HCGA Submits Comments to Cannabis Advisory Committee

Monday afternoon, HCGA submitted written comments to the Cannabis Advisory Committee (CAC) in advance of their upcoming meeting on September 24-25, 2020. The CAC is tasked with reviewing state cannabis regulations and making non-binding recommendations to the state on which regulations should be changed or reconsidered. With state agencies potentially considering changes to cannabis regulations over the next year, this week’s CAC meeting is an opportunity to influence the direction of future cannabis policy.

HCGA’s comments focused on topics including reforming track-and-trace, increasing access to farm stand sales, and reducing testing costs for small farms.

The virtual CAC meeting on September 24-25 is open to the public and will include an opportunity for public comment. For more information on the meeting and how to comment, check out the CAC agenda here.

HCGA Hemp Position AB 45 and SB 235

Policy Committee voted unanimously to adopt a position on hemp with three principles: 1) there should be testing parity (for pesticides, heavy metals, etc). between hemp and cannabis, 2) the state should close legal loopholes that allow high-THC products to be sold as “hemp,” and 3) the quantity of active cannabinoids in hemp products should be physically labeled on hemp products.

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2021 HCGA Policy Strategic Plan

Based on the results of the HCGA policy survey, discussions with membership, historic HCGA policy priorities, and a sense for the policy issues most likely to emerge in 2021, staff has proposed, and HCGA’s policy commitee has approved, the following policy priorities.

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