Origins Council August Member Only Meeting

OC Regional Council Member Meeting – Wednesday August 18th, 3-4:30pm

We invite you to join this month’s OC Regional Council Monthly Member meeting coming up on Wednesday August 18th. Get updates and dialogue with the Origins Council Government Affairs team and the OC Regional Council. 

The State of the State Discussion
We are slightly more than half way through 2021, nearing the end of the legislative cycle for the year. As of last month, all commercial cannabis licensees are under the unified regulation of the new Department of Cannabis Control, Directed by Nicole Elliot, formerly Governor Newsom’s Senior Advisor on Cannabis. 

The launch of the Cannabis Appellations Program has been delayed until 2022 and certifiers registered with California’s OCal certification program will be accepting applications from cultivators in coming weeks. The wholesale flower market is experiencing a glut due to increasing overproduction and the ongoing handicapping of retail expansion due to local jurisdictional and zoning bans. How can small batch legacy producers penetrate market conditions?

COVID is surging and the drought and fires are increasingly impacting our membership base leading into this fall’s harvest. What immediate actions should we take to protect our farming communities and mitigate impacts as we move through this multi-layer crises?

The dysfunction of the state’s licensing framework is undermining licensing opportunities and  threatening licensing security for the vast majority of the OC Regional Council members. We will discuss the state of state provisional licensing including new compliance requirements for farmers, and what opportunities and challenges lay ahead. 

Initiatives to open up interstatenational and international markets are in motion, and Origins Council is working in collaboration with a number of organizations to track Federal policy developments and ensure our heritage producing communities are at the table working to steward these policies to our benefit.

Join us to discuss OC’s advocacy activity over this past half year in the context of this historic and dynamic climate, and where we will go from here.

The OC Regional Council Government Affairs Program is supported through the generosity of our Regional Sponsors. To learn more about the OC Regional Sponsorship Program click here or visit our website at: www.originscouncil.org/partners

This meeting is ONLY open to active Members of OC Regional Organizations. Not a member of MCA yet? CLICK HERE to Join now!

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MCP and Elevate Impact Mendo to Host Equity Program Workshops

The County of Mendocino Cannabis Program in partnership with Elevate Impact Mendocino will be hosting two Equity Grant Workshops. Registration is required and must be submitted prior to the start of the webinar. If you are interested in participating in one or both of the webinars please click the date in bold below to register:

August 12, 2021 from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. PST

August 19, 2021 from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. PST

A question and answer session will take place toward the end of each session, time allowing. We hope to see you there!

MCA Memos for 08-03 BOS Meeting

The Mendocino County Board of Supervisors will be meeting On Tuesday August 3 starting at 9AM. MCA Has prepared two memos for this meeting.

The first will be offered for Public Expression and lays out our thoughts on how to proceed with local cannabis permitting given the likelihood of a successful referendum that calls for the repeal of Chapter 22.18.

The other is related to item 4f on the Consent Calendar, which disbands the current Cannabis Ad Hoc Committee consisting of Supervisors Haschak and Williams. It outlines our recommendation for a Cannabis Standing Committee, meeting bi-weekly with staff, stakeholders and experts to address the need for ongoing oversight of the Mendocino County Cannabis Program and improved pathways to licensure for more local operators.

CLICK HERE to read both memos.

CLICK HERE to review the materials provided by the County for the meeting.

If you agree with our recommendations, please email the Board of Supervisors at the following email addresses to share your support:


District 4 – Dan Gjerde gjerde@mendocinocounty.org,

District 3 – John Haschak haschakj@mendocinocounty.org,

District 1 – Glenn McGourty mcgourtyg@mendocinocounty.org,

District 2 – Mo Mulheren mulherenm@mendocinocounty.org,

District 5 Ted Williams williamst@mendocinocounty.org

CLICK HERE to make sign up to make a Public Comment during the Board meeting.

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