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Assemblymember Brown Partners With Young Visionaries on Annual Toy Giveaway

Youth Performers and Community Youth at the Event

Youth Performers and Community Youth at the Event

SAN BERNARDINO, CA- This year, Assemblymember Cheryl R. Brown proudly supported Young Visionaries’ 10th Annual Toy Giveaway and Resource Fair at Living Way Church in Fontana.

Nearly 1,500 residents attended the event, which included a turkey and toy giveaway, free shoes, coats, socks, and a Prop 47 workshop hosted by the San Bernardino County Public Defender’s Office. Items were donated by Young Visionaries; Assemblymember Brown,  47th District; Fontana Mayor Acquanetta Warren; Walmart; Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino County; New Life Christian Church; Living Way Church; Congregations Organized for Prophetic Engagement (COPE); One Body; Firefighters’ Spark of Love Toy Drive; Kappa Alpha Psi; and the United Auto Workers.

“Thanks to Terrance Stone, his staff and the generosity of others, this year’s event was an overwhelming success,” stated Assemblymember Brown. “This was my 3rd Annual Toy Drive, and I’m very proud to have worked with Terrance Stone. I look forward to supporting next year’s giveaway.”

According to event staff, local residents started lining up outside the church at 2:30 a.m. Once the event began at 9 a.m., families were directed to various sites to pick up their items. They were also given an opportunity for a chance to win a bicycle. Special remarks were given by Congresswoman Norma Torres, 35th District, and entertainment was provided by Creating Hopeful Opportunities and Resilience by Developing Skills (C.H.O.R.D.S.) Enrichment Youth Program.

“This was our 10th Annual Toy Drive in the County of San Bernardino, and it was our largest one to date,” stated Terrance Stone, Founder and CEO of Young Visionaries. “We’re celebrating a decade of giving, and hopefully we can leave a legacy behind for the next generation. It’s an honor to be a blessing to others.”

In addition to the giveaways, a diversity of community-based organizations and government entities distributed literature and other helpful information during the resource fair. Approximately 30 vendors participated; among them were Covered California, the African American Mental Health Alliance, El Sol, and the Riverside County Black Chamber of Commerce.

“It was a great pleasure to see the parents and their children as they received their gifts with joy, excitement and appreciation,” concluded Assemblymember Brown. “It’s truly an honor to give back to the communities that I serve.”

For more information, contact Ashley Jones at (909) 381-3238.

 

Photo: New Hope Hosts a Holy-Giveaway

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SAN BERNARDINO, CA- New Hope Missionary Baptist Church of San Bernardino provided food bags for gifting to community members.  Over two hundred bags of food were assembled and given away. Pictured above, left to right, Ward Young, Deacon Frank Bell, Anita Dimery Riley, Harold White, Anthony Bell

Medical Marijuana Patient Advocacy Group Urges California Cities and Counties to License Cultivation

Sacramento, CA – A national medical marijuana advocacy organization published a memo and model ordinance today for California cities and counties today recommending that they regulate the cultivation of medical marijuana instead of banning it. The memo and model ordinance are part of project by Americans for Safe Access (ASA) to support patients and advocates fighting bans on cultivation and pushing for local licensing and regulation of medical marijuana businesses.
“Medical cannabis advocates need tools and training to talk with their local lawmakers about medical marijuana,” said ASA California Director Don Duncan. “This project is all about supporting and empowering those local advocates to make a difference in their hometown.” ASA’s new Local Access Project (LAP) is a web portal with links to documents and online training that medical marijuana supporters can use to talk with their representatives on the City Council or County Board of Supervisors.
Credit: EarthMed.com

Credit: EarthMed.com

While California voters led the nation in legalizing medical marijuana in 1996, the state has lagged behind other medical marijuana states in adopting a statewide regulatory scheme. Cities and counties have adopted a patchwork of regulations and bans in the nineteen years since voters approved Proposition 215.  Governor Brown signed a historic trio of bills known as the Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act (MMRSA) to license and regulate commercial medical marijuana at the state level on October 9.

The new legislation creates the Bureau of Medical Marijuana Regulation (BMMR) in the Department of Consumer Affairs to oversee state licensing. The bill also charges state agencies with developing regulations for cultivation, testing, and dispensing medical marijuana. Medical marijuana businesses must have both a state and local license to operate before January 1, 2018. While cities and counties must approve medical marijuana businesses in most cases, the BMMR can license commercial cultivation without local approval in a city or county that does not authorize or ban commercial cultivation before March 1, 2016.
“The deadline for local licensing of commercial medical cannabis in March has caused some cities to overreact,” said Duncan. “In some cases, local governments are even banning marijuana cultivation by individual patients. That was never the intent of the law.” ASA hopes the LAP will give patients and other advocates tools to talk to lawmakers about alternative to banning medical marijuana cultivation. “I believe that, given the choice, some cities and counties will opt to protect legal patient and the community at large by adopting a local licensing ordinance instead of a ban.”
ASA’s memo recommends that cities and counties use existing business licensing ordinances to authorize commercial medical cannabis cultivation and to specifically protect the right of legal patients to grow their own marijuana for personal use. The MMRSA allows personal cultivation and exempts patients cultivating marijuana in 100 square feet or less from state licensing and regulation.
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