California Department Of Fish And Wildlife To Hold Commercial Cannabis Licensing Workshop

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA), and the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) have announced that they will be hosting a free online commercial cannabis cultivation permitting workshop this month.

During the workshop, CDFA’s CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing Division will present an overview of the commercial cannabis farmer licensing process and SWRCB will cover important information such as cultivation policy, water rights, and water quality regulations.

CDFW will address Lake and Streambed Alteration agreements and talk about how growers can limit their impact on the environment.

The Department of Pesticide Regulation, the Franchise Tax Board, and the Employment Development Department will also be participating in the workshop.

There will be a question and answer period at the end of the workshop as well.

“This online workshop allows cultivators to learn more about the regulatory requirements of commercial cannabis cultivation from a location of their choice,” says CDFW Acting Cannabis Program Director Jennifer Nguyen. “There is no better time to understand more about state compliance, reducing environmental impacts and setting up your grow for success.”

CDFW recommends that commercial cannabis cultivators of all sizes be proactive in avoiding common pitfalls that can result in enforcement actions by obtaining state licenses and county permits and incorporating best management practices.

Those interested in attending the online workshop are encouraged to sign up early as space is limited to 200 participants.