Townhall Meeting Today Will Focus on Medical Marijuana Patient Rights

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townhall meetingPatients First, an association of medical marijuana patient advocates, will host a townhall forum today, Wednesday, December 7, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. in the main chapel of First Congregational Church in Long Beach. The forum will focus on patients’ rights, the significant therapeutic and palliative benefits of medicinal cannabis, and how responsible, nonprofit medical marijuana dispensaries operating in accordance with California state law can have a positive impact in the neighborhoods, which they serve. A panel of four preeminent experts with decades of experience in law and medicine will join two patients turned advocates, including a disabled veteran of the War in Afghanistan, for a moderated discussion and audience Q. & A. The moderator will be local political consultant Ian S. Patton.


  • Judge James P. Gray (Retired, Orange County Superior Court)
    Member, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition
    Former Assistant U.S. Attorney
  • Dr. David Bearman (Pain Management Specialist)
    Cofounder & V. P., American Academy of Cannabinoid Medicine
  • Matthew Pappas, Esq.
    Attorney for Ryan Pack and Anthony Gayle in Ryan Pack et al. v. the Superior Court of Los Angeles County
  • Bill Britt (Patient)
    Executive Director, Association of Patient Advocates
  • Daniel Schroder (Patient)
    Disabled Afghanistan War Veteran
  • City Clerk Charles Davis (Retired Compton City Clerk)
    California & Municipal Elections Code Expert

The Medical Marijuana Patient Rights Townhall Meeting is today, Wednesday, December 7th, 2011 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the First Congregational Church of Long Beach 241 Cedar Avenue, Long Beach, California 90802

Issues surrounding the sale of medical marijuana have come to the fore with the recent Pack case ruling, which invalidated the Long Beach medical marijuana regulatory ordinance. The Long Beach City Council is now being urged from some quarters to ban medical marijuana altogether, thereby denying patients essential medication to manage symptoms caused by devastating illnesses, such as cancer, HIV/AIDS, glaucoma, and multiple sclerosis, to name a few. This Patients First-hosted civic townhall forum will shed light on both the urgent need to create an effective system in Long Beach for safeguarding the operation of responsible medical marijuana dispensaries and how such a system can be an integral and beneficial component of the Long Beach community.


One Response to “Townhall Meeting Today Will Focus on Medical Marijuana Patient Rights”
  1. Denise Paige says:

    I am neutral on the issue of medical marijuana, but it is a choice that can affect your life, especially if you are looking for work. I would say up to 95% of employers drug test as part of their employment process. Medical card or not, marijuana is still illegal when it comes to perspective employers and if found positive you will not be hired. Sure there are jobs out there that don’t test, but they are few and far between and most offer low pay with no benefits. Marijuana stays in your system far longer than other drugs or alcohol and for daily users it can take weeks to test clean and there’s no guarantee that those “detox” cleansers work (I know one that cost over $50 didn’t!) Just something to think about…