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CVCAN Newsletter – 5/8/2020


Message from the Secretary

To All our CVCAN Members, Bronze, Silver and those Gold Members, I want to first say Thank You for your continued support by keeping your membership dues paid in these difficult times for ALL of US!. None of us has Ever Been in this environment before and God willing, we won’t again. You’re CVCAN Board of Directors are sensitive to the business changes that you’ve had to make in this Corona Virus 2020 year. We realize that we are not out of this yet but, we are confident that this Valley and the Cities in this Valley will survive and will gradually get back to a “new normal”.

CVCAN’S existence depends on our membership and the “special events” that we have promoted and sponsored with your help in the past. Obviously, this is a different year. The reopening of our businesses and communities will take some time and patience. Your BOD is meeting regularly to “think out of the box” in creating even a better Value for your membership with CVCAN. We, the CVCAN organization, work for you! Without you, we have no “cannabis voice of the Coachella Valley”!

Our Executive Director that you all love, Quentin Dusastre, has put together a “survey” that is in this newsletter. PLEASE take a minute to share your thoughts. It’s very quick! This will give your BOD some more “direction” from our membership. Believe me, we’re coming up with some New and Valuable ways to promote you and your businesses in the coming months. Quentin will soon be starting a calling campaign to hear your thoughts and Thank You for your membership and involvement. We appreciate your feedback with Quentin.

We are still hopeful that we’ll be able to hold our Annual Golf Tournament which was the First Cannabis Golf Event in California. People are Still talking about it. We’ll also continue to schedule our Zoom Meetings with Important guests from local, County and State Government and the Cannabis Industry. We’re taking a more active approach to “Highlight” our Members, starting with our Gold Members in correspondence with these events and in our Newly formed Newsletter that your reading and this will definitely add more Value to your membership while getting your business better known to the membership.

Once Again, Thank You! We’re Here For You!


Jim Nelson – CVCAN Board Secretary / Board Member


Upcoming CVCAN Events


CVCAN’s Digital Event Series / 3rd Edition: 5/11/2020 – 5:30pm to 6:30pm PST – Join us on Zoom for our bi-monthly digital event series. This edition is in partnership with HEADSET who will provide a look at adult use cannabis sales on a week-over-week basis, looking at how Covid has affected sales and consumer preference. We’ll then go into a roundtable conversation and hear the Coachella Valley Retailers perspective including West Coast Cannabis Club, Joy of Life, and The Vault. This is a great opportunity to network with your cannabis peers, our members, and the local businesses & gov’t officials of value to you and to your business. Event is open to all. Registration required. CLICK HERE to register.

2nd Annual CVCAN Charity Golf Tournament:  9/18/2020 – This amazing event in collaboration with the Desert Cancer Foundation was originally scheduled for May 1st but has been postponed to September 18th due to COVID-19. This is going to be an amazing event with all 18 golf holes sponsored and consumption allowed on site!

This is a limited space event so REGISTER NOW and do not miss out!!!

Other Upcoming Events

California Cannabis Tourism Association Virtual Meeting: 05/12/2020 – 4:30pm PST – Open to all – Register here

Sensi Western-Region Xchange: 05/13/2020 – 10am PST – Open to CVCAN Members and industry proffessionals – Register here

CVCAN Survey

Please take 3 minutes to fill out this quick 5 question survey so that we may better serve you.


Application for CVCAN Board Seat


If you are interested in applying for the open board seat to join the CVCAN Board of Directors, please submit your aplication to by Monday, May 25th 2020. You must be a CVCAN Gold Member in order to apply, further info in application below. Thank you.

CVCAN Board Application.pdf


CVCAN Member Highlights


This will be an ongoing feature in our newsletter and free to our members. CVCAN MEMBERS: Please fill out this form in order to be highlighted in an upcoming newsletter and return it to

Member Highlight Form.docx

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Our thoughts are with our clients and the nation during this unprecedented time. The bartonCPA staff are working diligently to assist our clients with tax preparations, tax filing, and other financial services, including the various Stimulus Package loans and assistance programs. We are working via video conference calls, digital uploads using our secure portal, and personal delivery as needed.

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NCIA – National Cannabis Industry Association: Advocating for the Responsible Cannabis Industry.

Representing nearly 2,000 member-businesses and tens-of-thousands of cannabis professionals, NCIA is leading the charge to protect the legal cannabis industry, defend our state laws, and advance federal policy reforms. Successful businesses are joining NCIA every day to become stronger, smarter, and more prosperous by working together to end prohibition and expand opportunities within the legal cannabis industry.

NCIA is proud to have CVCAN as a long time ally through the AAP program. NCIA’s Allied Associations Program (“AAP”) facilitates cooperation between NCIA and Allied Associations and the sharing of resources for the mutual benefit of our respective memberships and the cannabis industry more broadly.

News Room


Cannabis pharmaceutical research firm taking over Kmart building in Desert Hot Springs – KESQ – The building at the corner of Palm Drive and Two Bunch Palms in Desert Hot Springs was a Kmart until last October. This summer, a new company is moving in.

California Regulators Release First-Of-Its-Kind “Organic” Cannabis PlanCannabis Wire – USDA organic status is off limits, as a result of federal cannabis prohibition. So California regulators have created “comparable-to-organic cannabis standards.”

Eight Cannabis Leaders Discuss Emerging Trends In The Industry Going Forward: 2020Forbes  – I have the great honor of trying out many products and visiting many dispensaries and cultivation sites, and can spot emerging trends, but wanted to see what some of the leaders in the industry are thinking, as well

Covid-19 info & resources