Coffee & Medical Cannabis Advocacy – Bay Area ASA Update: 12-4-19

Didn’t get to make the December BAY AREA ASA Meeting? That’s ok Chapter Chair, Tony Bowles has you covered.


Welcome and Introductions – Adhere to the rules, introduce yourself, and engage!

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.

Guest speaker Jesse Stout who was recently appointed to the San Francisco Cannabis Oversight Committee by the SF Board of Supervisors. He practices business law for cannabis companies with Greenbridge Corporate Counsel. He also helps cannabis companies recruit diverse employees with THC Staffing Group.

Local Update:

Oakland Taxes Hurt Patients

Oakland fails to act in the best interest of cannabis industry or patients in need with it’s “halfway, too little, too late” cannabis tax ordinance.

Partial victory. Good for equity, not really good enough incubators.

We’re organizing dance party/fundraiser at Green Door lounge for MMJ Week in February, to bring awareness to the work Americans for Safe Access is doing around cannabis patient advocacy and raise some funds. We are seeking volunteers, DJ and sponsors.

SF Cannabis Oversight Committee’s inaugural meeting on Monday, 12/9. The meeting will be held at 25 Van Ness, Room 610, San Francisco, CA 94102 from 1pm-4pm. Meeting agenda will be posted on website 72 hours prior to the meeting.



Legislator wants explanation for pot-tax boost – The changes that take effect Jan. 1 are expected to boost prices at the retail counter.

Call your state representative!!

Attend The Bureau of Cannabis Control Cannabis Advisory Committee meeting

Hilton Sacramento Arden West.

Wednesday, December 11, 2019 | 10 a.m.

Full Committee Meeting

Grand Ballroom

2220 Harvard Street

National Update –

ASA Applauds Passage of MORE Act in House Committee

November 20, 2019 | Reenal Doshi

Washington, DC — Americans for Safe Access (ASA) applauds the passage of H.R. 3884, the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act (MORE Act), in the House Judiciary Committee today. The act, which includes elements from several cannabis-reform bills recently put forward in Congress, would, among other things, federally deschedule and decriminalize cannabis, provide for reinvestment in certain people adversely impacted by the War on Drugs, and provide for the expungement of certain cannabis offenses.

FDA Warning Letters Highlight CBD Industry’s Wild West Attitude

“Easley said that 90% to 95% of CBD companies are fraudulent companies, because they have no testing, no authorizations, and no certifications.”

ASA Has Created Patient-Focused Recommendations in Light of the Vaping Crisis

Register Now for ASA’s 8th Annual National Medical Cannabis Unity Conference!

This conference, from March 25-28, 2020, will bring patients, caregivers, scientists, researchers, advocates, and representatives from the cannabis industry to Washington, D.C. to hear the latest updates on medical cannabis and meet with members of Congress to urge them to legalize medical cannabis at the federal level.


***Meeting Rules: Do not interrupt, raise your hand & wait to be recognized, always assume best intentions, be respectful when disagreeing, and do not be repetitive.***

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