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California Cannabis Industry Association

California's Collective Voice for the Cannabis Industry

Board of Directors Statement Sept 2020

As the Board of Directors of the California Cannabis Industry Association (CCIA), our priority is to advocate for policies that support the growth of a legal and inclusive Cannabis industry.  We strive to bring the industry together and to speak to legislators and leaders with a unified voice.

As our industry continues to quickly grow and change, it’s not surprising that we sometimes have friction and disagreements. Unfortunately, this friction has recently manifested in conspiracy theories and misinformation regarding our legislative efforts.

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Our Mission

To promote the growth of a responsible and legitimate cannabis industry and work for a favorable social, economic, and legal environment for our industry in the state of California.

The California Cannabis Industry Association was founded on the principle of strength in numbers. The thousands of California businesses involved in our state-legal cannabis industry represent a significant economic force. As the industry's most influential state trade association, CCIA works everyday to ensure our burgeoning business sector is represented in a professional and coordinated way at the state level.

Industry in Action

2020 has been a year of compounding crises and policy reform setbacks, and the priority legislation that we focused on in the beginning of the year drastically changed by the end of the legislative session. Now that the 2019-2020 California Legislative Session has come to a close, we are pleased to report that a number of cannabis bills have passed the Legislature and are on their way to the Governor’s desk.

  • No Tax Increases - AB 1872 (Committee on Budget): Ensures stability for the cannabis industry going into 2021 by suspending the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration’s authority to raise cultivation taxes and the excise tax mark-up rate for one year.
  • Higher Testing Variances - AB 1458 (Quirk): Raises the label variance threshold for edible products from plus or minus 10% to plus or minus 12% until January 1, 2022.
  • Pre-Final Form Testing - AB 1470 (Quirk): Redefines “final form” for purposes of cannabis testing, to clarify that products can be tested without being in their final retail packaging. This will not only allow for batch testing of such products such as flower and edibles.
  • Banking Assistance - AB 1525 (Jones-Sawyer): Allows cannabis licensees to authorize data sharing between a specific financial institution and licensing agencies, thus making it easier for financial institutions to bank with cannabis businesses in California.
  • Appellations Clarity - SB 67 (McGuire): Ensures that cannabis used to create cannabis products from a recognized “appellation of origin”, as defined by the Department of Food and Agriculture, was planted in the ground, and grown without the use of a structure, and without the use of artificial lighting in the canopy area.
  • Testing Pathway for Enforcement - SB 1244 (Bradford): Aids local agencies in enforcing against illicit cannabis activities by making clear that cannabis testing laboratories may receive and test samples from any local or state law enforcement agency or regulatory body.

About Us

The California Cannabis Industry Association (CCIA) was formed to unite the legal cannabis industry to help educate and act as a resource to lawmakers and our members. We are the most influential trade association in the state representing the diverse interests of the cannabis industry: retail, cultivation, manufacturing, delivery, distribution, testing, insurance, packaging, and various ancillary services. Our unified voice includes 500 businesses and represents nearly 15,000 employees across the state.

 

Over the past seven years, CCIA has consistently advocated on behalf of cannabis businesses to advance a comprehensive regulatory framework that achieves important policy objectives encouraging investment and innovation, protecting small businesses, and enhancing public and consumer safety.

CCIA will continue to work diligently with the legislature, the Administration, and the licensing authorities on open-market regulations and solutions that foster a robust cannabis industry while prioritizing public safety and health.

The Benefits of Membership

Your business's participation with the California Cannabis industry Association means being represented alongside hundreds of other responsible industry leaders committed to bringing about a legitimate and professional cannabis business community.

During the legislative process CCIA has been extremely successful at building coalition partners outside of the cannabis reform movement. This includes medical organizations, law enforcement, labor unions, local and state government associations, and environmental protection groups. Together we create a coalition focused on responsible policy and regulations at the state capitol.

In addition to shaping the legal and regulatory framework for California's emerging cannabis industry, CCIA membership also provides a statewide platform to promote your business while offering you valuable discounts from participating cannabis industry partners.

What does CCIA do?

Pillars of Membership

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Political Influence

Policy and Regulation Development

Education

Education

Industry & Political Forecasting

Support

Support

Exclusive Member to Member Services

Community

Community

Networking with Leading Industry Professionals

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