August 28, 2011

Two California Bills Would Reduce Access To Medical Marijuana

August 28, 2011
California medical marijuana

California medical marijuanaThere are two bills on the Governor’s desk that will severely limit safe
access to medical cannabis in California. Americans for Safe Access (ASA) is
calling on supporters to contact Governor Jerry Brown today and ask him to
*veto SB 847 and AB 1300* to protect local access in our communities.

Can you take a few minutes right now to call or email Governor Brown [
6 ]? ASA’s online action center makes it easy!

Senator Lou Correa’s (D-Santa Ana) SB 847 requires that medical cannabis
cooperatives and collectives be located at least 600 feet from any
residential zone or use. This will force patients’ associations to the
outskirts of most cities – if they can find a location at all!
Assemblymember Bob Blumenfield’s (D-Van Nuys) AB 1300 explicitly authorizes
cities and counties to ban cooperatives and collectives. That means access
can be eliminated in some communities altogether! That is not what voters
intended when they adopted Proposition 215 in 1996, calling on lawmakers
*”to implement a plan to provide for the safe and affordable distribution of
marijuana to all patients in medical need of marijuana.”*

These bills passed through the legislature easily. If we do not make a good
show of opposition at the Governor’s office, he will sign SB 847 and AB 1300
into law. Research [ http://www,
] conducted by ASA and years of experience in implementing our state law
show that sensible regulations reduce crime and complaints around
cooperatives and collectives. Tell Governor Brown we can work with lawmakers
to adopt better laws than these.

Please act today. [
6 ] The bills could be signed at any minute!

Thank you for helping,

Don Duncan, California Director
Americans for Safe Access (ASA)


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