Network Structure and Operations
We are a single-issue public policy advocacy network organized to advance hemp in California. The only requirement for network membership is support for our policy framework and the willingness to communicate that support.
Membership, communication, and activity in the network is maintained with five points of data for each member: 1. fist name 2. last name 3. email 4. phone number 5. zip code. Membership data will be kept secure, never shared outside the network, monetized, or sold. Summary information, only for identifying the number of members statewide and by county and city can be made public.
Our network has no dues or fees. It is self-supporting though voluntary contributions by supporters and sponsors. Contributions are capped so that no individual or group has undue influence within the network.
Membership is free.
We do accept voluntary contributions.
The initial level for voluntary contributions is $10 per year for supporters and $100 to $500 per year for sponsors. Sponsors have the option of additionally sponsoring network events and special projects.
The network is non-professional and non-commercial.
Our mission is to promote our policy framework and active, engaged citizenship. The network can pay managers and special workers, but they are trusted servants and do not govern the network.
A volunteer steering committee oversees the work and management of the network. The steering committee meets monthly by telephone and/or video conference. Minutes of the meetings are available to all members on the network website.
The Network Steering Committee and all sub-committees reporting to it use democratic practices and Roberts Rules for formal decision making. Steering committee membership rotate and are limited to not less than 6 months and not more than 18 months. A secretary-treasurer for the steering committee gives a monthly financial report at each meeting for the network membership.
Any changes to the Network's Policy Framework must be proposed by the steering committee, then voted on and passed by a two-thirds majority of the network membership. Any member of the network can request a member of the steering committee to propose changes to the Network's Policy Framework.