Apr 26 – Monthly Meeting – Medical Marijuana – The Current State of Policy and Access in San Diego

Join us as we learn more about the current state of medical marijuana regulation in California, and how marijuana access is being implemented in San Diego City, as well as the current state of medical marijuana collective licensing in City Council District 2.

Our round table presentation will include patient advocates, legal experts and a representative of one of the first medical marijuana collectives to be licensed in the City of San Diego, right here in District 2.

Terrie Best
Terrie Best is the current chair of the San Diego Chapter of Americans for Safe Access, the local chapter of 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. ASA works to overcome political and legal barriers by creating policies that improve access to medical cannabis for patients and researchers through legislation, education, litigation, grassroots actions, advocacy and services for patients and the caregivers. 

Alex Kreit
Alex Kreit is an Associate Professor and Director of the Center for Law and Social Justice at Thomas Jefferson School of Law. 
He is author of a forthcoming casebook on drug abuse and the law, Controlled Substances: Crime, Regulation, and Policy. He is currently President of the San Diego Lawyer Chapter of the American Constitution Society and from 2009 to 2010 he served as Chair of the City of San Diego’s Medical Marijuana Task Force, a position appointed by the San Diego City Council. He has been recognized as one San Diego’s Top Attorneys in the Academic Field by the San Diego Daily Transcript (2009) and one of “35 under 35” community leaders by the San Diego News Network (2010).

Ebon Johnson
Ebon Johnson is the director of the newly licensed dispensary “Green Nectar” in Miramar. He has been involved locally in medical marijuana, as the operator of a delivery services, for a number of years. He is very excited for this opportunity to legally serve patients at a storefront dispensary in San Diego.

Cynara Velazquez

The city of San Diego approved the first land use permit for a medical marijuana cooperative in late January. Take a walk through the process with this explainer video. (Graphics by KPBS Motion Graphics Designer Jorge Contreras.)

It took almost 20 years for San Diego to get to this point. Consider NBC7’s timeline here and the OB Rag’s review of events and nod to 2016 as

the magic year, the year that marijuana will be legal in California. Just remember, that the last time it was on the state ballot, more people voted to legalize pot than voted for the Republican candidate for governor.

OB Rag
OB RagFrank Gormlie
Way back in 1970, Frank Gormlie founded the original Ocean Beach People’s Rag – OB’s famous underground community newspaper, and then later during the early Eighties, published The Whole Damn Pie Shop, a progressive alternative to the Reader.

Today’s Rag provides a web platform for OB residents and merchants, and covers local OB and Point Loma news, issues and events.

A lawyer and grassroots activist, Frank will give a short talk to explain how together with the Rag and San Diego Free Press we can strengthen and grow our progressive voice on the peninsula.

In order for interested club members to be able to take part in theCalifornia Democratic Party pre-endorsement  conferences at the start of next year, we’re introducing a proposed change to our club Bylaws to make them compliant with the state party guidelines. Below you’ll find the suggested amendment and we’ll vote on this at the May 17, 2015 meeting.

Please click here to RSVP for the meeting.

4:00PM – 5:30PM
Point Loma Assembly, 3035 Talbot St, San Diego, CA 92106
For additional info call (619) 800-5098
Directions and parking information

Social Time
Members are encouraged to get together from 3:30PM before the meeting starts, please bring whatever light drinks/snacks that you’d like to share.

After the meeting ends we suggest adjourning to the Point Break Cafe at 2743 Shelter Island Dr to continue our progressive conversation. Happy Hour is until 6:30pm.

Proposed Bylaws Change

SECTION 1: California Democratic Party

Club representatives to the California Democratic Party’s Pre-Endorsement Conferences shall be allocated as follows:

One representative, resident in the Assembly District, for each full (not fraction thereof) 20 registered Democratic members in good standing in the Assembly District who are listed on a roster submitted, by July 1 of each odd-numbered year, to both the San Diego County Democratic Party and the appropriate CDP Regional Director(s). The roster shall be certified by the Club’s President, Secretary, or Treasurer.

Representatives should be equally apportioned between men and women to the extent possible.

SECTION 2: San Diego County Democratic Party

Under the club’s charter with the San Diego County Democratic Party, its President is a representative to the SDCDP Central Committee as an Associate Member. If the President is already a Central Committee member or chooses not to serve, a different representative may be selected to serve his or her term according to the provisions of Sections 3 and 4 of this Article. An Associate Member application, for the President or any other representative, must be submitted to the SDCDP within 30 days of his or her selection by the club.

SECTION 3: Selection

Club representatives to the CDP and SDCDP – and any other official representatives, delegates, and alternates from the club to conferences, caucuses, councils, conventions, and other meetings – shall be selected by a vote of members in good standing at a duly noticed club meeting or, if that cannot occur at a regular or special meeting, by designation of the President.

SECTION 4: Adherence to Club Positions

Club representatives described in this Article, when participating in voting and discussion in that capacity, shall adhere to and represent the club’s official positions on endorsements and other matters wherever applicable, and shall agree to do so prior to their selection.

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