Category Archives: News

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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Medical Cannabis Manufacturer Anonymous Survey

A request from The HIIMR Survey Team, Humboldt State University: Medical Cannabis Manufacturers, your help is needed to shape California state manufacturing regulations for medical cannabis.  In the survey linked below, you will be asked to anonymously share information about your production methods and economic activity. Our goal is to capture a current snapshot of the California industry, influence sensible and timely regulatory development and monitor the impact of regulation on the industry and our communities. The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) contracted the Humboldt Institute for Interdisciplinary Marijuana Research (HIIMR) at Humboldt State University to develop and administer this survey, as well…

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The Passage of Adult Use: Things to Know and Do!

Now that adult use has passed in California, it’s time to roll up our sleeves a bit further. We are already experiencing a flood of interest  in the Northern California market, and our goal is to ensure that local businesses successfully launch in responsible and rewarding ventures. Local governments and businesses will be instrumental in providing feedback to the State during this critical development period. As will the active engagement by operators supporting the integration of new adult regulations into the MCRSA framework. Here in Sonoma County, we are fortunate; since MCRSA was signed in October of 2015 — we have been working tirelessly…

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Sonoma’s Press Democrat Opposes Prop 64

No on Prop. 64: Just too many risks, unknowns (From the Press Democrat) Give Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom credit. He speaks with passion, particularly on issues of social justice. And, to him, that’s what Proposition 64 is all about. During a meeting with The Press Democrat Editorial Board Tuesday, Newsom said of the 8,800 arrests for non-violent marijuana felonies last year, a disproportionate number of them involved African-Americans and Latinos: “We are still arresting and incarcerating folks that don’t look like me.” It’s a compelling argument, one that underscores many of the inequalities of the criminal justice system. But it’s…

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SCGA Opposes Proposition 64

On October 5th, 2016 the Sonoma County Growers Alliance board voted unanimously to oppose Proposition 64. For six months, SCGA has carefully reviewed Prop 64 (aka: The Adult Use of Marijuana Act, AUMA), paying close attention to the real impacts both positive and negative on a local level. SCGA prides itself on being a community organization; our membership includes a diverse group of small business owners, spanning variety of industries that are an integral part of our community’s intricate economic and environmental web. Prop 64 is an extensive 62-page document, written by well-funded private interest groups. This in itself forced SCGA…

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Sales and Use Taxes Filing Due Date 10/31

Sales and Use Taxes Filing Due Dates: October 31 September tax return (for accounts on a monthly reporting basis) Third quarter return (for accounts on a quarterly or quarterly prepayment reporting basis) Don’t wait until the last minute! Conveniently file your return and make a payment online by logging in with your User ID and password. Know Your Sales Tax Rate: New Sales and Use Tax Rates Effective October 1, 2016 Tax Extensions and Increases to Take Place in Six Areas

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Cal/OSHA Medical Marijuana Advisory Committee Meeting

A message from Cal/OSHA: To all interested parties, please mark your calendars for the upcoming Cal/OSHA Medical Marijuana Advisory Committee Meeting. As required by Labor Code Section 147.5 (enacted in 2015 by Assembly Bill 266), the Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH) will be convening an advisory committee to evaluate the need to develop industry-specific regulations for occupational hazards associated with medical marijuana. At this advisory committee meeting stakeholders and the public will have an opportunity to provide input on the unique health and safety issues associated with working in the cultivation, manufacturing, distribution and sale of medical marijuana. This advisory…

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