Southern California Coalition is the world’s largest, most inclusive cannabis industry trade organization representing every sector of the emerging cannabis industry in Southern California. Southern California Coalition’s mission is to ensure comprehensive cannabis policies are implemented in an inclusive and responsible way in the world’s largest cannabis market, Southern California.
Southern California Coalition’s mission is to ensure responsible cannabis policies are implemented in a comprehensive and inclusive way at the local, state and federal level. As SoCal’s largest, most inclusive unified voice, Southern California Coalition represents the most pre-ICO and Proposition D-compliant dispensaries, along with other industry leaders in cultivation, manufacturing, distribution, delivery, transportation, lab testing, and social equity advocacy in the world’s biggest market—Southern California. Southern California Coalition is continuing to work with elected officials and decision makers to ensure Proposition M is implemented in full in Los Angeles, and that this inclusive model is implemented and enacted in other cities, counties, states, and countries.
Southern California Coalition represents stakeholders across all licensing categories including, dispensaries, cultivation, manufacturing, distribution, delivery, transportation, lab testing, and social equity advocacy.
Southern California Coalition members are on the front lines of a powerful and organized movement to promote and successfully implement, protect, and maintain sensible cannabis policies, along with safeguards to fairly license, regulate, tax, and enforce the legal sale of state-legal cannabis in a way that protects and benefits Southern California’s communities, minorities, citizens, law enforcement, municipal services, and workers.
By joining Southern California Coalition, you will be being politically represented and assured your voice and issues are heard by the right decision makers. Southern California Coalition members are part of the responsible and ethical legalization movement focused on ensuring the success of an inclusive, ethical and legitimate cannabis industry. And without financial commitments from people like you, Southern California Coalition would be unable to continue its important work protecting our industry and its progress.
Southern California Coalition supports ending cannabis prohibition because a state-legal cannabis industry:
As the City of Los Angeles prepares to replace Prop D in a way that is consistent with the State’s 2015 medical cannabis legislative package (the Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act), Southern California Coalition is working to ensure that Proposition M is implemented in full and that industry’s issues are addressed in a responsible way.
There are now 28 states and the District of Columbia that have chosen to create regulated cannabis programs, including four of the five most populated states in the nation. More than 20% of the U.S. population lives in states that allow adults 21 and older to legally consume cannabis, and more than 60% of the population lives in a state where medical cannabis access is legal.
Support has only grown as existing legal programs have provided access to life-changing treatments for critically ill patients, empowered responsible small business owners over criminal dealers and cartels, and generated valuable economic development, jobs, and revenues for strapped state budgets.
Many of cannabis initiatives were approved by significant voter margins. All of them feature regulatory programs designed and administered by state and local government authorities, including licensing and tax collections.
The legal cannabis industry in the U.S. was worth approximately $5.5 billion in 2015 and is expected to reach $21.8 billion by 2020. Vivien Azer, a cannabis analyst with Cowen, believes the nation’s legal market will grow nine-fold over the next decade, with consumer spending on recreational and medical cannabis hitting $50 billion by 2026.
The vast majority of this value is being created by small businesses — entrepreneurial efforts built from the ground up, including not just cannabis cultivators and retailers, but also innovators in areas like energy-efficient equipment, software, and packaging.
It’s even more remarkable that cannabis businesses are still managing to help patients and customers, while creating jobs and tax revenue, despite facing a multitude of challenges due to conflicts between state and federal laws.
Restrictions on banking access for cannabis businesses create threats to the safety of employees and communities and make accounting transparency more difficult.
Extreme federal taxation that treats law-abiding, tax-paying cannabis businesses like criminals stymies economic growth and limits businesses’ ability to serve patients and re-invest in their communities.
We are urging Congress and President Trump to continue the policy of federal non-interference and work together to address the challenges that legitimate, state-sanctioned cannabis businesses face in accessing financial services and navigating the federal tax regime.
Existing legal programs have provided access to life-changing treatments for critically ill patients, empowered responsible small business owners over criminal dealers and cartels, and generated valuable economic development, jobs, and revenues for strapped state budgets.
The majority of the people police arrest for cannabis are not kingpins, but rather individuals with small amounts of cannabis. Cannabis arrests are not evenly distributed across the population, but are disproportionately imposed on African Americans. According to the ACLU’s original analysis, cannabis arrests now account for more than half of all drug arrests in the United States. Of the 8.2 million cannabis arrests between 2001 and 2010, 88% were for simply having cannabis . Nationwide, the arrest data revealed one consistent trend: significant racial bias. Despite roughly equal usage rates, blacks are 3.73 times more likely than whites to be arrested for cannabis .
The financial cost of cannabis prohibition is staggering and costs to individuals and their families are also substantial, even in the absence of incarceration. It can mean the loss of a job, benefits, and one’s livelihood. For our communities, cannabis arrests mean wasting money when it could be better spent.
In a 2005 report by Harvard economics professor James Miron, which was endorsed by three Nobel Laureates in economics and 500+ economists, the combined savings and tax revenues from ending cannabis prohibition in a single year could be between 10 and 14 billion dollars.
No. Cannabis is far less dangerous than alcohol or tobacco. Around 50,000 people die each year from alcohol poisoning. Similarly, more than 400,000 deaths each year are attributed to tobacco smoking. By comparison, cannabis is nontoxic and cannot cause death by overdose.
No. Decriminalizing cannabis and deprioritizing enforcement of cannabis prohibition laws leads to no significant increase in cannabis use.
The shift to regulated programs is having dramatic results on an underground market that steers billions in unregulated, untracked, and untaxed sales to criminal actors. In 2013, U.S. Border Patrol agents seized nearly 2.5 million pounds of cannabis at the border. Just two years later, seizures were down by approximately one million pounds.
There are now 28 states and the District of Columbia that have chosen to create regulated responsible medical cannabis programs, including four of the five most populated states in the nation. Eight states and District of Columbia have passed sensible adult use initiatives.
More than 20% of the U.S. population lives in states that allow adults 21 and older to legally consume cannabis, and more than 60% of the population lives in a state where medical cannabis access is legal.
cannabis is the third most popular recreational drug in America (behind alcohol and tobacco), and has been used by nearly 100 million Americans. According to government surveys, some 25 million Americans have smoked cannabis in the past year, and more than 14 million do so regularly despite harsh laws against its use. Public policies should reflect this reality, not deny it.
Cannabis is far less dangerous than alcohol or tobacco. Around 50,000 people die each year from alcohol poisoning. Similarly, more than 400,000 deaths each year are attributed to tobacco smoking. By comparison, cannabis is nontoxic and cannot cause death by overdose.