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. 

 

May SLOCCBA Meet & Mingle @ The Wealth Wave Workspace

Are you looking for connections in the cannabis industry?  Are you a cannbis business looking for connections to professional business services who get your business?  Would you simply like to know more about this emerging industry and possible impacts to SLO County economic stimulas?

SLO County Business Network, in order to benefit SLO County Cannabis Business Association conducts a monthly Meet & Mingle event where relationships are cultivated, ideas are shared and solutions are sought to the seemingly insurmountable challenges emerging cannabis product producers are facing as regulation begins to take shape in SLO County and it's cities.

To celebrate SLOCCBA’s first year as an association, we’re inviting the public to a very special anniversary Meet & Mingle on Thursday, April 26th at The Carlton Hotel.  

5:30 to 6PM - Meet & Mingle in the Wealth Wave Workspace in the Kennedy Club Business Complex. 

6PM - Guest speakers:

 CALLING ALL CULTIVATORS!

The Upper Salinas Las Tablas Resource Conservation District invites you to discover the GRASS-C Program.

"Growing Responsible And Socially Sustainable Cannabis"

>Self assessment to be completed by grow operators/owners.
>Best Management Plan (BMP) framework for growers to follow.
>Creating a standard practice that can be considered in the permitting process.

7PM:  Optimize your opportunity to connect with other attendees.  Be ready to make a 30 second "elevator speech" intro. 

Click here to pay $20 online or pay cash at the door, refreshments & appetizers provided. Please RSVP!

SLO County Business Network events are designed to connect the people with the information to the people who are looking for it. We provide opportunities for networking and connectivity.

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!

April SLOCCBA Meet & Mingle

Click here to purchase tickets. $25 ea.

Are you looking for connections in the cannabis industry?  Are you a cannbis business looking for connections to professional business services who get your business?  Would you simply like to know more about this emerging industry and possible impacts to SLO County economic stimulas?

SLO County Business Network, in order to benefit SLO County Cannabis Business Association conducts a monthly Meet & Mingle event where relationships are cultivated, ideas are shared and solutions are sought to the seemingly insurmountable challenges emerging cannabis product producers are facing as regulation begins to take shape in SLO County and it's cities.

To celebrate SLOCCBA’s first year as an association, we’re inviting the public to a very special anniversary Meet & Mingle on Thursday, April 26th at The Carlton Hotel.  

5:30 to 6PM - Meet & Mingle in the Ambrosia Room at The Carlton Hotel, 6005 El Camino Real, Atascadero CA. 

6PM - Guest speakers:

California Growers Association Central Coast Committee Chair, Mandisa Snodey, Andrew Johnson, Project Manager for the Upper Salinas Las Tablas Resource Conservation District & Daniel Garcez with Canna Provisions Insurance Agency will present & discuss:

  • Formation of a multi county CGA Regional Chapter including SLO, Monterey, San Bonito & Santa Cruz counties
  • Appellations & unique identifiers for cannabis cultivation
  • Growing Responsible And Socially Sustainable-Cannabis program
  • State legislative updates
  • Insurance & finance

7PM:  Optimize your opportunity to connect with other attendees.  Be ready to make a 30 second "elevator speech" intro. 

$25 online $30 at the door, refreshments & appetizers provided.

SLO County Business Network events are designed to connect the people with the information to the people who are looking for it. We provide opportunities for networking and connectivity.

Click here to get your tickets now! 

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

SLOCCBA Meet Mix & Mingle

Meet, Mix and Mingle on January 24th, 4 to 7PM at The Carlton Hotel in Atascadero, CA

You need this information to do cannabis business in SLO County! 

4PM - 5:30PM  FEATURED SPEAKERS

Jamie Jones, Kirk Consulting, Land Use Consultant

8830 Morro Rd., Atascadero, CA  93422, 805.461.5765

Jim Erb,  SLO County Tax Controller, “The Erb Tax”.  Link to county presentation.

Currently proposed ordinance implements a 4% SLO County sales tax that may increase by 2% each year capping at 10%.  The County is seeking input.

Inspector Kenn Burt, Department of Agriculture / Weights & Measures.  

Scale requirements - What types/suitability, scale inspections, registration requirements

Repair and installation of scales - Licensed Registered Service Agency requirements

Packaging and Labeling Requirements - Prepackaged and direct sale requirements

Weighmaster requirements - Who and why. Inspector Burt will also provide literature and contact information for industry stakeholders. (p) 805-781-5922 | (f) 805-781-1035, www.slocounty.ca.gov

Rigo Caldez, UFCW Local 770.

UFCW Local 770 is committed to creating a sustainable cannabis industry in Los Angeles. For several years, our union has been building a movement of cannabis workers to win good jobs and professionalize this industry. We have successfully campaigned alongside our industry partners to win responsible cannabis regulations at the state and local levels. We championed the enactment of the Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MCRSA) and we were the only labor union that endorsed Proposition 64. Rigo Valdez (Rigo.valdez@ufcw770.org) or Matt O’Malley (Matt.o’malley@ufcw770.org).

Scott McKenzie, Ag Zone.

We formed AGZONE Services, LLC so people like you can get started, without having to spend all of your waking hours figuring out – and keeping tabs on – the eddies of government regulation.”  805-591-4404, grow@agzone.services

5:30PM- Mix - Who’s who and who does what?

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.

6:00PM- 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!

Click Here to Register Online at EventBright.

General admission to the event is $100, that can be applied towards annual membership to SLOCCBA & SLO County Business Network.

Thank you to the many business professionals bringing this valuable information to cannabis business owners, 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.

Another Cannabis Trade Association in SLO County? Why?

Greetings and Happy New Year!

I can't tell you how happy I am to be on the other side of 2017.   I know its psychological, but January 1st, just seems like a new, fresh start is making it's self available.  As I look forward to the future of SLO County Cannabis Business Association and it's impact here in San Luis Obispo County, I cannot help but to take a quick look back, just so we can better identify how to move forward.

December 19th several dozen cannabis industry operators were compelled to gather at SLO Brew, The Rock in San Luis.  I decided to sit that one out when I learned the purpose was to form a trade association for San Luis Obispo Cannabis businesses.  Hello!? SLOCCBA is already a cannabis trade association in SLO County, how many does this little county need?  I was puzzled as to why one would want to create yet another trade association in SLO County when the industry partners are supposed to be uniting, not dividing at this time.  It was my hope that now with solid regulation to sink our teeth into and we've put this referendum drama behind us, the several different factions here in the county could finally come together.  Another attempt at a trade association, I think, will be confusing.  Let's see what we can do to unify.
Before we get to that, I'm going to tell you what I've observed as I sit on the side of the local industry looking in.  It seems to me that some of the major players who are "local" have all done business with one another at some point, and have screwed or have been screwed by someone along the way.  It also would seem that some of the operators have unsavory pasts.  Most legacy operators that I have spoke with have very little if any positive things to say about other operators. This has been the single most difficult thing to get past, in my opinion.  This behavior makes the local industry operators look very unprofessional and unsophisticated in best business practices.  Note that I say "some", not all fall into this category, nevertheless, they've been reluctant to associate with unsavory characters, exacerbating the difficulty with unification.
I've lived in this county for almost 40 years, in the conservative North County, mind you.  In the past year, as I've tried to build this association and made affiliations along the way, it's mind boggling how many times I've been "warned" about who I should be cautious of because of past this or that.  It's absurd and it's crippling our local efforts!  As frustrating as John Peschongs "Slow" approach has been to roll out regs, I find I've been just as cautious in building the foundation of SLO County's cannabis trade association.  But at what point do we come together, accept each other, opinions, talents, past flaws and all, instead of starting another faction every time someones unhappy with members or the Association?
When I got into this, all I wanted to do was to help businesses connect with the professional business services they will need to be successful. I saw a need to bring this local cannabis community together. I was also hoping I'd be able to connect better with elected officials in my neck of the woods.  This has all proved a little more difficult than I had imagined.  Bottom line:
Local cannabis businesses must compromise with each other first before they can expect any compromises from elected leadership. 
SLOCCBA is having a board meeting, Monday, January 15th, 4PM. Location is 3524 El Camino Real, Atascadero, CA.  We do have a few board seats to fill and will be opening up membership, something we've been working on for the past year.  I'd encourage you all to attend and consider how you can help pull folks together and begin to work as one representation.  We're asking for those who are interested in a position on the board to submit a resume and/or bio including what expertise and experience they would be lending to the organization.
Let's start this new year off on a positive note with a fresh, clean slate.  I'd love for you to come to the meeting and let's get this thing moving in a coordinated fashion.
In kindness,
Marie Roth