FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Mendocino County, CA (March 24, 2021) - Mendocino County's Board of Supervisors unanimously votes to hire Kristin Nevedal as the Cannabis Program Manager for the county.
On March 9, 2021, a unanimous vote was cast by the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors to hire Kristin Nevedal as the county's cannabis program manager. She officially started her position Monday, March 15. Nevedal shared her response with The Willits News, stating, "I'm excited to be working with the county in its effort to develop and implement a meaningful cannabis regulatory program. I want to thank the Board of Supervisors for their support and confidence. I'm deeply humbled by the opportunity."
Nevedal has years of experience within the cannabis industry and community, known for her work as a member/chairperson of multiple subcommittees for the Bureau of Cannabis Control, Board Member for the California Cannabis Industry Association, Co-Founder and Executive Director for the International Cannabis Farmers Association, Co-Founder and Vice President for the Humboldt Growers Association, Director of Education for The Emerald Cup, and Senior Advisor/Board Member/Interim Executive Director for the Coalition for Cannabis Policy Reform.
While the implementation of Mendocino County's cannabis program has had its challenges, Ted Williams, Fifth District Mendocino County Supervisor, believes Nevedal has the experience necessary to resolve the cannabis cultivator permitting backlog and manage the county's cannabis program well. "The dual and largely disjointed state license/county permit dynamic is one of the most complex technical problems the county faces. Kristin joins as the looming State sunset of (temporary) provisional licenses jeopardizes $5.5M annual county revenue, environmental and neighborhood protection. I expect she will hit the ground running and accelerate both application processing and expectation-setting outreach," said Williams on his Facebook page.
The other Board of Supervisor members had similar praise to give Nevedal. Third District Supervisor John Haschak added, "Kristin has an excellent history of cannabis experience at state, regional, and local levels. Her ability to work with stakeholders and governmental entities will serve Mendocino County well."
The Hive Mendocino member farms, all located in the third and fifth districts of the county, are excited to have Nevedal as their county's cannabis program manager. Hildi Gerhart and Avery Edmunds with Fire Flower Farm call Supervisor John Haschak’s District 3 their home, and the O'Donnell family with Sweet Sisters, Jared Adams and Kristen Garringer with Wildercraft Farms, and Courtney Bailey and Chris Butler with Giving Tree Farms all cultivate in Supervisor Ted Williams’ District 5. We support our county's decision to hire such a qualified individual for this important role and hope the county and Nevedal both find success moving forward.
Learn more about the Hive Mendocino Cooperative: www.HiveMendocino.coop
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