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Sam's Brainstorming Session + BMD Meeting

 

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Brownie Mary Meeting

The evening of Sunday, July 10 is going to be a truly interesting one. First there is the membership meeting of BMD at 7:30 p.m. and then there will be a special cannabis legalization meeting open to everyone hosted by Sam Clauder immediately following the BMD meeting at 9 p.m. Both meetings are zoom virtual meetings.

clauder.jpgSam, a long-time cannabis activist, has sponsored BMD’s fabulous hospitality suites at past CaDEM conventions. He would like to invite folks to a virtual zoom meeting immediately following the BMD Membership meeting to brainstorm methods of encouraging the legalization of cannabis in states and nations that have yet to legalize.

Sam has been a leading advocate for cannabis legalization dating back to the 90s when it wasn’t as OK as it is nowadays to advocate for legalization. He has a wealth of experience and would like to discuss ways in which cannabis legalization can be furthered. This will be an open forum – you do not have to be a BMD member to attend - your participation in the discussion is strongly encouraged.

Here is the zoom link for Sam’s Brainstorming session on cannabis legalization:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86599019188

You can also phone in by calling 669 444 9171 and entering meeting ID: 865 9901 9188

krawitz_(2).jpgThe BMD membership meeting on Sunday, July 10 at 7:30 p.m. featuring Veteran’s and United Nation’s cannabis advocate Michael Krawitz is open only to BMD members. unpotleaf-page-001.jpgMuch of what has happened at the U.N. has been under the radar and little reported in the media including the cannabis media. As more and more countries legalize cannabis, the role of the U.N. in facilitating the transition will be critical. Michael will detail what has happened at the U.N., what will be happening in the near future and the likelihood of other countries legalizing cannabis.

There is still time to join BMD and participate in the Sunday, July 10 at 7:30 p.m. meeting. General memberships are only $10 and Senior Citizens, veterans, low income and students can join for just $5. To join now or renew your membership, CLICK HERE or go to www.browniemarydemocrats.org/memberships. A zoom link will be sent out to all members. Printed below is the agenda for the BMD membership meeting.

Lanny

Lanny Swerdlow, RN LNC

Chair & Founder

Brownie Mary Democrats of California

Brownie Mary Democrats of California

Membership meeting

Sunday, July 10 at 7:30 p.m.

AGENDA

  1. Call to order
  2. Minutes
  3. Financial Report
  4. Roll call of members present
  5. Chair report by Lanny Swerdlow
  6. Report on July 8 – 10 CaDEM Eboard meeting including BMD Cannabis Taxation resolution by Joseph Pinon.
  7. Special presentation on cannabis actions taken at the United Nations and support for cannabis reform by Michael Krawitz, Executive director of Veterans For Medical Cannabis Access
  8. California legislative update including passage of legislation lowering cannabis taxation.
  9. Vote on changing BMD bylaws to add 4 at-large members to the BMD eboard.
  10. Other business
  11. Adjournment

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Celebrate 420 Day with Brownie Mary

 

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420_day_celebration.jpg420 Day may not be a national holiday but it is probably the only true international holiday celebrated around the world. Even New Year's is celebrated on different days depending on where you live and which culture you partake of, but 420 Day is celebrated everywhere on April 20. Considering that 420 Day hasn't been around for much more then a couple decades or so, the speed of its recognition is phenomenal attesting to the ubiquity, importance and the joy that cannabis brings to all.

smoke_weed_daily.pngWe all know the world  would be much a better, safer and saner place if everyone everywhere would kick back and light up a joint, inhale a vape or nibble on an edible every day at 4:20 p.m. A common thread in all the hot spots of the world is that at least one of,load_bongs_not_gun_(2).jpg if not both of the warring factions, have made the use of cannabis illegal. Would there be such horrors going on if everyone was getting stoned daily - I think not.

In addition to celebrating 420 Day by imbibing with your friends or just by yourself, how about making it a memorable and special celebration by either joining or renewing your membership in the Brownie Mary Democrats of California. What a wonderful way to celebrate 420 Day and make a contribution to insure the continuation of 420 Days into the future.

cadem_conv.pngAs an official organization within the California Democratic Party, BMD is in a key position to meet with Democratic officials on the state and local level to make Prop. 64 work as it is supposed to work and most importantly to get state and local governments to enact reasonable and rational regulations and taxation so as to allow cannabis businesses to provide cannabis at affordable prices as well as allow cannabis social clubs to open. 

join_click-page-001.jpgOur status within the Democratic Party and clout with elected officials is increased exponentially by our members so it is critical for you to renew your membership or become a member for the very first time. If you have family members, friends or casual acquaintances who are Democrats, ask them to join as well. For what we can do to make cannabis safely, reliably, locally and affordably accessible, memberships are a bargain at just $10 and only $5 for seniors, veterans, students and low income. To become a member or for others to join, CLICK HERE.

If you are already a paid member for 2022, thank you for your support. If not, please consider becoming a member now.Your support would be gratefully and sincerely appreciated.

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Two State Legislators Speak On Solving Cannabis Legalization Problems

 

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You, your friends, your family and that strange guy down the street are invited to attend the annual Brownie Mary Democrats general meeting held in conjunction with the 2022 CaDEM state convention. This is going to be an outstanding meeting with knowledgeable and interesting speakers covering everything affecting cannabis consumers including legislation, taxation and business regulation.

bill_quirk.jpgscott_wiener-page-001.jpgOur special guest speakers are Assemblyman Bill Quirk and State Senator Scott Wiener, powerhouses of legislative cannabis accomplishments. From taxation to regulation to access to employment protection, these two legislators are the best friends we have in the California state legislature.

Assemblyman Quirk has championed employment protections for cannabis consumers and has introduced AB2188 to prevent the firing of people from their jobs for off-the-job use of cannabis. Senator Wiener is a long time supporter for criminal justice reform and was the sponsor of SB 34, the Dennis Peron and Brownie Mary Compassionate Care Act. They will be discussing current cannabis legislative actions as well as future reforms of Prop. 64 to make it work better and fairer. They are here to answer your questions and to hear about your concerns and suggestions for new legislation.

sean_donahue.jpgdale_gieringer.jpgThere will also be a presentation on current state legislation by Sean Donahoe, owner of Sungrown Developmens Inc and a member of the California Cannabis Industry Association's Legislative Committee. Of significant interest will be a knowledgeable and jaundiced look at what is happening on the federal level by Dale Gieringer, Executive Director of CaNORML. Action on the federal level has been a source of profound disappointment as we expected that with Democrats in control of Congress that federal cannabis prohibition would have ended in 2021.

Agenda_revised-page-001.jpgDiscussing the current situation facing cannabis cultivators and how that will affect consumers is Ross Gordon, Policy Director of the Humboldt County Growers Association.

This a virtual meeting that is accessed through ZOOM so everyone can attend from the comfort of their home or wherever they are most comfortable. Invite your family members, friends, and especially all your fellow cannabis consumers to join us at this very informative and FREE event.

Here is the zoom information on zooming on in.

BMD General Membership meeting

March 2, 2022 — 7:30 PM Pacific Time

Zoom Meeting link

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82826832865?pwd=YkFFQXNOTTBSSzR6TGZESE1NWXlzdz09

Meeting ID: 828 2683 2865      Passcode: 124792

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669-900-9128

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BMD Meeting now a Major Cannabis Event - Check It Out

 

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Brownie Mary Democrats and the general public are invited to attend the annual Brownie Mary Democrats general meeting held in conjunction with the 2022 CaDEM state convention. This is going to be an outstanding meeting with knowledgeable and interesting speakers covering everything affecting cannabis consumers including legislation, taxation and business regulation.

We are proud to announce that our special guest speaker will be Assemblyman Bill Quirk (D-AD 20) author of AB 2188 which will prevent people from being fired from their jobs or refusing to be hired for a job for off-the-job use of cannabis. Unlike previous employment non-discrimination bills for cannabis use, law_passed-page-001.jpgthe odds are favorable that this one will pass and be signed into law by Governor Newsom. Assemblyman Quirk will cover the history of the bill, how it protects cannabis users from being fired and most importantly what needs to be done to make it happen this time around.

bill_quirk.jpgFor cannabis consumers, this is one of the most important and far-reaching cannabis bills being considered in the state legislature. The Brownie Mary Democrats are pleased that Assemblyman Quirk and other movement activists will be speaking at our zoom membership meeting on Wednesday, March 2 at 7:30 p.m.

agendarevclick-page-001.jpgThere are several other topics of major importance on the agenda including a resolution authored by David Goldman and supported by BMD that will remove the excessive cannabis taxes that have contributed to the exorbitant price of cannabis and allowed the illegal market to flourish. This resolution, which we believe has a very good chance of being adopted by the California Democratic Party, will go along way in convincing Democratic state legislators, to suspend the state cultivation tax and the state's 15% excise tax. To read the resolution, CLICK HERE.

sean_donahue.jpgdale_gieringer.jpgThere will also be a presentation on current state legislation by Sean Donahoe, owner of Sungrown Developmens Inc and a member of the California Cannabis Industry Association's Legislative Committee. Of significant interest will be a knowledgeable and jaundiced look at what is happening on the federal level by Dale Gieringer, Executive Director of CaNORML. Action on the federal level has been a source of profound disappointment as we expected that with Democrats in control of Congress that federal cannabis prohibition would have ended in 2021.

This a virtual meeting that is accessed through ZOOM so everyone can attend from the comfort of their home or wherever they are most comfortable. Invite your family members, friends, and especially all your fellow cannabis consumers to join us at this very informative and FREE event. Here is the zoom information on zooming on in.

zoom_meet.pngBMD General Membership meeting

March 2, 2022 — 7:30 PM Pacific Time

Zoom Meeting link

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82826832865?pwd=YkFFQXNOTTBSSzR6TGZESE1NWXlzdz09

Meeting ID: 828 2683 2865      Passcode: 124792

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669-900-9128

Meeting ID: 828 2683 2865    Passcode: 124792

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Don't get fired for using cannabis - Hear Assemblyman Bill Quirk at Brownie Mary Dem meet

 

browne_mary.jpgBrownie Mary Democrats meeting features AB 1256 author Dr. Bill Quirk

fired_1.jpgStop the firing of and the refusing to hire cannabis consumers

Although the California State Personnel Board has ruled that a urine test does not establish that a state employee is under the influence of marijuana when reporting for duty, and therefore “does not justify discipline,” everyone else in the state can be fired from their job for off-duty use of cannabis.

For over a decade legislation protecting employees from being fired for off-duty cannabis use has never been successful. In 2008, a bill made it through the legislature but it was vetoed by former Governor and mj_bill_committee.jpgformer (maybe) pothead Schwarzenegger. Although introduced multiple times since then, it has never made it out of the state legislature.

With the soon hoped to be passage of the MORE act by the U.S. Congress which will remove cannabis from the schedule of controlled substances and therein end federal cannabis prohibition, 2021 may be the ideal year for cannabis non-discrimination legislation to be enacted.

To that end Assemblyman Bill Quirk (D-20AD), a long-time advocate and friend of medical and adult-use cannabis, has introduced AB 1256 which will prohibit employers from using drug tests that test for inactive THC metabolites and hence do not prove impairment as a basis for disciplining or terminating an employee.

bill_quirk.jpgFor cannabis consumers, this is one of the most important and far-reaching cannabis bills being considered in the state legislature. The Brownie Mary Democrats are pleased that Assemblyman Quirk will be the featured speaker at our zoom membership meeting on Friday, July 30 at 7:30 p.m. This will be a great time to learn about a bill that will protect you and all your cannabis-consuming friends and family members from losing their livelihoods simply because they made the wise-choice to use cannabis for medical or recreational use.

Assemblyman Quirk is a very knowledgeable person on a variety of cannabis legislative issues and will present an enlightened perspective on his bill and several others bills and provide a nuanced look at how likely they will get passed and what needs to be done to make sure they get passed.

zoom_meet_(2).pngThe meeting is a zoom meeting so it is convenient and easy to attend. Printed below is the usual information for participating in a zoom meeting. If you have any questions, please email [email protected] or call 760-799-2055. Looking forward to joining with you this Friday.

Topic: Brownie Mary Democrats meeting with Assemblyman  Bill Quirk and Keeping from Getting Fired

Time: Jul 30, 2021 07:30 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada

Join the BMD Zoom Meeting at

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Meeting ID: 863 0357 5557

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Printed at the end of this email is the agenda for the meeting.

You do not need to be a member to attend the meeting, but in order to vote, you will need to be a member. Membership is open to all Democrats and is only $10 for a regular membership and just $5 for senior citizens, veterans, students and low income. To join CLICK HERE.

If you have any questions or need additional information, please email [email protected] or call 760-799-2055.

shirtless_man.jpgIncidentally, although not mandated, cannabis consumption is allowed and encouraged at this meeting.

AGENDA

Brownie Mary Democrats of California

General Meeting

July 30, 2021

  1. Call to order
  2. Introduction of Eboard members
  3. Minutes
  4. Finance report
  5. Introduction of Guests
  6. Chair’s report - BMD in 2021
  7. Introduction of Guest Speaker – Assemblyman Bill Quirk
  8. Change in by-laws- for composition of Eboard – first reading
  9. Donation to CaNORML Prop. 215 25th Anniversary celebration
  10. Update on Governor Newsom recall
  11. Update on federal legislation to end cannabis prohibition
  12. other business
  13. adjourn
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Don't get fired for using cannabis - Hear Assemblyman Bill Quirk at Brownie Mary Dem meet

 

browne_mary.jpgBrownie Mary Democrats meeting features AB 1256 author Dr. Bill Quirk

fired_1.jpgStop the firing of and the refusing to hire cannabis consumers

Although the California State Personnel Board has ruled that a urine test does not establish that a state employee is under the influence of marijuana when reporting for duty, and therefore “does not justify discipline,” everyone else in the state can be fired from their job for off-duty use of cannabis.

mj_bill_committee.jpgFor over a decade legislation protecting employees from being fired for off-duty cannabis use has never been successful. In 2008, a bill made it through the legislature but it was vetoed by former Governor andformer (maybe) pothead Schwarzenegger. Although introduced multiple times since then, it has never made it out of the state legislature.

With the soon hoped to be passage of the MORE act by the U.S. Congress which will remove cannabis from the schedule of controlled substances and therein end federal cannabis prohibition, 2021 may be the ideal year for cannabis non-discrimination legislation to be enacted.

To that end Assemblyman Bill Quirk (D-20AD), a long-time advocate and friend of medical and adult-use cannabis, has introduced AB 1256 which will prohibit employers from using drug tests that test for inactive THC metabolites and hence do not prove impairment as a basis for disciplining or terminating an employee.

bill_quirk.jpgFor cannabis consumers, this is one of the most important and far-reaching cannabis bills being considered in the state legislature. The Brownie Mary Democrats are pleased that Assemblyman Quirk will be the featured speaker at our zoom membership meeting on Friday, July 30 at 7:30 p.m. This will be a great time to learn about a bill that will protect you and all your cannabis-consuming friends and family members from losing their livelihoods simply because they made the wise-choice to use cannabis for medical or recreational use.

Assemblyman Quirk is a very knowledgeable person on a variety of cannabis legislative issues and will present an enlightened perspective on his bill and several others bills and provide a nuanced look at how likely they will get passed and what needs to be done to make sure they get passed.

zoom_meet_(2).pngThe meeting is a zoom meeting so it is convenient and easy to attend. The zoom link will be provided in an upcoming email newsletter, but circle Friday, July 30 on your calendar for the meeting at 7:30 p.m. so you won’t schedule anything else at the same time.

Printed at the end of this email is the agenda for the meeting.

You do not need to be a member to attend the meeting, but in order to vote, you will need to be a member. Membership is open to all Democrats and is only $10 for a regular membership and just $5 for senior citizens, veterans, students and low income. To join CLICK HERE.

If you have any questions or need additional information, please email [email protected] or call 760-799-2055.

shirtless_man.jpgIncidentally, although not mandated, cannabis consumption is allowed and encouraged at this meeting.

AGENDA

Brownie Mary Democrats of California

General Meeting

July 30, 2021

  1. Call to order
  2. Introduction of Eboard members
  3. Minutes
  4. Finance report
  5. Introduction of Guests
  6. Chair’s report - BMD in 2021
  7. Introduction of Guest Speaker – Assemblyman Bill Quirk
  8. Change in by-laws- for composition of Eboard – first reading
  9. Donation to CaNORML Prop. 215 25th Anniversary celebration
  10. Update on Governor Newsom recall
  11. Update on federal legislation to end cannabis prohibition
  12. other business
  13. adjourn
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Will Brownie Mary Be Kicked Out of the Democratic Party?

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It's time for the annual rechartering of the Brownie Mary Democrats by CaDEM. We need to have at least 30 paid members to be re-chartered and right now we only have 23. We desperately need new members so we are sending you this heartfelt request to become a member of the Brownie Mary Democrats. Memberships are only $10 and if you are senior citizen, veteran, student and/or low income, it is only $5. You can keep Brownie Mary in CaDEM by joining BMD - just CLICK HERE.

As an official organization within the California Democratic Party, BMD is in a key position to meet with Democratic officials on the state and local level to makecannabis_lounge_crop.jpg Prop. 64 work as it is supposed to work and most importantly to get local governments to enact reasonable and rational regulations to allow cannabis businesses to operate as well as allow cannabis social clubs to open. 

join_click-page-001.jpgKeep Brownie Mary Democrats as an active participant in the California Democratic Party by becoming a member of BMD. If you have family members, friends or casual acquaintances who are Democrats, ask them to join as well. For what we can do to make cannabis safely, reliably, locally and affordably accessible, memberships are a bargain at just $10 and only $5 for seniors, veterans, students and low income. To become a member or for others to join, CLICK HERE.

If you are already a paid member for 2021, thank you for your support. If not, please consider becoming amember now.Your support would be gratefully and sincerely appreciated.

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Critical Election Meeting plus Special Guest Speaker

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brownie_mary_button_wo_2016.jpgOur bylaws call for the election of officers every two years. Normally we hold the elections at the state convention but since there is no state convention this year, we will be holding a special election meeting and since we are in the middle of the COVID19 pandemic, that meeting will be virtual.

liam3-page-001.jpgWe will be electing the following officers:

     Chair

     Vice-chair

     Secretary

     Treasurer

     Northern Region Vice-chair

     Central Region Vice-chair

     Southern Region Vice-chair

     Four ad hoc members of the board

bmd_teleconf-page-001.jpgOn Sunday, August 23, the Executive Board meet and voted to hold a virtual election meeting on Sunday, Sept. 13 at 6 p.m. This is the official notice of the election and the solicitation of nominations for the above offices.

I would like to encourage you to consider running for any of the above offices especially the Regional Vice-chair offices. As an officer you can participate in our Eboard meetings and help set policy for BMD. Our state charted organization is very active in the party and has been successful in turning our priorities into priorities of the party as seen by the success of our resolutions passed at the annual state convention and thrice yearly CaDEM Eboard meetings.

If you have any question on the responsibilities of the office you are interested in, please contact me at [email protected]

If you decide to run for any office, please let me know by sending an email to [email protected] listing the office you would like to run for. Nominations, including self-nomination may also be made at the special election meeting on Sunday, Sept. 13,

At the August 23 Eboard meeting, the Board voted to submit the following slate of candidates to the membership.

     Chair – Lanny Swerdlow

     Vice-chair – David Goldman

     Secretary – Susan O’Leary

     Treasurer – Eric Nabors

There were no nominations made for the Regional vice-chair of the ad hoc board members. The bylaws provide if no one is nominated for the positions of regional vice-chairs and ad hoc members, the chair will appoint them subject to ratification by the Executive Board.shirtless_man.jpg

This is NOT a zoom meeting – it is strictly a teleconference done over the phone. No need to have a computer or get dolled up to be on cam – you truly can come as you are. It is also perfectly acceptable to ingest your favorite form and strains of cannabis during the meeting.

If you have never attended a BMD meeting, I can just about give you a 100% guarantee that you will find them enjoyable and stimulating. There is great conversation plus we have a special guest speaker – Liam O’Mara – the CaDEM endorsed candidate for the 42nd Congressional District who has legalizing cannabis and ending the CALVERT2-page-001.jpgWar on Drugs as a major part of his very progressive campaign platform. He is running against Trump acolyte right-wing Republican Kevin Calvert who was listed by Business Insider as one of the top-ten most corrupt members of Congress. Liam is a dynamic speaker and I am sure you will savor his presentation at our special election meeting.

bmd_teleconf-page-001.jpgThe BMD special election meeting is Sunday, Sept. 13 at 6 p.m. The call-in number is 701-802-5390 and the access code is 2545046#. We want to get to know you so please join us at the BMD election meeting.

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CaDEM supports cannabis lounges & mj message to Biden

The COVID19 pandemic has brought profound changes in our lives on so many levels. From concerns about becoming infected to the severe economic consequences that are affecting hundreds of millions, this virus has upended the world.

Fortunately, we have cannabis to help us mitigate the negative consequences of the stress and anxiety created by having to deal with the repercussions of living through the pandemic. Having cannabis widely available and easily accessible is a really good thing and two resolutions introduced by Brownie Mary Democrats at the July 24 – 26 CaDEM virtual Executive Board meeting intend to continue making it more widely available and more easily accessible.

cannabis_lounge.jpgThe first resolution entitled EXPAND ON-SITE CANNABIS CONSUMPTION LICENSE AVAILABILITY calls on the legislature to create a license that would allow cannabis lounges to operate independently with regulations similar to those that allow the sale and consumption of beer and wine at restaurants and taverns. For those who understand the licensing for alcohol, a licensing system similar to beer and wine for cannabis lounges would be a tremendous step in the right direction in making cannabis far more available then it currently is under the byzantine system currently in operation. To read the resolution CLICK HERE.

Although the cannabis lounge bill is certainly not a priority in this COVID19 legislative environment, we should start shopping it around starting with Assemblymember Bloom who introduced a cannabis lounge bill last year.

biden_foreheadflip.jpgOur resolution chiding presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden for his lingering reefer madness positions opposing cannabis legalization and reaffirming CaDEM’s support for removing cannabis from the schedule of controlled substances was also passed. I wouldn’t hold my breath expecting Biden to change his 20th century cannabis ruminations just because the largest state political party in the country thinks he should, but it feels good to have it passed just the same. To read the Biden resolution, CLICK HERE.

 I would like to thank all of you who are reading this that have joined Brownie Mary Democrats this year for joining. Your official participation as a member helps us continue to make our presence known within the party and heightens our ability to get things done as is seen by the passage of our two resolutions.

join-now.jpgIf you are not a member or still haven’t renewed your membership for 2020 please do it now. Regular memberships are $10 (84¢/mo.) and senior, student, veteran and low-income are $5 (42¢/mo.). The only thing that will make you feel better then becoming a member of Brownie Mary Democrats is consuming cannabis and by becoming a member you do your part to make sure you can continue to consume cannabis without fear of arrest or approbation. To join now CLICK HERE.

Lanny

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CaDEM supports cannabis lounges & mj message to Biden

 

bmd_masthead-page-001.jpgHi Folks,

The COVID19 pandemic has brought profound changes in our lives on so many levels. From concerns about becoming infected to the severe economic consequences that are affecting hundreds of millions, this virus has upended the world.

Fortunately, we have cannabis to help us mitigate the negative consequences of the stress and anxiety created by having to deal with the repercussions of living through the pandemic. Most amazing is that our use of cannabis might actually help reduce the likelihood of our becoming infected as well as helping fight off the infection if we do become infected.

mj_covid-page-001-1.jpgResearch shows that cannabis could reduce excessive cytokine production. Normally cytokines help to fight inflammation but if too much is released in fighting COVID19, it results in a cytokine storm that can produce a high fever, inflammation, severe fatigue and nausea, and in exceptionally severe cases, can lead to death through organ failure. Your use of cannabis could prevent that from happening.

Another study has postulated that hemp extracts high in CBD may reduce the ability of COVID19 to infect cells by blocking up to 70% of the entry points the viruses uses to infect a cell.

The upshot is that having cannabis widely available and easily accessible is a really good thing. The two resolutions introduced by Brownie Mary Democrats at the July 24 – 26 CaDEM virtual Executive Board meeting intend to continue making it more widely available and more easily accesible.

cannabis_lounge.jpgThe first resolution entitled EXPAND ON-SITE CANNABIS CONSUMPTION LICENSE AVAILABILITY calls on the legislature to create a license that would allow cannabis lounges to operate independently with regulations similar to those that allow the sale and consumption of beer and wine at restaurants and taverns. For those who understand the licensing for alcohol, a licensing system similar to beer and wine for cannabis lounges would be a tremendous step in the right direction in making cannabis far more available then it currently is under the byzantine system currently in operation. To read the resolution CLICK HERE.

Although the cannabis lounge bill is certainly not a priority in this COVID19 legislative environment, we should start shopping it around starting with Assemblymember Bloom who introduced a cannabis lounge bill last year.

biden_foreheadflip.jpgOur resolution chiding presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden for his lingering reefer madness positions opposing cannabis legalization and reaffirming CaDEM’s support for removing cannabis from the schedule of controlled substances was also passed. I wouldn’t hold my breath expecting Biden to change his 20th century cannabis ruminations just because the largest state political party in the country thinks he should, but it feels good to have it passed just the same. To read the Biden resolution, CLICK HERE.

One other item of importance is that it is time to elect BMD’s state officers. Our bylaws state “Nomination and election of officers shall occur at the Organizational Meeting of the General Membership held at the Annual State Convention of the CDP in even numbered years.” Since there was no CaDEM General Membership meeting this year, we will need to hold a special meeting to do that. I am checking with CaDEM how we can do that. As soon as I find out I will let you know. If you would like to become an officer and serve on the Executive Board, this will be your opportunity to complete another item for your bucket list.

Speaking of membership, I would like to thank all of you who are reading this that have joined BMD this year for, well joining. Your official participation as a member helps us continue to make our presence known within the party and heightens our ability to get things done as is seen by the passage of our two resolutions.

join-now.jpgIf you are not a member or still haven’t renewed your membership for 2020 please do it now. Regular memberships are $10 (84¢/mo.) and senior, student, veteran and low-income are $5 (42¢/mo.). The only thing that will make you feel better then becoming a member of Brownie Mary Democrats is consuming cannabis and by becoming a member you do your part to make sure you can continue to consume cannabis without fear of arrest or approbation. To join now CLICK HERE.

Let’s stay in touch. If you ever have any questions, concerns or ruminations about cannabis, let me know – [email protected]

Lanny

Lanny Swerdlow, RN LNC
Chair & Founder, Brownie Mary Democrats of California; Member, Riverside County Democratic Central Committee; Member, California Democratic Party Executive Board; Member, California Democratic Party State Central Committee; Elected, Riverside County Democratic Party Recording Secretary; Elected, San Gorgonio Memorial Healthcare District Board of Directors, 
760-799-2055
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