DSS for Regulators & Gov’t Officials
Thank you for visiting, we understand the monumental task of implementing an entire cannabis regulatory framework and the difficulties faced while on-boarding an existing industry into legal compliance.
This page provides key information to critical aspects of the industry that must be considered in any legal framework. We believe the top priorities for regulations are:
- Safe Access, Open Consumption Options
- Responsible Safety regulations, Reasonable Business Burdens
- Ample Small Business Opportunities
- Minimized Environmental Impact
Safe & open access is the number one concern of potential medical patients. They would like to safely access, including options for homegrown, and freely explore the various types of medical products, strains and administration methods.
Responsible safety regulations acknowledges that while cannabinoids are psychoactive compounds, the plant and its derivatives are not nuclear waste, nor should they be treated as such. In fact, widely available nicotine & alcohol products are well known to be more toxic and potentially dangerous pharmacologically than any cannabinoid-containing product. Most security & crime concerns related to cannabis activity are a direct result of prohibition itself rather than anything inherent to this plant. Ultimately, overly burdensome safety and security regulations will crush & prevent any economic growth. The industry needs reasonable regulatory burdens that will support and sustain economic growth in your community.
In regards to Ample Small Business Opportunities, we believe the final measure of how successful a legal cannabis framework system is should be based on 1) how many individuals are provided with safe access & 2) how many small businesses are awarded commercial licenses. No matter your locality, there are business models and supply chain networks that currently exist underground. The men and women who have chosen to take the risks, gain the experience & truly understand the plant should not be punished but provided every opportunity possible to continue supporting their family & local community. All too often, the cost of compliance and legal operation push out the small guy with 1-3 full time employees in favor of well capitalized, out-of-state operators. It is better for the local economy as well as your communities public health to support local small businesses at every opportunity possible.
Very few regulators and government officials truly understand the resource demands (energy & water) of traditional indoor agricultural operations. Moreover, in the name of “security” and “not in my backyard” approaches, most newly regulated markets force growers to remain inside with 100% artificial lights. We believe that profits should not be pursued at the expense of your communities environmental resources. To minimize the environmental impact of cultivation operations, consider allowing hybrid-lighting cultivation types like greenhouses & the DSS SunGrown Indoor system.
Cannabis Is Not A Pill
Our species has had an industrial & medicinal relationship with the cannabis plant for over 20,000 years – is has only been considered “dangerous” or “risky” for the last 50 or so years.
How and Who determined cannabis was dangerous? (link to commission testimony)
Benefits to Local Community
Public Health & Seniors
R&D in your backyard
DSS System & Broader Implications
Cannabis Supply Chain Overview
Additional Information & Useful Links
Drug Policy Alliance
Americans for Safe Access (ASA) – Resources for Policy Makers
California Growers Association
Sonoma County Growers Alliance