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.
Since October, we have distributed more than 10,000 handouts around the state. Handouts have focused on topics such as:
- MMRSA: Summary and Overview
- Licenses and Timeline
- Cultivation Licenses
These handouts have worked to raise awareness of the MMRSA within the cannabis business community. These handouts have helped structure a series of community events.
Since the MMRSA was signed in October we have organized 24 community events in places like Marina Del Rey, Santa Cruz, Humboldt County, Nevada County, Sacramento, Petaluma, San Francisco, Siskiyou County, Santa Monica, Grass Valley, Santa Rosa and more. We have also spoken at dozens of meeting, events, and hearings from local government to other advocacy groups and community events. The final event, shown here, was in Ukiah.
This community building work was aimed at increasing comfort with cannabis policy. Many stakeholders—from growers to law enforcement—are uncomfortable with regulating cannabis. Our outreach aims to overcome this inhibiting factor by promoting dialogue and relationship building.
We would also like to thank our partners at the following agencies and offices who have joined us at an event over the last few months:
- Board of Equalization Members Fiona Ma and George Runner
- State Assembly members Jim Wood and Rob Bonta
- Department of Consumer Affairs
- California Department of Fish and Wildlife
- North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board
- Central Valley Regional Water Quality Board