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County of Sonoma: Dirt to Dispensary Workshop series every Wednesday

County of Sonoma: Medical Cannabis Land Use Ordinance Dirt to Dispensary Workshop Series SIGN UP to receive the County of Sonoma Cannabis Updates! Sonoma County Cannabis Program Overview Wednesday, May 3, 3pm-5pm This kick-off workshop provided an overview of the Workshop Program, including the Cannabis Land Use Ordinance, Cannabis Health Ordinance, and Cannabis Business Tax Ordinance. The attached presentation includes considerations for cannabis businesses such as zoning, separation criteria, and operator criteria as well walk attendees through the permit process. The workshop will also include an introduction to business planning basics. Workshop #1 Overview Presentation Outdoor Cultivators: There are three…

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Cal Growers Announces Position on Budget Trailer Bill

CAL GROWERS ANNOUNCES POSITION ON BUDGET TRAILER BILL  For immediate release: April 20, 2017 (Sacramento) On Wednesday the California Growers Association announced opposition to Trailer Bill Legislation proposed by Gov. Jerry Brown. The governor’s proposal seeks to align differences between the Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act of 2015 and Prop. 64, the Adult Use of Marijuana Act. Executive Director Hezekiah Allen explained the trade group’s opposition, stating “We realize the Governor is working hard to align medical cannabis regulations with adult-use regulations. However, the proposal removes a critical section of the medical cannabis regulations. Section 19328 of the Business…

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CGA 4/17/17 Update: Checks & Balances

Prepared by CGA Executive Director, Hezekiah Allen: Yesterday, the New York Times ran an article that provides a glimpse into one possible future. The takeaway message: the next few months will be a defining time for regulated cannabis in California. This article provides perfect context for the ongoing debate surrounding the governors proposed trailer bill. While we support much of what is in the trailer bill, we have serious concerns about the impact that unlimited vertical integration will have on the marketplace. Allowing businesses to own mega grows and retail chains with no limitations will erode the level playing field that we have…

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Budget Trailer Legislation Unveiled: CGA Update

Prepared by CGA Executive Director, Hezekiah Allen: Yesterday evening the Brown administration revealed the long awaited budget trailer bill proposal. We have been working toward this legislation with the governors administration and legislative leadership since our first meeting right after the election on November 15th. It is good that it is finally available for review and I want to thank the administration for briefing us on the legislation yesterday. The budget trailer bill can be found by clicking here. Let the dialogue and debate begin!  The proposal seeks to bridge the gap between the regulatory frameworks in the Medical Cannabis Regulatory and Safety…

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Cannabis Related Legislative Update 2017-18

State of California Bill Author(s) Subject Bill Highlights Status AB-64 Bonta, Cooley, Jones-Sawyer, Lackey, and Wood PRIORITY BILL – Cannabis: medical and nonmedical: regulation and advertising. This bill would specify that licensees under the MCRSA may operate for profit or not for profit, it would advance $3,000,000 as a loan from the General Fund to the Department of the California Highway Patrol for use in the 2017–18 fiscal year for those purposes and would require those moneys to be repaid from California Marijuana Tax Fund, and it would authorize collectives and cooperatives to operate for profit or not for profit.…

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Sonoma County Growers Alliance Executive is Elected Chair of Statewide Cannabis Coalition

SANTA ROSA, Calif., Feb. 1, 2017- The Sonoma County Growers Alliance (SCGA) is pleased to announce that Executive Director, Tawnie Logan, has been appointed as the board chair for the statewide cannabis lobbying organization California Growers Association (CGA). The announcement was made at the ‘CGA Envision 2026’ conference in Sacramento. Logan will continue to serve as SCGA’s executive director. Logan was nominated by outgoing CGA Chair, Casey O’Neill, of Humboldt County.  O’Neill will continue to serve as the vice chair to enable him to spend more time on his farm but still remain active in CGA activities. Upon accepting the nomination,…

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SCGA and Beck Law at Sonoma County Alliance

Julie Mercer-Ingram of Beck Law & Tawnie Logan of the Sonoma County Growers Alliance will review the regulatory developments of 2016 and how to prepare for the future. The Sonoma County Alliance General Membership Meeting is on Wednesday, February 1.  The meeting will be at the Santa Rosa Golf & Country Club from 7:30am – 8:45am, recommending arrivals closer to 7am.  Breakfast fee is $20 per person for members and guests. For more information, click here.  

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Alert: MJ Freeway Users

If you’ve been using MJ Freeway, you need to take extra precautions with all of your sensitive information. Change passwords and monitor your accounts. MJ Fwy has released a statement that the hack was ‘targeted’: “No patient, consumer, or client data was ever extracted or viewed. The forensic analysis proves that.” –Jeannette Ward, MJ Freeway For more information.

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