2021 has the potential to be a major year in cannabis policy, with conversations on agency consolidation, state regulatory reform, provisional licenses, taxes, federal policy likely to receive serious attention. Based on the results of last month's policy survey, HCGA staff is proposing a 2021 policy strategic plan that includes the following priorities:
Ensure rural and small business concerns are addressed in agency consolidation.
Reduce regulatory burden on small and independent businesses.
Reform track-and-trace to work for rural cultivators.
Eliminate the cultivation tax.
Support effective development and implementation of equity programs.
Engage on provisional license expiration to ensure 1) Humboldt businesses retain state licensure, and 2) other legacy cannabis regions maintain a path to compliance.
Develop a federal policy platform and ensure that Humboldt is represented in federal policy conversations.
Staff will request a vote to approve the strategic plan from HCGA's newly-elected policy committee on Monday, December 21. Until then, the strategic plan is open for feedback and comment, and can be changed before it's considered by the policy committee. HCGA members, check out the full proposal on Slack.