Make Your Voice Heard! Comment Now on the California MMJ Proposed Regulations

Dear friends and colleagues,

California’s much-anticipated draft regulations for the medical cannabis industry were released today. This begins a 45-day public comment period, where people can provide feedback on the proposed regulations in writing and via public hearings. The agencies involved (the Department of Consumer Affairs, the Department of Food and Agriculture, and the Department of Public Health) will evaluate the comments submitted and may make changes. If the changes are significant, a new 45-day public notice and comment period will be needed before the regulations can be adopted. 

We encourage you to read through the draft regs as well and send in your own comments, as these regulations will affect just about everyone in the medical cannabis industry, from producers to consumers to patients. The last day to submit comments is June 12th.

While you’re at it, check out the new California Cannabis Portal: https://cannabis.ca.gov/



Sonoma County Cannabis Program “Dirt to Dispensary” Workshop Series

The Sonoma County Cannabis Program is hosting an eight-part workshop series to discuss all aspects of the Program, including permitting, zoning, compliance, standards, inspections, enforcement, business planning, taxation and more. Those interested in starting a cannabis business, permitting an existing operation, or getting more detail about what is required of cannabis businesses are encouraged to attend.

May 10, 2017 from 3:00 – 5:00 PM Cultivation Permits 101
This cannabis workshop is geared toward cultivators (indoor, outdoor, and mixed-light) and nurseries and will include an overview of cultivation and nursery permit requirements, site planning (setbacks, maps, building, etc.), biotic assessments, riparian corridor requirements, tree removal, and inspections.

May 17, 2017 from 3:00 – 5:00 PM Ordinance Standards and BMP Compliance for Cultivation
This cannabis workshop is for cultivators and focuses on complying with operating standards and best management practices (BMP), waste management, pesticide use, nutrient management, and erosion and sediment control.

May 24, 2017 from 3:00 – 5:00 PM Water and Wastewater
This cannabis workshop is primarily for cultivators and will discuss waste discharge requirements, runoff and storm water control, water supply and management, groundwater monitoring and well metering, and North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board’s waste discharge permit.

May 31, 2017 from 3:00 – 5:00 PM Cultivation Infrastructure
This cannabis workshop is geared toward cultivators, nurseries, any operators doing new construction, and operators on parcels that are not hooked up to municipal services. Staff will discuss main, support, and ancillary structure uses and permitting, security and seclusion (screening, fending and access), grading, and well and septic requirements and permitting.

More Information here: http://sonomacounty.ca.gov/CAO/Cannabis/Calendar/Cannabis-Program-Overview-May-3-2017/ 

Originally published by Omar Figueroa, Cannabis Attorney.

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