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California Cannabis Industry Association

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California's Collective Voice for the Cannabis Industry

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 - 2023 May Budget Revise

On May 12th, Governor Gavin Newsom presented revisions to his 2023-24 budget proposal. Otherwise known as the “May Revise”, the governor forecasts that California’s estimated budget deficit has grown to $31.5 billion and offered proposals aimed at closing the gap. With respect to cannabis, tax revenues are expected to fall well below earlier state projections. 

With cannabis tax revenues significantly below state projections, lawmakers are tasked with identifying solutions to close the budget gap - which could include a tax increase on our industry

AB 195 (Budget Committee) was approved last year when California was enjoying a massive budget surplus. AB 195 was the culmination of many years of collective efforts to advance meaningful tax reform for the legal cannabis industry. Zeroing out the cultivation tax indefinitely and shifting excise tax collection from distribution to retail were key objectives for CCIA. 

At the same time, AB 195 requires that certain programs dedicated in Prop 64 to fund public safety related activities, environmental clean-up, and youth programs be funded at a baseline of $670 million annually. AB 195 also provides a $150 million reserve of non-cannabis tax funds to be used, if needed, to meet the baseline if cannabis tax revenues fall short. Crucially, if these funds dip below the baseline, the Legislature must consider an increase to the excise tax. 

According to the Governor’s May Revise, the State estimates that $567.4 million in cannabis tax revenue is available for Allocation 3 programming (this includes the $150 million to backfill potential shortfalls). That is over $102 million under the required baseline. 

Cannabis tax revenues have declined each of the last six quarters as legal businesses struggle in a limited retail environment to compete against illicit operators whose products aren’t taxed or tested, allowing them to be sold for much lower prices. With the state’s revenue outlook uncertain, it is imperative that we avoid any discussions that could lead to any tax increases on cannabis businesses. 

CCIA is hard at work informing lawmakers in Sacramento of the major impacts additional tax increases will have on California's legal industry, and ensuring budget negotiations do not lead to further hardship for cannabis operators. We can't do this without your support! 

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

Kristi Palmer KIVA with Senator Steven Bradford

Political Influence

Policy and Regulation Development

CCIA Education Harborside


Industry & Political Forecasting

CCIA Membership


Exclusive Member to Member Services

Cannabis Advocacy


Networking with Leading Industry Professionals

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