by on November 4, 2013

The End Of The California Legislature 2013
* California Voter Initiatives 2014
* U.S. Senate Judiciary Hearing - State-Federal Conflicts On Marijuana
Laws * Recent Headlines

The last few weeks have been very active. The California State
legislature tried to pass restrictive statewide medical cannabis
regulations in the eleventh hour. The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee
held a hearing to discuss the state-federal legal conflict over medical
cannabis and recent legalization in Colorado and Washington. PAN provided
input and testimony for both state and federal events.

The End Of The California State Legislature 2013

The California State legislature ended this fall in a frenzy of last
minute attempts to get bills passed through the Assembly and Senate.
Medical marijuana was no exception. Assemblymember Tom Ammiano gutted an
education bill and tried to establish hugely restrictive and very
expensive medical marijuana regulations that are more suited for adult
recreational use and not for patients.

PAN supports fair and enforceable regulations. However, what the
California legislature has presented thus far has missed the mark,
intentionally excluded patient input in lieu of lobbyist support.

Kill the Bill

Ammiano, Steinberg Throw A Medical Marijuana Hail Mary

California Medical Marijuana Regulations Are Back in AB 604

Ammiano's latest effort for statewide medical marijuana regulations fails

Another View: Lawmakers need to stop with the sneaky marijuana legislation

California Voter Initiatives 2014

Two voter initiatives have been filed to legalize marijuana in California
in 2014.

The California Cannabis Hemp Initiative has filed several times over the
years and is said to be a tribute to the late Jack Herer: Very little of the initiative’s language has
changed over the years and proponents are running a 100% volunteer
campaign. Signature gatherers are in the field now.

The Marijuana Control, Legalization and Revenue Act recently filed
amendments to its language with the Secretary of State:, citing input from
the cannabis community and the Legislative Analyst’s Office. The group,, has taken input for this initiative through open-source,
online documents for over a year. As a result the initiative includes
response to recent court decisions and the Department of Justice memo.
Proponents expect to begin gathering signatures by late December, as soon
as the title and summary are approved by the California Attorney General.

U.S. Senate Judiciary Hearing - State-Federal Medical Marijuana Conflict

In an historic move the U.S. Congress took the issue of state-federal
conflict head on in a committee hearing that heard input from officials
from Colorado and Washington as well as the Department of Justice. There
was quite a bit of double speak from the feds claiming on one hand to not
interfere with states with marijuana laws but stating that federal law
allows them to go after cannabis as it’s classified as a dangerous drug.
Officials from CO and WA acknowledged the strengths and weaknesses of
their state programs and how they intend to better their guidelines,
enforcement, etc.

Overall, this is clear: Cannabis must be removed from the Controlled
Substances Act and we need to end cannabis prohibition across the country.

To keep up the momentum in Congress, we need to continue the pressure.
Contact your representatives in Washington D.C.

Contact PAN if you or your group wants to effectively contact Congress.
Others have had their letters returned or emails bounced by not following
some simple suggestions. Be Effective. Stay Active.


Senate Judiciary Hearing

Recent Headlines
Around California

Majority Of Californians Favor Legalization Of Pot, A First

Amendments Filed to the California Marijuana Control, Legalization and
Revenue Act of 2014
Group Seeks Opportunity to Work With Newsom and Others

Gavin Newsom believes California should legalize marijuana; details to

California Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Get "Green" Light from Feds

U.S. won't interfere with states on marijuana sales,0,5786138.story

Medical Marijuana Crackdown Will Continue in Northern California

Aggressive California U.S. Attorney Says She’ll Keep Prosecuting On

California Legalizes Industrial Hemp; Will Feds Interfere?

City Attorney's office goes after illegal medical marijuana clinics

Feds Get Mendocino County to Turn over Medical Marijuana Records

Federal Dismissal of Medical Marijuana Asset Forfeiture Cases

Marijuana legalization in California: Gavin Newsom to head ACLU panel

Court hearing could decide fate of Long Beach medical marijuana petition

Judge keeps pot petition off ballot

Lake Forest moves to formalize ban on pot-related services

SDPD Ordered to Enforce Medical Marijuana Laws

Berkeley City Council to consider increasing number of medical cannabis

Supervisors adopt medical marijuana ordinance ordinance.html

San Leandro Moves Forward with Medical Cannabis Dispensaries

Gulf War Veteran Michael Lewis Suing After Medical Marijuana Use Got His
Children Taken Away,+Experts,+Answh

Around the U.S.

Right-Leaning Gallup releases new marijuana poll: 58% support

More Americans are using marijuana

John McCain On Marijuana: 'Maybe We Should Legalize'

Five States That Could Legalize Marijuana Next

US becoming more accepting of medical marijuana

Washington D.C. Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Discounting Meds For Poor

Proposed D.C. marijuana initiative to be reworked to address AG’s

Avoiding a collision
Feds draw lines for states with legal marijuana

DOJ’s Pot Announcement: ‘It Doesn’t Mean a Thing’

New U.S. policy won't ease marijuana dispensaries' banking woes

Questions remain on feds' position on state medical marijuana

5-year-old Arizona boy getting medical marijuana card to treat seizures
(“The C-B-D oil will cost about $300 a week out-of-pocket. The couple has
been reaching out to friends and family on Facebook for help with
donations. “)

Poll: Marylanders Support Marijuana Legalization

Widow who pushed for medical marijuana law not allowed to use it

Illinois' Strict Marijuana Program Delays the Inevitable

Seven Things You Need to Know About Illinois’s New Medical Marijuana Law

Wisconsin legislators seek legalization of medical marijuana

Proponents say legalizing medical marijuana in Florida could help those

Video: "Don't Let My Daughter Die, Governor!": Chris Christie vs. Medical

Medical marijuana a cure for 2-year-old's cancer?

Feds won’t go after Colorado marijuana merchandisers
Justice Dept. says state rules OK

Arkansas Group Resubmits New Medical Marijuana Plan

Committee creating marijuana dispensary rules meets for first time in

Jailed For Medical Marijuana: Five Stories Of Why DOJ’s Pot Policy Matters

US Government Says Keep Marijuana From Kids & Pot Shops No Problem: Weed
Legal Now?

Prosecutor: Wash. Medical Pot System ‘Not Tenable’

The Road to Legalizing Medical Marijuana in New York

Is medical marijuana right for West Virginia?

Rep. Chris Kelly open to marijuana legalization

Utah mom wants medical marijuana for sick child

Medical pot study ordered in 2001 languishes

Medical marijuana moves closer to reality in the Boston area (Video)

Federal court says termination of employee for using medical marijuana is
not discriminatory

Federal prohibition of medical marijuana continues to handcuff now-legal
industry in Maine

Marijuana Legalization: Marijuana not welcome on U.S. bases

State Apologizes to Pot Dispensary
Enforcement Officer Made an Uninvited Visit

Please, Minnesotans: Marijuana is good medicine

Medical Marijuana, Nutrition and Cancer Treatment Are Highlighted in the
Following Micro-Cap Stock Research Report

Marijuana Stock Scams Prompt Regulatory Warning

CNN Seeks to Stop Sale of ‘Sanjay Gupta Kush’ Weed

Around the world

Uruguay Will Sell Legal Marijuana For $1 Per Gram, Official Says

Medical marijuana sprouts in Israel

HEMP Party has high ambitions in Australian election

Mexico City Mulls Legal Marijuana Clubs

Supreme Court asked to consider cannabis case

In Mexico, Dalai Lama backs medical marijuana

Medical & Science News

The Case for Medical Marijuana

Many people suffering from hyperactivity (ADHD) self-medicate with
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The temporal relationship between drug supply indicators: an audit of
international government surveillance systems.

Diabetic Neuropathy: Marijuana Give Good Relief



Degé Coutee
Executive & Program Director
Patient Advocacy Network

(323) 334-5282

PAN is a charitable 501(c)(3) organization

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