What’s Happening

in Oregon state and NorthWest, and beyond2013

see below for details



Please Help Allow Medical Cannabis for PTSD for Veterans, Police, Firefighters and Other American Citizens


Contact your Oregon State Representatives and Senators and get them to sign on as co-sponsors to the PTSD bill (S.B.281). For text of the bill, talking points, and all the details - Visit our PTSD action center today. And tell everybody you know about it. Then tell everybody you don't know. Yet.


While you’re at it, Write to Medical Cannabis Prisoners!


Show solidarity and support for incarcerated medical cannabis patients and providers by adding these POWs to your Pen Pal list this year!  Several patients and providers are in jail awaiting trial or in prison serving out their sentences. Although the actions of many of these prisoners were legal under state law, defendants cannot bring up a medical defense in federal court. Please show your support for these prisoners by writing them letters or supporting them in one of the following ways, and remember that with just a little effort you can make the days much brighter for one these courageous people.  Visit - http://safeaccessnow.org/write-to-medical-cannabis-pows-this-holiday-season


------- Events & Activities -------


*  Friday, February 15th * 7:00pm to 7:30pm * Friday Nite Live Call-In TV Show organized by MERCY-TV at CCTV in Salem, at Capital Community Television,  575 Trade St SE, Salem, Oregon, 97301 – Weekly Filming and Show.  Usually (!) every Friday, excepting holidays, etc. * When happening, we start setting up at 6:30PM * call:  503.363-4588  or visit - http://mercycenters.org/tv/  - for more.


C’mon Down! MERCY-Live happens, (most!) every Friday at 7pm, on Cable Channel 23 and this is a great opportunity for folks to talk about their action and legislative items to folks in the Salem metro area.  Please contact Perry at MERCY to arrange to come on down to the CCTV station in Salem and pitch your thing.  Or, in the Salem area, just call  503-588-6444  between 7 – 7:30 PM and let everybody know that way.


* February 16th * Noon to 5pm * Mary Janes House of Glass – Grand ReOpening in Portland * Fun, Food, Prizes, Information, Music, more Fun and other stuff!  at 1425 NW 23rd Ave, Portland, OR, 97210 * call  (503) 841-5751 * Oh yeah, they also offer hundreds of unique products, including; glass pipes, bongs, candles, incense, and more! Family owned and operated, they Buy Local ... Buy American!  Best in the Northwest!  They now have EIGHT convenient locations to serve you in the Portland, OR and Vancouver, WA areas.  Visit - http://mercycenters.org/bizness.html


*  Sunday, Feb. 17th at 7:00pm  *  A movie about The War on Drugs: "Breaking the Taboo", Narrated by Morgan Freeman *  Please join us for an exclusive showing of "Breaking the Taboo", a moving documentary about the failed Drug War and what we can do to end the violence, at - 3rd St. Pizza Company, 433 3rd St., McMinnville, Oregon - Tickets: At the door or in advance -  $25 per couple,  $15 per person,  $10 students     *  We are also having a Silent Auction.  So come bid on a favorite item at "The War on Drugs"ť - A fundraiser presented by Compassionate Oregon and Oregonians for Safe Access *  call  971.241.2707  for further info and tickets.


* Every Monday (usually), next is February 18th * all at 6:30pm * Eugene’s Cannabis T.V. Show filming in Eugene * If you're interested in helping produce a weekly half-hour cable access TV show in the Studios of Community Television 29 in Eugene, Oregon educating the public on Cannabis issues come on by.   Eugene Cannabis TV Weekly Production  happens every Monday now from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm at:   Community TV 29 Studio behind Sheldon High School  *  Contact Dan Koozer, Producer – ECTV   at   541.517-0957  or visit:   http://w-v-norml.org


* Monday, February 18th - all at 7pm * and every 1st Monday of the month * Public Meet Up of Sweet.Net, a Medical Cannabis Resource NetWork for Patients as well as CardHolders-to-be In Sweet Home (OR). * Call 503.363-4588 –or- visit:


* Every third Tuesday of the month (except Holidays), Next is February 19th * “Cannabis Horticulture Q & A” is an opportunity to ask questions, stimulate discussion, or just listen to the fascinating subject of the horticultural science of Cannabis sp., with a special focus on the cultivation of medicinal cannabis.  The class costs only $10 and is held every third Tuesday of the month, from 6 to 7:30 pm.  The CAN! Education Program not only benefits patients, caregivers, and growers, but is also intended for family members, businesses, health professionals, nonprofits, and those who interact with or serve the needs of Oregon Medical Marijuana Program cardholders.  Pre-registration is not required, but encouraged.  CAN! Research, Education & Consulting innovates and implements phytocannabinoid research, teaches, and consults businesses and individuals on a broad range of Cannabis-related topics.  CAN! Research is located in beautiful Downtown Corvallis, Oregon at 551 SW 4th Street.  Contact: Todd Dalotto, CAN! Research Education & Consulting - (541) 752-9053 -  CanResearch.net

* Every Wednesday (except Holidays), Next is February 20th * 7:00pm to 9:00pm * Want to get your Card?  Need Medicine Now?  Welcome to The Club!  The Mercy Club, a Public Meet-Up and our MERCY Weekly TV show hosted by MERCY at 1745 Capital St NE, Salem, OR, 97301. * For more info,  call MERCY at:  503.363-4588  –or- visit:  http://mercycenters.org/Club.html


* February 21st, Thursday * 10am - 2pm * Chemeketa SSDP is holding an event at Chemeketa Community College, 4000 Lancaster Drive NE, Salem, Oregon 97309 -  where they will be updating the community at Chemeketa, and at large, about the new laws passed in Colorado and Washington and how Oregonians can use the law properly to also benefit from the now legal marijuana.  There will be ongoing lectures every hour. (ie 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm).  If you are interested, please send an email to Chemeketa SSDP at agwinssdp@gmail.com  *  for more on Chemeketa Community College Salem Campus location, visit - http://www.chemeketa.edu/locations/salem/ -  for more on Chemeketa Community College, a community college located in Salem, Oregon, with smaller campuses in McMinnville, Dallas, Brooks, and Woodburn, and and the Northwest Viticulture Center in Eola, visit - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chemeketa_Community_College


* Friday, February 22nd, at 7:30 pm * MERCY Monthly TV is filmed the last Friday of the month starting at 7:30pm at CCTV in Salem.  Consider utilizing MERCY-TV Monthly, our Weekly Meetings broadcasts and/or our Friday Nite Live shows to get your message out in the Salem-metro area and beyond.  MERCY Weekly TV is filmed at the Weekly meeting on Wed., 7pm at the MERCY Club in Salem.  Catch MERCY-TV in the Salem area – one of several shows available - on Cable Channel 23, TUE @ 10:30 pm, THU @ 2 pm, FRI @ 11:30 am -or- SAT @ 8:30 pm.    Many Thanks to CCtv and volunteers Shana and PeKe.  Visit - http://mercycenters.org/tv/ - for more.


* ASA’s National Medical Cannabis Unity Conference and citizen lobby day, at the Mayflower Renaissance Hotel February 22-25, 2013 in Washington, DC. The conference is a chance to network with other activists from around the country, attend panels and workshops to improve your skills and increase your knowledge, and to participate in the largest ever medical cannabis citizen-lobby day in Congress. Visit the webpage for registration information, travel details, and information about funding your trip. We are also soliciting agenda topics and nominations for awards.  Go to - http://www.americansforsafeaccess.org/NationalConference2013


Americans for Safe Access is excited to announce that Patients Out of Time (POT) and the International Association for Cannabinoid Medicines (IACM) will be sponsoring the Science of Medical Cannabis portion of ASA's National Medical Cannabis Unity Conference taking place February 22-25 in Washington, D.C. Dr. Donald Abrams, representing the IACM and RN Mary Lynn Mathre representing POT will be joining Dr. Mark Ware, Jahan Marcu, Dr. Sunil Aggarwal, and Dr. Michelle Sexton on the conference's scientific review panel.

The Science of Medical Cannabis portion of the conference will be taking place on Friday, February 22nd. This day will be dedicated to the presentation of scientific research on the medical efficacy of cannabis. We will be hosting a poster exhibition for researchers to showcase their work on a wide range of cannabis of cannabinoid related topics in addition to offering panels about the medicine of cannabis. ASA will invite members of the Administrations, local officials, and members of Congress to join us on this day to learn and engage with the medical cannabis community.

In addition to this, an accredited cannabinoid education program called "Cannabis in Medicine: A Primer for Health Care Professionals" will take place Friday afternoon of the conference. This course provides an expert overview of the clinical use of cannabis, providing health care professionals with up-to-date clinical information on the therapeutic potential of cannabis and the endocannabinoid system. Physicians who attend will receive 2.75 AMA PRA Category 1 credits. This is open to physicians and current medical students only. The program is jointly sponsored by the Canadian Consortium for the Investigation of Cannabinoids and the University of California-San Francisco, and is supported by an unrestricted educational grant from the Americans for Safe Access Foundation. For more information, including course agenda, faculty, and registration, go to: www.ccic.net/USACME.

This is a wonderful chance for researchers and medical professionals to engage with the public directly.  Please find more information about the National Medical Cannabis Unity Conference at www.ASANationalConference2013.com.


* Saturday, February 23rd, 2pm – 4pm * Willamette Valley NORML Public meeting will be at a Cozmic Pizza, 199 W 8th St., Eugene, OR 97401; call (541) 338-9333 –or- visit -  http://www.cozmicpresents.com/  - for more on Cozmic Pizza * W-V-NORML Public Meeting normally held 4th Saturdays (excepting Holidays, then 3rd Sat.) *  For more info on Meeting Agenda, et al, call:  541.517-0957  –or-  visit:  http://w-v-norml.org/meeting.html


* March 5th,  2 PM - Every 1st Tuesday of the month, Beginning Growing Class...for those that have an interest in learning how to grow Medical Marijuana.  No knowledge needed.  SO-NORML Resource Center, 332 W. 6th St., Medford, OR.  For info, visit www.so-norml.org or call 541-779-1448.

*  March 5th,  6 to 7:30 pm - Every 1st Tuesday of the month *  “Intro to OMMA – the Oregon Medical Marijuana Act” offers a practical explanation of the Oregon Medical Marijuana Act, our rights & responsibilities, and how to apply for a card.  This FREE class is held every first Tuesday of the month, from 6 to 7:30 pm.  The CAN! Education Program not only benefits patients, caregivers, and growers, but is also intended for family members, businesses, health professionals, nonprofits, and those who interact with or serve the needs of Oregon Medical Marijuana Program cardholders.  Pre-registration is not required, but encouraged.  CAN! Research, Education & Consulting innovates and implements phytocannabinoid research, teaches, and consults businesses and individuals on a broad range of Cannabis-related topics.  CAN! Research is located in beautiful Downtown Corvallis, Oregon at 551 SW 4th Street.  Contact: Todd Dalotto, CAN! Research Education & Consulting - (541) 752-9053 -  CanResearch.net


* Wednesday, March 6th - 7pm * and every 1st Wed of every month * an Oregon Green Free (OGF - PDX) meeting, at Stark Street Pizza, in Portland, Oregon * Social meeting, Open to public.  Visit - http://www.oregongreenfree.org  for more on OGF.


*  March 11, 2013 * 10:00 am to 2:30 pm  *  Advisory Committee on Medical Marijuana (ACMM) / Quarterly (OMMP) Meeting.  *  location:  Agriculture Building, 635 Capitol St, Large Hearing Room, Salem, OR 97301*  These are public meetings, so all are welcome to attend.  We will confirm with Mercy Center if they’re available to provide live-streaming video. *  There will be a Public comment period from 2 - 2:30 - for all who sign-up to address the ACMM and OMMP staff directly. *  The Quarterly Meeting of the Advisory Committee on Medical Marijuana (ACMM) is hosted by the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program (OMMP) – click here > http://mercycenters.org/events/Meet_OMMP.htm < for more info.  * Also, you can Contact the Program at   971.673-1234   or visit the OMMP Meetings website: here <<



------- Future Events -------


* THE SILVER TOUR of TEMPLES AND SYNAGOGUES; Dr. Leveque goes on senior tour for the OMMP | Salem-News.com (MOLALLA, Ore.) - FOR CANNABIS FOR GRANDMA (Kaneh Bosum in Hebrew)  Dr. Phillip Leveque announces he will be a part of the screening of Robert Platshorn's new film, 'Should Grandma Smoke Pot?' at senior centers, churches and synagogues across Oregon in support of the OMMP.  Watch "Should Grandma Smoke Pot? Final Cut" on YouTube >> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=juVwqdNJlpU&feature=youtube_gdata_player * Medical Marijuana Seminars: with Dr. Phillip Leveque.  Dr Leveque is available to speak at your event/seminar in support of Oregon's Medical Marijuana Program, “How Cannabis (Marijuana) is GOOD FOR ARTHRITIS, plus!” or other subjects relative to your situation.  Call Dr. Phil “Marijuana” Leveque for seminars: (503) 775-5347, Got a question or comment for Dr. Leveque?  Email him: Newsroom@Salem-News.com   *  Learn more >> http://www.salem-news.com/articles/september162012/silver-tour-leveque_pl.php


* TBA  * Wake-n-Bake Work Party hosted by MERCY * to be held at an Invite-only location near Monmouth, OR * We have a new spot for our WaB. Expect the usual -  Communing Friday evening, a pancake breakfast Saturday morning (8am – 10am-ish) and Net+working til at least 1pm, Monday. * Bring gloves, all other work-related resources will be provided.  * To get invite / directions or, for more on MERCY, call: 503.363-4588 * for more info on the WaB, visit: http://mercycenters.org/events/Wake_n_Bake.htm


* TBA * Emerald Empire HempFest Volunteer Meetings.  This event used to repeat every month on the third Saturday at:   TBA * Contact:  Dan Koozer, Emerald Empire HempFest, Voice Phone Number (541) 517-0957, FAX Number - (888) 420-1819 * Email Address emeraldempirehempfest@hotmail.com * Website URL –  www.EmeraldEmpireHempfest.com


*  TBA (when school in session!), next are scheduled for TBA * Students for a Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP) meets on the University of Oregon campus, Eugene.  Contact:  Alex?, UO SSDP chapter President, at - 503-?, or by emailing - ?


* Saturday, September 7th, 10AM to 10PM – Sunday, September 8th, 10AM to 7PM - 2013 * HempStalk will probably happen in Portland, Oregon. *  at Kelley Point Park,  N. Marine Dr. and Lombard St. *  The reason marijuana is illegal has very little to do with drugs, and is really about money and the continued centralization of economic and political control. Hemp seed oil is biodiesel and is three times more productive than any other seed oil crop, and hemp seed oil will run any diesel engine today with no modification. Hemp oil is the reason the petrochemical industry made up the "reefer madness" myth. They renamed hemp, using racist propaganda, calling it marijuana, and lied to make it illegal. There is a truth that must be heard! That's what the Hempstalk Festival is all about.  To find out more about HempStalk, visit:   http://hempstalk.org/  * 


* sometime 2013  *  42nd annual national NORML conference. *  NORML's annual conference is the premiere gathering in America of cannabis law reform activists and organizations working for public policy alternatives to the country's failed Cannabis Prohibition laws. NORML's annual conferences are always informative, community building and fun!  Contact:  The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), 1600 K Street, NW • Mezzanine Level • Washington, DC 20006-2832  *  Phone: (202) 483-5500 • Fax: (202) 483-0057 –or- visit: http://norml.org/about/conference-2012


* Tuesday, October 15th, 2013 (21 days before election) * until 5pm * Voter Registration Deadline in Oregon.  Call the toll-free voter information line at 1-866-ORE-VOTE (1-866-673-8683). The voter information line is available Monday through Friday, 8 am to 5 pm, se habla Espanol. TTY services for the hearing impaired are available at 1-866-350-0596.  Am I Registered to Vote?  Check Your Voter Registration On-Line! Visit - https://secure.sos.state.or.us/eim/vr/showVoterSearch.do  to find out if you’re registered to vote.  Voters may also call their county elections office to confirm their registration.


To receive a ballot this fall, voters must be registered no later than Oct. 15th. Voters should also re-register if their residence has changed, if their mailing address has changed, if their name has changed or if their signature has changed. The signature on a voter registration card is used to validate their mail-in ballots. Additional voting resources are also available online at the Elections Division website; visit: www.sos.state.or.us/elections/elechp.htm.   Then * first Tuesday, November 5th  2013 General Election this year * til the Polls close * Vote! in Oregon.   Read the Voting in Oregon Guide www.uhavavote.org/votingguide/index.html. Get to the link and others by visiting: www.oregonvotes.org/elec101.htm 


* October 23 - 26, 2013 * The International Drug Policy Reform Conference, Sheraton Downtown; Denver, CO.  The International Drug Policy Reform Conference takes place every two years and draws a wide range of participants including students, grassroots activists, scholars and other researchers, city, state and federal elected officials, people in recovery as well as active drug users, law enforcement officers, treatment providers and public health advocates.  There are 55 sessions over the course of three days, including three plenary sessions. All sessions are 90 minutes long: usually 60 minutes of presentations or discussion (depending on the format) and 30 minutes of question & answer.  To see the timeline of the day plus all sessions and speakers, check out the Conference Schedule. Or you can download a PDF version to print and take with you. Visit >> http://www.reformconference.org/program


* Tuesday, November 5th  (1st Tues.), 2013 - all day - Every 1st Tuesday of November for the year, VOTE! And be sure everybody you know does so also * til the Polls close * Vote! in Oregon.   Read the Voting in Oregon Guide www.uhavavote.org/votingguide/index.html. Get to the link and others by visiting: www.oregonvotes.org/elec101.htm  


If you have any questions or problems visit www.HeadCount.org or Call - (866) OUR-VOTE.


And Vote Smart!  Project Vote Smart has profiles about nearly all candidates for federal and state offices, to include what the candidates have stated is their position on drug issues. Biographical Information, Voting Records, Issue Positions, Interest Group Ratings,  Public Statements,  Campaign Finances, Voter Registration, Ballot Measures, Issues and Legislation, Political Resources, and more.  Politics is going to the Dogs!  So, Bite Back with Project Vote Smart.  Visit - http://www.vote-smart.org/


* Saturday, December 15th-ish, 2013 - Noon to 10pm * The annual Oregon Medical Cannabis Awards (OMCA) at the World Famous Cannabis Cafe, 322 SE 82nd Ave, Portland, OR 97216.  Last year hosted The Holiday Bazaar and Sustainable Fashion Show, a day event was FREE and open to the public from Noon to 5:00pm  *  Banquet and Awards from 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM  is where the winners are announced.  Todd Armstrong, a local comedian who is gaining national acclaim was the master of ceremonies. *  Delicious dining provided by Headwaters Cafe.   As a special treat, Jay Mack and Big Dub performed new songs from their upcoming release, Still Medicated.  Jay Mack was inducted into the Oregon Music Hall of Fame this year for his work with Portland hip-hop pioneers, the U-Krew.  Jay Mack and Big Dub have been long-times supporters of the OMCA and the World Famous Cannabis Cafe.  They wrote a song about the café for their first album, and have promised a surprise or two with their performance. * About OMCA:  In a blind taste test, judges are given twenty-eight samples of Oregon’s finest medical cannabis to sample and judge. They score each strain on appearance, aroma, taste, smoothness, potency and medicinal effect. Judging is open to registered Oregon Medical Marijuana patients only.  *  For information about vending at the event, please call 503-208-3395 or visit the cafe website at  http://www.usaworldfamouscannabiscafe.com/




This Calendar of Events is a Public Service provided by MERCY - the Medical Cannabis Resource Center - and is maintained by their volunteer staff.  To inquire about -or- add or maintain an event -or- idea, contact them by phone:  503.363-4588,  writing to:  1745 Capital St NE, Salem, OR  97301  -or- by visiting:  www.MercyCenters.org