It’s a great time for civic engagement and your opinion both matters and makes a difference. There are a number of pieces of cannabis legislation in Sacramento that we think you should know about. We hope you will take the time to read the below and, if you support the bill, to send in a letter of support to your local and state representatives.
Senate Bill 185 (click here) reflects amendments to the cannabis appellations statute and is essential in helping to strengthen the protections and opportunities this program will provide for our legacy producing communities. The bill was heard in its first committee and amended on Wednesday, March 13, 2019. The bill will next be heard by the Sen. Business, Professions and Economic Development Committee on March 25th, 2019.
Letter of Support for California Senate Bill 185
AN ACT TO AMEND SECTIONS 26062 AND 26063 OF THE CALIFORNIA BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONS CODE, RELATED TO CANNABIS MARKETING
The Honorable ___________
Re: Support for SB 185
Dear (Supervisor/Senator/Assemblyman) _____________:
As a voter in your district/ a cannabis licensee/ farmer seeking a permit, and a member of The Nevada County Cannabis Alliance. I am asking you to support California Senate Bill 185, an act to amend Sections 26062 and 26063 of the California Business and Professions Code, relating to cannabis marketing.
Section 1 of this bill supports California cannabis business and protects cannabis consumers by expanding the development of the CalCannabis Organics Program, comparable to the National Organic Program which is currently unavailable for cannabis products in the United States. SB 185 mandates this be a certification program, developed by the California Department of Food and Agriculture and the Department of Public Health, with The Department of Food and Agriculture serving as the sole determiner of the designation and certification, until such time as the National Organics Program becomes accessible.
Section 2 of this bill changes the term appellation in statute to ‘appellation of origin’. This ensures that the statute is consistent with universal terminology referring to region-specific standards-based geographic indication systems for agricultural products, in use throughout the world.
Additionally, Section 2 clarifies that the appellation of origin designation will only be granted if the producer and product meet the established standards of the appellation region, as well as protecting against counterfeit use of the name of the appellation region in association with unqualified products.
We would greatly appreciate your support of SB 185.
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Please send your individual, personalized letters of support by email to:
- The Nevada County Cannabis Alliance: firstname.lastname@example.org
- The office of Senator Mike McGuire at: Christopher.email@example.com
- The office of Senator Steven M. Glazer, the Chair of the Business, Professions and Economic Development Standing Committee at: Daniel.firstname.lastname@example.org
- Your local and State Representatives: