Who we are
The Craft Cannabis Alliance is a membership association of cannabis and allied businesses. We share a commitment to an authentic craft cannabis industry that respects and serves people, place, planet, and plant. We are building an industry we can be proud of, one that benefits Oregon, our communities, and everyone who touches the plant. We believe that an authentic craft cannabis industry reflects the positive impacts of the cannabis plant itself, by bringing people together and adding value to their lives.
The Craft Cannabis Alliance is committed to defining, promoting, and celebrating authentic Oregon craft cannabis. We are a network of values-driven Oregon-owned cannabis companies producing world class cannabis products, and building an industry dedicated to people, place, planet, and plant.
We believe in, and have committed to, the following:
Social engagement. Ethical and inclusive employment practices, community engagement, and good corporate citizenship.
Local ownership. CCA cannabis businesses are majority Oregon owned, building our local economies, and investing in our communities.
Social justice. Using our platform to promote sane and rational public policy, to stand for freedom of consciousness, and to fight for comprehensive justice and equal rights.
Environmental sustainability. Having a positive impact on the environment both locally and globally.
Founder and executive director Adam J. Smith
In a career spanning more than two decades, Adam has been sole or collaborative founder of a series of successful non-profits and public policy campaigns, has served on the boards of directors for statewide and national civic engagement organizations, led teams of nurses in collective bargaining negotiations across Oregon, lobbied members of Congress and state legislatures, advised non-profit and for- profit clients on a range of issues, and was a founding partner in a company bringing Pacific Northwest craft beer and artisan wine to Hawaii.
In 1996, Adam launched the nation’s first online newsmagazine and syndicated radio news show focused entirely on domestic and international drug policy reform. In 1998, he conceptualized and launched the Higher Education Act Reform Campaign, which won back the right to federal financial aid for students with drug convictions. As part of the HEA campaign, he shepherded the founding of Students for Sensible Drug Policy, the world’s largest student-led drug policy reform organization, now active in more than forty states and 25 countries, and recognized as an NGO at the United Nations. In 2002, Adam joined the founding board of directors of the Oregon Bus Project, and in 2004, helped launch the League of Young Voters, a national civic engagement organization working with young people of color. In 2006, Adam launched the Vote By Mail Project, which successfully expanded access to mail-in voting in multiple states, most notably moving Colorado to full vote by mail elections.
Adam received his B.A. in Urban Studies from the City University of New York, and his J.D. from the Boston University School of Law. He lives in Portland, Oregon.
Adam’s writing on drug policy and civic engagement has appeared in more than 40 print and online publications, including REASON Magazine, The Guardian UK, Mother Jones Online, Alternet, and The Razorwire. He has also produced chapters for the books Busted; Stone Cowboys, Narco Lords, and America’s War on Drugs, (Mike Gray, Ed.), Drug Trafficking (Auriana Ojeda, Ed.) and How To Get Stupid White Men Out of Office (Billy Wimsatt and Adrienne Maree Brown, Eds.).
What does it mean to be a craftsperson?
A craftsperson is someone devoted to creating products they love, as well as they possibly can, for themselves and their friends, and to share with others who love it too!
Being a craftsperson means more than just making something well. It means being fully engaged in the cultural and historical context of your craft, knowing and honoring what has come before, while setting a standard for all those who will follow.
For more than a thousand years, the Guilds were organizations of craftspeople, setting and enforcing standards for themselves and their profession, deciding who was qualified to use their mark. They knew that you were only an authentic craftsperson if other craftspeople recognized you as such. And that recognition, the mark of the Guild, was an assurance of quality and ethical practices to consumers everywhere.
Today, we see the continuation of that ethic in many professions, and now we are creating those standards for Oregon's next great craft industry, legal cannabis.