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ASA California Weekly Alert: August 10, 2007

Jim Finnel

Fallen Cannabis Warrior & Ex News Moderator
ASA California Weekly Alert: August 10, 2007

Weekly Round-Up
1. a. Federal Court Update
b. Mendocino County Takes Steps to Maintain Safe Access
c. Pleasanton Human Services Commission Calls for Medical Cannabis Need Assessment

Take Action
2. a. Donate to the Free Charles Lynch Fund
b. Sign Up for Instant Raid Alerts

ASA Chapter and Affiliate Meetings
3. Sunday, August 12, Birds Landing: Solano Patients Group Meeting
4. Tuesday, August 14, San Francisco : San Francisco ASA Meeting
5. Tuesday, August 14, San Diego : San Diego ASA Meeting
6. Wednesday, August 15, Willits: Mendocino ASA Meeting
7. Wednesday, August 15, Newport Beach : Orange County ASA Meeting
8. Wednesday, August 15, Arcata: *** First Humboldt County ASA Meeting***
9. Saturday, August 18, Los Angeles : Los Angeles ASA Meeting
10. Wednesday, August 22, Oakland : East Bay ASA Meeting & Raid Response Training
11. Thursday, August 23, Clearlake: Lake County ASA Meeting

City and County Hearings
12. Thursday, August 16, Seaside : City Council to Vote on Dispensary Ban
13. Tuesday, August 14, Marysville: Yuba County Board of Supervisors Hearing on Medical Marijuana ID Card Program
14. Tuesday, August 14, Santa Barbara : City Council to Discuss Medical Cannabis Dispensary Regulations

Court Support
15. Tuesday, August 14, Sacramento : Federal Status Hearing for Dr. Mollie Fry and Dale Schafer
16. Friday, August 24, Sacramento : Federal Resentencing Hearing for Bryan Epis


Special Events
17. Saturday, August 11, Fresno : Safe Access Now and Hemp Shack to Host Fresno Organizing Meeting
18. Saturday August 11, Los Angeles: The First Occasional Los Angeles Cannabis Comedy Festival
19. Wednesday, August 15, Los Angeles : WAMC March to City Hall
20. Thursday, August 16, Riverside: Public Demonstration in Downtown Riverside


Weekly Round-Up


1. a. Federal Court Update
b. Mendocino County Takes Steps to Maintain Safe Access
c. Pleasanton Human Services Commission Calls for Medical Cannabis Need Assessment


a. Federal Court Update

With the resurgence in DEA attacks on patients and providers there continues to be numerous tragic victims in the war on patients. The following are updates on patients and providers with federal trials:

Dr. Mollie Fry and Dale Schafer

El Dorado County medical marijuana physician and breast cancer patient Mollie Fry and her husband, attorney Dale Schafer, were arrested as a result of a September 28, 2001 raid on their clinic in Cool, California, in which patient records were seized. After the Raich decision, on June 22, 2005 , Fry and Schafer were indicted for marijuana found on the premises during the raid. In 2002, the federal government also successfully revoked Fry's DEA license to practice medicine, but Dr. Fry remains a licensed physician in the state of CA.

Their trial began on August 1, 2007 , with Jeffrey Lichter appearing for Fry, and Tony Serra representing Schafer. As this is a federal case, the judge has been instructing the jury to ignore all references to medical marijuana. Currently, the U.S. Attorney is presenting the federal case, and Mr. Serra is in the midst of cross-examining the first witness. Fry, Schafer, and Serra have been appearing with Christine Craft after court on 1240AM, 5-6pm , online at
Talk City 1240 AM. Please contact: coolstuf@comcast.net for information on a possible courthouse demonstration, and for more info, visit Doc Fry. See Court Support for more information on their next court date.

For information on the most recent court proceedings, please see Vanessa Nelson's report:



Opening Statements.



John Moreaux

John C. Moreaux, the operator of West Hollywood Caregivers on Santa Monica Boulevard , is facing federal charges after his dispensary was raided by federal agents twice this year, in January and once in March. This week, Moreaux pled not guilty to the DEA's charges of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute marijuana; possession with intent to distribute marijuana; possessing a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking; being a felon in possession of a firearm; and maintaining a drug premises.

Read about Moreaux in the
Daily News.

b. Mendocino County Takes Steps to Maintain Safe Access

Congratulations to ASA's Mendocino Chapter and other activists and supporters in Mendocino County! The Board of Supervisors passed an ordinance calling for the county to honor the voter's wishes as specified in measure G and to keep the guidelines at 25 plants per patient. The Board of Supervisors rejected the Criminal Justice Committee's recommendation to lower the County's limits to 6 mature and 12 immature plants. Great work ASA and affiliated activists and supporters! Thank you for your hard work and commitment to safe access.


c. Pleasanton Human Services Commission Calls for Medical Cannabis Need Assessment

Pleasanton has taken the first steps towards safe access. Pleasanton Human Services Commission has asked council staffers to approach Alameda County to work to design and implement a blind survey of medical cannabis ID card holders. Pleasanton City Council voted earlier this summer to ban medical cannabis dispensaries. Despite that decision, several City Council members have asked that the city assess the need for medical cannabis and dispensing collectives. This is an important step forward for Pleasanton and Alameda County residents.

To read more about the Human Services Commission's request for a survey,
click here.


Take Action


2. a. Donate to the Free Charles Lynch Fund
b. Sign Up for Instant Raid Alerts

a. Donate to the Free Charles Lynch Fund

On July 17th, 2007, Charles C. Lynch was indicted for operating the Central Coast Compassionate Caregivers in Morro Bay . Charles C. Lynch has become yet another victim in the DEA's war on patients. Charles Lynch's dispensing collective, the Central Coast Compassionate Caregivers provided safe and legal access for patients in Morro Bay.

This innocent, law abiding, compassionate man needs your help!

At the present time Charles C. Lynch has a public defender. What he really needs is a medical cannabis lawyer. Any donation you can make will be greatly appreciated. Anyone wanting to help can contact Gina Armstrong at (805) 288-4000 . Thank you for all your continued support and encouragement.


b. Sign Up for Instant Raid Alerts

The DEA's increasing attacks on patients and providers in California needs to be combated. Medical cannabis patients, providers, and supporters need to organize together to prevent, stall, and bring attention to the federal government's raids on dispensary collectives and providers in medical cannabis states. ASA has developed a real-time emergency response service that alerts supporters of local federal raids while they happen. Sign up for this service now by visiting
ASA : Sign Up for Instant Raid Alerts!.

To learn more about ASA's Raid Emergency Response Campaign and for instructions on what to do in case of a raid, please visit
ASA : Raid Emergency Response Campaign. If you have questions or need further information please contact Sonnet: Sonnet@AmericansforSafeAccess.org.


ASA Chapter and Affiliate Meetings


3. Sunday, August 12, Birds Landing: Solano Patients Group Meeting

Please join Solano Patients Group's fight for safe access in Central California . At this meeting we will be discussing current events including the recent federal activity in California and what we can do to be to increase safety and access for patients in Solano County .

All medical cannabis supporters are welcome!

When: Sunday, August 12th @ 3:00 pm
Where: 2145 Collinsville Road in Birds Landing

For more info, call (707) 720-7593



4. Tuesday, August 14, San Francisco : San Francisco ASA Meeting

Please join us at the upcoming San Francisco ASA meeting. We will be giving briefings on the recent hearing last week, the DEA protest last Friday, and we will be looking at what's on to the horizon for medical cannabis issues in San Francisco .

The next ASA SF meeting will be held on Tuesday August 14th from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m.

Where: Bowzer's Pizza
371 11th St
San Francisco , CA 94103



5. Tuesday, August 14, San Diego: San Diego ASA Meeting

The San Diego City Council recently voted to file an Amicus Brief supporting California's medical cannabis law. Please come find out what this means for safe Access in San Diego .

When: Tuesday, August 14, 7:00-8:00pm
Where: Twiggs Coffee House
4590 Park Blvd.
In the Green Room
.

6. Wednesday, August 15, Willits: Mendocino ASA Meeting

Please join us at our Mendocino ASA August meeting. We will be discussing the Board of Supervisors meeting and what our next actions will be to protect medical cannabis cultivation and access in Mendocino County .

When: August 15, Wednesday, at 6:00
Where: Herban Legends, 18300 Old Coast Hwy, Fort Bragg, CA

For more information contact
Sonnet@AmericansforSafeAccess.org



7. Wednesday, August 15, Newport Beach: Orange County ASA Meeting

Orange County ASA's recent victory of convincing the Board of Supervisors to implement the state ID card program is a step towards safe access. Please join us to discuss implementation of the program, recent events, and other important medical cannabis issues facing us in Orange County .

When: July 11th @ 7:00pm
Where: Law Offices of WENTWORTH, PAOLI & PURDY, LLP
4631 Teller Avenue, Suite 100
Newport Beach, CA 92660

For more information, contact Bill: OCLawyer@aol.com



8. Wednesday, August 15, Arcata: ***First Humboldt County ASA Meeting***

Humboldt County ASA (Americans for Safe Access) will hold its inaugural monthly meeting on Wednesday, August 15 at 7pm at Mosgo's coffee house in Arcata. At the meeting we will discuss Humboldt ASA's mission and goals, plan for future actions and get to know each other. This meeting will mark a new chapter in the local medical marijuana movement; we hope to see you there!

WHO: Humboldt County ASA
WHAT: Monthly Meeting
WHEN: Wed., August 15, 7pm
WHERE: Mosgo's coffee house in Arcata ( Westwood Shopping Center off Alliance Rd. )
WHY: To organize to fight for patients rights in Humboldt County .
HOW: Through dedication and compassion...

Please email David at Humboldtasa@gmail.com with any questions or concerns. All patients and supporters are invited!



9. Saturday, August 18, Los Angeles : Los Angeles ASA Meeting

This meeting will have a special focus on non-violent civil disobedience and strategic planning in response to the crisis in LA. Please invite your friends and loved ones. The meeting is not at a collective and the venue is 100% accessible. Visit Home for directions.

When: Saturday, August 18, 1pm - 3pm
Where: 470 S. San Vicente Blvd. Los Angeles , CA
(Cross Street is Drexel, between Wilshire & 3rd St. )

For more information, call Chris: (323) 464-7719



10. Wednesday, August 22, Oakland: East Bay ASA Meeting & Raid Response Training


At, this month's meeting we will hold a training on what to do in case of a raid and will design a community emergency response plan in case of a DEA raid in the Bay Area. We encourage all Bay Area activists to attend this important meeting! We need to develop a coherent emergency response plan that we could activate at a moment's notice.

Please join us! Refreshments will be served.

When: Wednesday, August 22nd @ 7 pm

Where: Americans for Safe Access Headquarters
1322 Webster Street, Suite 402 , Downtown Oakland
Just a couple blocks from the 12th Street BART station!

For more information or to get involved, contact Rebecca:
Rebecca@SafeAccessNow.org or 510-251-1856 x 308



11. Thursday, August 23, Clearlake: Lake County ASA Meeting

Please Join Lake County ASA's Clearlake meeting this month. We will be planning our Lake County fair tabling session, covering recent California campaigns, and talk about the latest federal medical cannabis campaigns. All medical cannabis supporters are welcome!

When: August 23rd: 6:00pm
Where: D&M Compassion Center, 15196 Lakeshore Dr. , Clearlake


For Additional information, contact Donna:
LakeCoASA@msn.com



City and County Hearings


12. Tuesday, August 14, Santa Barbara: City Council to Discuss Medical Cannabis Dispensary Regulations

Next Tuesday, two Santa Barbara Council members will ask the City Council if there needs to be dispensary regulations. Please come out and show your support for medical cannabis and safe access to medicine. Please contact Jennifer if you plan on attending the hearing: jenniferln@gmail.com.

Download ASA talking points on dispensary regulations, moratoriums and bans.

When: August 14 at 2:00pm
Where: City Council Chambers
City Hall
735 Anacapa St. Santa Barbara , CA


13. Tuesday, August 14, Marysville: Yuba County Board of Supervisors Hearing on Medical Marijuana ID Card Program

Yuba County Board of Supervisors will be formally receiving Safe Access Now’s written request to schedule a hearing on the implementation of the medical marijuana ID program. Currently, the Yuba County Department of Public Health has no plans to implement the state mandated program without direction from the Board of Supervisors. In order to protect Yuba's medical marijuana patients and move the county into compliance with state law, the board must grant our request to place the ID program on a future agenda and then direct staff to move forward with the program.

If you live in Yuba County , please call the board at (530) 749-7510 and urge them to support implementation of the medical marijuana ID card program in Yuba County (tell the operator the city you live in and ask them to direct you to your supervisor).

In addition to calling the board members, it’s crucial that patients and supporters of the program attend and speak at next week's meeting in Marysville. With your help, we can compel Yuba County 's leaders to do the right thing and vote to protect patients from arrest.

Talking points supporting the medical marijuana ID card program can be found here: MPP: California - Talking Points

Meeting details:

Tuesday, August 14, 2007 - 10:00AM
915 Eighth St.
County Admin. Center, Board Chambers
Marysville , CA 95901
map: Map of 915 8th St Marysville, CA by MapQuest

For more information, contact Aaron Smith at (707) 575-9870 or
safeaccessnow@gmail.com


14. Thursday, August 16, Seaside : City Council to Vote on Dispensary Ban

Please come out and show your support for safe access in Seaside . On August 16th, the Seaside City Council will hear a second reading of an ordinance, which will ban dispensaries in the city. The Seaside City Council needs to know about the importance of safe access. Please attend the hearing.

Download
ASA talking points on dispensary regulations, moratoriums and bans.

When: Thursday, August 16 at 7:00 p.m.
Where: City Hall located at 440 Harcourt Ave. Seaside , CA

For more information, contact Sonnet:
Sonnet@AmericansforSafeAccess.org



Court Support


15. Tuesday, August 14, Sacramento: Federal Status Hearing for Dr. Mollie Fry and Dale Schafer

Please come out and show your support for Dr. Mollie Fry and Dale Schafer. As you have read in the Round-Up, Dr. Fry and Schafer are facing federal prosecution. For more information on the trial visit Doc Fry

When: Tuesday, August 14 at 1:30pm
Where: The Courtroom of Judge Frank C. Damrell, Jr.
U.S. District Court (E.D., CA), 15th Floor
501 "I" Street, Sacramento, CA



16. Friday, August 24, Sacramento: Federal Resentencing Hearing for Bryan Epis

Bryan Epis was the first medical marijuana patient convicted in federal court after the passage of California’s Proposition 215. Epis was arrested June 25, 1997 , after Butte County sheriff's officers discovered marijuana plants growing in the basement of his home in Chico . Epis was released on bail August 9, 2004 , pending his appeal, and is currently awaiting his re-sentencing by the District Court. See
Vanessa Nelson's article for more info.

When: Friday August 24 at 10:00am
Where: Courtroom of Judge Frank C. Damrell, Jr.
U.S. District Court (E.D., CA), 15th Floor
501 "I" Street, Sacramento, CA

For more information contact Sonnet:
Sonnet@AmericansforSafeAccess.org



Special Events


17. Saturday, August 11, Fresno: Safe Access Now and Hemp Shack to Host Fresno Organizing Meeting

On Saturday, August 11, Safe Access Now and the Hemp Shack will be hosting a meeting to help local medical cannabis patients effectively advocate their local government.

Fresno County is not working to implement state law by implementing California ’s medical marijuana ID card program and, due to a lack of medical cannabis dispensaries in the area, many local patients are forced into the black market to obtain their medicine.

Please attend this important meeting to learn how you can help turn Fresno County around and protect local patients from arrest.

When: Saturday, August 11, 4:00-6:00 PM
Where: Round Table Pizza (private meeting room)
5040 N. West Avenue (@ Shaw)
Fresno , CA
93711-2901

Map: Map of 5040 N West Ave Fresno, CA by MapQuest

Pizza and soft drinks will be provided. For more information, contact Aaron Smith at Safe Access Now: (707) 575-9870 or safeaccessnow@gmail.com



18. Saturday August 11, Los Angeles : The First Occasional Los Angeles Cannabis Comedy Festival

What: A fantastic benefit comedy show for ASA. This show has been produced in SF for the past 10 years, and one in Sacramento for about 5 years, and now it is coming to LA!!!

Featured Comics: Garrett Morris, Greg Proops, Ngaio Bealum, Jefferey Peterson, Rich Chassler and many more!
Music by the Luchadoors and DJ Ill Media.

Proceeds to benefit Americans for Safe Access

Ticket cost: $15.00

When: Saturday, August 11. Show stats at 9pm sharp.
Where: Downtown Comedy Club, Los Angeles

For more information, contact:
info@AmericansforSafeAccess.org



19. Wednesday, August 15, Los Angeles : WAMC March to City Hall

WHAT: Women Advancing Medical Cannabis Symbolic March to City Hall
WHEN: August 15th at 9:00am
WHERE: 255 E. Temple Street ( Edward R. Roybal Federal Building ),
Downtown Los Angeles
WHY: Safe access isn't going anywhere on our watch.

WHO: Women Advancing Medical Marijuana are concerned patients who are dedicated to the further enrichment of the Medical Cannabis community and survival of safe access for all patients. We are your mothers, sisters, daughters and partners; we seek to merge these traits into the minds of those who know not what a 'patient is'.

We urge all interested parties to march alongside us - be they in wheelchairs, walkers, canes or in need of someone to lean on while we make our way up to City Hall. How you 'march' is how you feel, and it shows.

For more information, visit Untitled Document . To RSVP e-mail: march@wamcla.org .

20. Thursday, August 16, Riverside: Public Demonstration in Downtown Riverside
From Summer Glenney

Attention all local patients! Join us at a Public Demonstration in Downtown Riverside.

There is a public demonstration on Thursday August 16th from 4PM to 6PM on Lime St. between University and 10th St. We hope to have enough people to span both intersections.

We will be having a funeral procession to essentially "lay safe access to rest" here in the IE. The public demonstration will be in mourning & preparation for those patients in the Inland Empire who have been left to die or waste away with no medicine. It is in mourning of those patients who will soon become non-functional once again because they have to manage their pain with prescription drugs.

Please dress in black and try to bring a candle as this will also be a candlelight vigil. You may also wish to bring any posters or signs you feel would be appropriate. Bring any Halloween decorations symbolizing death (i.e. Skeletons, headstones etc.) because that's what Riverside County & the County DA has essentially prescribed the patients by going against their doctors recommendation and taking away their medical cannabis.

Remember to mark your calendars for Thursday August 16th from 4-6PM so that you can attend our public demonstration on Lime St in Riverside between University Ave. and 10th St.

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Sonnet Seeborg Gabbard
Field Coordinator
Americans for Safe Access
AmericansForSafeAccess.org

Americans for Safe Access (ASA) is the largest national member-based organization of patients, medical professionals, scientists and concerned citizens promoting safe and legal access to cannabis for therapeutic use and research.

Join us today... AmericansforSafeAccess.org

Headquarters
1322 Webster St Suite 402
Oakland, CA 94612
P: 510-251-1856 ext. 321 F: 510-251-2036
 
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