Legalization of recreational cannabis in 2016 ushered in a wave of social and economic optimism. Trepidation from legacy cannabis businesses was allayed by protections that were built into Proposition 64. These were designed to delay the ability of “Big Cannabis” companies to monopolize the industry and drive small growers and manufacturers out of business.
The path to licensing under new regulations is complex and requires capital investment. Therefore, the five-year cap on cultivation acreage was built in to keep the playing field even initially and give small cultivators time to become regulated before larger growers entered the market.
Then on the eve of legalization in 2018, the California Department of Food and Agriculture quietly issued a surprise change in the regulation allowing unlimited small cultivation licenses for individual companies. The consequences of this are that well-resourced companies can purchase or “stack” unlimited small cultivator licenses. This unexpected change effectively removed protections for small growers trying to compete against large industrial players who are positioning themselves to dominate the market.
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The Occidental Arts and Ecology Centers work focuses on cultivating ecological literacy and building the capacity of civic and social movement leaders and organizations to guide their communities toward an ecologically regenerative, economically viable, and socially just future.
The California Agricultural Water Stewardship Initiative (CAWSI) aims to raise awareness about approaches to agricultural water management that support the viability of agriculture, conserve water, and protect ecological integrity in California.
The Health Effects of Cannabis and Cannabinoids: The Current State of Evidence and Recommendations for Research. The National Academie Press. January 2017.
Long before cannabis was an industry in California, there was community. CalGrowers blends the heritage, culture, and craft of cannabis into one of the most prominent and influential public policy voices in the golden state.
Supporters of this movement are diverse and are critical to our success. Whether a consumer who wants safe access, a parent who wants to prevent unsafe access, or just a Californian who wants to support a well regulated cannabis future, CalGrowers welcomes you.
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A small contributor’s PAC that brings together a broad cross section of Californians. From growers to consumers and everyone in between this committee is focused on building a broad base of support to contribute to candidates campaigning for state and local office. The maximum contribution to this committee is $200 per year per person. Contribute to the PAC here.
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The mission of the California Growers Association is the promotion and protection of the independent farms and businesses in the cannabis marketplace and the protection of the public health and patient’s rights, the restoration of natural resources and watersheds, and to provide for the welfare of communities and the mutual benefit of public and private interests.
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Hezekiah Allen published Southern Coast Prop 64 Opinion Poll in Prop 64: Regional Poll 2016-10-20 14:26:15 -0700
World class cannabis can be found in every corner of California. From towering redwoods, expansive valleys, rugged coastline, foothills, mountains and some of the most dynamic cities in the world, California is a diverse state. Cal Growers cuts across geographies and bridges communities in our work. Knowing where you are from will help us better represent your interests. Whether you are a cannabis grower, business owner or consumer, Cal Growers offers free updates to help you learn more about California Cannabis at the regional level.
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Hezekiah Allen posted about Support AB 2516! on Facebook 2016-03-26 13:53:51 -0700Give cottage cultivators a fighting chance: Support AB 2516!
This letter will be sent on Friday April 8, 2016. This will ensure your support will be considered by the committees in their decision making.327 signatures
To: Members of the California State Assembly
RE: Support for AB 2516, to establish a cottage cultivation license
I am writing today to offer our support for the establishment of a Type 1C, or “specialty cottage,” license as proposed in AB 2516 (Wood). This important legislation will create a pathway to a regulated future for the smallest, most vulnerable cultivators.
Hezekiah Allen wants to volunteer 2016-02-27 14:38:19 -0800California is a big state. There are several hundred municipalities and 58 counties. This means there is a lot of opportunity for you to do outreach to your local government. Often times we find that historic assumptions are not accurate. Rather than disdain or dislike for the cannabis community, we often times find local government officials simply do not know about cannabis. By signing up to volunteer here you will become a "Cal Growers Ambassador." In this role, you will be part of a coordinated team statewide that is respectfully, consistently, and proactively engaging local elected officials to advance the cause of a fair, healthy and well regulated cannabis marketplace for California.
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Hezekiah Allen posted about A new license. on Facebook 2016-02-19 09:57:39 -0800Give California's smallest cannabis growers a fighting chance! I support the creation of a cottage cultivation license.
The state’s smallest farmers were overlooked in landmark state legislation signed by Gov. Brown in October of 2015. The state legislature should take action in 2016 to ensure licenses are available for cannabis businesses of all types and sizes.634 signatures
Cottage cultivators are a cherished part of our heritage in California. Our craft farms represent a unique value. But the legacy of cottage and subsistence cultivation is now inadvertently at risk. The smallest cannabis growers have been left without a license.
As we implement the landmark legislation, we can’t forget about the most vulnerable people in our industry. Under last years legislation, there’s no license for the subsistence farmer. That’s where our industry came from. And it is how many farmers today choose to operate.
Please, give California's smallest cannabis growers a fighting chance.
Support the creation of a unique license category for cottage cultivators. Ensure licensing fees stay low. And explore possibilities to increase market access for small growers.
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Hezekiah Allen is the Executive Director of the California Growers Association. He was born and raised off-the-grid in rural Humboldt County. Allen is an active community leader for the cannabis community in which he was raised. Through lobbying and public affairs programs, Allen works to protect the interests of a broad statewide membership made of several hundred growers and business owners.
As a senior subject matter specialist and one of the most knowledgeable advocate supporting the transition from California’s non-profit and medical marijuana programs to a for-profit full recreational program, Allen acts as a liaison and voice for the existing, and vast, California cultivation community. Allen studied Politics & Government at Pacific University and has worked successfully in government relations on a state, national and international level. Now he is dedicated to improving the conditions for the California cannabis industry and its shift toward a legal recreational market for profit that will place it at the epicenter of the entire industry for the globe. Allen has a special skillset for consensus-building and the leadership necessary to bring together diverse coalitions and community organizations that advance the challenging issues of our day.