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California Cannabis Industry Association

California's Collective Voice for the Cannabis Industry

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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

After a busy and dynamic first half of the 2021-22 Legislative Session, Governor Newsom signed a number of bills into law prior to the October 10th deadline, including:

  • SB 166 (Committee on Budget) - Introduced over the Labor Day weekend, this last-minute clean up trailer bill makes a number of technical reforms to further address social equity in the cannabis industry. Specifically, this bill clarifies that all equity applicants may be issued a provisional license until June 30, 2023, and further establishes a state-level definition, so that all qualified equity applicants, as defined, may be considered for a state fee waiver or deferral, even if they are licensed in jurisdictions without a local equity program. This has been a major priority of CCIA and our Diversity, Inclusion, and Social Equity (DISE) Committee for years.
  • SB 311 (Hueso) - Otherwise known as Ryan’s Law, this bill will allow terminally-ill patients to use medicinal cannabis products, subject to certain restrictions, in a palliative care facility. CCIA has been proud to support Ryan's Law since it's initial introduction in the form of 2019's SB 305, and applauds its signature by the Governor.
  • AB 45 (Aguiar-Curry) - After a multi-year process of negotiations with various stakeholders, AB 45 establishes a comprehensive framework for the commercial manufacture and sale of hemp products in California. This bill passed the Assembly yesterday with strong bipartisan support, and will take effect immediately upon a signature from the governor.
  • AB 1138 (Rubio) -  This CCIA-supported bill imposes a civil penalty of up to $30,000 on an individual who knowingly aids and abets unlicensed cannabis activity.
  • AB 1222 (Chen) - This CCIA-supported bill authorizes cannabis beverages to be packaged in glass containers of any color, or transparent, so long as they otherwise follow all laws and regulations regarding packaging and labeling.

Unfortunately, Governor Newsom vetoed AB 1302 (Quirk),  which would have affirmed the industry’s ability to lawfully advertise on billboards along state highways, so long as they are not within 15 miles of a state border. CCIA worked tirelessly together with the bill author, Dr. Bill Quirk (Assemblymember, D-Hayward), and our coalition partners, which included the California State Outdoor Advertising Association, Eaze, and Weedmaps, to ensure this bill’s successful passage through the Legislature. We are deeply disappointed and perplexed with the governor’s decision to veto this important legislation, which will hinder one of the only pathways for cannabis operators to lawfully advertise their businesses.

With the Legislature adjourned for the interim recess, CCIA’s focus remains on the state’s newly-formed Department of Cannabis Control (DCC), engaging with leadership in the new department as they enter the regulatory rulemaking process. On September 20th, CCIA submitted public comments on behalf of our members in response to the DCC’s proposed emergency regulations, guided by direct input from our supply chain committees and Board of Directors. We look forward to continued engagement with the DCC throughout the Fall, advocating for a streamlined regulatory framework that promotes greater consumer access, public safety and business innovation.

We Are CCIA - A Message from the CCIA Board of Directors

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

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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?

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Political Influence

Policy and Regulation Development

Education

Education

Industry & Political Forecasting

Support

Support

Exclusive Member to Member Services

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Community

Networking with Leading Industry Professionals

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