In advance of the Board of Supervisors meeting being held on September 14, MCA has shared multiple recommendations designed first and foremost to protect existing operators in the Mendocino Cannabis Program from being removed from the permitting process due to statutory issues over which they have no control.
Whether the Board chooses to rescind Chapter 22.18 or put it to a vote of the people, they will have to act quickly and decisively to avoid unintended consequences to our locally permitted cannabis businesses. We are encouraged by the Board’s recent decisive action to support the business community on the coast impacted by the drought emergency, and hope the same care and attention will be focused on our locally permitted cannabis operators trying to maintain compliance in an ever-changing system.
Access to the consumer market is one of the most important needs of our Members, and all small cannabis businesses throughout Mendocino County. Many of us have a desire to work together on this need, but the State cooperative model creates unnecessary limitations and complications, and time and financial resources are already stretched thin.
To address this problem, MCA believes that we must create a community owned platform designed to reach consumers directly in markets outside of Mendocino while maximizing financial returns to our local cannabis producers.
We invite all licensed Mendocino cannabis producers to join us in a conversation on September 16 at 7pm about how we can work together to harness the power of our collective stories, speak directly to customers, and promote both the value of our products and the values of our community.
There is a great deal of interest in finding out how many folks in Mendocino would be interested in participating in the licensed cannabis market if more pathways become available.
We are seeking this data in hopes that it will help inform County decisions on future cannabis ordinances as we continue to work on our existing program.
We are asking ALL community members who DO NOT currently have a local permit or embossed receipt to cultivate cannabis, but who want to get permitted, to fill out this short survey. All contact info will be kept confidential.
The Mendocino Cannabis Alliance serves and promotes Mendocino County’s world-renowned cannabis cultivators and businesses through sustainable economic development, education and public policy initiatives.
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.
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 interstate, national 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 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:
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.
The Cannabis Program will report back in September about how it’s going. If the revisions have still not led to eligibility for disbursement of the full available amount of Equity Grant funding additional revisions are possible.
Please check out www.ElevateImpactMendo.com to find out if you fit the Eligibility Requirements with the changes above and start getting your documents together!
This item will review research on cannabis water use by the Berkeley Cannabis Research Center which MCA has previously submitted to the Board for consideration. (CLICK HERE for their report on cannabis water usage in California)
We are submitting two memos for this item. One dated 07-20-2021 which is new, and one dated 10-13-2020 which we submitted on this exact topic, with recommendations that still apply today. We are sharing both memos to further solidify the Board’s understanding of MCA’s ability to foresee and develop solutions to avoidable issues that continue to arise in the Mendocino County cannabis program.
In advance of the Board of Supervisors June 13, 2021 Fee Hearing MCA has prepared a memo regarding proposed fees for the Cannabis Program being discussed.
We have provided several items for consideration, identified some discrepancies between costs listed in some of the documents, and put together a long list of items for similar services where fees for cannabis are higher than fees for non-cannabis activity. Given the stated goal of the Board of Supervisors to treat cannabis more like agriculture, creating fee structures that provide parity to cannabis operators is an important component of that treatment.