Why we do what we do

Being entrepreneurs in the Cannabis industry is not something that we planned to do 5 1/2 years ago. When a friend gave us a huge bag of trim and said “do something with this”, it was as if the universe was speaking through him, giving us a new career direction to enter the cannabis industry. We already had the recipe for a hemp seed cannabis drink and developed the recipe.

After about a year of research and development, we came out with our first product, our signature drink Easy Rider Cider. We were so thrilled to sell our first case in Berkeley! We went to many dispensaries all over the Bay Area and we were accepted by most of them. Before we knew it, Sacred Medicinals was rolling. The industry was just emerging and the laws were changing quickly.

We will always remember those 4/20 parties at CBCB . The room was so smoky, I couldn’t see the counter from the door! At Elemental Wellness Center, they installed a medicated chocolate fountain to dip strawberries into.  Awwwe, those were the days. We would go to the clubs and share a 6 foot volcano bags. So naturally, with the recognition and growth of the industry, as well as the involvement of the local and state law makers, those crazy party times have changed. However, the sense of community will forever be present because that’s who grew this industry, people for the people.

For growers, manufactures and patients, the biggest challenge is to make sure that big corporations don’t take over. If the industry moves into the hands of big-pharma and tobacco companies, this is when we risk the lost of the community-based service, the integrity of the medicine becomes diminished.

For a small business, it’s a big shift in growth. With regulations being put in place, local and state law makers have made permit costs (some unreasonable), and increase taxes on all tiers of the industry, including the end consumer.

So what can we all do about it? ACT!

The California Bureau of Medical Cannabis Regulation (Bureau) is creating new regulations to clarify and define existing law and they are asking for public opinions and comments. Knowledge is power. Educating ourselves and reading those documents will serve us well. We ALL need to know what’s coming up!

So here are some links for you to explore:

There will be four public hearings for the purpose of public comment on the proposed medical licensing regulations. The Bureau encourages all interested stakeholders (All of us!) to review the proposed regulations and come to a hearing near you to provide feedback. Hearing dates and locations are as follows:

June 1, 2017
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Adorni Center
1011 Waterfront Drive, Eureka, CA 95501

June 8, 2017
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Junipero Serra Building
320 W. Fourth Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013

June 9, 2017
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Department of Consumer Affairs, Hearing Room, S-102
1625 North Market Boulevard, Sacramento, CA  95834

June 13, 2017
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
King Library, Second Floor
150 E. San Fernando Street, San Jose, CA 95112

Those who wish to provide feedback and are unable to attend one of the four listed sessions above, can get involved in the regulatory process by following the steps outlined here – http://www.bmcr.ca.gov/about_us/documents/17-065_public_comment.pdf.

I encourage you to review the proposed regulations, and if you feel the need to speak up, please do. Don’t under estimate the power of your words and remember, POWER IN NUMBERS. The more of us who speak up about different issues that need adjusting, the more likely we will all benefit and thrive in this emerging industry.
Thank you.
Merav~
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Author: Sacred Medicinals

SACRED MEDICINALS offers holistic and organic products to patients seeking the healing benefits of medical cannabis, specializing in medical cannabis drinks and edibles.