Newsletter #017 "Lobby Day & New Chapter Training"
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Lobby Day & New Chapter Training Document


Date:     Thursday, January 21, 2016


Time:     1:30pm – 3:30pm - Ethics Course

Place:     1020 N St. Room 238, Sacramento, CA 95758


Time:    5:00pm – 7:00pm - New Chapter Training

Place:     1401 El Camino Ave. St. 500, Sacramento CA 95815


Join Monterey County NORML at a meet and greet with our newest NORML Chapter, “Yolo County NORML.” Everyone is invited to attend an “Ethics Course” if they print and mail in this form;, along with $50 and must be received no later than January 14th by noon.


Attendance is to this class is not required, however, it is highly recommended for those that may be lobbying, or have an interest in lobbying, now or in the future.


After the Ethics course, we will have a  New Chapter Training Session followed by a “Meet and Greet” with Yolo County NORML members. The training and mixer will both be at 1401 El Camino Ave, Sacramento, CA, 95815. Come watch and participate if you are interested in starting your own NORML Chapter in your area. Please bring;

  1. a laptop,

  2. pen and paper,

  3. information about your local community,

  4. ideas on strategies to move forward, and

  5. your passion and commitment for all things cannabis.


In light of recent events around the state, including an avalanche of local ban on all cannabis related activities including personal use and cultivation, it is imperative that we have boots on the ground in every city and county united and organized to stop any ban in its tracks and work tirelessly for regulations and licensing.

This event will walk you through a step by step process to start a local NORML chapter to activate your local community to influence local government to reject the failed policies of prohibition and embrace regulations and licensing rules for the medical cannabis industry. A regulated cannabis industry will contribute millions of dollars in taxes to local governments, grow the local economy, and  create jobs and opportunities for members of your community. Those steps will include:

  1. Filing paperwork.

  2. Creating a board.

  3. Understanding the duties and responsibilities of each board position.

  4. Creating a website.

  5. Creating a social media plan.

  6. Creating a lobbying plan for local city and county governments.

Elizabeth Woolery from Siskiyou County share how she and her team successfully ran a referendum against an ordinance to ban cultivation in Siskiyou County. 

In order to RSVP please send an email to with "Lobby Day & New Chapter Training"

Slack Channel: #team-lobbying


Due to the large number of Monterey County veterans coming to our Santa Cruz meetings, we have decided to create the Monterey Veterans Alliance Inc. Our mission here at the Monterey Veterans Alliance is to provide Qualified California Military Veterans with top quality lab tested medical cannabis grown by fellow United States Military Veterans.

We honor our veterans with our Veteran Compassion Program (VCP). Through the VCP every member of this collective receives free top quality lab tested medical cannabis. This program allows our members to collectively have a voice in this organization and this movement.

The Monterey Veterans Alliance along with the Santa Cruz Veterans Alliance strive to be a community for veterans and supporters to reach out to one another. We want to create a place for veterans to speak about their combat experiences and the therapeutic benefits of medical cannabis, specifically as it relates to the traumas of war.

We would like to try and bring some awareness to the medicinal aspects of cannabis and the roll it can play in helping reduce pharmaceutical dependence, depression, anxiety, anger, and countless other ailments, including possibly helping reduce the amount of veteran suicides that occur at a staggering rate of at least 22 a day.

We are actively looking for a location to hold our meetings in Monterey County. Until we find a suitable location in Monterey all Monterey veterans are welcome at our Santa Cruz meetings at we will hold our meetings VFW post 7263. Any veteran with proof of service, doctors rec, and CA ID is welcome to join. You can join at the meeting or via our website at

Slack Channel: #team-events


The text below is taken from the official Do You Know Pamphlet taken from the Citizens Against Legalizing Marijuana Non-Profit Organization in California. This is the kind of madness we are going to be facing this year from the opposition. So for your reading pleasure we present...


... is a fat soluble, mind altering, highly toxic drug that remains in the body for up to one month, building up with each additional joint. The two organs most affected are the brain and sexual organs. The potency of the most active chemical, delta 9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), is 10-20 times stronger than 30 years ago. 

MARIJUANA IS NOT MEDICINE. The FDA, which must approve all medicines, has reviewed scientific studies of marijuana for over 50 years and concludes it is not a safe or effective medicine, has the potential for harm and is addictive. It cannot be legally prescribed by any doctor. National medical associations for cancer, glaucoma, multiple sclerosis and others oppose using marijuana as a medicine, other than synthetic marijuana called Marinol, which is FDA approved and available in pill form.

CAN CAUSE PERMANENT BRAIN DAMAGE by disrupting development of the brain. It reduces the amount of white matter by as much as 80%, and shrinks the hippocampus, the learning, cognition and memory center of the brain. This can create a loss of 8 points of IQ by age 38.1 Marijuana is a major factor in the one-third high school dropout rate in America, and why America is 26th in the world academically. The brain isn’t fully developed until the midtwenties, so adolescent use is particularly damaging.

CAUSES HEALTH PROBLEMS INCLUDING CANCER of the head, nose and throat, and is a major cause of testicular cancer in young males.2 It causes chronic bronchitis and respiratory problems, and elevates the risk of heart attack 4 times 1 hour after smoking.3

CAUSES MENTAL ILLNESS, CRIME AND VIOLENCE. Marijuana use exacerbates mental illness. In addition to observed links between marijuana use and mental illness,4 marijuana affects brain systems that are still maturing through young adulthood, its use by teens has been associated with schizophrenia, paranoia and other psychosis leading to depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts.5 Jared Loughner, the Tucson shooter, is one of many examples. ONDCP’s ADAM II report indicates 52-87% of male arrestees test positive for drugs. 33% of prisoners are mentally ill.6 Research in Canada showed 72.2% of all individuals who used cannabis and 81.8% of those with CUDs (Cannabis Use Disorders) had a mental illness.7 Young people are 6 times more likely to develop psychosis, 3 times more likely to have hallucinations, and 4 times more likely to have delusions. 

Teens who smoke marijuana at least once a month are three times more likely to have suicidal thoughts than are non-users.8 Side effects can appear years after smokers quit.9 To prevent crime, one must prevent the onset of alcohol and drug use before it begins, on average at age 12 or 13.

CAN KILL OR permanently HARM A FETUS. Today’s high potency pot (20% plus) can cause fatal brain damage to a fetus only 2 weeks after conception, before the mother even knows she is pregnant. She can quit using pot, but it’s too late for the baby. Research from forty years ago showed that marijuana with 1/2 to 2% THC caused a rise in still births from 12% normal to 44%. Many babies that survived child birth had physical deformities and brain damage that altered their behavior well into the teens.10 Babies of mothers who smoked pot during pregnancy had an 11 fold increase in nonlumphobiastic leukemia. Behavioral problems exist in babies who were exposed to THC, including deficits in attention.11

CAUSES DNA DAMAGE. Marijuana causes more cellular damage than even heroin.12 It also causes mutations to sperm and chromosomal abnormalities that can carry forward and affect future generations. It affects the pituitary gland, a pea size structure at the base of the brain, that is the control center for sex and reproductive hormones and in turn, sexual dysfunction.13 IS ADDICTIVE. Research tells us that 1 in 6 people who start using it (marijuana) as adolescents become addicted.14 Currently about 24% of high school seniors smoke pot regularly, impervious to the harms. According to ONDCP, 17% of those under 18 will become addicted to it, 9% who start after 18 will become addicted, and many will move on to the hard drugs that kill 3,200 Americans monthly by overdose (SAMHSA). 68-90% of those started their drug journey with marijuana. Teen ”Heavy” marijuana use is up 80% since 2008.15

DOUBLES THE RISK OF TRAFFIC DEATHS. Of drivers in a Maryland Trauma Center, 27% of injured drivers tested positive for marijuana, second only to alcohol at 33%. 50% of drivers under 21 tested positive for pot, compared to 33% for alcohol.16 Fat soluble THC marijuana will ”...accumulate and persist in the brain, at its receptors, at higher levels17 than can be predicted from blood levels.” In California, driving deaths from marijuana impairment have doubled since 2004.

Slack Channel: #wtf-calm

RIP David Robert Jones 
(8 January 1947 – 10 January 2016)

David Bowie’s Fashionable Mug Shot From His 1976 Marijuana Bust 
by Open Culture August 9th, 2013

David Bowie always managed to look cool, even when he was being booked for a felony.

In early 1976 Bowie was on his “Isolar” tour, performing as the Thin White Duke, a persona he would describe as “a very Aryan fascist type — a would-be romantic with no emotions at all.” Bowie invited his friend and sometime creative collaborator Iggy Pop to travel with him.

In the early morning hours of March 21, after a concert at the Community War Memorial arena in Rochester, New York, four local vice squad detectives and a state police investigator searched Bowie’s three-room suite at the Americana Rochester Hotel. According to reports in the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, the cops found 182 grams (a little over 6.4 ounces) of marijuana there. Bowie and three others — Pop, a bodyguard named Dwain Voughns, and a young Rochester woman named Chiwah Soo — were charged with fifth-degree criminal possession of marijuana, a class C felony, punishable by up to 15 years in prison.

Bowie and Pop were booked under their real names, David Jones and James Osterberg Jr. The group spent the rest of the night in the Monroe County Jail and were released at about 7 a.m. on $2,000 bond each. They were supposed to be arraigned the next day, but Bowie left town to go to his next concert in Springfield, Massachusetts. His lawyer appeared and asked for the court’s indulgence, explaining the heavy penalties for breaking concert engagements. He promised the judge that Bowie would appear the following morning, March 23.

Bowie showed up for his arraignment looking dapper in his Thin White Duke clothing. It was then that his mug shot was taken — so we’ll never actually know what Bowie looked like when he was unexpectedly dragged into jail at 3 a.m. The police escorted the rock star in and out of the courtroom mostly through back corridors, shielding him from a crowd of fans who showed up at the courthouse. Reporter John Stewart describes the scene in the next day’s Democrat and Chronicle:

Bowie and his group ignored reporters’ shouted questions and fans’ yells as he walked in — except for one teenager who got his autograph as he stepped off the escalator.

His biggest greeting was the screams of about a half-dozen suspected prostitutes awaiting arraignment in the rear of the corridor outside the courtroom.

Asked for a plea by City Court Judge Alphonse Cassetti to the charge of fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, Bowie said, “not guilty, sir.” The court used his real name — David Jones.

He stood demurely in front of the bench with his attorneys. He wore a gray three-piece leisure suit and a pale brown shirt. He was holding a matching hat. His two companions were arraigned on the same charge.

The defense lawyer told the judge that Bowie and the others had never been arrested before. The judge allowed them to remain free on bond until a grand jury convened. Bowie and his entourage went on with their tour, and the grand jury eventually decided not to indict anyone. The incident was largely forgotten until an auction house employee named Gary Hess stumbled on Bowie’s mug shot while sorting through the estate of a retired Rochester police officer. Hess rescued the photo from the trash bin, according to an article earlier this year in Rochester Subway, and in late 2007 his brother sold it on eBay for $2,700.

Slack Channel: #n-celebrities


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