SLO County Cannabis tax passes overwhelmingly!

So, what does it say when 77% of voters are OK with a potential 10% tax on retail cannabis?  It tells us exactly what the business owners have been saying all along, "Make us legit!  Regulate us and tax us, treat us like any other normal business."  and it would appear that consumers are feeling the same way.

This comes as welcomed news as some of the other cannabis regulation negotiations on the county level have not been met with such unanimity. I will admit that my eyebrows raised a little when I saw 77% voter approval. SLO County voters are not known for passing tax measures so readily.  "As long as the tax is fair and the money is spent responsibly, I don't have a problem with it.  We just want to get on with doing business.", is the feedback from one hopeful dispensary owner.  Entrepreneurs here in SLO County do like to give their fair share in taxs, so let's hope that the revenue generated for the county is used efficiently and with continued stakeholder input.

Key points to consider:

  • Tax rate will be flexible per license type
  • BOS will vote annually to maintain or increase the tax rate based upon revenue vs. expenses
  • Initial tax rate is competitive with other counties and municipalities
  • The key to generating revenue now is to get cannabis businesses through the local and state licensing process so they can operate legally within the regulated marketplace.

Little known fact, back in November of 2017 the SLO County Tax Controller, Jim Erb and staff reached out to cannabis industry stakeholders and actually asked them how they'd like to be taxed.  So, what you see in the measure is direct feedback from the local industry participants with a little bit of Supervisor fairy dust sprinkled on top. (4% instead of 3%).

Click here to view more details about the measure. 

 

Wine & Weed Simposium – Central Coast

SLOCCBA is proud to sponsor the Wine & Weed Symposium of the Central Coast.

Wine Industry Network (WIN) hosted nearly 500 people at the first Wine & Weed Symposium on August 3, 2017 in Santa Rosa, CA. The primary focus of this one-day business conference was to help the wine industry better understand the cannabis industry and to examine what impact the legalization of recreational cannabis use in California might have on the wine industry. The goal was to identify opportunities, as well as threats, along with establishing a dialogue between the two industries.

Despite the legalization at the state level, regional rules vary, so in 2018 the Wine & Weed Symposium, Central Coast was established. Topics will focus on the impact legalization will have in Monterey, San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties while Wine & Weed Symposium, North Coast will build on the inaugural event and concentrate on Sonoma, Napa, Lake and Mendocino counties.

Get your early bird tickets here, use the SLOCCBA promo code to receive further discounts!

SLOCCBA Mix & Mingle at The Firefly Haven

San Luis Obispo County Cannabis Business Association,  “Cultivating relationships, ideas and solutions for SLO County cannabis businesses."

Join SLOCCBA for the March 22nd Meet & Mingle at The Firefly Haven, Arroyo Grande, CA                                                          **Limited to 30 attendees only!** 

5:30 - Doors open for mingling.

6:PM -Regulatory, Legislative & Compliance Updates, Know the "Rules of Consumption" in SLO County and cities. 

**Exclusive reveal from a local vertically integrated cannabis business, be the first to see the topical product line up! Stay tuned for more details.

6:30PM- Mix - Who’s who and who and what do they do?  Each Attendee will have an opportunity to introduce themselves. Please be prepared to state your name, business, what you services or products you have to offer, or your request for products or services.  Bring your business cards or contact information.  Contact the organizer to arrange a specific connection you'd like to make.

7:00PM- Mingle aka, Networking.  It is our goal that by this time you have a pretty good idea of who you want to connect with. Go get em!

Enjoy refreshments and appetizers brought to you by Natures Kitchen in Templeton!

March 22 Mix and Mingle SLOCCBA

General admission to the event is $100.

Future events dates are:

April 26th - TBA

May 10th - Wine & Weed Symposium at Embassy Suites

June - SLO Arts Museum

Thank you to the many business professionals bringing valuable information to cannabis business owners & consumers, and those who plan to be seeking any type of license approval, both locally and at the state level.

Interested in membership?  Please call (805) 391-4970 and speak with Marie regarding the many different ways to become involved and support our mission to provide quality, locally grown cannabis products to the regulated marketplace.

If you are a:

  • Professional business service
  • Cannabis Industry Stakeholder
  • Consumer

SLOCCBA Membership provides you:

  • Professional Business Referrals
  • Local Government & Agency Liaison
  • Community & Consumer Education
  • Access to events and latest industry developments
  • Discounts with affiliate members

February SLOCCBA Meet & Mingle & The Carlton Hotel

San Luis Obispo County Cannabis Business Association

“Cultivating relationships, ideas and solutions for the SLO County cannabis businesses.”

Join SLOCCBA for the February 22nd Meet & Mingle at The Carlton Hotel in Atascadero, CA

Doors open at 5:15-

5:30 - the program begins so get there early for a good seat!

Regulatory updates- Jamie Jones, Kirk Consulting, Land Use Consultant8830 Morro Rd., Atascadero, CA 93422, 805.461.5765

Compliance Updates - Cannabis Meister, Bud and Kari Taro.Know the rules of consumption!

Featured Speaker - Dr. Kirk Azevedo. "From Monsanto to Marijuana; A Personal Perspective. Dr. Kirk examines how toxins can be consumed through the food be buy as well as grow in your own backyard.

6:30PM- Mix - Who’s who and who and what do they do? Each Attendee will have an opportunity to introduce themselves to the audience. Please be prepared to state your name, business, what you services or products you have to offer, or your request for products or services. Bring your business cards or contact information. Contact the organizer to arrange a specific connection you'd like to make.

7:00PM- Mingle aka, Networking. It is our goal that by this time you have a pretty good idea of who you want to connect with. Go get em!

Enjoy refreshments and appetizers by Charmed Catering!

SLOCCBA Feb Meet & Mingle

Paso Robles Planning Commission – Rezoning

Paso Robles Planning Commission hearing, Tuesday February 13th 6PM, City Council Chambers

Rezone 18-001 - Medical Cannabis Delivery Services Ordinance
Recommendation to City Council.
Options:
1. Recommend to the City Council approval of Ordinance No. XXX
(Attachment 1) to require approval of a TUP, effective for up to oneyear,
to permit establishment of non-storefront, medical cannabis
delivery services to local residents, to permit existing businesses to be in
compliance with State licensing requirements.
2. Recommend to the City Council approval of Ordinance No. XXX
(Attachment 1), with modifications suggested to the ordinance.
3. Continue this item and provide direction to staff for additional analysis.
4. Recommend denial of the proposed ordinance, with specific Findings for
denial from the Planning Commission.

March 22nd SLOCCBA March Meet & Mingle

San Luis Obispo County Cannabis Business Association,  “Cultivating relationships, ideas and solutions for SLO County cannabis businesses."

Join SLOCCBA for the March 22nd Meet & Mingle at The Firefly Haven, Arroyo Grande, CA                                                          **Limited to 30 attendees only!** 

5:30 - Doors open for mingling.

6:PM -Regulatory, Legislative & Compliance Updates, Know the "Rules of Consumption" in SLO County and cities. 

**Exclusive reveal from a local vertically integrated cannabis business, be the first to see the topical product line up! Stay tuned for more details.

6:30PM- Mix - Who’s who and who and what do they do?  Each Attendee will have an opportunity to introduce themselves. Please be prepared to state your name, business, what you services or products you have to offer, or your request for products or services.  Bring your business cards or contact information.  Contact the organizer to arrange a specific connection you'd like to make.

7:00PM- Mingle aka, Networking.  It is our goal that by this time you have a pretty good idea of who you want to connect with. Go get em!

Enjoy refreshments and appetizers brought to you by Natures Kitchen in Templeton!

March 22 Mix and Mingle SLOCCBA

General admission to the event is $100.

Future events dates are:

April 26th - TBA

May 10th - Wine & Weed Symposium at Embassy Suites

June - SLO Arts Museum

Thank you to the many business professionals bringing valuable information to cannabis business owners & consumers, and those who plan to be seeking any type of license approval, both locally and at the state level.

Interested in membership?  Please call (805) 391-4970 and speak with Marie regarding the many different ways to become involved and support our mission to provide quality, locally grown cannabis products to the regulated marketplace.

If you are a:

  • Professional business service
  • Cannabis Industry Stakeholder
  • Consumer

SLOCCBA Membership provides you:

  • Professional Business Referrals
  • Local Government & Agency Liaison
  • Community & Consumer Education
  • Access to events and latest industry developments
  • Discounts with affiliate members

SLO County Licensing workshop

Know Before You Grow- Application Workshop on December 11, 2017

Author: Department of Planning & Building
Date: Tuesday, November 28, 2017 2:01 PM

Do you have questions about the recently adopted regulations for cannabis activities in the unincorporated areas of San Luis Obispo County? Read on for more information regarding the permanent ordinances and application process.


The Board of Supervisors adopted regulations for cannabis activities in SLO County on November 27, 2017.

Are you an applicant seeking to apply for a land use permit?

The Department of Planning and Building will be holding an application workshop on December 11, 2017. The workshop will be held from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. in Room 161/162 (next to the Board of Supervisors’ Chambers). No applications will be accepted at this workshop; instead, staff will be on hand to answer questions regarding the application process and to provide general property information and information on the cannabis ordinances.

If you would like to look up specific property information from home, please use our PermitView program.

No inland land use applications will be accepted until the inland ordinance is effective (December 31, 2017). No coastal land use applications will be accepted until the coastal zone ordinance is certified.

What activities require a land use permit?

All activities, except for personal and caregiver cultivation, require a County land use permit to operate, in addition to a County business license and a State cannabis license.

Where can you find more information on the adopted ordinances?

Where can you find more information on the application process?

What do you need to do after a land use permit is approved?

What about taxation?

Anticipating California Cannabis Licensing Applications from Bureau

Well, here we are, one month away from the GO date for legal and regulated cannabis sales in California!

Normally, I'd be excited about such a thing, but unfortunately am feeling the stress and anxiety of SLOcal cannabis business owners scrambling to find new property to cultivate on, buildings to lease, requirements to meet, services to contract, application fees as well as License Permit fees to pay all within this next 30 days.  It's like watching the largest game of musical chairs I've ever seen, with multiple chairs being pulled each time the music stops.

Before we get into the State issues, let's visit the local regulation first.  The SLO Board of Supervisors on November 27th voted to adopt the new regulation concerning commercial cannabis production & retail as well as banned all outdoor cultivation for personal use.   I don't have much that is positive to say about this at the moment except for it was not at all what I expected when we started this journey over a year and 1/2 ago.  SLOCCBA board members will be convening today to discuss our position as well as any options that may be available as a response to unpopular restrictions.   More to come.

The state as of this moment hasn't opened up the portal to accept applications yet.  You can sign up to receive email updates from the state as well as monitor the FB page or Twitter account by following @Bccinfo.dca to be one of the first to know!  In the meantime, requirements are posted.  If you're anticipating having a cannabis business, I sure hope you've already viewed, know and began assembling your application package!

Here's a great article in The Desert Sun summarizing what you can expect come January 1st as the long awaited legalization rolls out.  Availability will be scarce. No where in SLO County, will you be able to legally purchase cannabis products....that I know of at this moment.

I'm still disappointed that our local leadership thought time was better spent in restricting access to legal cannabis rather than investing time to help these businesses become legitimate, legal and ready to apply with the State agencies.  It remains to be seen how local law enforcement & leadership are going to treat providers and consumers as they struggle to find the products they're used to purchasing come the new year.

If you are a business owner in need of resources or have services to offer, please feel free to email Marie@SLOCCBA.org for referrals or give me a call at (805) 712-5963.

Peace,

Marie Roth

SLOCCBA President

 

 

California Allows Cannabis Monopolies

In the past almost two years that I've been working in the California cannabis space, I've been inspired by the American dream of owning one's own business.  The opportunity that's come about for Californians to transition to a legitimate, above board cannabis business has been met with unprecedented enthusiasm by thousands of currently operating small canna-biz owners.

This is precisely why I got into this gig, I could see the potential for these businesses to provide locally grown, quality products to those in need in their community and even enjoy a little California Cannabis market competition much like our California wine industry does.  I instantly wanted to be a part of this historic transition to help guide these business owners by gathering & sharing the resources I've acquired to help businesses become competitive & successful in the modern marketplace.

While these small businesses have been busy positioning their seat at the table so have inventors,  investors and large corporations.  Unfortunately, the State of California Regulators made a decision yesterday in the release of  final state commercial cannabis production regulations to not limit cultivation to 1 acre.  This is a devastating decision and does little in protecting the original California cannabis growers way of farming.  Say hello to big corporate and mechanized cannabis farming in California.  Say good by to your small scale local cannabis provider as the vicious competition begins to provide cheap mass produced California cannabis products to the undiscriminating consumer.  Ultimately lowering the price of cannabis making it financially impossible for the small farmer to afford to participate.

Can we demand a fair market place for the original cannabis producer?   Can we salvage the legacy of California sungrown cannabis cultivated by the loving hands of experienced and compassionate farmers?

Yes we can!  Start by completing this survey TODAY from California Growers Association. asking for a cap of 1 acre cultivation. http://www.calgrowersassociation.org/1_acre. 

And then be sure to contact your local state representative to let them know how you feel about large corporate monopolies taking over California cannabis production.

Corporate cannabis cultivation is contradictory to California Cannabis Cultivation! 

Contact - Assemblymen Jordan Cunningham

Contact - Senator Bill Monning

Until next time~

Peace

Marie

 

 

Small Load Olive Press Day @ Natures Touch Nursery & Harvest

 

It's a fun filled weekend watching the harvest unfold before our very eyes!  Nature's Touch Nursery is open to the public as well as any small olive producers to bring in fruit to be milled in Olea Farms mobile press. .  No Fruit Flies - olives must be CLEAN from pests or you will be turned away!

Vendors are welcome to set up a booth during the day.  Cannabis cultivators are encouraged to attend if looking for distribution avenues. Call Marie Roth for more info. (805) 712-5963.

4 to 6PM "Come to the Table" Harvest Feast, Proceeds go to Pacific Wildlife, celebrating 30 years of wildlife rehab and management here in SLO County & SLO County Cannabis Business Association, cultivating relationships, ideas and solutions for the cannabis industry, community and consumers. 

Click here to get your tickets now, only $20! 

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