Brownie Mary Democratic Club - Los Angeles - Loren Brauner -




Regular meetings are held on the 3rd Thursday of Every Month at 7:00 PM (alternating every other month between conference call-in meetings and in-person meetings).

LOCATION: 7211 Santa Monica Blvd., 2nd Floor, West Hollywood, CA 90046

EVERYONE IS WELCOME to visit or join our efforts.



The Los Angeles County Chapter of the Brownie Mary Democratic Club received its charter in 2013: Loren Brauner is the President and Founder.

Lanny Swerdlow RN founded the first Brownie Mary Democratic Club in Riverside County in June 2012, igniting a movement that currently includes four Chapters (and growing): Riverside, Los Angeles, Sacramento and San Francisco.

The most recent Gallop, Rasmussen and Angus-Reid polls agree that the majority of Americans now support the legalization of marijuana, and the quickest route is through our local, state and national political party system.

Brownie Mary-LA works within the Democratic Party structure to benefit both the Party and the cannabis community by registering Democrats to vote and helping pro-cannabis Democratic representatives get elected - whether as City Council members, Judges, City Attorneys, State legislators, Governors, or the President of the United States.


In 1996 California passed the Compassionate Use Act, the first state to allow qualified patients an affirmative legal defense for the medicinal use of cannabis.

The California Legislature has tried and repeatedly failed to pass statewide medical cannabis legislation. This has left regulation largely in the hands of the courts or law enforcement.

This failure to clarify the rights of medical cannabis patients has resulted in tremendous confusion and expense at the local level, because each municipality and county is left to devise their own set of laws.

Eighteen years later, the lack of regulation at the state level has resulted in an inept patchwork of local regulations that allows outright bans (in defiance of state law), unregulated growth of unlicensed collectives, homes being raided, patients and providers facing federal jail time, DUIs (even when no inebriation is proved), loss of jobs, denial of live saving organ transplants, loss of federal housing, assistance and veteran benefits, and even removal of children from the homes of law abiding parents who are patients.

Without sensible statewide regulation, safe access to medical cannabis, which was intended by the Compassionate Use Act, is in constant jeopardy.

How will California handle adult use legalization right around the corner?


The Brownie Mary movement is inspired by Mary Jane Rathbun who, in her late 70s, was nicknamed 'Brownie Mary' by the press after getting arrested three times for persistently distributing marijuana infused brownies to suffering AIDS patients in San Francisco hospitals (cannabis provides documented pain and anti-nausea symptom relief).

Please Click Here for information on Mary Jane Rathbun aka "Brownie Mary," an inspirational and brave woman who blazed the trail in the fight for safe access to medical cannabis right here in San Francisco.

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"Each of the great social achievements of recent decades has come about, not because of government proclamations, but because people organized, made demands, and made it good politics for governments to respond. It is the political will of the people that makes and sustains the political will of governments." - James Grant, UNICEF

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