Advocacy and RehabilitationThank you for supporting Falcanna as it gives us an opportunity to give back in meaningful ways.
Making the world a better place has always been important to Bethany and Justin Rondeaux, the owners of Falcanna. Falcanna is a 100% minority owned company (50% woman-owned, 50% Native American-owned) that advocates to protect the cannabis industry in a way that allows small and minority owned businesses to flourish. Bethany and Justin are also passionate about preserving natural habitats and rehabilitating falcons and hawks so that they can be returned to the wild. Below, you will find a timeline of the activism and rehabilitation efforts made by Falcanna and the Rondeauxs.
Donated $1,000.00 to the Marijuana Policy Program (mpp.org), an organization that is working to end arrests for marijuana possession. Marijuana possession arrests disproportionately affect black and brown people. MPP works for fair marijuana policies that promote inclusion, equity, and justice both in legislation and in the cannabis industry.
Donated $1,000.00 to Give MN (welovelakestreet.com). All donations go to support businesses that have been impacted by recent demonstrations. Many small businesses are facing unexpected bills, high insurance deductibles, and a need for quick repairs.
Supported the Justice for Breonna Taylor Act – a bill to disallow no-knock warrants, which allow law enforcement officials to forcibly enter a home without announcing their authority or purpose. The bill would require federal law enforcement officers to provide notice of their authority and purpose before they can execute a warrant, and it would require the same of any state or local law enforcement agency that receives funds from the Department of Justice. paul.senate.gov/sites/default/files/page-attachments/JusticeforBreonnaTaylorAct.pdf
Donated $500.00 to Cannabis Cares (cannabiscares.xyz/), to help provide grants to bar and restaurant workers affected by the Coronavirus/COVID-19 shutdown.
Bethany went to Olympia during the first 2020 legislative session and spoke on record to oppose:
HB 2546 – A bill that would limit cannabis concentrates to no more than 10% total THC per gram. The bill was designed to limit concentrate so that it had to be sold via THC tablets, which can only be made purchasing an expensive tablet machine that would push small businesses out of the concentrate space. This bill did not become law.
HB 2263 – A bill that would have opened the Washington cannabis industry to further corporate takeover by allowing corporations to get out-of-state investments and ownership from publicly traded companies. In addition, the bill proposed no canopy limits. This bill was written all under the guise of helping minority businesses by giving them grants of 50 cents for every $100 given by out-of-state investors or publicly traded companies to the large corporate cannabis companies. This bill did not become law.
2020 Raptor Rehabilitation
Rescued a juvenile male red-tailed hawk with a sprained wing that was hit by a car. He was released back into the wild after gentle daily exercise until he could fully fly laps in the 40’x100’ flight rehab tunnel at the Rondeaux’s Raptor Facility.
Rescued a juvenile female Cooper’s hawk that hit a window and was incredibly malnourished. She was brought back to health with deworming, multiple small meals a day, and hydration. She was released after three weeks with a healthy amount of body fat restored to her.
Donated $500.00 to The Peregrine Fund (peregrinefund.org), a non-profit that works to conserve birds of prey worldwide. The vision is to create a sustainable raptor population and make sure their ecosystems thrive.
Bethany served on the Cannabis Farmers Council from January 2018 to November 2019 as a board member. She performed board duties such as reaching out to i502 cannabis growers about their needs, calling legislators and representatives about proposed bills, and corresponding with the LCB about proposed law changes.
Donated $498.92 (5% of June sales revenues for Uncle Ike’s) to Pride Entre Hermanos (entrehermanos.org), an organization that provides free sexual healthcare to members of the Latinx LGBTQ+ community.
Supported SB5318 – A bill relating to reforming the compliance and enforcement provisions for cannabis licensees. It required LCB to approach licensees from a place of education and better understanding of the cannabis laws than earlier approaches of searching for non-compliance and fining the offense. This bill became law.
Supported HB1792 – A bill that reduced the criminal charge from felony to gross misdemeanor for a budtender at a licensed shop who sells marijuana to someone younger than 21 years old. This bill became law.
Supported HB2052 – A bill that established a cannabis science task force to develop laboratory quality standards. Also transfers the authority for testing lab accreditation from the LCB to the Department of Ecology, effective July 1, 2024. This bill became law.
Falcanna became a monthly donating member to The Cannabis Alliance (thecannabisalliance.us). The Cannabis Alliance’s mission as a non-profit is to tell the real story about cannabis through education, advocacy, and setting the highest possible industry standards.
2019 Raptor Rehabilitation
Rescued a juvenile female peregrine falcon that was found on a neighbor’s porch and was very malnourished. Upon closer inspection, she was found to have a bad case of feather lice as well. After two months of rehabilitation, she was returned to the wild, happy and healthy.
Rescued a mature female bald eagle tangled in chicken coop netting. She required some stitching on a cut on her upper leg from the metal roof of the chicken coop. She was released unharmed an hour later.
2009 to 2018
This will be uploaded by July 10th, 2020 if you are interested in checking out earlier advocacy and rehabilitation years.