UKIAH, Calif. – In California’s ancient cannabis growing areas, legal growers and cannabis companies have been hit by the pandemic and global economic downturn like everyone else, but have also been devastated by four years of historic forest fires that burned legendary soil in areas that haven’t been burned in generations.
Unfortunately, during these turbulent times, the plight of California’s agricultural areas (which also includes wineries, orchards, farms, and rural communities) has been overshadowed by a laundry list of unprecedented problems.
To highlight the economic challenges faced by states’ producers, California cannabis Advocacy Origins Council (OC) and its partner alliances launched the Matching Funds campaign with the goal of raising $ 100,000.
The funds raised in February will be used to advance the Regional Council’s 2021 Government Affairs program for cannabis policy reform.
“Our Matching Funds campaign follows a cooperative all-ship-rise model,” said the Executive Director of the Origins Council Genine Coleman told mg.
“By financing our government program exclusively through sponsorship, the income of the members will be received for the business activities and development of our regional partners, which will directly benefit their membership. Sponsors get direct access to our 500 members across the state, strengthening the business ecology in our network.
“This campaign celebrates those who have invested tangibly in helping California’s legacy producing communities and the value and values we bring to the world,” added Coleman.
California suffered a historic drought several years before the recent wildfires. Many environmentalists criticize climate change for the monstrous fires and the flames that devoured millions of acres in 2020 in Australia, Siberia and the Arctic.
“Humanity faces an urgent call to action – reform our systems to achieve real sustainability and justice now. The old cannabis-producing community in California has been pushing tenants into this reform for over half a century, ”said Coleman.
“Today’s California cannabis industry exists because of decades of sacrifice and dedication from medical cannabis patients, vendors, medicine makers, farmers, and advocates to end the war on drugs.
“Our work is not done yet, in many ways the reforms we are seeking have only just begun. Today California’s legacy producers are organized and committed to socio-economic and environmental sustainability – for our communities and for the world. It is an honor to be part of this historical line and movement, ”she said.
While conventional farms hit by forest fires have access to insurance and banking assistance, emergency aid from federal agencies, and other crisis resources, legal cannabis companies cannot access most forms of financial assistance due to the ongoing federal ban.
The announcement also noted that the adoption of legal cannabis in California was a decade-long process “fraught with implementation challenges.”
“To address these issues, the Newsom administration and state lawmakers are undertaking a major planned overhaul of the state’s framework for regulating and licensing cannabis by consolidating the three cannabis licensing agencies developed in 2017 in accordance with Proposition 64. ” Statement read.
The Origins Council provides industry lobbying at the state and federal levels, as well as other business resources for its members.
The organization also launched a regional sponsorship program, inviting companies interested in supporting this work and the legacy manufacturing community of California to sponsor the OK Regional Council’s 2021 Government Affairs program.
For information about the Matching Funds campaign or the Regional Council 2021 OC government program, please email: [email protected].