2017 Legislative priorities

We have a focus on local farms and businesses coupled with a strong sustainability ethic. We are working to ensure that everyone can participate and all communities will benefit from regulated cannabis. 

Our highest priority this year is to clarify the “harvest tax” language that was included in the Proposition.

We want the California cannabis industry to represent the diversity of California. We prefer a patchwork of small, local businesses that are built in harmony with watershed and local values. We seek to ensure that all communities benefit from this emerging opportunity.

We represent some of the communities most impacted by the war on drugs. There is a great range of perspective on how best to regulate cannabis here in our state but there is a broad consensus of lawmakers and voters that prohibition has failed.

We are also focused on the following high priority issues:

  • clarification that Type 5 license will not be available until California growers are authorized by the federal government to export product.
  • creation of a state license for businesses to deliver medical cannabis and medical cannabis products directly to patients. 
  • ensure that changes are made to statute that will enable the formation of agricultural cooperatives, as defined in Food and Agriculture code.
  • appropriation of funds for the Cal Cannabis (CDFA) to develop a California Canna Cultural Program. The program shall coordinate efforts to document, catalog, study and protect California’s culture of cannabis cultivation and the cultivars grown.
  • residency requirements
  • ensure that prior felony convictions are not grounds for denial of a license'

We are also committed to raising awareness of the banking crisis and seek solutions collaboratively. Lack of banking creates significant issues: 

  • Public safety- being forced to operate on all cash basis makes our members vulnerable to crime and robberies
  • Operational and workforce challenges- Without access to checking accounts businesses are forced to pay fees, taxes and wages all in cash
  • Challenges with compliance- without access to small business loans and traditional financing, our businesses are forced to seek capitol from less attractive sources. As compliance costs mount, access to capitol is becoming a barrier for many small businesses
  • Personal impacts- without access to banks our members have a difficult time establishing credit and this can result in restricted access to health insurance, retirement accounts, mortgages, student loans and also leads to challenges filing personal income tax.

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