2013 saw major advances in marijuana reform with the passage of marijuana legalization initiatives in Colorado and Washington. 2013 also saw major setbacks in California’s medical marijuana laws with court decisions allowing cities and counties to ban medical marijuana distribution and cultivation.
2014 will be a pivotal year in marijuana reform and medical marijuana but whether we continue the advance toward legal marijuana and overcome the hostile environment the police have created and the courts have supported in California depends on the efforts and involvement of thousands of marijuana advocates whether they be medical or recreational.
I know many of you reading this have thought many times, “I need to get involved.” Make a resolution for 2014 to finally “get involved” and let’s keep moving in the right direction on legalization and get medical marijuana back on path in California. The best way to begin that involvement is to attend a meeting to find out what is going on and to learn the activities that you can participate in.
Here’s what is happening over the next week – surely you can and want to take a couple hours and attend one of these meetings.
Palm Springs/Coachella Valley MAPP meeting – How much the new Palm Springs 10% tax on MMJ will affect patients and what the city is doing to allow a 4th collective to operate will be discussed. Meeting to be held Saturday, Jan. 4 at 11:30 a.m. at Crystal Fantasy, 268 N. Palm Canyon Dr., in downtown Palm Springs 92262.
Yucca Valley/Morongo Basin MAPP meeting – The push for Yucca Valley to allow MMJ collectives is on. What happened at the Yucca Valley Town Council meeting last Tuesday along with an analysis of the political environment by Cristyl Meyers and other local activists will be presented. Plans for action on the part of patients will be discussed. Meeting to be held Saturday, Jan. 4 at 2:30 p.m. at the Listening Lounge at the Red Arrow Art Gallery, 61597 29 Palm Hwy in Joshua Tree 92252.
Brownie Mary Democratic Club meeting – Organizing for 2014 and plans for attending the State Democratic Convention in Los Angeles in March tops a very full agenda. Everyone is invited to attend. Meeting to be held on Wednesday, Jan. 8 at 6 p.m. at THCF Patient Center, 647 Main St., Unit 4D, Riverside CA 92501.
Riverside/Western IE MAPP meeting – Update on Riverside MMJ initiative will be presented along with updates on the Herer initiative and a look at the three other initiatives that are not yet being circulated. More info in next newsletter. The meeting will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 8 at 7:30 p.m. at the THCF Patient Center, 647 Main St., Unit 4D, Riverside 92501.
Milk and cookies will be served.