On Dec. 14, 2016, CannaCraft, a group of California-based cannabis companies raided this past summer, held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark its approval from the City of Santa Rosa to open back up for business, as reported by The Press Democrat.
“It’s a sign of how the times have changed when we have local governments in support of manufacturing,” said Nate Bradley, executive director of the California Cannabis Industry Association. “Santa Rosa is leading the way in the state.”
CBD Guild’s Care By Design and AbsoluteXtracts fall under the CannaCraft management umbrella, as do Sonoma Lab Works and Critical Solutions. The Santa Rosa Police Department and agents with the Drug Enforcement Administration raided the CBD Guild on June 15, 2016, seizing approximately $5 million of property, $500,000 in payroll cash and $1.5 in inventory.
The raid was prompted by a former CBD Guild employee who told authorities that the company’s lab conditions weren’t safe. Despite the raid, CannaCraft has still had $10 million in sales this year, according to the New York Times.
Following the raid, on Sept. 29, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill to protect medical cannabis extractors from arrest and prosecution under misapplication of the “meth house statute.”
You can watch the ribbon-cutting ceremony below.