SC Laboratories Receives ISO Certification for Laboratory Standards

Santa Cruz, CA – July 19th, 2017 – SC Laboratories, a leading third party, privately-owned analytical laboratory serving the Cannabis industry, announced today that their Santa Cruz laboratory facility has been granted ISO accreditation for its cannabinoid panel.  ISO / IEC 17025:2005 is considered to be the gold standard accreditation for calibration and testing laboratories around the world and across multiple disciplines.  Laboratories that are accredited to this international standard have demonstrated technical competence and the ability to produce accurate, precise data.  

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Grupo Flor brings first cannabis testing laboratory office to Monterey County

We're excited to announce that on June 2, 2017, SC Labs will establish a satellite office in our Salinas, CA Grupo Flor Corporate Headquarters located at 115 Cayuga Street.

This strategic partnership with Santa Cruz-based independent cannabis testing laboratory, SC Labs, brings much-needed cannabis industry regulatory compliance to Monterey County.

As you may know, attention to consumer safety directly affects the viability of California's emerging cannabis market.  In turn, consumer safe cannabis production directly informs the choices Grupo Flor has made in building out our local cannabis ecosystem.  That's why bringing SC Labs to Monterey County is an exciting step for our industry and for our community building strategy.

SC Labs is one of the nation's leading cannabis research and lab testing facilities. As part of this strategic partnership with Grupo Flor, SC Labs offers Monterey County cannabis operators convenient and immediate access to critical testing requirements to ensure consumer safety in California's cannabis products.

SC Labs has decades of cannabis science experience and their testing methods comply with relevant FDA, ELAP and EPA guidelines and are conducted in accordance with the strictest and most current scientific protocols currently available. 

Here's to promoting the best practices and quality standards in Monterey County.

All our best,

Grupo Flor Co-Founders

Gavin Kogan, Mike Bitar & Omar Bitar

LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Building on its momentum in bringing greater credibility to a rapidly growing economy, KIND Financial, the leader of end-to-end technology and compliance solutions for the cannabis industry, today announced the appointment of Dave Peck as Chief Marketing Officer effective June 15, 2017.

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Meet CCIA’s newest coalition partner!

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CCIA hosts Capitol City Cannabis Tours

In our ongoing work to facilitate educational tours throughout California we’ve covered a multitude of industry businesses. We’ve found that our tours are in high demand and that our host members have been well received and informative on every occasion. Most recently we were happy to host tours of cultivation, quality control, and retail sites in the Capitol City for the key staff members representing Senate Leadership and the Senate Governance & Finance Committee.

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2017 Annual Membership Meeting

January 25, 2017

     The California Cannabis Industry Association (CCIA) welcomed a record number of attendees to the 2017 Annual Membership Meeting at the California State Capitol on Wednesday, Jan 25th. CCIA Board President Sean Luse kicked off the meeting with Board introductions followed by an overview of the meeting’s agenda, setting the tone for an informative and productive afternoon. Founder and Executive Director Nate Bradley proudly described the organic formation of the California Cannabis Industry Association in 2013 and the many challenges we’ve worked diligently to overcome, demonstrating the importance of actively engaged members and the ongoing need for a collective voice in the fast-growing California Cannabis industry.

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Prepared by Amy Jenkins, Legislative Advocate

The California Cannabis Industry Association (CCIA) achieved significant legislative victories in 2016 on behalf of California’s cannabis industry.

To total, CCIA tracked 20 bills in 2016.  Among its legislative accomplishments, CCIA sponsored its first bill, which was signed by the Governor in September to establish protections from criminal prosecution for locally permitted medical cannabis extractors.  CCIA also defeated seven bills that would do harm to the industry, including a cannabis training proposal and medical cannabis taxation proposal.  CCIA also successfully negotiated amendments to four other bills, including legislation sponsored by the Brown Administration to clarify elements of the Medical Cannabis Regulation & Safety Act (MCRSA).

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The Inside Track - Preparing For Your Future In the Cannabis Industry



Sat, February 25, 2017

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Santa Rosa cannabis manufacturer CannaCraft gets a visit from State Treasurer John Chiang

On this Thanksgiving Day, Reggie Williams will move freely and with only minor pain. A man who has endured 24 operations on his right knee, who has spent the last two decades in chronic agony, now passes his days in true thanks, for a treatment he says is his salvation.

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CCIA General Update | Dec 2, 2016

With the Legislature on break and not reconvening until January 4th, CCIA staff and team  have remained steadfast in pursuit of developing and nurturing our relationships at the Capitol, throughout the state, and informing the public on behalf of our membership and the industry.

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"The share of Americans who favor legalizing the use of marijuana continues to increase. Today, 57% of U.S. adults say the use of marijuana should be made legal, while 37% say it should be illegal. A decade ago, opinion on legalizing marijuana was nearly the reverse – just 32% favored legalization, while 60% were opposed."

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"California’s medical cannabis industry reported $845 million in retail sales via nearly 2,800 dispensaries over a recent 12-month period, according to exclusive data obtained by Marijuana Business Daily.

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Editor’s Note: As we enter the homestretch of the critical 2016 campaign season, NCIA has invited the state campaigns on marijuana policy to submit blog posts about the important work they’re doing. These campaigns need the support of the industry and the movement as they approach the finish line. If you haven’t already, please consider making donations of money or time to one or more of the state campaigns that are working to end the failed policies of marijuana prohibition.**

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Economic impact of beer distribution further proves importance of an independent third-tier

"The craft beer industry and the beer distribution industry can find themselves on opposite ends of the political spectrum, wrangling for their own local advantages from time to time. The recent battle in Texas being an especially ridiculous example. For craft brewers, distributor independence is obviously critical, and while some distributors may not recognize this at the moment, the success and growth of craft beer is vital to the future success of distributors too."

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Bill allowing landlords to bar medical pot use is dropped

A state lawmaker has dropped a proposal that would have allowed landlords renting apartments in California to bar their tenants from smoking medical marijuana in their residences.

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