People have asked us plenty of questions at Emerald Growers Association events. Click the questions below to learn about what we do and how you can get involved.
What is Emerald Growers Association?
Emerald Growers Association is a non-profit, member-based association of individuals and entities that believe in and support medical cannabis. Together, we promote and protect California’s locally farmed, sustainably grown medicinal cannabis industry, and advocate for policy that benefits the community, environment, and economy.
Why should I join Emerald Growers Association?
Emerald Growers Association represents the interests of its members to policy makers, the media, law enforcement, and the public. Your membership gives you representation at the highest levels, connects you to an expert community, and gives you access to programs and services that help you compete in the marketplace. EGA offers several tiers of membership. Benefits including, organizational voting rights, email alerts, access to our newsletter the Emerald Times Quarterly, and discounts at local merchants.
Learn how to join on our membership page.
Who can join Emerald Growers Association?
Anyone can join! Emerald Growers Association is comprised of members from all walks of life: growers, lawyers, agriculturists, patients, processors, and more.
Our members see a need for the medical cannabis farmers of Humboldt, Mendocino, and Trinity counties to have a powerful voice in developing a legal medical cannabis industry.
How do I join Emerald Growers Association?
Joining Emerald Growers Association is easy! We offer three levels of commitment: Basic EGA Member, EGA Associate, and EGA Full Voting Member. Learn how to join on our membership page.
How does EGA promote sun-grown medical cannabis cultivation?
While we recognize that medical cannabis is a multi-faceted industry, the EGA lobbies for legislation and policies that support the Emerald Triangle’s traditional outdoor growers. Natural sungrown medicine is superior to medical cannabis grown indoors, which also requires huge amounts of energy, and the EGA recognizes that there is a lot of work to be done to dispel the myth that indoor is better than sun-grown. To this end, the EGA is committed to educating growers, patients, legislators, and the public about the many benefits of sungrown medical cannabis.
What is currently legal in California? Humboldt, Mendocino, and Trinity Counties?
California’s Medical Marijuana Program is administered by the California Department of Public Health through a patient’s county of residence. Upon obtaining a recommendation from their physician for use of medicinal marijuana, patients and their primary caregivers may apply for and be issued a Medical Marijuana Identification Card. The default state guidelines for patients who have a Medical Marijuana Identification Card may is 6 mature OR 12 immature plants and 8 oz. of dried processed marijuana, however, regulations vary by county.For current county-by-county policies on medical cannabis cultivation, please visit California NORML’s Local Medical Marijuana Cultivation & Possession Guidelines
What does EGA do for medical cannabis patients?
By helping to regulate California’s medical cannabis industry, we aid patients in acquiring safe medicinal cannabis products from dispensaries. By requiring dispensaries to only acquire medicine from permitted member cultivators, patients can feel confident knowing that their medicine is coming from a farm that is held to the highest environmental and safety standards.
Why are medical cannabis standards so important?
There are thousands of reasons to embrace higher standards of medicinal cannabis but at its core, it’s a question of quality and purity. Currently, without growing standards in place, patients simply don’t know what they’re purchasing from dispensaries. Potency, purity (synthetic/chemical vs. all-natural nutrients), and provenance all come into question. Sustainably grown medicinal cannabis is about working in harmony with the environment to produce a high-quality product that patients have complete confidence in.
How does EGA promote outdoor medical cannabis cultivation?
While we recognize that medical cannabis is a multi-faceted industry, EGA would like to see a healthy system that supports the Emerald Triangle’s traditional outdoor growers.Outdoor cultivation is the way nature intended it, and the healing components of outdoor medical cannabis are different than indoor since indoor never sees the sun. There are no justified environmental, medical or safety reasons to not have all medical cannabis be grown outdoors. We see outdoor as a higher-quality medicine, and we recognize that there is a lot of work to be done to dispel the myths that consistency and potency can only come from indoor operations. This is simply not true, and historically, the reputation of the Emerald Triangle region of Humboldt, Mendocino, and Trinity was been built without indoor grow lights.
Additionally, indoor cultivation has a huge carbon footprint, usually requiring massive electrical usage, and tends to increase ppm’s of inputs flowing off their sites. We know that some part of the medical cannabis market will rely on indoor product, but we want to let farmers farm and do it well.
Many dispensaries throughout California, including dispensaries in the Emerald Triangle, offer their patients few (if any) opportunities to choose sun-grown medical cannabis for their treatment. The EGA encourages California dispensaries to educate their patients about the benefits of sun-grown medical cannabis and provide them with more sun-grown offerings in addition to medical cannabis cultivated indoors. This will help sustain the small artisanal farmers who have made outdoor cultivation such a prominent part of the history and economy of the Emerald Triangle, allowing them to continue the work they do so well: growing the highest-quality medical cannabis in the lush hills of Northern California.
What is EGA doing to protect medical cannabis farmers?
Currently the EGA is working with groups like Americans for Safe Access (ASA), the California chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (Cal NORML), the United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW), and local law enforcement to help protect medical cannabis farmers.
What’s the difference between medical cannabis grown indoors and sun-grown?
Medicinal cannabis grown indoors is cultivated, harvested, and processed in cycles of three to four months. During flowering, the plants get 12 hours of artificial sunlight designed to imitate the natural spectrum of light. Because indoor growers can control the atmospheric conditions inside their grow room they don’t have to deal with unfavorable weather conditions that outdoor growers have to deal with like rainstorms and frost. However, because indoor medicinal cannabis is grown in an artificial environment it is particularly vulnerable to certain types of pests because there are no natural predators to control their population. Indoor can also be more susceptible to certain types of mildew and fungus.Full-term, sun-grown medical cannabis is cultivated, harvested and processed once per year, usually in late October. Because it’s grown under the sun it has the advantage of actual full spectrum light, which allows the plant to develop to its full potential. Sun-grown also is able to draw certain flavor characteristics from the natural environment–giving it a wonderfully rich and complex bouquet of flavors and aromas not possible for indoor. In terms of potency, indoor and outdoor have been known to achieve comparable levels at the hands of master growers.