At Cal Growers, advocacy is one of our primary focus areas. Since our founding in 2015 we have been a prominent voice representing independent farms and businesses in the cannabis industry. We represent our members in the state capitol and throughout the state.
Our public policy advocacy work consists of four program areas: legislative affairs, regulatory affairs, local government, and electoral politics. Implementation is a key focus of each.
Our efforts in the legislature are focused on increasing awareness of MMRSA and raising the profile of cannabis policy. We are actively supporting legislation to further clarify, correct, and improve the regulatory framework. Successful implementation of MMRSA will depend on a sustained commitment for the legislature. Our commitment to the state legislature to provide a focused and clear voice for growers remains strong.
We are working with staff at the regulatory agencies to ensure that regulations are developed with the best possible information. We have hosted speakers from the DCA and BoE at policy events. We have met with staff from DPH and have been attending Food and Ag Board meetings. We are encouraged by the enthusiasm with which many regulatory agencies are approaching this challenging task. Agencies must coordinate with each other and with other stakeholders in order to successfully implement MMRSA.
We are still neutral on all initiatives to legalize cannabis. We believe that implementing the MMRSA is a high priority. While we almost unanimously support the end of prohibition, very few in our membership would consider it a failure if legalization did not happen in 2016. Our focus in the initiative development process has been to work with all groups to encourage consistency with MMRSA.
Partnerships with local governments remain challenging. Attention needs to be focused on partnerships between local governments and the business community. Bans are antithetical to implementation of MMRSA. We would like to encourage all local jurisdictions to implement MMRSA. For local government this means developing ordinances to regulate cannabis instead of resorting to bans. We encourage all stakeholders to fundamentally agree that implementation of MMRSA does not include bans.