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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 - Signed Bills, Regulatory Wins, and More!

On September 18, 2022, Governor Newsom signed 10 cannabis related bills, marking the end of the 2021-2022 legislative session and another year of progress for CCIA and the cannabis industry at large. While it is no secret that the industry continues to struggle, the combined efforts of CCIA leadership and members, in collaboration with other organizations, made significant strides towards a healthier future. Read the 2022 CCIA legislative wrap up on our legislative resources page.

On the regulatory front, CCIA’s Quality Control Committee, which includes numerous chemists, product makers, testing labs, and other scientific experts, identified a number of serious issues with the DCC’s  proposed cannabinoids test method. These issues, such as providing grossly inaccurate reporting of cannabinoid content, would have posed a major public safety risk. CCIA engaged in tireless advocacy on this issue including multiple letters and reports submitted to the DCC, meetings with key Legislators and the Governor’s office, and a coordinated PR campaign with the leading insurance providers in the state to educate and push back on this singular methodology. In a major victory for the legal industry and public safety, the DCC announced on Oct. 4 that they were reversing course and would limit the test method to flower and pre-rolls only. CCIA’s success on this issue came from the leadership of Josh Wurzer and Leo Welder, Co-Chairs from our Quality Control Committee!

Finally, CCIA has been making headlines with its recently published whitepaper entitled “Pandora’s Box: The Dangers of a National, Unregulated, Hemp-Derived Intoxicating Cannabinoid Market,” which details the dangers associated with the growing number of increasingly intoxicating products currently being sold as “hemp” and calls for urgent reform to address a public health crisis. 

To read the press release click HERE and for the full whitepaper click HERE.

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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

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Education

Industry & Political Forecasting

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Support

Exclusive Member to Member Services

Cannabis Advocacy

Community

Networking with Leading Industry Professionals

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