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Cannabis growers tell the county they need a tax freeze for the industry to survive
JULY 21, 2022 - "As the cannabis industry continues to thrive across California, Monterey County growers have faced a dilemma: pay a hefty cannabis business tax, or face potential closure. Meanwhile, the county Board of Supervisors also faces a dilemma..."
JULY 12, 2022 - "In a joint appeal, Monterey County cannabis growers demanded an immediate tax freeze for a minimum of one year, Tuesday.Growers are also calling for a payment plan to make up for two quarters of delinquent taxes. Payment is due in full by July 31..."
JUNE 1, 2022 - "Monterey County elected officials on Wednesday again cut taxes on cannabis growers while trying to walk a fine line between helping a struggling industry without hurting county revenues during a time of budget deficits..."
Grand jury report on Monterey County cannabis urges systemic changes
MAY 18, 2022 - "A Monterey County civil grand jury report determined the Monterey County Cannabis Program has lapses in transparency, oversight and analysis that need to be addressed, concerning the crop that has an estimated $484 million market value."
Monterey County Board of Supervisors to receive report on cannabis regulations
MAY 16, 2022 - "After the Monterey County Board of Supervisors lowered its cannabis cultivation taxes earlier this year, the board will receive a report Tuesday on focus groups on the cannabis industry commenting on the county’s legal cannabis prograM..."
Monterey County Board of Supervisors to consider cut to commercial cannabis taxes
JAN 31, 2022 - "With local cannabis businesses reportedly facing permanent closure, the Monterey County Board of Supervisors at its meeting Tuesday will consider taking the first step in providing them relief by cutting commercial cannabis business tax..."
The County Board of Supervisors has approved some tax relief for local cannabis growers
NOV 2, 2021 - "If you haven’t heard, the cannabis industry across the state and in Monterey County is experiencing some growing pains that are resulting in shrinking value. During the pandemic summer of 2020, the cannabis market was riding high..."
Cannabis prices continue to drop as fall harvest season threatens further saturation
SEPT 7, 2021 - "Bob Roach, executive director of the Monterey County Cannabis Industry Association, says a market that is already oversupplied in the summer paints a grim picture for the fall. “The big outdoor crop...."
After years of steady growth, cannabis is facing the market realities of a hot commodity
JULY 30, 2021 - "At first glance, Monterey County’s annual crop report for 2020 appeared to spell good news for the county’s cannabis industry—in only its fourth year on the recreational market, cannabis production jumped in value to $484.1 million..."
Cannabis plants in Monterey County are dying, resulting in millions of dollars in damage
MAY 28, 2021 - "The agriculture industry in Monterey County reports a milestone 42,000 COVID-19 vaccines have been administered to more than 70% of its total farmworker population since vaccination efforts began earlier this year...."
Cannabis plants in Monterey County are dying, resulting in millions of dollars in damage
MAY 27, 2021 - "Its asymptomatic nature makes it difficult to catch and its effect on cannabis plant yield and potency goes unknown until the end of the growing process. The plant disease, called the hop latent viroid, has joined the..."
A court ruling means cannabis billboards need to come down, and the DA prepares to enforce.
FEB 28, 2021 - "California’s proposition system takes a lot of heat, including over confusing wording written by regular people, then approved by voters and enacted into law. Consider section 26152 of Prop. 64, the Adult Use of Marijuana Act, which included this prohibition..."
Monterey set to unveil residents’ views on cannabis operations
FEB 19, 2021 - "On Wednesday, the city of Monterey will release results from a public survey that tapped into the opinion of city residents on the issue of commercial cannabis operations and while the results are still being tabulated, it appears that those who generally support cannabis businesses are leading."
Monterey does its homework to find out how residents feel about commercial cannabis.
FEB 4, 2021 - "After Pacific Grove’s quest to add a retail cannabis store spectacularly crashed and burned last fall, Monterey City Manager Hans Uslar took note. “You don’t have to look far when you look at the neighboring communities where sometimes the implementation went sideways because not everyone felt they were heard..."
Pacific Grove elected officials to put the nail in the coffin of cannabis sales
JAN 15, 2021 - "Pacific Grove is not getting a retail cannabis store anytime soon. That’s the result after a new P.G. City Council last night reversed a decision made in September by the former council to bring one licensed store to the small town."
New Pacific Grove council reverses decision, blocks retail cannabis sales.
DEC 17, 2020 - "Pacific Grove is not getting a retail cannabis store anytime soon. That’s the result after a new P.G. City Council last night reversed a decision made in September by the former council to bring one licensed store to the small town."
Monterey City Council takes early steps on a long road to a decision about retail cannabis.
DEC 5, 2020 - "Monterey City Council members signaled in a meeting on Dec. 1 that they're ready to follow a roadmap created by City Manager Hans Uslar to help the council make a decision about whether to allow retail cannabis in the city."
Monterey moving slow and on allowing cannabis shops
DEC 4, 2020 - "MONTEREY — A highly comprehensive “roadmap” for the city of Monterey to follow as it moves forward with plans to allow retail cannabis shops in the city was presented to elected officials this week with a consensus to begin tapping public views on the idea."
Monterey County Board of Supervisors approve cannabis cultivation environmental document
DEC 2, 2020 - “It allows the 45 cannabis cultivators, all represented by two prominent local law firms — JRG Attorneys at Law and Law Offices of Jennifer S. Rosenthal — to avoid conducting independent environmental reviews for each application while identifying their cumulative impacts on traffic and energy demand.”
U.N. Reclassifies Cannabis as a Less Dangerous Drug
DEC 2, 2020 - “A United Nations commission voted on Wednesday to remove cannabis for medicinal purposes from a category of the world’s most dangerous drugs, a highly anticipated and long-delayed decision that could clear the way for an expansion of marijuana research and medical use."
Judge nixes lawsuit challenging California home pot delivery
NOV 19, 2020 - "LOS ANGELES (AP) In what could be a temporary victory for California’s legal cannabis industry, a judge has dismissed a lawsuit that sought to overturn a state rule allowing home deliveries statewide, even into communities that banned commercial marijuana sales."
Monterey County budget remains steady despite COVID-19
NOV 19, 2020 - "It’s not just on Veterans Day, which just passed on Nov. 11, when budtenders are helping veterans treat issues like chronic pain, insomnia or PTSD with cannabis. Many dispensaries offer discounts for veterans year-round, usually 10 – to 15-percent off. "
Montana, Arizona, New Jersey and South Dakota approve marijuana ballot measures, CNN projects
NOV 5, 2020 - "Montana has voted to establish 21 as the legal age to purchase, possess and consume cannabis by constitutional amendment, CNN projects. This adds to the growing list of states to approve marijuana-related ballot measures this year."
Split county board OKs cannabis cash for Salinas Valley well destruction
OCT 28, 2020 - "By a narrow margin, the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday agreed to spend about $2.66 million in cannabis tax revenue over three years to cover the local cash match for a Salinas Valley well destruction program."
South Monterey County voters to decide on school bonds, tax measures
OCT 26, 2020 - "Measure P, “King City Commercial Cannabis Tax Amendment,” asks voters if they support a pair of taxes. One is up to 5% on retail sale of cannabis, cannabis products, industrial hemp and hemp products. The second is a tax of up to 2% on the distribution of cannabis and cannabis products generated ..."
Pacific Grove cannabis law could be stalled
OCT 22, 2020 - "PACIFIC GROVE — While the city of Pacific Grove moves forward with selecting an operator to award a single cannabis license, which was approved by elected officials last month, a wrinkle is emerging that could throw a monkey wrench into the entire effort."
Pacific Grove’s cannabis dispensary opponents seek to overturn a new ordinance.
OCT 1, 2020 - "Pacific Grove was on its way to bringing one cannabis dispensary to town after a City Council majority voted 4-3 twice – on Sept. 2 and Sept. 16 – in favor of an ordinance allowing cannabis retail sales. The plan was to have a proposal by a dispensary company before the P.G. Planning Commission by Nov. 12."
Public safety, tax revenue part of Monterey cannabis debate
OCT 1, 2020 - "Monterey elected officials and the public on Wednesday had the chance to weigh in on the issue of allowing cannabis operations in the city, allowing City Council members to give city staff direction on additional information needed and questions they want answered the next time the issue comes around."
California marijuana taxes won’t go up for a year under new bill signed by Gavin Newsom
SEPT 22, 2020 - "The California cannabis industry is getting a bit of a tax break, courtesy of the California Legislature. Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill late last week into law that prohibits the California Department of Tax and Fee..."
Cannabis store in Pacific Grove gets the final nod
SEPT 17, 2020 - "Pacific Grove schools entered into the debate about opening a cannabis dispensary in the city with a resolution declaring the “health, safety and well-being” of kids will be affected, but on a split vote, elected city officials on Wednesday approved an ordinance that will allow a single cannabis store."
Monterey County board taps cannabis fund again for COVID-19 spending
SEPT 1, 2020 - "On Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors by a unanimous vote again dipped into a cannabis tax revenue fund to cover up to about $6.9 million in the county’s pandemic response, much of it planned future spending through the end of the calendar year."
County board finalizes $1.6 billion budget amid uncertain future
JUNE 2, 2020 - "SALINAS — Tapping reserves and cannabis tax revenue to preserve staff and programs that had been on the chopping block, the Board of Supervisors Tuesday put the finishing touches on a $1.64 billion budget for the upcoming fiscal year."
House Democrats propose measures to help with cannabis banking during the pandemic
MAY 13, 2020 - "(The Center Square) – Democratic leadership in the U.S. House of Representatives announced the filing of their Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act this week to further expand social safety net support for people and businesses impacted by the COVID-19..."
Cannabis farmers ask for local help as federal relief doesn't apply
APR 21, 2020 - "The federal government won’t give local cannabis growers COVID-19 relief funds because they’re growing a drug still outlawed by the federal government. The growers are now turning to local lawmakers hoping they’ll give them some tax relief as they deal with a decline in revenue."
After being deemed ‘essential,’ cannabis companies settle into a new normal
MAR 22, 2020 - "In the days just after the County of Monterey and then Gov. Gavin Newsom enacted shelter-in-place orders that saw all but businesses and government offices deemed essential shut down, local cannabis retailers report they saw a surge of activity as customers rushed to stock up."
Cannabis summit to offer local history, black market enforcement panels
DEC 10, 2018 - Cannabis’ past, present and future in Monterey County from Big Sur “Holy Weed” to NASA zero gravity horticulture practices will be covered by a number of local and statewide industry experts at this week’s Monterey Cannabis Summit hosted by the Monterey County Cannabis Industry Association.
MCCIA Announces Executive Board Members
FEB 9, 2018 - The Monterey County Cannabis Industry Association (MCCIA) announced today that it has elected their Executive Board to steer the association, which brings together members and stakeholders providing needed industry representation, education, and leadership in this new industry.
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