Our Impact

Good for The Emerald Triangle

The Emerald Triangle of Mendocino, Humboldt, and Trinity counties has a reputation for growing some of the world’s finest outdoor medical cannabis. It’s a distinction we’re proud of and we work to promote our region’s sustainably grown medical cannabis across the state of California.

As cannabis’ medicinal and industrial value has gained ground over the last 15 years so has the industry. Emerald Growers Association (EGA) works each day to develop markets for all-natural products and services from the region to ensure the future economic survival of the people of Mendocino, Humboldt, and Trinity.

Good for California

California showed compassion when it passed Proposition 215 in 1996. Since that landmark vote the residents of California have generally been able to access legally produced medical cannabis that relieves dozens of symptoms and vastly improves their lives. However, opponents of medical cannabis threaten patient access across the state and the EGA is committed to helping create a statewide regulatory framework that will ensure safe access for patients and jobs for producers in the future.

The people of California can also take comfort in the fact that the aboveground, legal medical cannabis industry is indirectly reducing crime by cutting into the profits of illegal gangs and cartels who have little or no concern for public health, the community, or the environment. The EGA seeks to organize legal operators within the industry who are embracing a unified vision of what a safe, healthy, green economy should look like.

EGA Accomplishments

  • EGA is currently working at the state and local levels to advocate for public policy that protects and promotes sun-grown medical cannabis cultivation.
  • Established a strategic alliance with leading medical cannabis providers to promote sun-grown medical cannabis.
  • Established a strategic alliance with other advocacy organizations such as Americans for Safe Access and California NORML in order to fortify and coordinate lobbying efforts.

Good for the Environment

According to the Mills study, indoor marijuana cultivation is responsible for one percent of national energy use. That’s enough to power two million average households for an entire year! In Mendocino, Humboldt, and Trinity counties there’s no reason to grow medicinal marijuana indoors due to a unique climate of dry sunny days and cool foggy nights. Cannabis plants love the conditions and as more growers move outdoors under the California sun the state’s rate of energy consumption will decrease and the quality of the medical cannabis will improve.

Sustainable cultivation is about more than just growing in the great outdoors (although that’s a big part of it). The EGA also advocates for the use of organic nutrients, composts, and fertilizers as well as good manufacturing and distribution practices that utilize compostable and recyclable materials. The EGA works on multiple levels to support growers in their transition to sustainable medical cannabis farming, processing, handling, and packaging.

Learn more about the impact of sustainable vs. indoor medical cannabis in our Resources section.