Free Online Commercial Cannabis Permitting Workshop

One of the great things about California’s Department of Fish and Wildlife and California’s Department of Food and Agriculture is that they offer some great classes, workshops, and information that is really well presented.

Take this latest workshop for instance. The CDFW, CDFA and the State Water Resources Control Board are teaming up to host a free online commercial cannabis cultivate permitting workshop. I like the program because it’s open to those interested in, new to, and existing commercial cannabis cultivators.

If you haven’t taken workshops like this before, this is a great way to get your feet wet and learn about the state’s cultivation licensing program and as well as lean  what the requirements are for cannabis farming. Much like any other agricultural enterprise, there are rules to follow – and they’re not draconian, which is a fear most new farmers have.

In the workshop, the CDFW will talk about environmental impacts, and cover lake and streambed alteration agreements. The CDFA will discuss the actual licensing for cultivation as well as the actual state requirements for farming. Finally, the State Water Board will go over California cannabis policy and the permitting process.

To sign up for the workshop:
Friday, Feb. 21 from 10 to 11:30 a.m.
Registration link:

Important details I found on the CDFW website: 

To learn more about CDFW’s cannabis program, please visit or email To report environmental crimes, such as water diversions, pollution and poaching, call the CalTIP hotline at (888) 334-2258 or text information to “TIP411” (847411).

For information on the California Cannabis Track-and-Trace Metrc System, please visit CDFA’s webpage at, call (833) CALGROW or (833) 225-4769 or send an email to To report suspected illegal cannabis cultivation or related complaints, call (833) WEED-TIP or (833) 933-3847.

To learn more about the State Water Board’s role in cannabis cultivation permitting, please visit For permitting and compliance assistance, email or call (916) 341-5580 (Cannabis Cultivation General Order), or email or call (916) 319-9427 (cannabis cultivation water rights).