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Photo: New Hope Hosts a Holy-Giveaway


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.
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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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It Has Been a “Fantastic Voyage”!

52e7f48e-586b-4939-9db4-61ae84a2581fCome and spend New Year’s Eve with me! I am celebrating my birthday and my special guest for the evening is a great band that we have all enjoyed. Our entertainment for the evening is LAKESIDE, a group that has given us many great tunes, including a song that is a hit all over the world. We have all been moved by that funky classic, “Fantastic Voyage.”  We are gathering at the newly renovated Arrowhead Elks Lodge, 1073 N. Mt Vernon Ave in San Bernardino.

Tickets are only $35 in advance ($45 at the door) which includes food by Master Chef “AW” and party favors. Please call me, Lynn Paul, at (909) 258-0254 for more information and your reservation.

Join me for a great New Year’s Eve. It is my 50th birthday and I can promise, you will have a FANTASTIC JOURNEY!