HUMBOLDT COUNTY GROWERS ALLIANCE
Government Affairs Program
For the Humboldt County Growers Alliance, advocacy on public policy issues is a core function, carried out by its government relations team to promote and protect the interests of the Humboldt County cannabis industry it represents.
WHAT WE DO FOR YOU
Serve as a unified voice for HCGA's membership.
Engage and impact State legislation, regulation and
Provide a platform for members' participation in a democratic process
Education and inform public policy makers and influencers with its specialized knowledge and expertise
HCGA government relations professionals monitor proposed legislation and regulations to evaluate their impact on members. Information is presented to the membership during weekly Industry Affairs calls and via its online communication platform for group discussion and feedback. The Policy Committee, an elected and appointed decision-making body, votes to direct HCGA’s policy positions. HCGA staff implements the directives of the membership, and manages HCGA’s lobbying activities. Staff implements grassroots advocacy programs that engage members in communicating the organization’s message to policymakers.
Policy Committee Members
Chairperson, Kaylie Saxon, HCGA Board Member
District 1, Dylan Mattole, Mattole Valley Organics
District 2, Galen Doherty, Whitethorn Valley Farm
District 3, Bryan Willkomm,
Humboldt Patient Resource Center
District 4, Michael Kraft, Papa & Barkley
District 5, Hannah Whyte, Emerald Queen Farms
Appointed, Natalia Craig-Smith
Appointed, Edith Rosen, Northern Emeralds
Appointed, Gillian Levy, Humboldt Apothecary
Appointed, Thomas Mulder, Humboldt Redwood Healing
Appointed, Nigam Arora, Humboldt Legends
HCGA Policy Committee
Policy Committee elections occur in February. Any active/current, plant-touching member of HCGA may nominate themselves for the Policy Committee. Members need to apply for a seat based on the County Supervisorial District in which their primary business is located (not the place of residence). HCGA “plant-touching” member businesses cast one vote for each district candidate.
The elected members of the Policy Committee represent the other business members within their district.
Votes to adopt policy strategic plan
Votes on policy positions for the organization
Policy Committee members must participate in the weekly Industry Affairs call.
The Policy Committee meets once a week by conference call to vote on discussed policy decisions.