Meeting Time: December 12, 2022 at 9:00am PST

Agenda Item

2c) Discussion and Possible Action Including Providing a Recommendation to the Board of Supervisors to Approve a Resolution Authorizing the County of Mendocino Cannabis Department Director to Submit a Grant Application and Agreement to the Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development for the Cannabis Equity Grants Program for Local Jurisdictions Fiscal Year 2022-2023 for an Amount up to $5,000,000 for Purposes of Funding the Mendocino County Local Equity Program for an Additional Year (Sponsor: Cannabis)

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    Hannah Nelson about 1 month ago

    Please see attached memo

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    Julie Harris about 1 month ago

    Honorable Supervisors
    Please consider the recommendations of the MCA for the Cannabis Equity Grants Programs.
    Julie Harris
    GreenLight Organics LC

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    Michael Katz about 1 month ago

    Honorable Supervisors,

    The Mendocino Cannabis Alliance strongly supports the recommendation by the General Government Committee to the Board of Supervisors authorizing the Cannabis Department Director to Submit a Grant Application and Agreement to the Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development for the Cannabis Equity Grants Program for the full amount of $5,000,000 for Purposes of Funding the Mendocino County Local Equity Program for an Additional Year.

    After this initial period of cannabis applicants, it is clear that our egregiously impacted cannabis cultivators and businesses have a continuing need for these funds. As noted in the GGC’s background to this recommendation, Mendocino County cannabis operators have been subject to more paramilitary cannabis eradication than any other producer county, with the exception of Humboldt.

    MCA contributed the results of its prohibition impact survey indicating that populations impacted within Mendocino County included those living in Covelo, Redwood Valley, Laytonville, Round Valley, Anderson Valley, Willits, Potter Valley, Ukiah, and Mendocino Village among others. MCA continues to hear of these impacts from its stakeholders. MCA also is fielding reports of needs not being fulfilled by the current program.

    It is our assessment that current funding requests are only beginning to meet the needs of our cannabis operators. We strongly urge the County to apply for the full $5 million available.

    Thank you for your consideration.

    Sincerely,

    Mendocino Cannabis Alliance
    e: info@mendocannabis.com