California Budget is Signed, Includes Key Cleanup Provisions to MMRSA

It's official: as of this afternoon California has a balanced budget. Not only is this the fifth straight on-time and balanced budget we've had, it also includes critical clarification to the mandatory distributor model. In addition to refinements to distribution, SB 837 also contains several other priority policies that Cal Growers has been advocating for.

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GROWERS COMMEND COUNTY, EXPRESS FRUSTRATION AT OUTCOMES IN MENDOCINO COUNTY

(Ukiah) On June 21, 2016, the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors approved a settlement agreement with the the Mendocino County Blacktail Deer Association. The Mendocino County Blacktail Deer Association filed a lawsuit on June 8, 2016, that challenged the adoption of Ordinance No. 4356, alleging violations of CEQA and improper adoption on an urgency basis.

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Stalwart Drug Warrior, State Senator Jim Nielsen criticizes cannabis bill

In the words of California State Senator Jim Nielsen a budget trailer bill passed on June 16 contains "one of the most sweeping public policy changes in our history, dating to the very origins of our state and private property rights. In this case water rights."
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State Assembly Passes Bill to License Cottage Growers

(Sacramento, CA) – Today, the California State Assembly passed AB 2516, a bill by Assembly member Jim Wood (D-Healdsburg) to refine the licensing structure established last year by the landmark Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act (MMRSA). The bill passed by a vote of 55-5.

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Timeline of U.S. and California Marijuana Law

Thanks to the Public Policy Institute of California for this timeline of marijuana law

19131915: California outlawed sale, cultivation, and possession of cannabis without prescription along with other narcotics. 

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Several cannabis bills will never see a floor vote

Several cannabis bills have failed in the Appropriations committee. This influential committee is the final stop for all fiscal bills before legislation is taken up on the floor. 

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Time is running out for Mendocino Growers

On Monday, May 16 the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors will take up three items related to cannabis. The county will discuss an urgency ordinance that would make immediate changes to the rules regarding cannabis cultivation. This is the last chance for Mendocino Growers to have regulatory certainty for the 2016 growing season. 

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Fish and Wildlife: Notice of Proposed Rulemaking: Lake and Streambed Alteration

FGC Section 12029(d) requires the Department to adopt regulations “to enhance the fees on any entity subject to [FGC] Section 1602 for marijuana cultivation sites that require remediation.”

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A billion dollar industry built on 21st century values?

I am a farmer.  I am also an environmentalist.  Balancing these two aspects of my life requires much work and continued education on my part.  I seek to be more sustainable in my practices, and to see greater sustainability from agricultural methods. 

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A brief history of the distributor in CA's cannabis regulations

Recently the Public Policy Institute of California released a report entitled “Regulating Marijuana in California.” This report was a timely reminder of the a basic challenge that has shaped our work over the last few years: mainstream California wants a highly controlled marketplace. There is a low level of public trust in our industry. The report concludes that “Of course, a highly regulated legal market would be accompanied by a robust illegal market.”

In other words, they don’t care if we are still criminals as long as “legal” sales are highly controlled.

 

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