NEWS

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  • February 08, 2021 6:23 AM | Joanna Monroe (Administrator)

    CCC members, today we’re requesting your feedback on HB 1463 which would regulate high-potency concentrates.

    Specifically, this bill would ban any concentrate over 30% THC from being sold to adult use cannabis customers.

    This bill would require concentrates over 30% THC to be sold exclusively through medically endorsed retail locations to registered medical patients or their providers.

    This bill would also prohibit the sale of any concentrate, regardless of THC percentage, to persons under 25 years of age, unless they are a registered medical patient.

    A hearing on HB 1463 is set before the Commerce and Gaming Committee for 2/12/21 at 10:00 am.

    1463 Regulating the sale of marijuana concentrates with a THC level greater than 30 percent.pdf


  • February 02, 2021 2:58 PM | Joanna Monroe (Administrator)

    The Craft Cannabis Coalition is actively engaging on issues important to your business. As a CCC member, we deeply value your input. Today we are actively seeking your feedback on HB 1443, Social Equity in Cannabis.

    In 2020, the Washington State Legislature passed HB 2780 which established a legislative task force on social equity in cannabis. The purpose of the task force is to provide recommendations to the LCB, the governor and the legislator regarding the issuance and reissuance of existing retail cannabis licenses and policies that will facilitate development of a cannabis social equity program. Recommendations from the task force were due by December 20, 2020. However, due to Covid-19 delays, the task force has not yet made any formal recommendations.

    Last week, House Bill 1443 was filed and a hearing is scheduled before the Commerce and Gaming Committee on February 5, 2021 at 9:30 am. Among other things, the bill seeks to 1) establish a technical assistance pilot program for social equity applicants; 2) directs all forfeited, revoked, canceled, and/or unissued licenses to be prioritized for social equity applicants; 3) adds two producer license holders to the task force; 4) directs the task force to consider specific items as part of its recommendations, including the issuance of new retail and producer / processor licenses.

    A copy of the bill is attached. Please provide feedback no later than Thursday, February 4, 2020.

    Thank you.

    HB1443 Social Equity In Cannabis.pdf

  • January 22, 2021 8:08 AM | Joanna Monroe (Administrator)

    The Craft Cannabis Coalition is actively engaging on issues important to your business. As a CCC member, we deeply value your input. Today we are actively seeking your feedback on two specific bills that would impact our industry.

    Cannabis Commission: This bill would create a Washington State Cannabis Research Commission for the enhancement of the safe production of cannabis and to materially advance the industries of growing and processing cannabis. The Commission would be funded by a 0.290% tax on gross proceeds of sales at wholesale of marijuana, including mature marijuana plants, immature marijuana plants or clones, marijuana plant tissue culture, and marijuana seeds; and by a 0.145% surcharge on gross proceeds of sales at wholesale of marijuana products ready for consumer.

    Craft Cannabis Production Bill (HB 1260). This bill would establish a new class of craft cannabis licenses, authorize 50 new craft cannabis producer/processor licenses prioritized for social equity applicants, allow for direct sales to consumers by craft cannabis licenssees, and establishes a cannabis policy task force.

    Copies of the bills are attached.

    Cannabis Research Commission.pdf

    HB 1260 Craft Cannabis Production Bill.pdf


  • January 13, 2021 10:01 AM | Joanna Monroe (Administrator)

    With the 2021 legislative session now underway, the Craft Cannabis Coalition is actively engaging on issues important to your business. As a CCC member, we value your input and seek your feedback on two specific bills that would impact our industry.

    Homegrows: House Bill 1019 seeks to allow, with some limitations, individuals 21 years or older to produce or possess six plants in their residence. The CCC supports this bill as it will further normalize the use of cannabis and provide an opportunity for direct consumer education regarding cannabis production. A copy of the bill can be found here:

    Medical Marijuana Excise Tax Exemption: Senate Bill 5004 seeks to provide an excise tax exemption for medical marijuana patients. The CCC supports this bill because it will increase affordable access for medical marijuana patients and potentially increase overall retail cannabis sales.

    A copy of the bills can be found here: 

    House Bill 1019 - Home Grow.pdf

    Medical Excise Tax Exemption SB 5004.pdf

    Please let us know your position on these bills and whether you have any concerns about our support for them.


  • December 23, 2020 12:06 PM | Joanna Monroe (Administrator)

    Our members, the producers, processors and retailers in Washington state, are nothing less than pioneers. With little visibility and no road map, you took a leap of faith and risked it all to launch your business. Make no mistake, the road has not been easy. Just as the industry began to achieve some level of stability… a pandemic, social unrest, fires… you know how the story goes.

    To survive and thrive, we need to create a network of producer, processors and retailers who can share stories and provide support to one another. And we need to create a space for cannabis businesses to connect, communicate and learn together.

    The CCC is here to protect your interests and help you grow your business. In addition to actively lobbying to achieve common sense regulation, we are building a community – a place where you and your employees can connect with peers to discuss challenges, explore opportunities and celebrate wins.

    Thank you for being a part of our community. As we move into 2021, we encourage you to engage with our board and staff, attend our unique industry events and take advantage of exclusive discounts and benefits from our preferred partner network.

    As a member of the CCC, you are not just part of a trade association, you are a part of our family.

    We look forward to supporting you and celebrating your success in the new year!

    Sincerely,

    Joanna Monroe, Executive Director

  • December 15, 2020 1:39 PM | Anonymous

    What will 2021 hold? That seems to be the million-dollar question these days. While most curiosity about the year ahead centers on the implications of COVID-19, the CCC-sponsored Industry Outlook event on December 2 provided a space to ask the experts about the future of the cannabis industry in Washington State.

    Headset CEO Cy Scott and National Cannabis Industry Association Media Relations Director Morgan Fox shared their expert insights on both market trends and political agendas that will impact craft cannabis in our state in the coming months.

    Market Trends
    Good news! In Washington State, the cannabis market is growing. Scott used retail data to present real-time cannabis market insights, including these highlights for 2020:

    • Monthly cannabis sales growth in Washington State increased between 15 and 45% since January 2020.
    • Flower sales have dominated the charts, followed by vapor pens, pre-roll, and concentrates.
    • Average per-item prices have increased throughout the year, from both a retail and wholesale perspective.
    • Women continue to be a growing customer demographic in Washington state.

    During the Q&A portion of the event, Scott fielded questions about how processors and retailers can best leverage the holiday sales boom, why Colorado’s market has grown faster than Washington’s, and how the craft industry might be impacted by rising wholesale costs.

    The Political Side
    Fox shared updates on how political agendas on the national level could impact Washington state and fielded several questions from members, including these:

    • How can Washington state cannabis market itself on the national level?
    • Can changes in federal policy help small businesses?
    • What steps should Washington state be taking in anticipation of the passing of the MORE act?
    • Can the cannabis industry expect any relief from upcoming COVID stimulus legislation?

    Both Scott and Fox articulated excitement that the year ahead holds plenty of opportunity and growth for cannabis in Washington State.

    CCC thanks all members who participated in the conversation and looks forward to facilitating future discussions.

    Know someone in the cannabis industry who may be interested in these types of events? Invite them to join CCC!

  • November 27, 2020 4:34 PM | Anonymous

    Our 2021 Industry Outlook event is rapidly approaching! In anticipation of this event, we would like to introduce our guest speakers, Cy Scott, and Morgan Fox. These experts will share their perspectives on the cannabis industry in Washington and nationally.

    Join us December 02, at 4:00pm.

    Register Here




    Cy Scott
    :
    Cy Scott is co-founder and CEO of Headset, Inc., turning retail data into real-time cannabis market insights. Headset helps companies in cannabis succeed by promoting better decision making via market intelligence offerings and operational insights in a sleek, intuitive and easy-to-use package.

    Prior to founding Headset, Cy co-founded Leafly. Since Leafly’s inception in 2010, Cy helped grow the site into the world’s leading cannabis information resource, a model of a successful ancillary brand in this new emerging industry. Along with his work at Headset, Cy founded a monthly Cannabis Tech Meetup hosting cannabis entrepreneurs and technology developers, which has now expanded into multiple regions throughout the US. Cy’s favorite strain is Tangie.




    Morgan Fox:

    Morgan Fox is the Media Relations Director for the National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA), the oldest, most established, and most broadly representative cannabis trade association in the United States. As a professional cannabis policy reform advocate and communications specialist since 2008, Morgan has been featured in hundreds of print, radio, television and online outlets and has been directly involved in dozens of successful state ballot initiative campaigns as well as legislative victories at both the state and federal levels. He was most recently Director of Communications at the Marijuana Policy Project before becoming the chief spokesperson for NCIA in 2018.

  • November 23, 2020 10:56 AM | Anonymous

    The old adage goes “When you need a friend in government, it’s too late to find one.” As a small business owner in the cannabis industry, how can you gain access to those who make decisions about your businesses? To protect your interests, you have to build relationships with the decision makers. Opening those doors often requires supporting candidates financially. This is why Craft Cannabis Coalition launched a Political Action Committee (PAC). We launched just a little over a month ago, and have already raised more than $50,000 to invest in candidates who support and understand the cannabis industry.

    What’s a PAC?
    A PAC is a group formed (by an industry or an issue-oriented organization) to raise and contribute money to the campaigns of candidates likely to advance the group's interests. Advocating for our members is an integral part of Craft Cannabis Coalition’s mission and we frequently spend time meeting and educating legislators on the issues important to CCC members. Being able to contribute to a legislator’s campaign provides a higher level of access and awareness for issues affecting the cannabis industry. By establishing a PAC, we can receive contributions from our members that can be used to directly contribute to a candidate’s campaigns.

    Why should I give to a PAC?
    Craft Cannabis Coalition’s PAC brings your concerns directly to our legislators. Of course, you meet on your own with your legislator anytime, but contributing to a PAC allows us to pool our resources as a craft cannabis community, which gives your voice more weight. PACs demonstrate credibility and help us build our influence amongst the decision makers in our state. Laying out the Washington craft cannabis industry’s top concerns by explaining how a certain regulation could (or does) impact our businesses helps legislators better understand potential laws being introduced – and ideally leads to decisions that do not adversely impact you.

    To learn more or donate, contact Joanna Monroe.

  • November 23, 2020 10:25 AM | Anonymous

    We were able to connect with the Sales Director of Astro Cannabis,  Eric Johnson, for a quick Q&A on what Astro is all about.

    How many years have you been in the cannabis industry?

    I am in my first year!

    What about your business would you want other members to know?

    We are a mom and pop Tier 1 Producer/processor. Our garden is maintained by the owner Zach. I [Eric] own Biz Dev, Sales, and purchasing. We found our way into the market by having our house grown flower run as a PHO batter. It has been marketed as "moonmatter" and sold to 70+ stores so far. The end product has a look similar to rosin and has developed a nice following!

    What was your driver for joining the Craft Cannabis Coalition? 

    I wanted to get involved in the bigger picture of the 502 industry and work on networking.

    What makes you optimistic about the future of the cannabis industry?

    I think there is a huge opportunity for those who wish to make the most of it. The stigmas surrounding the plant continue to crumble as more and more states jump on board. Before we know it, we will be shipping out of state! I think that will be a huge opportunity for larger companies as well as the smaller, premium producers.

    Any other fun facts you would like us to know?

    I have a shih-tzu named Tyrion. I enjoy lifting weights and eating well. Last but not least, I love weed and people!

  • November 15, 2020 7:07 PM | Anonymous

    CCC has been working hard on your behalf to influence legislation. Executive Director Joanna Monroe, Board Chair Eric Gaston, and lobbyist T.K. Bentler have led productive conversations over the past few weeks with legislators who influence the cannabis industry – including committee members on both sides of the aisle who regulate the industry.

    Monroe says she has left these meetings feeling excited and hopeful.

    “My takeaway is how committed and bright our legislators are. I’m inspired by the spark of these folks really trying to do the right thing. Even though we might have disagreements on some issues, the intentions are so strong and so positive for the people of Washington state.”

    The meetings centered around three key issues: preserving stability for our young industry, protecting against forced unionization, and promoting social equity.

    Preserving Stability
    It’s sometimes easy to forget that recreational cannabis is still new in Washington state. Although we were a pioneer of legal recreational sales, we still battle some initial worries about the effects of regulation on our industry. In meetings with legislators, CCC reminds them of the importance of stability. We encourage legislators to be mindful that any disruption to growth would negatively impact our industry and the state as a whole because of the tax revenue the cannabis industry provides to the state.

    Protecting Against Forced Unionization
    Just as we remind legislators that we are a young industry, we also remind them that we are small. Many of our members are “mom and pop” businesses. We support the right of our employees to unionize while opposing legislation to force unionization of the cannabis industry. Forced unionization through legislation is not only unprecedented and unfair, it threatens the livelihood of our businesses and the economic security of our employees.

    “I’m thrilled by the respect legislators have shown for our industry. When I go to these meetings, I can honestly tell them that the way we have managed ourselves from a compliance and responsibility perspective is really impressive. Our legislators are truly excited about the cannabis industry,” said Monroe.

    Promoting Social Equity
    CCC is passionate about social equity and finding ways to ensure diverse representation in the industry, while maintaining the stability built over the last eight years. We impress upon legislators the necessity of paying attention to those who are marginalized within our industry. Monroe is particularly adamant about this issue.

    “CCC wants to be part of the conversation. And while we recognize that many us don’t have the lived experiences of systematic racism, we all need to be listening, and we all need to be fighting for what’s right.”

    Making Our Voices Heard
    A recent Cannabis Policy Summit organized by the Washington Cannabusiness Association showed our voices are being heard.

    “It was evident the legislators we’ve met with heard our message and were carrying our voices forward, and they were taking action steps to continue to protect our industry.”

    Join CCC and we'll work hard for you, too. 

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