Category: Activism

2020 Local Cannabis Ballot Measures: Where We Stand

If you live in Ojai, the city of Ventura or unincorporated Ventura County, you have a cannabis-related ballot measure to consider this voting season. We offer a breakdown of our position on each of these three initiatives, but no matter where you stand on these issues we hope you will act NOW to request a mail-in ballot, then make a voting plan to drop it off at a local ballot drop box and avoid potential delays using the USPS. Measure G in Ojai- NO Shall the measure approving an immediate 3% tax on cannabis businesses, which will potentially add $465,000 – $1,550,000 annually to fund general city services, and approving authority for the City of Ojai to increase the tax on cannabis businesses up to 10% of gross receipts in […]

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Cannabis for Change: Sespe Partners with Last Prisoner Project and Farmer and the Felon to Raise Money and Awareness

Farmer and the Felon™ is determined to preserve the countercultural history of the prohibition era while advocating for social justice for the cannabis prisoners in the here-and-now. As industry veterans dedicated to cannabis freedom, they aren’t interested in being just another weed brand. Right now, over 40,000 non-violent cannabis offenders still sit behind bars in the United States. By partnering with the Last Prisoner Project, Farmer and the Felon aims to bring restorative justice through the power of cannabis. While you celebrate your freedom on Independence Day please remember those in prison for non-violent cannabis “offenses.” This July, Sespe will donate a portion of the proceeds from every purchase of the Farmer and the Felon to the Last Prisoner Project and our own Pot Fairy. About the LPP: Last Prisoner Project is a […]

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Get to Know our CEO, Chelsea Sutula

There’s an old adage that says: The road to hell is paved with good intentions. For Chelsea Sutula, CEO of the Sespe Creek Collective, this statement has never rung truer. Following a devastating arrest, seizure of business and personal assets including her pets, and a long-fought legal battle that ended in complete exoneration, Chelsea knows first-hand that despite her best intentions to bring cannabis to the masses, her journey has been fraught with challenges. Fortunately, today Chelsea’s business is thriving and she’s finally able to grow her business unencumbered. Recently, in an intimate interview with the hosts of the Topa Talk podcast, Chelsea shared some of the trials and tribulations associated with being a female dispensary owner and the first Ventura County dispensary to become licensed for adult-use cannabis. Chelsea […]

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Celebrating Legalization with a Special Guest

It’s hard to believe, but it’s been three years since California voters went to the polls to voice their support for legal, accessible cannabis. The vote on Nov. 8, 2016 cleared the way for Sespe Creek’s opening one year later, as Ventura County’s first-ever permitted cannabis dispensary. We celebrated our two-year anniversary last week with a very special visitor: our Congresswoman, U.S. Rep. Julia Brownley! It was an honor to share our work with our representative in Congress, and we’re delighted to have an advocate in D.C. We’ve made so much progress for our patients in the past three years, and it’s important to reflect on how far we’ve come — and the work left to do. November 8 is the anniversary of legalization in California —  but here at […]

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CAN-DO Clemency: fighting for drug war POWs

Legalization is sweeping the country (and the world), but so many prisoners of the drug war remain incarcerated. People serving life without parole for a nonviolent offense, like Michael Pelletier (featured here), and Craig Cesal, a first-time offender whose involvement was limited to repairing trucks that had been used in smuggling operations. Both of these individuals were prosecuted under conspiracy laws originally intended to bring down so-called kingpins, but which are now commonly used against low-level offenders (and in fact anyone that has the misfortune to be in close proximity to a drug deal or a drug dealer). CAN-DO Clemency was founded by Amy Povah, who lived this nightmare herself. Her husband had asked her to handle some “financial matters” for him while he was dealing with legal issues subsequent […]

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Proposed changes to cannabis regulations

Fed up with the bans on cannabis delivery in your city? Frustrated with the excessive, hard-to-open packaging on your favorite products? NOW is the time to speak out and voice your opinion to the state’s regulators. If you support these changes (as we do) it is vital to get your opinion on record, as we can be sure that there will be some opposition. The latest version of California’s Cannabis regulations have been released for public comment until August 27. Three of the biggest changes this latest version seems to be tackling are: Only requiring the child-resistant exit packaging instead of individual product child-resistant packaging. Allowing authorized delivery employees of licensed marijuana businesses to deliver into ANY California jurisdiction. Increasing the THC limit on edibles that can be dissolved in […]

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Get Involved! Support SB-1302 and AB-2215

We’d like to express serious gratitude to Senator Ricardo Lara, who introduced SB-1302 this past Friday in the California Senate. “This bill would prohibit a local jurisdiction from preventing delivery of cannabis or cannabis products on public roads, or to an address that is located within the jurisdictional boundaries of that local jurisdiction, by a licensee who is acting in compliance with MAUCRSA and who is acting in compliance with any license, permit, or other authorization obtained from another local jurisdiction. The bill would include findings that the changes proposed by this bill address a matter of statewide concern, rather than a municipal affair and, therefore, apply to all cities, including charter cities.” If this bill passes, cities like Fillmore, Santa Paula, Camarillo, Thousand Oaks, Oxnard and Ventura would no […]

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Jeff Sessions Has Rescinded the Cole Memo. What Now?

As many or most of you may have heard by now, US Attorney General Jeff Sessions has recently rescinded the Cole Memo that essentially allowed states to move forward with legal cannabis programs with little to no fear of Federal interference, even though cannabis remains Federally illegal. We remain optimistic and feel confident in the strength of the industry and progress so far in California to bolster our collective resistance against this blatant disregard of states rights and the will of the voters. There are many ways to get involved if you are so moved. For instance, our friends at Green Flower Media have launched a #DearJeffSessions campaign… If you haven’t heard the news, Jeff Sessions has just rescinded the Obama-era guidelines, which have been protecting state cannabis laws and programs from […]

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