At this month’s Harvest Awards, the Napa Valley Cannabis Association highlighted the efforts of local legalization advocates, including association member Cecilia Aguiar-Carrey and representatives from cannabis distributor Eaze and data analytics firm Headset.
Prior to being awarded the Legislator of the Year award, NVCA President Stephanie Honig and House of Saka CEO Tracy Mason spoke to Assemblyman Aguiar Curry’s dedication to legalizing cannabis, CBD and hopefully – and eventually cannabis in Napa County, which is free Currently an entertaining buying opportunity.
“She understands that it’s not about cannabis harnessing; it’s about the reality of what we do every day, which is the fight to regulate and legalize cannabis within our county,” Mason said of association member Aguiar Carey.
As CEO of a non-alcoholic, cannabis-infused wine company, Mason feels the impact of legislative decisions related to cannabis and CBD directly, including Aguiar-Curry’s Assembly Bill 45 approved by the governor in October.
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“With AB45, Cecilia presented us with a bill that we believe will lead to further legalization and regulation of our industry, which would have allowed the use of hemp and CBD in products such as beverages, cosmetics and food,” she said. “Cecilia took on this project, led this law, and achieved something.”
“Due to Cecilia’s efforts, we are now able to sell CBD-derived and infused hemp products at retail and dispensaries throughout California.”
Association member Aguiar Carey said she is grateful for the recognition of her and her team’s hard work this year in removing the stigma of cannabis products, and looks forward to the future of the industry in Napa County.
“The Valley should realize we need a lot of produce here,” Aguiar-Curry said. “I think it would be great to have a brand of hemp and hemp in California, because California is the leader… Everyone is looking to see what we’re going to do, and people are calling us all the time asking how we’re doing our cannabis bill.
“So it would be great to work together to make an amazing product for the state of California.”
After Association member Aguiar Carey receives her award, two representatives from major players in the California cannabis industry speak about their role in destigmatizing the industry here in Napa County.
Likened by Nielsen Cannabis Director of Industrial Relations Jocelyn Schiltrau, Headst normalizes market data from dispensaries and cannabis delivery services across the state to provide market trends and other analytics.
According to Sheltrau, Headset predicts that by 2022, sales of legal cannabis in the United States will exceed $30 billion.
“The growth is happening, so we’re very optimistic about it and confident about it,” she said. “Just think about the beverage possibilities in the next few years.”
Rashad Johnson also spoke on behalf of Eaze, the largest legal market for cannabis in California, as his role as deputy chief of government affairs makes him well-equipped to discuss the intricacies of destigmatization from the legislative front.
“Education is key,” Johnson said. “Not a lot of times I’ve walked into the lawmakers’ office, tried to get them into weed politics, and they knew exactly what I was talking about…stuff that is still a niche industry.”
Johnson also spoke about some of the company’s efforts to boost the cannabis economy across the state, from sharing company resources with small producers to encouraging a legal market in places where there is no market. He said there’s a lot of consolidation happening in the industry right now, with key people initially breaking the barriers to legalizing jump ship. As a result, Johnson says stimulus is key to the industry’s long-term sustainability.
“These people have been selling weed and growing it for generations. It’s more than just, ‘Oh, I like to rise,'” he said. Just more routine for them.”
“What I see is an opportunity to catalyze some of these illegal processes into becoming legal… You give them jobs, you educate them, you give them a chance to be a legal worker and still be alive.”
This is also important for reasons of public safety, Johnson says, as the highly regulated nature of the legal market ensures that appropriate testing is carried out on products prior to consumption. So in cannabis deserts where people may need to drive across county lines to access legal products, the risk is often taken.
“You don’t have legal options,” he said, “so you either call your man or find someone else who has, and then you’ll smoke some untested cannabis that might harm you.”
Likewise, Johnson said Eze also focused on the social justice aspect of cannabis legalization and reform.
“We care a lot about raising the little man,” he said, “because we understand that we stand on the shoulders of societies that have been devastated.” “So it is important for these companies to realize that high tides lift all ships.
“People say it, and it’s cliched, and it doesn’t always land the way it’s supposed to, but with cannabis and it being so new, it really does.”
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