Cal Growers welcomes appointment of Bureau Chief

(Sacramento) Today Governor Jerry Brown announced his appointment of Lori Ajax to oversee the formation of the Bureau of Medical Marijuana Regulation within the Department of Consumer Affairs. This Bureau—established by the historic Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act of 2015—will be the lead agency in developing and issuing licenses, as well as an ensuring coordination between the other licensing agencies. 

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Legislature Repeals March Deadline

(Sacramento) – Emergency legislation by Assemblyman Jim Wood (D-Healdsburg) to repeal the March 1st deadline included in last year’s Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act was passed unanimously (65-0) by the State Assembly. AB 21 removes the March 1st deadline ensuring local jurisdictions maintain the authority to develop their own rules and regulations for cultivating medical cannabis indefinitely. “I am not advocating for or against a particular position on medical cannabis,” said Assemblyman Wood. “I am advocating for local elected officials take the time to engage in a process that results good public policy, not knee jerk reactions.” AB 21 is now on the Governor’s desk for signature. Here’s more in this Assembly Access video.

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Nevada County: Time to get Organized

Nevada County marijuana: Supes pass outdoor grow ban in 4-to-1 vote. There is a lot of confusion and unanswered questions. Despite the uncertainty, one thing is clear: now is the time to get organized! We can make the world better if we work together. There is action you can take right now:

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Cal Growers Growing Increasingly quickly

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Over recent months, as our organization transitioned from the Emerald Growers Association to the California Growers Association we have seen rapid growth throughout the state. We have nearly 2,000 active supporters throughout the state. 

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Cal Growers Concludes Statewide Workshop Tour

Implementation of the MMRSA will be a major focus of our work in 2016. This work began in mid-October, within days of the governor’s signature. This report represents a snapshot of our strategy and activities over the last few months. Our work in 2016 is organized around 3 key themes: information, community and advocacy.

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A report on Implementing the Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act of 2015

IMG_1747.JPGOn January 19th, Hezekiah Allen presented to the Assembly Committees on Agriculture, Business and Professions, and Health. 

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Cal Growers support AB 21 to repair erroneous March 1 deadline

Today, California Growers Association, announced support for Assembly Bill 21, by Assembly Member Jim Wood (D-Healdsburg), to correct the erroneous March 1 deadline in last year’s landmark cannabis legislation. This support is based on the legislation as amended in committee last week. 

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Back to session: What a whirlwind.

We were a bit overwhelmed with the fast paced start to the 2016 legislative year. We are already tracking several important pieces of legislation.

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AB 21 Passes out of Senate Committee

Press release from Assemblymember Jim Wood’s office:

Sacramento - On Wednesday, January 13 AB 21, Assemblyman Wood’s bill to remove the March 1 deadline from last year’s Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act (MMRSA), was unanimously passed by the Senate Government and Finance Committee.

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#CalCannabisPolicy Summit notes and next steps

On January 2 and 3 more than 200 founding members of the California Growers Association gathered in Sacramento. The event focussed on two outcomes: giving people the opportunity to get to know each other and exploring the policy landscape for 2016.

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