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Ambassador of Happiness wasn’t just a nickname, or some informal moniker used around his inner circle of close friends and colleagues, but rather it was the official and legal title for Joel Matthew Fischer, a co-owner of Oregon-based East Fork Cultivars. For IRS purposes, he was literally the company’s Ambassador of Happiness. Along with his fellow co-owners – Nathan Howard, Aaron Howard and Mason Walker – Fischer was part of a quartet known as the East Dorks on East Fork Ranch in Takilma, about 40 miles southeast of Medford, where their cannabis and hemp business launched in 2015. They own about 40,000 square feet of canopy along with 12 acres of craft hemp. Also a licensed realtor, real estate investor and personal finance coach, Fischer died unexpectedly Jan. 8, at age 37, leaving his East Fork family devastated. Fischer is survived by his wife, Tricia Chin, mother, Terry Fischer, and brothers Mike Fischer and Dave Fischer. “His death has broken me,” Nathan Howard said in a post on social media. “When I’m able to put myself back together, I hope to do so with his spirit, love and approach to life as guideposts.” Howard described Fischer as a “magical” person who went through life with “surreal zest” and passion that is legendary among his friends and family. Fischer, who grew up in Portland, built and developed an ability to impact those around him through his belief that people are capable of so much more than they think. “There’s room for everyone to be further empowered in their lives, and they really just need a mentor,” Howard said of Fischer’s ideology. “So, a cornerstone to Joel’s approach to everything was that if people believed they can do it, they can. And if people have been traumatized or beaten down or bullied or told by others that they can’t do it, it’s the worst thing if they internalize that, because that makes it all the more likely that they won’t change their lives or do what they want to do.” In addition to empowering others to follow their passions, Fischer was big on giving away small gifts, like organic lavender that he’d buy in bulk and put in small, blue vials to keep in his pocket and hand out to people he’d meet for the first time. Not to mention, Fischer would often help counsel others for free, whether it came to buying a house or just financial planning in general. His generosity earned him the nickname, “Patron Saint of East Fork Cultivars.” “It was small and big stuff,” Howard said. “But the Ambassador of Happiness title was really about helping other people find more happiness in their lives.” According to his obituary, Fischer made a point of making those around him feel loved. He was always up for an adventure and spent much of the last few years traveling the world. His presence in Oregon’s cannabis community, and in his own community, was extensive. “The impact he’s had on people across Oregon and the world is spectacular,” Howard said. “And [it’s] only becoming more clear in his death. His accomplishments, personal and professional, are similarly striking.” Nathan and Aaron Howard also experienced the grief of losing a loved one when their other brother, Wesley Howard, died in 2017 from complications associated with a severe case of neurofibromatosis, a genetic condition that causes tumors to form on nerve tissue such as the brain, spinal column and nerves. Wesley’s condition is what sparked the Howards to start growing medical cannabis at their southern Oregon home, a former llama breeding ranch, in an effort to help their brother manage his pain and other ailments. When his brother Wesley died, Nathan Howard said Fischer was there for him. “Joel and I were together at a business meeting, working to build what’s become East Fork, when I got the call that my older brother Wesley had suddenly passed away,” Howard said. “Joel drove me to Wesley’s apartment, hugged me, stayed with me while saying goodbye to his body, and helped my family make all the post-death arrangements that we’re now making for Joel. He shared essential wisdom he had gained after losing his father far too soon.” But Fischer didn’t leave behind just his tight-knit community of about 25 co-workers at East Fork Cultivars. On a memorial website created for Fischer, those who knew him from all walks of life shared their condolences and memories. Before joining East Fork, Fischer, who earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from Oregon State University, spent 12 years working in Oregon politics. Oregon state Sen. Sara Gelser and former Oregon House Speaker Dave Hunt paid tribute to Fischer with their testimonials. “My heart is broken,” Sen. Gelser said. “I began working with Joel early, early, early in my legislative career. He was always so bright and funny and cheerful and flexible and charismatic. To all who were lucky to have him be part of your regular life, please know how deeply admired he is, how loved he is and that you are wrapped in love in this time of sorrow.” Hunt wrote on Fischer’s memorial page that they both grew up as sons of American Baptist preachers, but they really got to know each other when Fischer started his political journey on former state Rep. Chris Edwards’ legislative campaign in 2006 in Eugene. “Although Joel and Chris were both proud Beavers, it was fun to watch him hide his ‘colors’ and find success in the heart of Duck country,” Hunt said about Fischer being an Oregon State graduate working in the same city as the University of Oregon. “His successful journey then continued in and outside the [Oregon] Capitol. He demonstrated his ultimate commitment to equity and justice at [Oregon Business Industry] in 2018.” Hunt continued and said, “Joel and I both lost our fathers about 15 years ago. We shared many conversations since then about how much we missed our dads and struggled with their premature deaths. May God bring comfort to Joel’s wife, mom Terry Sue, family and friends during these tragic days.” Early on in Fischer’s political career, he was the policy adviser for current Oregon House Speaker Tina Kotek, whom he helped redesign the state’s Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program – which is designated to help low-income families with children achieve economic self-sufficiency – and guide it through the political process, according to Fischer’s LinkedIn page. When it came to cannabis legislation, Howard said Fischer was involved in the work that led to the passing of Ballot Measure 91, which legalized adult-use cannabis in the state in 2014. Oregon state Sen. Michael Dembrow, whose district Fischer resided in for a long time, will be introducing a bill in the upcoming legislative session to honor Fischer’s memory, legacy and all of his political contributions on the floor of the upper chamber, Sen. Dembrow confirmed. “Joel was a great guy, much loved and respected by those he worked with at the [Oregon] Capitol,” Sen. Dembrow said. While Fischer’s political impact extended to all corners of the state, back on the ranch at East Fork is where he found his favorite original cultivar – sour pineapple. Mentally, Fischer said in his company bio that it picked him up when he was down and settled him down when he was up. Physically, he said it is excellent for post-workout recovery and general relief. Those who also enjoy East Fork’s sour pineapple can do so with a connection to Fischer. Since last Friday, Howard said he’s spent a lot of time with Fischer’s family and friends at Fischer’s home trying to wrap their minds around the fact that he’s gone. “We spoke most days for the past five years,” Howard said. “Many of my favorite memories from recent life are with Joel. We didn’t say goodbye to each other when we were done hanging out or hopping off the phone – we said, 'I love you.'” Editor's Note: This story was updated Jan. 15 with a correction. An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated hemp that tests above 1% THC will not be considered a negligent violation. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has published its final rule on hemp, signaling what may be the start of an era of stability for an industry that has been in near-constant flux since its legalization in 2018—that is, if the new incoming administration decides to keep the regulations. The final rule is set to take effect March 22 and replace the USDA’s interim final rule (IFR) on hemp, which was published Oct. 31, 2019. “With the publication of this final rule, USDA brings to a close a full and transparent rule-making process that started with a hemp listening session in March 2019,” said USDA Marketing and Regulatory Programs Under Secretary Greg Ibach in a statement. “USDA staff have taken the information you have provided through three comment periods and from your experiences over a growing season to develop regulations that meet Congressional intent while providing a fair, consistent, science-based process for states, tribes and individual producers. USDA staff will continue to conduct education and outreach to help industry achieve compliance with the requirements.” The rule’s 300 pages outline licensing requirements, recordkeeping requirements, procedures for testing tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) concentrations, procedures for disposing of non-compliant plants and more. The THC limit for hemp remains at 0.3% despite at least hundreds—if not thousands—of comments on the IFR, as well as efforts by industry organizations, urging an increase to 1%. (Just one day prior to the USDA releasing its final rule, Kentucky lawmakers introduced a bill that would increase the allowable amount of THC in hemp to 1% in the state.) However, Shawn Hauser, partner and chair of the Hemp and Cannabinoids Department at Vicente Sederberg LLP, says a number of improvements were made in the final rule based upon feedback received on the IFR during two separate comment periods. These include: “The transition from prohibition to a legal and regulated system takes time, and USDA’s final rule is a historic step forward for hemp in the U.S.,” Hauser says in a statement. “…We are undoubtedly making progress, and we will continue to work with regulators and through Congress to perfect the regulatory structure for hemp.” In 2020, the USDA announced the delay of some requirements outlined in the IFR, including the requirement for labs to be registered by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the requirement that producers use DEA-registered law enforcement to dispose of non-compliant plants. Those delays have been further extended under the final rule until December 2022. States operating under the 2014 Farm Bill will continue to be allowed to do so until Jan. 1, 2022. Is the Final Rule Final? Larry Farnsworth, spokesperson for the National Industrial Hemp Council (NIHC), says the organization is “pleased USDA has finally released their long-awaited rule on U.S. domestic hemp production and glad they listened to the concerns of the industry regarding sampling and testing.” However, with President-Elect Joe Biden’s inauguration set for Jan. 20, Farnsworth predicts that the final rule may not be the end-all for federal hemp regulations. “We anticipate, as is customary of new administrations, that this rule will be one of many that will be frozen on the first day of the Biden Administration,” Farnsworth tells Hemp Grower. “We look forward to working through these issues with the incoming Biden Administration and have all of this year to get it right before the 2014 authorities sunset.”   ECO Cannabis is operating not only for itself, but for people living in Oakland, Calif., who have been impacted by cannabis prohibition. The vertically integrated company runs an incubation program for social equity dispensary and delivery businesses in East Oakland and purchases 50% of its product from social equity companies. Out of eight companies that ECO has been incubating, six of them have graduated. ECO also promotes diverse hiring and hires people who have been affected by the war on drugs. Launched in January 2019, ECO has cultivation, manufacturing and retail operations. The company cultivates cannabis crops at a facility dubbed Mossrock and manufactures at another it calls Rubberrock. The two facilities, both in East Oakland, total 90,000 square feet. Its storefront is located at Telegraph Avenue in Oakland. ECO’s employment is diverse both in terms of who works there and what they do. For instance, the company hires and promotes people who were previously incarcerated, which helps those individuals reintegrate into society, ECO CEO Kevin Ahaesy said in an email. Adhering to an organizational structure and culture that aids those affected by cannabis prohibition goes a long way, Ahaesy said. “For example, to develop, manage and facilitate initiatives around diversity, equity inclusion, and belonging (DEIB) both internally and externally in a way that improves recruitment, hiring, retention, organizational culture, promotion, and progression for … employees … can make a remarkably positive impact on those employees’ work and life experience.” Roughly 35 of ECO’s employees work in cultivation and manufacturing, and about 15 work in retail, Ahaesy said. When looking for employees, he said, ECO partners with “job programs that cater to those who have been formerly incarcerated and/or affected by the war on drugs. In all of our job postings we also strongly encourage those individuals, Black, Brown, indigenous, people of color, women, and LGBTQIA folks to apply.” Employees work to produce and sell popular strains such as Airheads, Space Nugs (Airheads flower covered in kief of the same strain) and Town Gas, said ECO Executive Assistant Anna Walia. As Walia pointed out, the city of Oakland received more than $6.5 million in grant funding from California’s Bureau of Cannabis Control and Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) for its cannabis equity program. “That funding covers the cost of licensing fees that equity applicants do not have to pay in the city of Oakland,” she said. RELATED: Need to Know: State Dollars Help Sacramento Build Equity Program Half of Oakland’s cannabis businesses must be issued to equity applicants, according to the city’s municipal code. In addition to meeting an Oakland residency requirement, these applicants must meet certain income criteria and have either lived in at least one of 21 designated Oakland Police Department beats for 10 of the past 20 years or been “convicted of a cannabis crime committed in Oakland” since Nov. 5, 1996. ECO sponsors these cannabis companies and also “maintains that 50% of its employees are formerly incarcerated and given the opportunity to thrive in the industry,” Walia said. The company hires “exceptional talent with a reputation for excelling in their field,” said Amber Buchanan, chief operating officer. “We then support this talent by ensuring they have all the tools for success, including custom built facilities with full sensor-based monitoring of environmentals for precision agriculture, state-of-the-art LED lighting, automated fertigation systems, and advanced closed loop extraction equipment. The safety of our consumers and employees is our top priority and our facilities are sanitized from top to bottom daily with hospital grade protocol.” Working with ECO, incubated companies have found increased success. Olando Graves, owner of My Natural Solutions, a cannabis distribution and delivery company, has been involved in Oakland’s equity program for the past 10 months. Graves was quoted in a blog post on ECO’s website, saying, “The program assisted in my ability to obtain a cannabis license and start a business.” Furthermore, Graves said in the blog that Ahaesy “showed true sincerity in assisting and working with” him and other social equity applicants, unlike “sharks” who had approached him. In addition, ECO has sold wholesale product to My Natural Solutions, Buchanan said. The grant funding from BCC and GO-Biz has been a boon for the incubator program, allowing ECO “to continue to fulfill its mission in supporting marginalized and oppressed people who deserve a chance to grow in the industry with us,” Ahaesy said. Ahaesy added that “industry, policymakers and other stakeholders” can all play a role in breaking down barriers to entry and success for Black, Brown, indigenous and people of color (BBIPOC). In addition, he said, “The industry can raise its standards in practicing diverse hiring strategies. Representation in [media and social media] also matters to folks, especially to marginalized and oppressed groups.” “[Providing] more training programs that are cannabis management-specific for those who have had no formal education and/or training would be a valuable resource for BBIPOC in the cannabis industry,” Ahaesy said. “Making cannabis legislation more accessible and understandable for those same individuals such that they feel empowered in their cannabis careers would be another step in the right direction.” Buchanan highlighted some developments that are on the horizon at ECO. “We are currently expanding the number of grow rooms on our main campus [Mossrock], launching a new line of manufactured products under the brand ‘Oak Town Labs,’ re-inventing our ‘Dankfoot’ brand to focus on infused products, and developing a line of health and beauty products which will be known as ‘Higher Self,’” she said.
“幸福大使”并不是一个绰号,也不是他身边密友和同事的非正式称呼,而是乔尔·马修·费舍尔的官方和合法头衔,他是俄勒冈州East Fork Cultirars的共同拥有者。对国税局来说,他简直就是公司的幸福大使。 阿伦·霍华德和梅森·沃克·菲舍尔与他的合伙人内森·霍华德一起,在塔基尔马的东福克牧场组成了一个名为“东呆子”的四重奏,塔基尔马位于梅德福东南约40英里处,他们的大麻和大麻生意于2015年在这里启动。他们拥有大约4万平方英尺的树冠和12英亩的手工大麻。 费舍尔也是一个有执照的房地产经纪人,房地产投资者和个人理财教练,他于一月八日意外去世,年仅37岁,使他的东福克家庭饱受摧残。菲舍尔的遗属是他的妻子崔西娅·陈,母亲特里·菲舍尔,兄弟迈克·菲舍尔和戴夫·菲舍尔。 他的死让我心碎,内森·霍华德在社交媒体上发帖说。当我能够让自己重新振作起来时,我希望能以他的精神,爱和生活方式作为指路明灯。 霍华德把菲舍尔描述成一个神奇的人,他以超现实的热情和激情经历了一生,这在他的朋友和家人中都是传奇。 菲舍尔在波特兰长大,他坚信人们的能力远远超出自己的想象,他建立并发展了一种影响周围人的能力。 霍华德在谈到菲舍尔的思想时说:每个人都有进一步增强能力的空间,他们真的只需要一个导师。因此,乔尔处理一切事情的一个基石是,如果人们相信他们能做到,他们就能做到。如果人们受到创伤,被打倒,被欺负,或者被别人说他们做不到,如果他们把这些内化,那是最糟糕的事情,因为那会使他们更有可能不去改变自己的生活,不去做他们想做的事。 除了让其他人追随自己的激情,费舍尔还热衷于赠送小礼物,比如赫德大量购买有机薰衣草,然后装进蓝色的小瓶,放在口袋里,分发给第一次见面的人。 更不用说,费舍尔还经常免费帮助他人提供咨询,不管是买房子还是一般的财务规划。他的慷慨为他赢得了一个绰号,东福克栽培的守护神。 那是又小又大的东西,霍华德说。但“幸福大使”这个称号其实是为了帮助其他人在生活中找到更多的幸福。 根据他的讣告,费舍尔强调要让周围的人感到被爱。他总是准备冒险,过去几年的大部分时间都在周游世界。他在俄勒冈州大麻社区和他自己的社区都有广泛的活动。 霍华德说:“他对俄勒冈州乃至全世界人民的影响是惊人的。”直到他死后才变得更清楚。他的成就,无论是个人的还是专业的,都同样惊人。 内森·霍华德和艾伦·霍华德也经历了失去亲人的悲痛,他们的另一个哥哥韦斯利·霍华德于2017年死于严重的神经纤维瘤病相关并发症,神经纤维瘤病是一种遗传疾病,会导致脑部,脊柱和神经等神经组织形成肿瘤。 韦斯利的病情促使霍华德夫妇开始在俄勒冈州南部的家中种植医用大麻,这是一个曾经的美洲驼饲养牧场,以帮助他们的兄弟治疗疼痛和其他疾病。 当他的哥哥韦斯利去世时,内森·霍华德说菲舍尔在那里支持他。 霍华德说:“乔尔和我一起参加一个商业会议,准备建造一个叫做东福克的地方,这时我接到电话,说我哥哥韦斯利突然去世了。”乔尔开车送我到韦斯利的公寓,拥抱我,陪着我向他的遗体告别,并帮助我的家人做我们现在为乔尔做的所有死后安排。他分享了他在失去父亲太快之后获得的基本智慧。 但菲舍尔留下的不仅仅是他在东福克栽培公司的25名同事组成的紧密社区。在一个为菲舍尔创建的纪念网站上,各行各业认识他的人分享了他们的哀悼和回忆。 在加入东福克大学之前,在俄勒冈州立大学获得政治学学士学位的费舍尔在俄勒冈政界工作了12年。俄勒冈州参议员Sara Gelser和前俄勒冈州众议院议长Dave Hunt用他们的感言向菲舍尔致敬。 我的心都碎了,盖尔塞森说。在我的立法生涯的早期,早期,早期,我就开始和乔尔一起工作。他总是那么聪明,风趣,开朗,灵活,富有魅力。对于那些幸运地让他成为你日常生活的一部分的人,请知道他是多么的受人敬佩,多么的受人爱戴,在这悲伤的时刻,你也被爱包裹着。 亨特在费舍尔的纪念页面上写道,他们都是美国浸礼会传教士的儿子,但他们真正认识对方是在2006年费舍尔在尤金为前州众议员克里斯爱德华的立法竞选开始他的政治旅程时。 虽然乔尔和克里斯都是骄傲的海狸,但看着他隐藏自己的色彩,在鸭子之乡的中心找到成功还是很有趣的,亨特谈到菲舍尔时说,菲舍尔是俄勒冈州立大学的毕业生,在俄勒冈大学的同一个城市工作。他的成功之旅随后继续在[俄勒冈州]国会大厦内外进行。2008年,他在[俄勒冈州商界]展示了他对公平和正义的终极承诺。 亨特继续说,大约15年前,乔尔和我都失去了父亲。从那以后,我们分享了许多关于我们是多么想念我们的父亲,以及为他们的早逝而挣扎的谈话。在这悲惨的日子里,愿上帝给乔尔的妻子,母亲特里·苏,家人和朋友带来安慰。 在菲舍尔的政治生涯早期,他是现任俄勒冈州众议院议长蒂娜·科泰克的政策顾问,他帮助后者重新设计了该州的贫困家庭临时援助计划(TANF),根据菲舍尔的LinkedIn页面,该计划旨在帮助有孩子的低收入家庭实现经济上的自给自足,并在政治过程中指导他们。 谈到大麻立法时,霍华德说,费舍尔参与了导致投票第91号法案通过的工作,该法案于2014年使该州的成年人使用大麻合法化。 俄勒冈州参议员Michael Dembrow证实,费舍尔长期居住的地区将在即将到来的立法会议上提出一项法案,以纪念费舍尔的记忆,遗产以及他在上议院的所有政治贡献。乔尔是个好人,深受俄勒冈州议会同事的爱戴和尊敬。 当费舍尔的政治影响扩展到全州的各个角落时,回到东福克的牧场,他发现了他最喜欢的酸菠萝。费舍尔在他的公司简历中说,精神上,当他情绪低落时,它把他扶起来,当他情绪高涨时,它把他安顿下来。从身体上来说,他说这对锻炼后的恢复和全面缓解都是很好的。那些还喜欢东福克斯酸菠萝的人可以和费舍尔联系在一起。 自从上周五以来,霍华德说他花了很多时间和费舍尔的家人和朋友在费舍尔的家里试图让他们的思想围绕着他离开的事实。 霍华德说:“在过去的五年里,我们大部分时间都在交谈。”我最近生活中很多最喜欢的回忆都是和乔尔在一起的。我们没有说再见,当我们结束约会,或跳下电话,我们说:“我爱你。” 编辑注:这篇文章是一月十五日更新的,有一处更正。这个故事的早期版本错误地陈述了hemp,超过1%THC的测试将不会被认为是一个疏忽违规。 美国农业部公布了对大麻的最终规定,这意味着大麻行业进入了一个稳定的时代。大麻行业自2010年合法化以来一直处于不断变化之中,如果新一届政府决定继续执行这些规定,那么这个行业可能将进入一个稳定的时代。 最终规则将于3月22日生效,取代2019年10月31日公布的美国农业部关于大麻的临时最终规则(IFR)。 美国农业部营销和监管计划部部长格雷格·伊巴赫在一份声明中说,随着这一最终规则的公布,美国农业部结束了一个完整而透明的规则制定过程,该过程始于2019年3月的大麻听取会。美国农业部的工作人员根据你在三个评论期提供的信息以及你在一个生长季节的经验,制定了符合国会意图的法规,同时为各州,部落和个体生产者提供了一个公平,一致,基于科学的过程。美国农业部工作人员将继续开展教育和外联活动,以帮助工业界遵守这些要求。 300页的规则概述了许可证要求,记录保存要求,测试四氢大麻酚(THC)浓度的程序,处置不符合要求的工厂的程序等等。 大麻的THC限制仍然保持在0.3%,尽管在IFR上至少有几百甚至上千条评论,以及行业组织的努力,敦促将THC限制提高到1%。(就在美国农业部发布最终规定的前一天,肯塔基州立法者提出了一项法案,将该州大麻中THC的允许含量提高到1%。) 然而,Vicente Sederberg LLP大麻和大麻素部门合伙人兼主席肖恩·豪泽表示,根据在两个不同的评论期内收到的关于IFR的反馈,最终规则做出了一些改进。这些措施包括: Hauser在一份声明中说,从禁令到法律和监管体系的转变需要时间,USDA的最终规则是美国大麻的历史性的一步。我们无疑正在取得进展,我们将继续与监管机构合作,并通过国会完善针对Hemp的监管结构。 2020年,美国农业部宣布推迟IFR中概述的一些要求,包括要求实验室由美国药品执法局(DEA)注册,以及要求生产商使用DEA注册的执法机构来处理不符合要求的工厂。根据最终规则,这些延迟被进一步延长至2022年12月。 根据2014年农业法案运作的州将继续被允许这样做,直到2022年1月1日。 最终的规则是最终的吗? 美国国家工业大麻委员会发言人拉里·法恩斯沃思说,该组织很高兴美国农业部终于发布了他们期待已久的美国国内大麻生产条例,也很高兴他们听取了行业对抽样和检测的担忧。 然而,随着当选总统乔·比登的就职典礼定于一月二十日举行,法恩斯沃思预测,最终的规则可能不会是联邦大麻法规的终结。 Farnsworth告诉Hemp Grower,我们预计,这是新政府的惯例,在拜登执政的第一天,这将是许多将被冻结的规则之一。我们期待着与即将上任的拜登政府一起解决这些问题,并在2014年政府落日之前用今年的所有时间来解决这些问题。 ECO Canabis不仅为自己,也为生活在加利福尼亚州奥克兰的人们服务,这些人受到了大麻禁令的影响。 这个垂直整合的公司在东奥克兰经营着一个社会公平药房和送货业务的孵化计划,并从社会公平公司购买了其产品的50%。在ECO一直在孵化的8家公司中,有6家已经毕业。经合组织还促进多样化的雇用,雇用受禁毒战争影响的人。 ECO于2019年1月启动,拥有种植,制造和零售业务。该公司在一个名为Mossrock的工厂种植大麻作物,并在另一个名为Rubberrock的工厂生产大麻作物。这两个设施都位于东奥克兰,总面积为9万平方英尺。它的店面位于奥克兰的电报大道。 经济合作组织的就业情况是多种多样的,包括在那里工作的人和他们从事的工作。ECO首席执行官凯文·阿海西在一封电子邮件中说,例如,该公司雇用和提拔以前被监禁的人,这有助于这些人重新融入社会。 Ahaesy说,坚持一个组织结构和文化,以帮助那些受大麻禁令影响的人,将会有很长的路要走。例如,在内部和外部开发,管理和促进围绕多样性,公平包容和归属感(DEIB)的倡议,以改善……员工的招聘,雇用,保留,组织文化,晋升和进步……可以对这些员工的工作和生活经验产生显著的积极影响。 Ahaesy说,大约35名Ecos员工从事种植和制造业,大约15人从事零售业。他说,在寻找员工时,ECO与就业项目合作,这些项目为那些曾经被监禁和/或受禁毒战争影响的人提供服务。在我们所有的招聘广告中,我们也强烈鼓励那些个人,黑人,棕色人,土著人,有色人种,妇女,以及LGBTQIA的人来申请。 ECO公司的执行助理安娜·瓦利亚说,员工们的工作是生产和销售广受欢迎的天然气品种,如空气头,太空之花(空气头花上覆盖着相同品种的kief)和城市煤气。 正如Walia指出的那样,奥克兰市从加利福尼亚州大麻管制局和州长商业和经济发展办公室(GO-Biz)获得了650多万美元的赠款,用于大麻公平方案。 她说,这笔资金可以支付股权申请人在奥克兰市无需支付的许可费。 相关:需要知道:州美元帮助萨克拉门托建立股权计划 根据奥克兰的市政法规,奥克兰一半的大麻企业必须发行给股权申请者。除了符合奥克兰的居住条件外,这些申请人还必须符合一定的收入标准,并且在过去20年中至少有10年居住在奥克兰警察局指定的21个区中的一个区,或者自1996年11月5号以来在奥克兰因吸食大麻而被判有罪。 瓦利亚说,ECO赞助了这些大麻公司,并坚持其50%的员工以前曾被监禁过,因此有机会在行业中发展壮大。 该公司首席运营官安博•布坎南表示:“该公司聘用的是在自己的领域享有卓越声誉的优秀人才。”我们支持这些人才,确保他们拥有一切成功的工具,包括为精准农业定制的全传感器环境监测设施,最先进的LED照明,自动灌溉施肥系统和先进的闭环提取设备。我们的消费者和员工的安全是我们的首要任务,我们的设施每天从上到下都按照医院级别的协议进行消毒。 通过与ECO合作,孵化的公司取得了越来越多的成功。Olando Graves是一家大麻分销和运送公司My Natural Solutions的所有者,他在过去10个月里一直参与奥克兰的股权计划。在ECOS网站的一篇博文中引用了格雷夫斯的话,他说,这个项目帮助了我获得大麻许可证和创业的能力。 再者,格雷夫斯在博客中说,Ahaesy表现出了真正的诚意来协助并与他和其他社会公平申请者一起工作,而不像曾经接近过他的鲨鱼。 此外,ECO还向我的自然解决方案批发产品,Buchanan说。 Ahaesy说,BCC和GO-Biz提供的赠款对孵化器项目来说是一个福音,使ECO能够继续履行其使命,支持边缘化和受压迫的人,这些人应该有机会与我们一起在行业中成长。 Ahaesy补充说,行业,政策制定者和其他利益攸关方都可以在打破黑人,棕色人,土著人和有色人种进入和成功的障碍方面发挥作用(BBIPOC)。此外,他还表示,该行业可以在实施多样化招聘策略方面提高标准。在[媒体和社交媒体]中的代表权也关系到民众,特别是边缘化和受压迫群体。 Ahaesy说,为那些没有受过正规教育和/或培训的人提供更多专门针对大麻管理的培训方案,将是BBIPOC在大麻行业的宝贵资源。使这些人更容易获得和理解大麻立法,从而使他们感到自己在大麻事业中获得了权力,这将是朝着正确方向迈出的又一步。 布坎南强调了经济合作组织即将出现的一些事态发展。她说:“我们目前正在扩大主校区(Mossrock)的种植室数量,推出一系列新的制成品,品牌为Oak Town Labs,重新发明我们的DankFooth品牌,专注于灌装产品,并开发一系列健康和美容产品,名为Higher Self.”