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ASA California Weekly Alert: June 1, 2007

Jim Finnel

Fallen Cannabis Warrior & Ex News Moderator
ASA California Weekly Alert: June 1, 2007
Weekly Round Up
1. Bakersfield Raid Update, Acquittal and Conviction but No Jail Time for Ed Rosenthal, Patients Report Overwhelming Demand for LA County ID Card

Take Action!
2. Medical cannabis prisoner Stephanie Landa's birthday is coming up! Please send her a birthday card!

ASA Chapter and Affiliate Meetings
3. Tuesday, June 5, Sacramento: Sacramento ASA Meeting
4. Thursday, June 7, San Mateo: San Mateo ASA Meeting
5. Saturday, June 8, Santa Barbara: Santa Barbara ASA Meeting
6. Sunday, June 10, Birds Landing: Solano Patients Group Meeting
7. Tuesday, June 12, San Francisco: San Francisco ASA Meeting
8. Tuesday, June 12, San Diego: San Diego ASA Meeting
9. Wednesday, June 13, Willits: Mendocino County ASA Meeting
10. Thursday, June 14, Lakeport: Lake Coutny ASA Meeting

City and County Hearings
11. Tuesday, June 5, Placerville: El Dorado County Board of Supervisors Holding ID Card Hearing

Court Support
12. Monday, June 4, Placerville: State Criminal Trial for Don Kearney Begins

Special Events
13. Saturday, June 2, Sacramento: Sacramento ASA's 5 Year Anniversary Party/ Fundraiser
14. Friday, June 8-10, Santa Rosa: Sonoma ASA Tabling at the Health and Harmony Festival

Weekly Round-Up


1. Bakersfield Raid Update, Acquittal and Conviction but No Jail Time for Ed Rosenthal, Patients Report Overwhelming Demand for LA County ID Card

Bakersfield Raid Update

On Tuesday, May 29, federal agents raided the Seven Seas Collective in Bakersfield. The Kern County sheriff declined to comment on the ongoing investigation. According to witnesses at the scene, there were no arrests, however, the DEA confiscated medicine. We are still awaiting further information from the collective. If you have any details please contact ASA's Field Coordinator, Sonnet Seeborg Gabbard: sonnet@safeaccessnow.org .

Vindictive prosecution ruling and defiant witnesses are highlights in federal medical marijuana trial

A federal jury came to a verdict in the Ed Rosenthal case on Wednesday afternoon. On the charges related to the Harm Reduction Center, a medical marijuana dispensary in San Francisco, the jury found Rosenthal not guilty of cultivation and distribution and deadlocked on a conspiracy count, which was subsequently dismissed by the prosecution. Rosenthal was found guilty of three federal felonies related to the cultivation and distribution of marijuana.

Vindictive prosecution ruling and defiant witnesses are highlights in federal medical marijuana trial...
Click Here for ASA's Statement on the Trial.

Patients Report Overwhelming Demand for LA County ID Card

Today, June 1st, was the first day for the LA County SB 420 ID Card program to begin taking application appointments. Patients report to the LA ASA office that demand for the card is so high that the County had to stop taking appointments before noon the first day, promising to "call patients back" and schedule appointments in the future.

For more information on the LA County ID Card: Department of Public Health - Medical Marijuana ID Program

Please check the FAQ at the above website with any questions regarding the program.

To schedule your appointment call 1-866-621-2204.

For further information on ID Cards check out:
ASA : California ID Card Campaign

Take Action!

2. Medical Cannabis prisoner Stephanie Landa's birthday is coming up! Please send her a birthday card!

Stephanie is at the federal work camp in Dublin where she is five months into a forty-one month sentence for growing medicine. You may remember that Stephanie, her partner Tom, and actor Kevin Gage were arrested in 2002 by the DEA after a dually-deputized SFPD officer "inspected" their medical garden in San Francisco, then called in the DEA to arrest all three.

Please show your support for Stephanie and send her a Happy Birthday card! Never written to a prisoner before? Check out these
tips.

Please send cards to:
Stephanie Landa
09247-800
FCI DUBLIN SATELLITE CAMP
5675 8TH ST
Dublin, CA 94568

You can read more about how to provide this compassionate support to medical cannabis prisoners at ASA : Support Medical Cannabis Inmates

Please take the time to write a letter, send a little commissary money, or make a personal visit.

ASA Chapter and Affiliate Meetings

3. Tuesday, May 5, Sacramento : Sacramento ASA Meeting

Please join Sac ASA to plan for the future of safe access locally, statewide, and nationally!

7:00 p.m.
Crusaders Hall
320 Harris Avenue, Suite H
Sacramento, CA

For more information or to get involved, please contact Lanette: cannacare@earthlink.net

4. Thursday, June 7, San Mateo: San Mateo ASA Meeting

A new chapter of ASA has been formed in San Mateo. Please join them for their third public meeting to discuss dispensary regulations, law enforcement issues, protecting patient and collective growers, and establishing an emergency response plan. Get active locally to protect safe access!

DATE: Thursday, June 7, 2007
TIME: 7:30-8:30
PLACE: PCRC, 164 South Blvd. San Mateo, CA
Finger foods, desserts, coffee, tea, water

For more information or to get involved, please contact Brent: brent_saupe@yahoo.com.

5. Saturday, June 8, Santa Barbara: Santa Barbara ASA Meeting

Join the Santa Barbara ASA Meeting! We will be discussing our new campaign and collaborative efforts with other ASA chapters.

3pm-5pm @ Antioch University
801 Garden St. Room #203 Santa Barbara

For More Information, contact: Jennifer at (805) 637-5365

6. Sunday, June 10, Birds Landing: Solano Patients Group Meeting

Come meet with us on Sunday, June 10th!

Sunday, June 10th at 3:00pm
Collinsville Rd.
Birds Landing, CA

For more information call: 707-635-3752

7. Tuesday, June 12, San Francisco: San Francisco ASA Meeting

ASA SF is holding a meeting on Tuesday June 12 @ the activist resource center 223a 9th st. 7:30-9:00.

Come hear a special presentation by ASA's Campaign Director, Kris Hermes, concerning medical marijuana in San Francisco and you.

Did you know that when the San Francisco dispensary regulations take effect patients will be denied safe access to medical marijuana unless they have a state issued id card?

Currently only 1/3 of patients in San Francisco choose to purchase a state issued id card. The rest will not be allowed access. How will this effect you? Can you do anything about it? Come find out. All are welcome.

7:30pm @ CA Marijuana Party Bookstore
223a 9th St. at Howard in San Francisco

For more info, e-mail Alex: aaafranco@yahoo.com

8. Tuesday, June 12, San Diego: San Diego ASA Meeting

Our San Diego chapter of ASA has been busy lately and needs you to get involved. It is time to get involved and protect safe access!

For more info about the chapter, please visit their site: Normandale -

Twiggs Coffee House
4590 Park Blvd.
In the Green Room
7:00-8:00 p.m.

9. Wednesday, June 13, Willits: Mendocino County ASA Meeting

The newly formed Mendocino ASA Chapter will be discussing pressing local issues upcoming actions in the fight to protect patients and improve access to medical cannabis in Mendocino County. Please join us!

7:00pm @ Vassar's Family Pizza
144 N. Main St. in Willits

For more info, call Ukiah: 707-684-0107

10. Thursday, June 14, Lakeport: Lake County ASA Meeting

Lakeport and Lake County Medical Cannabis Patients and Caregivers must unite in a nonviolent resistance to the war on Medical Cannabis in Lakeport. Please join us to discuss current Lakeport news regarding medical marijuana. Open menu will be available.

Thursday, June 14th @ 6:00pm
Cafe Victoria , 301 N Main St in Lakeport

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

City and County Hearings

11. Tuesday, June 5, Placerville: El Dorado County Board of Supervisors Holding ID Card Hearing

Next Tuesday, June 5, the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors will be conducting a hearing on the local implementation of the statewide medical marijuana ID card program.

The Board is expected to decide whether or not to have the Department of Health immediately move forward with the ID program.

If you live in El Dorado County, please take a few minutes to contact the Board of Supervisors to express your support for medical marijuana patients.

Using the contact info below, e-mail or call all five board members, politely urging them to order county health staff to begin accepting applications for the ID cards. Feel free to use one or more of the talking points at the end of this message.

El Dorado County Board of Supervisors:

District 1 - Sup. Rusty Dupray -
bosone@co.el-dorado.ca.us
District 2 -Sup. Helen Baumann -
bostwo@co.el-dorado.ca.us
District 3 - Sup. James R (Jack) Sweeney -
bosthree@co.el-dorado.ca.us
District 4 - Sup. Ron Briggs -
bosfour@co.el-dorado.ca.us
District 5 - Sup. Norma Santiago -
bosfive@co.el-dorado.ca.us

Board phone: (530) 621-5390

The board hearing will take place on Tuesday, June 5 at 8:00am in Placerville. Please attend this important meeting to stand up for patients' rights in El Dorado County.

El Dorado County Board of Supervisors
Tuesday, June 5 - 8:00am
Board of Supervisors Room
330 Fair Lane, Bldg A
Placerville, CA 95667
Map: 330 Fair Ln, Placerville, CA 95667, USA - Google Maps

For more information Contact Aaron Smith:
safeaccessnow@gmail.com

Court Support

12. Monday, June 4, Placerville: State Criminal Trial for Don Kearney Begins

Monday, June 4, Don Kearney's state criminal trial goes before Judge James Wagoner at the El Dorado County Superior Court. El Dorado County Sheriffs raided his private patient collective cultivation site and arrested disabled U.S. veteran and chronic pain and glaucoma patient Don Kearney on July 13, 2005. Kearney is being charged with cultivation and possession with intent to sell more than 900 plants. The District Attorney has refused to dismiss the case and intends to try him. Additionally, the federal government is proceeding with asset forfeiture on Don’s house.

Please come out to Don’s trial to show the jury that he is part of our community and we stand behind him.

June 4, 2007 at 8:30am
El Dorado County Superior Court
495 Main Street, Placerville, CA.

Special Events

13. Saturday, June 2, Sacramento: Sacramento ASA's 5 Year Anniversary Party/ Fundraiser

The Sacramento ASA Chapter will be celebrating its 5th anniversary and You are invited!

What: Anniversary Party and Fundraiser for ASA and the Shriner's Children's Hospital.
When: Saturday June 2nd, 7:00-11:00pm
Who: Everyone 18 and older who wants to have a great time supporting important local groups!
Where: The Walking Dead 's Studio Warehouse
On the Corner of Arden Blvd. and Howe in Sacramento
(Parking available in the neighboring car wash)

This spectacular party will feature live rock and roll, live reggae, fire dancing, live DJ's, belly dancing, oxygen lounge/aromatherapy, and so much more.

For more information, please contact Amanda, more@compassionatecoalition.org.

14. Friday, June 8-10, Santa Rosa: Sonoma ASA Tabling at the Health and Harmony Festival

Sonoma ASA will be tabling the Health and Harmony Festival at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds next weekend. They will be educating festival participants on medical cannabis, petitioning, and increasing medical cannabis awareness.

Sonoma ASA's Santa Rosa meeting will be preparing materials and the table at the fairgrounds on Thursday the 7th.

Please come out to the Health and Harmony Festival and help spread the word about medical cannabis.

Friday, June 8th gates open @ 12:00pm
Saturday, June 9th and Sunday, the 10th gates open @ 10:00am
Health and Harmony Festival
Sonoma County Fairgrounds
1350 Bennett Valley Rd
Santa Rosa, CA 95404

For information on the festival: Harmony Festival: The Bay Area's Progressive County Fair with Music & Camping!.

If you wish to help out or need more event details, please contact Sarah: 415-756-4587.

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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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