We’ve mentioned professional cannabis associations that have helped us on our professional journey of growth and expansion. Associations are invaluable resources that should be leveraged, especially in a new, fast-paced industry such as the cannabis industry. All levels of associations are important, some more than others depending on what vertical of the cannabis industry you are a part of. They run the gamut of international, national, regional, and locally-oriented organizations.

Your Professional Support with the Monterey County Cannabis Industry Association

Our go-to local organization is the Monterey County Cannabis Industry Association (MCCIA). MCCIA’s mission is,

To advocate and promote all aspects of the cannabis industry in Monterey County, with an emphasis on professionalism, collaboration, and safe access. The Monterey County Cannabis Industry Association (MCCIA) brings together members and stakeholders providing needed industry representation, education, and leadership. MCCIA strives to create a sense of community in the industry, providing a responsible outlet for sharing resources and talents and lobbying for the industry as a whole.


MCCIA members gain receive benefits such as networking and access, advertising and influence, and education and support. MCCIA is certainly a Community Leader for the local cannabis industry. GAIACA participated in MCCIA’s 2018 Monterey Cannabis Summit, which featured 20 vendors and 200+ attendees who were interested in the Monterey County cannabis landscape.

Of their many accomplishments, MCCIA played a critical role in advocating for a reduction in local taxes by building a case for the industry and presenting to the Board of Supervisors on numerous occasions, and created a Black Market Enforcement Group that serves as a liaison between Members and the law enforcement community to collaboratively address the threats posed by the black market to legitimate cannabis businesses.

We look forward to continuing to be an active member of the MCCIA. If you are local to Monterey County, take a look at the events that they offer and other resources. If you aren’t from Monterey County, be sure to look for your local equivalents! You won’t regret being plugged into the local cannabis community.

If you are a cannabis operator in Monterey County, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us with any cannabis waste compliance inquiries. Our statewide cannabis waste management journey started right here!