Among the hundreds of rally-goers were Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Director Dan Rush, Californians for Cannabis Policy Reform leader Dale Sky Jones, and Americans for Safe Access (ASA) California Director Don Duncan and Executive Director Steph Sherer.
June 1 is the deadline to kickstart stalled bills, so not only did rally-goers stand on the steps of the Capitol with signs, but they went door-to-door trying to get support for AB2312 and SB1182
The Lobby Day was the culmination of the ASA's Unity Conference, which you can still download the workbook from, educated activists about the bills, as well as gave instructions on the do's and don't's for the lobby meetings.
"Today the medical cannabis movement has shown state legislators that we’re diverse and we’re organized," said said Steph Sherer, Executive Director of ASA, at the event. "We’ve come together to pass AB2312, to create sensible statewide regulations for safe access for patients and safe communities across the state of California."
AB2312 seeks to "establish an appointed board to oversee medical cannabis cultivation and provision, while allowing local governments the leeway to adopt sensible and consistent regulations, and to assess a reasonable supplemental sales tax on medical cannabis."
SB1182 seeks to clarify "that medical cannabis cooperatives, collectives, and other entities that maintain storefront facilities to provide medicine ('dispensaries') or deliver medicine may receive reimbursement for actual expenses and reasonable compensation for services provided to members."