I am happy to announce that the price of the California Unity Conference in Sacramento May 19-21 has just gone down! Thanks to our friends at UFCW Local 8 and the Sacramento Central Labor Council, we have been able to cut the cost of the conference to an even lower level. Advance tickets are now just $25 for both days without lunch or $50 for both days with two lunches included. Tickets will be $50 (no lunch) and $75 (with lunch) in Sacramento, so be sure to get your tickets now. Look for an individual email from ASA if you already bought a ticket at the higher price.
Please make plans to attend this very important conference. We are planning two exciting days of strategy and skill-building to get ready to pass legislation to protect patients in California: AB2312 (Ammiano) and SB 1182 (Leno). We are also laying the ground work for the necessary implementation in California for years to come. We need you to be a part of it. On Monday, May 21, we will be putting our strategies and skills to the test when we visit every legislative office in the State Capitol!
You can register online, download the agenda, and learn more about what you can do to build local support for good legislation in your city or county from the event web page. I want to urge everyone to submit the sample resolution of support for AB 2312 to your City Council or Board of Supervisors, even if you cannot make it to Sacramento next week.
There will be free buses leaving from West Hollywood, Riverside, Berkeley, and San Francisco. All of these buses are paid for by sponsors, but you can help by making an optional contribution to cover the costs. That means more of the sponsors’ money will be going to other conference costs. No one will be turned away for lack of funds, but space may be limited. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for schedules and departure dates. And be sure to visit ASA’s Discussion Forums to ask for or offer a ride to Sacramento.
I want to say a very special thank you to those organizations that are sponsoring or co-hosting the California Unity Conference: United Food and Commercial Workers Local 5, Abatin Wellness, SPARC, Berkeley Patients Group, Harborside Health Center, Bhang Chocolates, Crusaders for Patients Rights, the Drug Policy Alliance, Emerald Growers Association, California NORML, Coalition for Cannabis Policy Reform, and a generous anonymous donor. Please make a point to thank them for their commitment to helping patients!
Register now for the California Unity Conference. See you in Sacramento,
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