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Oxalis's newsletter The Understory offers a wealth of information on all things compliance, Track & Trace, relevant news updates, and business. Read them all or search for the information you need.

Our newsletters are offered in the spirit of information and resource sharing, and are written to the best of our knowledge at the time of release. Because regulations and interpretations may change, and every business is a little bit different; be sure to check with the appropriate agencies to your specific needs, especially when referring to older publications.


The Understory // 5.5.24 // ownership, financial interest, leases, oh my!


This Understory Edition has two themes that tie together: ownership of licensed entities, financial interest holders.

The Understory // 3.10.24 // Fallowing or Adjusting Annually


This edition of the Understory is focused on changes related to fallowing, changing the timing of annual license renewals, and year-by-year adjustments that can be made to permits and licenses for garden size and grow style.
It is a great pleasure to see this being implemented at the DCC this coming year, thanks to local and state advocates that took this across the legislative line.

The Understory // 8.14..22 // Get Those Grants!


As you are likely aware by now, grants are on the horizon for water storage and energy source transitions through the Planning Department. Applications for both water storage and energy source projects open August 22nd, and close September 2nd. These projects do not have to be in pursuit of satisfying a permit condition, which has been a requirement in past Trellis grant programs, and interim permit holders are eligible! YEAH HUMBOLDT!

The Understory // 2.6.22 // Taking a Year Off the Farm


There’s been much talk and consideration for taking a year off among canna-businesses. Here’s a snapshot of fallowing considerations that may help you assess this year’s trajectory. Big shout out to right livelihood and the dedication our industry exhibits. As the seasons roll and businesses are assessing timelines and profitability, we’ve heard many considering a year off. We support your decisions, and encourage you to speak with legal counsel and other trusted advisors if a fallow year is something you are considering.

The Understory // 4.7.19 // Fires Emergency Access and Disaster Relief


Heya it’s Forethought Sunday,

Smoke and fires are on the mind, so too is the Humboldt County’s Office of Emergency Services and their expansion of emergency access allowance to include commercial cannabis businesses. In today’s newsletter we’ll cover this, DCC disaster relief regulations, and a few other considerations that may support your business specifically in the case of fire emergencies.

The Understory // 8.8.21 // Labor Issues Revisited


We are circling back on Labor Compliance, to update information gained at recent inspections and address additional questions about labor issues impacting small businesses. For this edition we had the pleasure of working with Sarah Smale, a Nevada County attorney who offers services in regulatory, business, and employment law for cannabis businesses. Sarah also handles dispute resolution, including civil litigation and administrative hearings. Sarah is available with the email link above to help answer all your labor questions!

The Understory // 7.25.21 // Power Usage and Records


Today we’re writing regarding energy usage and reporting. In state regulations, there are two sections that discuss power usage for "cultivation activity” that we wanted to bring attention to. The licensing regulations are being consolidated and renumbered, which means the section numbers quoted here are likely going to change, while the verbiage remains the same, for now. Learn more about this regulatory process here. May the new agency bring consistency and grace to the cannabis community.

The Understory // 3.7.21 // Humboldt County "financial security" Requirement


All cultivation permit holders should have received a recent letter from the County regarding the Financial Security Requirement for Measure S “security.” This new requirement applies to all cultivation permit holders, and needs to be addressed prior by March 26th. The ordinance adding this requirement, passed October 6th by the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors, can be found here. (If you have not received a letter from the Planning Department, check that your address on file is correct).

The Understory // 3.5.21 // Trellis Local Equity 10K Funding 2021


The Bureau of Cannabis Control (BCC) 1st round of equity funding has been awarded, the portion allocated to Humboldt County is in the amount of $1,204,000. This funding is available for approved equity applicants through the County of Humboldt Office of Economic Development. The pre-application closes at 5pm on March 19th. The first round of grant funding will be awarded for up to $10,000 per qualifying applicant. This Trellis grant funding is likely to be directed for infrastructure needs.

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