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California Apartment Association targets medical marijuana users
by Lynda Carson (tenantsrule [at] yahoo.com)
Wednesday Apr 27th, 2016 7:18 PM
The California Apartment Association has sponsored a bill (AB 2300) that allows landlords to prohibit renters from smoking medical marijuana in their apartments, that advanced yesterday from the Assembly Judiciary Committee. Jim Wood (D- Healdsburg) is author of AB 2300.
California Apartment Association targets medical marijuana users

By Lynda Carson - April 27, 2016

Oakland - The California Apartment Association (CAA) has been stalking the tenants movement in the Bay Area, and have placed medical marijuana users in its cross-hairs, including recreational marijuana users if the voters approve marijuana for legalization in November.

The CAA has sponsored a bill (AB 2300) that allows landlords to prohibit renters from smoking medical marijuana in their apartments, and the bill advanced yesterday from the Assembly Judiciary Committee. Jim Wood (D- Healdsburg) is the author of AB 2300.

It appears that Jim Wood has received at least 2 contributions from the California Apartment Association totaling $5,600, according to Follow The Money. In 2014 Jim Wood accepted $16,400 from the California Association of Realtors.

Many Oakland renters are protected by Measure EE, just cause eviction protections, and for those protected under Measure EE (know your rights section) the renters do not have to sign a new contract if it is materially different from the old contract.

The CAA has also targeted the renters of Santa Rosa and the Santa Rosa City Council, in an effort to stop any and all reasonable renter protections being considered on May 3.

Lynda Carson may be reached at tenantsrule [at] yahoo.com

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Correction: Jim Wood (D. Healdsburg) sponsored a bill for the California Apartment Association that targets medical marijuana users.

It appears that Jim Wood has received at least 2 contributions from the California Apartment Association totaling $5,600, according to Follow The Money. In 2014 Jim Wood accepted $16,400 from the California Association of Realtors.

The California Apartment Association and the California Association of Realtors are backers of the bill AB 2300.

Sorry for any confusion.

Lynda Carson
by Close Reader
Thursday Apr 28th, 2016 9:53 AM
I've read and re-read the article and the correction, yet I am confused as to what the correction is. Sorry, but can you perhaps clarify the correction?
by Lynda Carson
Thursday Apr 28th, 2016 1:42 PM
The sponsor of the bill AB 2300, attacking medical marijuana smokers is Jim Wood (D. Healdsburg).

I mistakenly thought that the California Apartment Association was the sponsor of the bill.

The California Apartment Association and the California Association of Realtors are backers of the bill who convinced Jim Wood to attack medical marijuana smokers.

Lynda Carson

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Sponsor (legislative)
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sponsor_%28legislative%29

A sponsor or patron is a person, usually a legislator, who presents a bill or resolution for consideration. Those who support it are known as cosponsors or copatrons.
U.S. Congress

A sponsor in the United States Congress is the first member of the House or Senate to be listed among the potentially numerous lawmakers who introduce a bill for consideration.[1] Committees are occasionally identified as sponsors of legislation as well. A sponsor is also sometimes called a "primary sponsor."[2]

It should not be assumed that a bill's sponsor actually drafted it. The bill may have been drafted by a staff member, by an interest group, or by others.[3] In the Senate, multiple sponsorship of a bill is permitted.[2]

In contrast to a sponsor, a "cosponsor" is a senator or representative who adds his or her name as a supporter to the sponsor's bill. An "initial cosponsor" or "original cosponsor" is a senator or representative who was listed as a cosponsor at the time of a bill's introduction, rather than added as a cosponsor later on.[2] A cosponsor added later is known as an "additional cosponsor".[2] Some bills have hundreds of cosponsors.[4]

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by Reader
Thursday Apr 28th, 2016 1:58 PM
Thank you very much Lynda Carson for this further clarification. It is despicable that Jim Wood is sponsoring this hateful and discriminatory bill which the California Apartment Association and the California Association of Realtors are supporting.

Your contributions to Indybay are greatly appreciated!
by Lynda Carson
Thursday Apr 28th, 2016 10:28 PM
Sponsored bills & corruption in California...

How the wealthy elite and corporations shop around to find a legislator to sponsor a bill for them, that takes away the "civil rights" of the people of California.

See link to article below...

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Sponsored bills in Sacramento: Outsiders have hijacked state legislature

By Karen de Sá - San Jose Mercury News
Posted:   07/11/2010 01:30:34 AM PDT

Click below...

http://www.mercurynews.com/california/ci_15489181

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by Lynda Carson
Friday Apr 29th, 2016 12:53 AM
According to the Mercury News:

Where other states, and the U.S. Congress, use the term "sponsor" to mean the legislators who carry the bill, in California the term refers to the outside party; the legislator who introduces the bill is called the "author."

Apparently I was correct to begin with when I wrote that the California Apartment Association was the sponsor of AB 2300, and Jim Wood was the author of the bill. The story did not need to be corrected. My mistake. I am learning....

The following story below is VERY enlightening...

Sponsored bills in Sacramento: Outsiders have hijacked state legislature
By Karen de Sá - San Jose Mercury News
Posted:   07/11/2010 01:30:34 AM PDT

http://www.mercurynews.com/california/ci_15489181

Lynda Carson

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by Michael Boyd
Monday May 2nd, 2016 3:42 PM
Member Wood,
I am opposed to your Bill because it institutionalizes discrimination against medical marijuana patients because of their lawful access to medicine of their choosing under the state and federal constitutions. I am a medical marijuana patient in Santa Cruz County. I opposed the County's so-called Cannabis Business tax by suing the Board of Supervisors in the Superior Court in July 2014 and I wrote the ballot argument against the tax voted on in the November 2014 election. The measure won by a landslide, the County removed my lawsuit to the federal court US District Court Northern California San Jose Division on January 2015, case 15-cv-0405 before Honorable Beth Labson-Freeman. In September 2015 Judge Freeman found I had standing to sue the City and County over their Cannabis Business tax and the collection of sales tax on medical marijuana, along with standing to sue the County over their medical marijuana cultivation bans too,...because I had produced receipts to show I had paid the tax. She gave me leave to amend and now I'm on my amended second amended complaint, the issue for the Court, do I have a Federal Claim. I am claiming I do because I lost the election in November 2014 by a landslide, so now I have prima facia evidence of the fact that I lack the political strength to overcome unlawful discrimination. Therefore I am a member of a political minority group, just like black people in the South during the 1950s.

Your Bill also stigmatizes the compassionate use of medical marijuana in direct violation of Prop 215's intent, if not the letter of the law, by comparing it with tobacco smoke a know carcinogen that kills millions annually. Your bill is clearly intended to cause direct harm to medical marijuana patients throughout California, many who are sick and dying without any other options for relief from their suffering.

Finally, I am a landlord and rental property owner and I disagree with the CAA's support.

You should be ashamed of yourself.
by Cannabis Cures
Thursday May 5th, 2016 9:05 AM
smoking-medical-marijuana.jpg
Smoking cannabis is our medication!

AB 2300 turns medical marijuana users, like our grandma, back into outlaws!

Stop AB 2300!
by Joe R
Sunday May 8th, 2016 12:15 PM
People can smoke outside or in their yards. If marijuana is your thing--great, but non-smokers (of tobacco, weed, or anything else, have a right to a smoke-free environment and pot smoke is as nasty to smell as tobacco smoke.
by Cannabis Cures
Monday May 9th, 2016 8:59 PM
No, cannabis smoke is really not comparable to cigarette smoke.

Cigarette smoke causes cancer. Cannabis smoke helps to prevent and fight cancer.

Cannabis is a medicine and should be permitted inside the place where you pay rent.

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