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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
http://www.eastbayexpress.com/LegalizationNation/archives/2013/09/11/ammiano-steinberg-throw-a-medical-marijuana-hail-mary


California Medical Marijuana Regulations Are Back in AB 604
http://blog.sfgate.com/smellthetruth/2013/09/09/california-medical-marijuana-regulations-are-back-in-ab-604/


Ammiano's latest effort for statewide medical marijuana regulations fails
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/ammianos-latest-effort-for-statewide-medical-marijuana-regulations-fails/Content?oid=2578563


Another View: Lawmakers need to stop with the sneaky marijuana legislation
http://www.sacbee.com/2013/09/22/5748408/another-view-lawmakers-need-to.html



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:
http://www.cchi2014.org/. 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:
http://www.marijuanacontrollegalizationrevenueact.com/, citing input from
the cannabis community and the Legislative Analyst’s Office. The group,
SaveCannabis.org, 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.
http://www.usa.gov/Contact/US-Congress.shtml

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.

DoJ Memo – MEMORANDUM FOR ALL UNITED STATES ATTORNEYS
http://www.justice.gov/iso/opa/resources/3052013829132756857467.pdf


Senate Judiciary Hearing
http://www.judiciary.senate.gov/hearings/hearing.cfm?id=094c28995d1f5bc4fe11d832f90218f9
http://www.senate.gov/isvp/?comm=judiciary&type=live&filename=judiciary091013p



Recent Headlines
Around California

Majority Of Californians Favor Legalization Of Pot, A First
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/26/california-pot-legalization-poll_n_3994448.html


Amendments Filed to the California Marijuana Control, Legalization and
Revenue Act of 2014
Group Seeks Opportunity to Work With Newsom and Others
http://sg.finance.yahoo.com/news/amendments-filed-california-marijuana-control-160122819.html


Gavin Newsom believes California should legalize marijuana; details to
come
http://www.sacbee.com/2013/10/27/5853439/dan-morain-gavin-newsom-believes.html


California Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Get "Green" Light from Feds
http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/California-Medical-Marijuana-Dispensaries-Get-Green-Light-from-Feds-221716031.html


U.S. won't interfere with states on marijuana sales
http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-us-wont-interfere-with-states-on-marijuana-sales-20130829,0,5786138.story


Medical Marijuana Crackdown Will Continue in Northern California
http://blog.sfgate.com/smellthetruth/2013/09/03/medical-marijuana-crackdown-will-continue-in-northern-california-despite-new-federal-legalization-policy/


Aggressive California U.S. Attorney Says She’ll Keep Prosecuting On
Marijuana
http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2013/09/04/2568071/aggressive-california-attorney-says-shell-prosecuting-marijuana/


California Legalizes Industrial Hemp; Will Feds Interfere?
http://blogs.ocweekly.com/navelgazing/2013/09/california_legalizes_industria.php


City Attorney's office goes after illegal medical marijuana clinics
http://www.scpr.org/blogs/politics/2013/10/11/14963/city-attorney-s-office-goes-after-illegal-medical/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+893KpccSouthernCaliforniaNews+%28KPCC%3A+News%29


Feds Get Mendocino County to Turn over Medical Marijuana Records
http://www.allgov.com/usa/ca/news/controversies/feds-get-mendocino-county-to-turn-over-medical-marijuana-records-131018?news=851427


Federal Dismissal of Medical Marijuana Asset Forfeiture Cases
http://www.marketwatch.com/story/federal-dismissal-of-medical-marijuana-asset-forfeiture-cases-2013-10-18


Marijuana legalization in California: Gavin Newsom to head ACLU panel
http://www.mercurynews.com/politics-government/ci_24332588/marijuana-legalization-lt-gov-gavin-newsom-chair-aclu


Court hearing could decide fate of Long Beach medical marijuana petition
http://www.presstelegram.com/general-news/20130831/court-hearing-could-decide-fate-of-long-beach-medical-marijuana-petition


Judge keeps pot petition off ballot
http://www.ocregister.com/articles/marijuana-525073-medical-city.html


Lake Forest moves to formalize ban on pot-related services
http://www.ocregister.com/articles/city-526033-marijuana-medical.html


SDPD Ordered to Enforce Medical Marijuana Laws
http://ranchobernardo-4sranch.patch.com/groups/politics-and-elections/p/sdpd-ordered-to-enforce-medical-marijuana-laws


Berkeley City Council to consider increasing number of medical cannabis
dispensaries
http://www.dailycal.org/2013/09/15/berkeley-city-council-to-consider-increasing-number-of-medical-cannabis-dispensaries/


Supervisors adopt medical marijuana ordinance
http://www.mercedcountytimes.net/editorials/091213 ordinance.html


San Leandro Moves Forward with Medical Cannabis Dispensaries
http://www.eastbayexpress.com/LegalizationNation/archives/2013/09/17/san-leandro-aprroves-of-medical-cannabis-dispensaries


Gulf War Veteran Michael Lewis Suing After Medical Marijuana Use Got His
Children Taken Away
http://www.opposingviews.com/i/society/drug-law/gulf-war-veteran-michael-lewis-suing-after-medical-marijuana-use-got-his-children?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+opposingviews%2Fmain+%28Opposing+Views+-+Issues,+Experts,+Answh



Around the U.S.

Right-Leaning Gallup releases new marijuana poll: 58% support
re-legalization
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/10/22/1249714/-Right-Leaning-Gallup-releases-new-marijuana-poll-58-support-re-legalization


More Americans are using marijuana
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/09/04/marijuana-drug-use-survey/2760061/


John McCain On Marijuana: 'Maybe We Should Legalize'
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/06/john-mccain-marijuana-legalization_n_3879907.html


Five States That Could Legalize Marijuana Next
http://www.hawaiireporter.com/five-states-that-could-legalize-marijuana-next/123


US becoming more accepting of medical marijuana
http://www.cmaj.ca/site/earlyreleases/1oct13_us-becoming-more-accepting-of-medical-marijuana.xhtml


Washington D.C. Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Discounting Meds For Poor
People
http://www.theweedblog.com/washington-d-c-medical-marijuana-dispensaries-discounting-meds-for-poor-people/


Proposed D.C. marijuana initiative to be reworked to address AG’s
objections
http://articles.washingtonpost.com/2013-09-04/local/41749163_1_local-marijuana-laws-medical-marijuana-program-nathan-s


Avoiding a collision
Feds draw lines for states with legal marijuana
http://www.registerguard.com/rg/opinion/30383505-78/marijuana-federal-laws-state-states.html.csp


DOJ’s Pot Announcement: ‘It Doesn’t Mean a Thing’
http://www.seattleweekly.com/home/948605-129/marijuana-announcement-hiatt-colorado-didn-pot


New U.S. policy won't ease marijuana dispensaries' banking woes
http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/09/05/us-banks-marijuana-idUSBRE9840S820130905


Questions remain on feds' position on state medical marijuana
http://www.king5.com/news/Two-Pot-Systems-221875611.html


5-year-old Arizona boy getting medical marijuana card to treat seizures
http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/u-s-world/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
http://columbia.patch.com/groups/politics-and-elections/p/poll-marylanders-support-marijuana-legalization


Widow who pushed for medical marijuana law not allowed to use it
http://www.suntimes.com/news/crime/21954697-761/widow-who-pushed-for-medical-marijuana-law-wont-be-allowed-to-use-it.html


Illinois' Strict Marijuana Program Delays the Inevitable
http://www.chicagonow.com/chicago-medical-marijuana/2013/09/illinois-strict-marijuana-program-delays-the-inevitable/


Seven Things You Need to Know About Illinois’s New Medical Marijuana Law
http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/September-2013/Seven-Things-You-Need-to-Know-About-Illinoiss-New-Medical-Marijuana-Law/


Wisconsin legislators seek legalization of medical marijuana
http://badgerherald.com/news/2013/09/16/wisconsin-legislators-seek-legalization-of-medical-marijuana/


Proponents say legalizing medical marijuana in Florida could help those
suffering
http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/2013-09-07/news/os-medical-marijuana-disabled-boy-20130907_1_medical-marijuana-marijuana-use-florida-supreme-court


Video: "Don't Let My Daughter Die, Governor!": Chris Christie vs. Medical
Marijuana
http://reason.com/blog/2013/09/05/video-dont-let-my-daughter-die-governor


Medical marijuana a cure for 2-year-old's cancer?
http://www.firstcoastnews.com/topstories/article/327719/483/Medical-marijuana-a-cure-for-2-year-olds-cancer


Feds won’t go after Colorado marijuana merchandisers
Justice Dept. says state rules OK
http://durangoherald.com/article/20130829/NEWS01/130829427/-1/s


Arkansas Group Resubmits New Medical Marijuana Plan
http://www.arkansasmatters.com/story/arkansas-group-resubmits-new-medical-marijuana-plan/d/story/2f_s2J5aGk-89Eq-alv9Bg


Committee creating marijuana dispensary rules meets for first time in
Salem
http://www.statesmanjournal.com/article/20130920/UPDATE/130920016/Committee-creating-marijuana-dispensary-rules-meets-first-time-Salem?nclick_check=1


Jailed For Medical Marijuana: Five Stories Of Why DOJ’s Pot Policy Matters
http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2013/08/30/2557781/jailed-medical-marijuana-stories-dojs-pot-policy-matters/


US Government Says Keep Marijuana From Kids & Pot Shops No Problem: Weed
Legal Now?
http://www.ckhid.com/hip-hop-news/2013/08/us-government-says-keep-marijuana-from-kids-pot-shops-no-problem-weed-legal-now/


Prosecutor: Wash. Medical Pot System ‘Not Tenable’
http://seattle.cbslocal.com/2013/08/29/prosecutor-wash-medical-pot-system-not-tenable/


The Road to Legalizing Medical Marijuana in New York
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-frank-spinelli/medical-marijuana-new-york_b_3861646.html?utm_hp_ref=politics&ir=Politics


Is medical marijuana right for West Virginia?
http://wvmetronews.com/2013/09/25/is-medical-marijuana-for-west-virginia/


Rep. Chris Kelly open to marijuana legalization
http://www.columbiamissourian.com/a/165772/rep-chris-kelly-open-to-marijuana-legalization/


Utah mom wants medical marijuana for sick child
http://www.elpasotimes.com/gas/ci_23966807/utah-mom-wants-medical-marijuana-sick-child


Medical pot study ordered in 2001 languishes
http://www.businessweek.com/ap/2013-08-30/medical-pot-study-ordered-in-2001-languishes


Medical marijuana moves closer to reality in the Boston area (Video)
http://www.examiner.com/article/medical-marijuana-moves-closer-to-reality-the-boston-area


Federal court says termination of employee for using medical marijuana is
not discriminatory
http://www.lexology.com/library/detail.aspx?g=834d6881-52c0-4854-969b-913a4f28a468


Federal prohibition of medical marijuana continues to handcuff now-legal
industry in Maine
http://bangordailynews.com/2013/09/06/health/federal-prohibition-of-medical-marijuana-continues-to-handcuff-now-legal-industry-in-maine/


Marijuana Legalization: Marijuana not welcome on U.S. bases
http://www.gvnews.com/news/state/marijuana-legalization-marijuana-not-welcome-on-u-s-bases/article_3085f3ac-1816-11e3-8f80-001a4bcf887a.html


State Apologizes to Pot Dispensary
Enforcement Officer Made an Uninvited Visit
http://www.thestranger.com/seattle/state-apologizes-to-pot-dispensary/Content?oid=17659086


Please, Minnesotans: Marijuana is good medicine
http://www.startribune.com/opinion/commentaries/223697911.html


Medical Marijuana, Nutrition and Cancer Treatment Are Highlighted in the
Following Micro-Cap Stock Research Report
http://www.businessreviewusa.com/press_releases/medical-marijuana-nutrition-and-cancer-treatment-are-highlighted-in-the-following-micro-cap-stock-re


Marijuana Stock Scams Prompt Regulatory Warning
http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/business/2013/09/marijuana-stock-scams-prompt-regulatory-warning/


CNN Seeks to Stop Sale of ‘Sanjay Gupta Kush’ Weed
http://www.indiawest.com/news/13401-cnn-seeks-to-stop-sale-of-sanjay-gupta-kush-weed.html



Around the world

Uruguay Will Sell Legal Marijuana For $1 Per Gram, Official Says
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/21/uruguay-marijuana-1-per-gram_n_4137179.html?ref=topbar


Medical marijuana sprouts in Israel
http://www.salon.com/2013/09/16/medical_marijuana_sprouts_in_israel/singleton/


HEMP Party has high ambitions in Australian election
http://www.thestar.com.my/News/World/2013/09/02/HEMP-Party-has-high-ambitions-in-Australian-election.aspx


Mexico City Mulls Legal Marijuana Clubs
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/05/mexico-city-legal-marijuana-clubs_n_3870291.html?utm_hp_ref=world


Supreme Court asked to consider cannabis case
http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/crime/9120068/Supreme-Court-asked-to-consider-cannabis-case


In Mexico, Dalai Lama backs medical marijuana
http://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/a/-/world/19415033/in-mexico-dalai-lama-backs-medical-marijuana/



Medical & Science News

The Case for Medical Marijuana
http://www.empr.com/the-case-for-medical-marijuana/article/310531/


Many people suffering from hyperactivity (ADHD) self-medicate with
cannabis
http://www.cannabis-med.org/english/bulletin/ww_en_db_cannabis_artikel.php?id=410
- 1


The temporal relationship between drug supply indicators: an audit of
international government surveillance systems.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24080093


Diabetic Neuropathy: Marijuana Give Good Relief
http://www.salem-news.com/articles/september222013/diabetic-neuropathy-painpl.php

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Sincerely,

Degé Coutee
Executive & Program Director
Patient Advocacy Network

@PAN4Compassion
www.CannabisSavesLives.org
(323) 334-5282

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

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this is an impressive list of links. good job ChaCha!!
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