California Cannabis Proof of Origin

The Participants

Humboldt County

Humboldt County is the most scenic rural county in America, just ask the United States Department of Agriculture. Humboldt County is located in the heart of northern California’s majestic coastal redwood region. The Redwood Coast is a paradise for all outdoor activities including hiking, backpacking, fishing, river rafting, kayaking, golf and more. The County’s two million acres include hundreds of streams and lakes, as well as county, state and national parks, beaches and campgrounds. Humboldt State University and College of the Redwoods provide excellent educational opportunities, as well as entertainment and culturally enriching activities. Eureka, the County seat, is located 275 miles north of San Francisco, overlooking historic Humboldt Bay. Humboldt County is an ideal area for individuals and families who seek a relaxed pace of life. With moderately priced housing, temperate weather all year round and a lively local arts scene, Humboldt County offers the best of community living without the stress and burdens of the more urbanized areas of California. Learn more about all the great things to see and do in Humboldt County.

In January 2016, Humboldt County implemented a regulatory framework for Medical Cannabis Cultivation and on August 1, 2016, Humboldt County initiated the Humboldt Proof of Origin Pilot Program, which combines a secure Proof of Origin stamp with anti-counterfeiting measures and an information management and sharing platform to securely identify, track and trace medical cannabis products that originate in Humboldt County.

The pilot started in August 2016 and includes cultivators, manufacturers, distributors, and dispensaries. The program aims to validate the benefits of secure track and trace, and to promote broad compliance with existing and future regulation.

Participation in this project is sponsored by:

All medical cannabis cultivation and associated activities related to participation in Humboldt County's medical cannabis pilot project will be conducted in compliance with the Compassionate Use Act of 1996 (codified at Health and Safety Code Section 11362.5) and California Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act. All medical cannabis products produced by participants in the pilot project will be distributed only within the State of California.

City of Eureka

Situated along the spectacular Northern California coastline 280 miles north of San Francisco, the City of Eureka is one of California’s best-kept secrets. The city is bordered on one side by beautiful and functional Humboldt Bay, and on the other by mountains lush with giant redwoods which offer a reminder of the area’s rich logging heritage. A variety of cultural opportunities are available in Eureka, including active artisan, arts, and theater groups. Outdoor recreation is abundant with activities such as boating, sport fishing, kayaking, hunting, birding and backpacking all available close by.

In January 2016, the Eureka City Council passed its city ordinance on medical cannabis, and on November 1, 2016, the city joined the Humboldt Proof of Origin Pilot Program to enable their newly and future permitted operators to be compliant in regard to product tracking.

Participation in this project is sponsored by the Economic Development Commission of the City of Eureka.

Yolo County

Yolo County was one of the original 27 counties created when California became a state in 1850. Yolo County's towns first developed along the Sacramento River with its first town and first county seat, Fremont, being founded in 1849 along the confluence of the Sacramento and Feather Rivers. Knights Landing, Washington, Cacheville (later called Yolo), Clarksburg, Winters, Esparto, Ca-pay, Guinda and Davisville (Davis) also were built near waterways. Davisville had the added advantage of being on the path of the newly constructed railroad. Woodland, which became the county seat in 1862, began in a wooded area of valley oaks and was also served by a nearby railroad. In 1906, to emphasize agriculture's role in Yolo County, the University of California chose a 780-acre farm belonging to Jerome Davis for establishment of a university farm to serve as part of the College of Agriculture. The Davis farm has since become a separate campus of the University and has received worldwide fame for its research and education work. In 1987, West Sacramento became Yolo County’s fourth incorporated city.

On March 22, 2016, Yolo County voted an interim county ordinance regulating medical cannabis cultivation with the following goals:

  • Permitting for medical cannabis only
  • Transition the current cultivation industry to a broad MCRSA compliance regime to protect patient safety, ensure public security, and to promote sustainable and environmentally responsible production

On October 11, 2016, Yolo County amended the ordinance with the requirement for all cultivation permit holders to join a track & trace program. Beyond MCRSA compliance, the objective of this program is to incentivize county operators to focus their production on high-quality medical cannabis with the patient health in mind.

Launched on March 1, 2017, the program helps Yolo County confirm that medical cannabis complies with local government regulations.

Participation in this project is sponsored by the Agricultural Commissioner

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