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Medical Marijuana Raid Preparedness Training In California

Americans for Safe Access is conducting an 11 day – 11 city tour up and down California this month which will end in San Diego on September 1. In light of the recent federal activity against medical cannabis communities across the country, now more than ever, we must join together to prepare our community for the next steps we will take to protect safe access in California.

Learn to protect your rights and the rights of others in the event you are targeted in a raid and participate in creating a strategy that will secure safe access.

Please join ASA Executive Director, Steph Sherer and ASA California Director, Don Duncan for these 2 Free Trainings in San Diego that are open to the community. Attached is a flier. Please feel free to share this with anyone who may be interested in attending.

Thank you and I look forward to seeing you at the training!

Eugene Davidovich
San Diego Area Liaison
Americans for Safe Access –


ASA’s upcoming Raid Training on Friday, August 19th from 1 pm to 5 pm in Room 416 at San Francisco City Hall (on Van Ness Avenue between Grove and McAllister Streets), and the Activist training on Friday, August 26th from 7 pm to 9 pm at 847 Howard Street  (between 4th and 5th Streets) in San Francisco.  Both events are free of cost and open to the public. Please feel free to share with anyone who may be interested.

Thank you.

Raudel Wilson
Community Liaison Director
Americans For Safe Access

California Marijuana Dispensary Worker Gets 3 Years In Prison

Photo: Michael Fagans/
Israel Cavazos, manager of Nature’s Medicinal Co-Op in Bakersfield, California, measures bags of marijuana for a patient one day after the dispensary was raided again in 2009. Cavazos has been sentenced to 42 months in federal prison, and his co-worker Jonathan Chapman on Monday got 37 months.

​A medical marijuana dispensary employee in Bakersfield, California has been sentenced to more than three years in federal prison for “conspiring to distribute and possess with intent to distribute marijuana.”

Jonathan Michael Chapman, 32, of Bakersfield, was sentenced to 37 months in prison, reports The barbaric sentence was handed down Monday by U.S. District Judge Anthony W. Ishii and announced by U.S. Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner.
Chapman admitted that between 2005 and July 2007, he worked at Nature’s Medicinal Co-op, a Bakersfield business engaged in distributing marijuana. In 2007, federal agents from the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) seized what they claimed was more than 85 kilograms (187 pounds) of marijuana from the dispensary.

MMJ patient Rex Palmer.jpg
Photo: Felix Adamo/
Medical marijuana patient Rex Palmer showed up at Nature’s Medicinal Co-Op
but couldn’t get his medicine because of the raid.
​Prosecutors claim Nature’s Medicinal Co-Op logged $9.6 million in sales from January 2006 to September 2006, reports The Associated Press.
Five other Bakersfield defendants have already been sentenced after pleading guilty:
• Timothy Glenn Doolittle, 42, was sentenced to 2.5 years in prison and five years of supervised release
• Jennifer Diane Brown, 37, was sentenced to one year in prison and three years of supervised release
• John Shanks, 62, was sentenced to 20 months in prison and three years of supervised release
• Israel Cavazos, 38, was sentenced to 42 months in prison and three years of supervised release; and
• John Wayne Wyatt, 31, was sentenced to 2.5 years in prison and three years of supervised release.
Two other defendants are still awaiting trial. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kathleen A. Servatius is prosecuting the case.
The case comes as the result of a witch-hunt, I mean investigation, by the DEA, the Internal Revenue Service, the Kern County Sheriff’s Department, the Bakersfield Police Department, and the Southern Tri-County High Intensity Drug Task Force, all of which spent thousands of taxpayer dollars to lock up citizens for helping sick people.
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