In November, HCGA’s members completed a survey on their top legislative and regulatory policy priorities for 2021. Check out the full results here. On a state level, the top policy priorities for HCGA’s membership include eliminating the cultivation tax, access to banking, interstate commerce, access to direct-to-consumer sales, retail expansion, and improvements to METRC. Top federal priorities are similar, including IP protection for appellations and the Humboldt County name, interstate commerce, and banking. Based on the results of the policy survey, staff will put together a policy strategic plan for 2021 to direct HCGA’s advocacy efforts with state and federal policymakers. Once approved by Policy Committee, that strategic plan will create a vision and framework for HCGA’s policy advocacy for the next year.
As drought conditions persist and intensify, we view additional and widespread adoption of decentralized water storage as the single most essential tool in promoting long-term sustainable water usage in cannabis agriculture, and an area of shared priority for cannabis farmers, environmental advocates, and the county.