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International Cannabis Farmers Association Will Empower Farmers Through Education, Research and Advocacy

A group of Californians on Monday launched a new organization to represent traditional sun grown marijuana farmers. The group, called the International Cannabis Farmers Association, is launching by going to Sacramento to meet with lawmakers and regulators to advocate for regulations that promote traditionally farmed sun grown cannabis and its ecological benefits.

The group hopes that California will be a model that the rest of the nation can follow.

The ICFA is comprised of cannabis farmers, scientists, and stakeholders. The group will work to promote the high quality of traditionally farmed sun grown cannabis products, the ecological benefits such as lower energy use, and the preservation of the heritage established in traditional farming communities.

The association says it “is an organization of, by and for farmers.”

“We strive to empower traditional Cannabis farmers through education, research and advocacy,” the ICFA announces on its website. “Our programs will raise public awareness about the benefits of traditionally farmed Cannabis and provide educational resources for farmers, regulators, industry and consumers.”

After California voters legalized recreational marijuana last November, “What we don’t have is that voice at the state Capitol,” said chair Kristin Nevedal, who previously helped found the Emerald Growers Association and Humboldt Growers Association, reports Christopher Cadelago at the Sacramento Bee.
The group will begin by:

  • Raising public awareness about the benefits of sun grown cannabis.
  • Educating lawmakers and consumers.
  • Advocating for public policies that foster safe and legal access to traditionally farmed sun grown cannabis and cannabis-derived product.
  • Conducting environmental research to show the benefits and ecological superiority of traditionally farmed sun grown cannabis.
  • Gathering the data necessary to establish internationally recognized appellations of origin.
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Kristin Nevedal, International Cannabis Farmers Association:
“Regulatory frameworks often require that therapeutic cannabis varietals be grown indoors … despite the overwhelming evidence that traditionally farmed sun grown cannabis is of the highest quality and ecologically superior”
[ICFA]

‘Critical Moment In History’

“We are at a critical moment in history for cannabis policy reform and the future of traditional sun grown cannabis farmers,” said Kristin Nevedal, chair of the International Cannabis Farmers Association. “Regulatory frameworks often require that therapeutic cannabis varietals be grown indoors, or in all season greenhouses, despite the overwhelming evidence that traditionally farmed sun grown cannabis is of the highest quality and ecologically superior.

“This unfortunate trend in public policy has devastating environmental implications and ultimately leaves the unknowing patient and consumer without access to traditionally farmed cannabis and cannabis-derived products,” Nevedal said.

Nevedal said she doesn’t consider ICFA a rival to the California Growers Association because her group will concentrate on sun grown marijuana. “We won’t take on issues about the needs of manufacturers or the needs of distributors,” she said.

“We have an incredibly rich history of cultivating cannabis outdoors that has an international reputation,” said Nevedal. “These farmers are on the verge of extinction” given the regulations pushing more growing indoors.

[International Cannabis Farmers Association / Facebook]In the coming months the association will produce scientific research on the environmental benefits of sun grown cannabis. ICFA will gather data with the intention of establishing appellations of origin that protect the traditional sun grown cannabis farmer, and launch a consumer-facing campaign to promote the superior quality and ecological benefits of these products.

The group has hired California Strategies for lobbying services, and has partnered with Washington-based marketing/branding firm UpShift Strategies to promote the “unique quality and ecological benefits” of sun grown cannabis while preserving traditional farming communities.

You can learn more at: icfa.farm.

 

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