach and leave thousands of patients without legal access to their medicine as well as:
Eliminating much needed revenue to our City’s essential services.
Increasing crime by forcing patients back to the streets for their medicine.
Overwhelming our police force with a flood of unregulated dispensaries that do not pay taxes or fees to the City.We need you to call your city council member and ask them NOT TO BANthe lawfully controlled and regulated dispensaries on Tuesday January 17, 2012 at the Long Beach City Council meeting.
How Can You Help?
Sign Our Petition — Find out what council district you are in on our District Information Page**,** and then go to the Take Action page for your district and sign the petition!
Long Beach Residents — Send a message or make a phone callright now!
Click here to sent the following letter to your councilperson:
Subject: Don’t Ban Safe Access to Medical Cannabis in Long Beach!
Dear Council Member,
I am writing to urge you to reject a ban on medical cannabis patients’ cooperatives and collectives in the city, and to work with stakeholders to find a regulatory solution that works for legal patients and the community at large. Most of the legal medical cannabis patients in Long Beach rely on cooperatives and collectives for safe access to the doctor-recommended medicine they need to treat the symptoms of cancer, HIV/AIDS, Multiple Sclerosis, chronic pain and other serious conditions. Closing these facilities would deny medicine to legitimate patients, and may place them at unnecessary risk in the unregulated illicit market for cannabis.
Research conducted by Americans for Safe Access (ASA), the nation’s leading medical cannabis advocacy organization, shows that sensible regulations reduce crime and complaints around medical cannabis cooperatives and collectives. The City of Long Beach has already adopted an ordinance to facilitate safe access to medical cannabis. Some provisions of that ordinance may be overturned, if the California Supreme Court upholds the Appellate decision in Pack v. City of Long Beach. However, this decision does not entirely bar the city for exercising appropriate oversight, not does it require the city to ban patients’ cooperatives and collectives outright.
The adverse decision in Pack v. City of Long Beach may provide an opportunity to revisit the city’s medical cannabis ordinance to find solutions that work for all of the stakeholders in the community — legal patients, neighbors, medical cannabis professional, law enforcement, and other. Please reject calls for a ban on medical cannabis patients’ cooperatives and collectives and work with us to find a better solution.
Click here to sent the letter above to your councilperson.
Call Your Council Person — Now that you know who you council member is, give them a call and ask them to consider “The Third Option” and cooperate with the collectives to find a better path to tomorrow together (or something like that.)
Council Person By District
District 1 — Robert Garcia — 562.570.6919 — Go To Action Page
District 2 — Suja Lowenthal (Vice Mayor) — 562.570.6684 — Go To Action Page
District 3 — Gary DeLong — 562.570.6300 — Go To Action Page
District 4 — Patrick O’Donnell — 562.570.6918 — Go To Action Page
District 5 — Gerrie Schipske — 562.570.6932 — Go To Action Page
District 6 — Dee Andrews — 562.570.6816 — Go To Action Page
District 7 — James Johnson — 562.570.6139 — Go To Action Page
District 8 — Rae Gabelich — 562.570.6685 — Go To Action Page
District 9 — Steven Neal — 562.570.6137 — Go To Action PageHere’s A Sample Call Script To Get You Started…
Hi, my name is ____________ and I am registered voter from the City of Long Beach.
I am calling to encourage Council Member ____________ not to vote for a ban against medical marijuana collectives in the City of Long Beach.
I am a current patient at ______________ ,and I suffer with ___________. I appreciate the safe access to reliable medical marijuana that I get there, and am proud that Long Beach has an ordinance that allows this.
If the council bans collectives, I will be forced to get my medicine in an unsafe and inconvenient manner.
Please support ordinance language that allows the collectives you authorized to remain open.
Tell Your Friends — Facebook, Twitter, Email, word of mouth, a simple phone call… so many ways to share with your friends and neighbors — You can use the social sharing tools below and start right now!
Thank you for your time, and best of health,
The LBCA Staff