MCA Recommendations regarding the Referendum on Chapter 22.18

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.

CLICK HERE to read our full memo.

If you agree, email bos@mendocinocounty.org and let them know to support MCA’s proposals to protect existing operators in Item 5g!

MCA presents: Community to Consumer: A Cooperative Conversation on September 16 @ 7PM

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.

Pre-Registration is required for this meeting.

Please CLICK HERE to register!

Email info@mendocannabis.com for more information.

Mendocino Cannabis Permitting Interest Survey

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.

Click the link to take the survey: https://bit.ly/MCA_permitting_interest_survey

If you have any questions about the survey please email info@mendocannabis.com.

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.

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!

Support the work of the OC Regional Council and DONATE NOW

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.

MCP Portal Information Session Recap

On July 21, 2021 the Mendocino Cannabis Program held an information session on the upcoming application resubmission portal opening August 2, 2021.

CLICK HERE for the MCP Presentation Slides from the meeting

CLICK HERE for MCA’s notes from the meeting

CLICK HERE to review the session on the County’s YouTube page. 

And you can CLICK HERE to review the Portal Information Page on the County website.

Updates to Mendocino County Equity Program

The Board just approved the following revisions to the Local Equity Program:

  • Increase income threshold to Moderate Level
    • Individual – $59,400
    • Family of 2 – $67,900
    • Family of 4 – $84850
  • Increase Direct Grant amount from $10K to $50K
  • Will work w/ www.ElevateImpactMendo.com to improve and simplify grant application process

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!

MCA Memos for 7_19-20_2021

CLICK HERE to read the memos we sent to the Board of Supervisors for the meetings today and tomorrow on the following: (click the item names to see the materials provided by the County for each one)


  • Item 5b – Fee Schedule 
    • This item related to local cannabis fees was originally scheduled for 7/13 and the memo is the same one we already submitted.
  • Item 6a – Update on Cannabis Water Use
    • 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)


  • Item 5b – Equity Program Amendments
    • 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.  

If you agree with our memos, please email bos@mendocinocounty.org to share your support for each agenda item.

CLICK HERE if you’d like to sign up to make a comment at the meeting today (starting at 1PM) or tomorrow (starting at 9AM).

MCA Memo on 7/13/2021 Fee Hearing

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.

CLICK HERE to read the memo!

If you agree with our recommendations, please email bos@mendocinocounty.org and share your support!

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