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Truckee gets Americans for Safe Access chapter for cannabis support

Americans for Safe Access has expanded the Nevada County chapter of the national organization into the Truckee area. The first meeting is scheduled for noon March 9 and will continue to take place the second Saturday of the month in the Truckee-Donner Community Recreation Center Conference Room.

ASA is the largest national member-based organization of patients, medical professionals, scientists and concerned citizens who support cannabis for therapeutic use and scientific research. The organization works on the local, state and federal levels to promote laws that protect patients' rights.

ASA membership provides access to resources designed for budding activists, including the Training Center, Think Tank & Policy Shop, Federal Advocacy Project and the Patients' Right Project. ASA-NC hosts numerous educational events, including recent medical discoveries, legal rights seminars, responsible growing techniques and Good Neighbor policies. The group occasionally hosts fun events like movies, music festivals and community barbecues.

Founded in 2002 by Steph Sherer, Americans for Safe Access strives to overcome political and legal barriers to medical cannabis by using a multifaceted approach that incorporates public education, grassroots activism and media campaigns. ASA has worked with local governments to draft sensible regulations that work to benefit the community. When negotiations fail, ASA's legal team will institute proceedings against any policy that infringes on patients' civil liberties or any attempt to restrict safe access to medicinal cannabis.

Americans for Safe Access recently hosted a National Unity Conference in Washington, D.C. In an effort that might qualify for the Guinness Book of World Records, hundreds of activists from across the country met to lobby with every senator and representative in a single day. The group hopes to raise support for pending legislation that would recognize states' rights to chart their own course on medical marijuana without interference from the federal government.

On a local level, attorney Jeff Lake, representing the Yuba County chapter of ASA, successfully negotiated the "most liberal cultivation ordinance in California." Lake also represents the Nevada County chapter in its continuing lawsuit against the cannabis cultivation ordinance.

ASA-NC recently announced plans to file a referendum against the ordinance when requests for mediation were rejected by the Board of Supervisors during a closed-session meeting last month. If the measure qualifies, a special election will take place at a cost to taxpayers of $250,000.

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