Sunday, October 10, 2010

Cypress Hill Smokeout Approved For Legal Comsumption For Medical Marijuana Patients


One huge step towards the legalization of marijuana in California is the recent approval for medical consumption at this year's Cypress Hill Smokeout. It goes down this Saturday at the NOS Events Center in San Bernardino,CA. Medical marijuana patients that are at least 18 years old will be allowed to bring marijuana and smoke in a designated area.

Smokeout, which is thrown by Guerilla Union and Cypress Hill, has come a long way. Click here to read the LA Times article about this issue in which GU owner Chang Weisberg is interviewed.

Here are the rules from Guerilla Union's website:

These safety and operational protocols are designed to facilitate safe and legal use of medical cannabis at The Cypress Hill SmokeOut and to prevent its diversion for non-medical use.

Qualified Patient Verification

In order to ensure that medical cannabis used at the event is lawful and not diverted for non-medical use, it is necessary to verify the legal status of Qualified Patients using cannabis at a public event.

1. The event organizers will establish a designated Patient Entrance and Verification area near Gate 9 to verify the legal status of Qualified Patients.

2. Staff or ASA volunteers will inspect a copy of each Qualified Patient’s letter of recommendation for medical cannabis use from a physician licensed to practice medicine in California.

3. Qualified Patients may present a Medical Marijuana ID card issued by a County Health Department pursuant to the Medical Marijuana Program Act (SB 420) in lieu of a copy of their letter of recommendation for medical cannabis use.

4. Staff or ASA volunteers will inspect a California Drivers License or ID card issued by the California Department of Motor Vehicles to establish the Qualified Patient’s identity and residency.

5. Staff or ASA volunteers will place unique wristbands on verified Qualified Patients to allow them to enter the facility with 3.5 grams or .124 (1/8 oz.) ounces or less of medical cannabis.

6. Qualified Patients can only enter the venue through the designated entrance at Gate 9. No one will be allowed to enter the venue with cannabis unless he or she is a verified Qualified Patient entering through the designated entrance.

7. The event organizers will post rules for on-site consumption to ensure safety and legal consumption in a conspicuous position at the entrance designate for Qualified Patients.
8. Only legal CA patients will be able to exercise their right to medicate in the Medical Cannabis Consumption area.

9. Using cameras or video recording devices are strictly prohibited in the consumption for the sake of protecting patient confidentiality. This includes the use of camera phones.

Security

Safety for Qualified Patients and other attendees is a top priority for the event organizers. Security protocols will include, but are not necessarily limited to, the following elements:

1. Uniformed and unarmed security personnel will be on duty in the area designated for consumption to prevent theft, diversion of medicine, and unruly or problematic behavior.

2. Security personnel will control access to the area designated for consumption. Only verified Qualified Patients, their Primary Caregivers, or parents or court-appoint legal guardians of Qualified Patients will be allowed inside this area.

3. Security personnel, event organizers, and staff or volunteers will coordinate with the San Bernardino Police Department on an ongoing basis to prevent and respond to illegal or unsafe activity.

2010 SmokeOut Consumption Rules for Patients

1. You must show your (1) medical cannabis recommendation or CA State issued medical cannabis ID card, and (2) California Drivers License or DMV ID card to the security personnel when you enter the area designated for consumption.

2. Medical Cannabis is defined as the flowering top from the cannabis plant (“buds”). Other forms of medical cannabis are not allowed into the event; including hash or hash oils, concentrates, tinctures, lotions, waxes, edibles, beverages and other lesser known forms.

3. Paraphernalia such as pipes, water pipes, vaporizers and sneak-a-tokes are prohibited. Rolled cannabis cigarettes and buds weighing 3.5 grams or .125 (1/8 oz.) ounces or under and stored in a non-glass container are acceptable.

4. You may never sell or otherwise distribute cannabis in the venue or parking lot.

5. You may not use cannabis for non-medical purposes.

6. You must be at least eighteen (18) years old and have a CA State issued ID to enter the area designated for consumption, unless you are accompanied by your parent or court-appointed legal guardian at all times.

7. You should treat everyone in the venue with respect. You will be asked to leave if you use offensive or abusive language or behavior.

8. Never consume medication outside designated areas, in the parking lot, or if you are driving.

9. Absolutely no alcohol, hard drugs, or weapons are allowed in the area designated for consumption.

10. Do not litter.

11. For your safety, place all medication out of sight before leaving the area designated for consumption.

12. In the event of an emergency, please follow the instructions of the security guards, staff or volunteers, or police officers.

13. Using cameras or video recording devices are strictly prohibited in the consumption for the sake of protecting patient confidentiality. This includes the use of camera phones.

Disclaimer
By entering the area you recognize that you are willfully entering a medical marijuana consumption area with a sound understanding of the CA laws, rules and regulations of medical cannabis and will conduct yourself peacefully and respectfully.

Questions
If you have any questions regarding the patients-only consumption area, please email us at consumption@guerillaunion.com.

PATIENT Q & A

I’m a patient from outside California, can I enter the consumption area? With the consumption area being available for the first time in Southern California, we are comfortable verifying only CA patients at this time. We hope to expand to other states in the future. The main goals are to successfully establish consumption in a positive manner, gain the trust of the public, the venue and authorities.

What paperwork do I need to bring to gain access to the consumption area? Patients are required to bring their doctor’s recommendation AND their CA driver’s license or CA identification card to be verified.

Is there a limit to how much medicine I can bring? Yes, only 3.5 grams or 1/8 of an ounce is acceptable to bring to the event. Although the law legally allows a patient to carry up to an ounce, the event is allowing only enough for personal consumption.

I lost my Driver’s License, what other forms of identification are acceptable? A CA driver’s license or CA identification cards are the only forms acceptable to establish residency. That is because we are only accepting CA patients and recommendations issued by a doctor licensed to practice medicine in California.

Are there other forms of medicine that I can bring? As it pertains to medical marijuana and medical cannabis, rolled marijuana cigarettes (joints, blunts) and green buds or flowers in a non-glass container are acceptable. Other forms that include hash, hash oils, edibles, tinctures, lotions, salves, capsules, waxes, or beverages are prohibited at the SmokeOut.

What happens if I bring more than 3.5 grams or one eighth of an ounce? We will politely ask you to return your medicine to your vehicle. The other option is to surrender your excess medicine to security. We do not promote sharing your medicine outside of the consumption area because security or police on site may misconstrue the transaction as a sale or distribution. There could be legal ramifications so we highly suggest you do not “hand off” outside the consumption area.

Can I buy medicine on-site? No. Distribution is not allowed. This is because San Bernardino currently has a moratorium which does not allow any collectives. Therefore, you may bring your own medicine up to 3.5 grams equivalent to 1/8 of an ounce.

What time does patient verification begin and end? Patient verification will begin at 12:00PM and close at 8:00 PM. The consumption area will remain open until 10:00PM.

Who will handle the patient verification? The SmokeOut has arranged for Americans for Safe Access (ASA) to facilitate our Patient Verification process. http://www.safeaccessnow.org

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