Gov Brown signs SB 65

September 16, 2017 at 5:13 PM

SB 65 aims at making sure drivers or passengers in vehicles do not smoke or consume marijuana in any form.

“This bill simply makes our laws on using marijuana while driving or riding in cars consistent with our laws on consuming alcohol while driving or riding in vehicles,” Sen. Jerry Hill, a Democrat representing San Mateo and Santa Clara counties, said of the bill he authored.

Hill said SB 65 “enhances” Prop. 64. That proposition, which was approved by California’s voters last November, stipulated that it’s illegal to have open pot containers in vehicles but doesn’t address the use of cannabis by other passengers or in other forms.

“The bill adds marijuana consumption to the law prohibiting alcohol consumption, which is an infraction currently punishable with a base fine of $70,” Hill’s office said.

“You should be holding the steering wheel — not a joint or an edible,” Santa Clara County District Attorney Rosen said of SB 65. “There is nothing recreational, medicinal or legal about hurting someone in a car accident when you’re high. Please don’t do it.”

One of the bills that Brown vetoed also had to do with marijuana. SB 663 was aimed at ensuring cannabis packages and labels are not attractive to children.

“Current law already prohibits cannabis and cannabis products from being designed to be attractive to children,” Brown said in his veto message, while adding that state licensing authorities are already working on labeling restrictions.

Healthy Soils Program Grant Applications Due September 19, 2017

September 5, 2017 at 11:17 AM

 Grant applications for the Healthy Soils Program – Incentives Program and Demonstration Projects are due by 5.00 p.m. on September 19, 2017. Applications and all supporting information must be submitted electronically using FAAST by September 19, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. PT. Technical assistance workshops to help potential applicants prepare and submit their Incentives Program applications are ongoing statewide and the schedule can be viewed at: https://www.cdfa.ca.gov/oefi/healthysoils/IncentivesProgram.html .

Riverside Supervisors Take Step In Permitting Process

August 29, 2017 at 5:17 PM

The Board of Supervisors Tuesday directed the Office of County Counsel and other agencies to draft an ordinance that will create a permitting process for the sale and commercial cultivation of marijuana in Riverside County’s unincorporated communities. read more

Tackle Nitrate Pollution With Local Solutions

August 25, 2017 at 12:43 PM

It will take decades to slow nitrate contamination in groundwater from industrial agriculture in parts of the state of California, so communities are taking matters into their own hands to get clean drinking water.

A by-product of the nitrogen fertilizer that farmers put on crops, nitrates in groundwater have increased since the rise of industrial agriculture in the 1950’s. Growers apply more fertilizer than the crops can absorb, and the excess nitrates are then washed into surface or groundwater when the crops are irrigated. Read more

National Farmers Market Week Aug 6-12

August 8, 2017 at 3:50 PM

From the AMS blog:

National Farmers Market Week is August 6-12, 2017! AMS has created branding to help farmers market managers promote their celebrations and build recognition of National Farmers Market Week. These branding graphics can be used to make posters, emails, buttons, and much more. We’re offering two color options: full-color, or a single-color (brown) format that can work as a neutral for markets with established branding.

Download our branding packs below. For help downloading and using these graphics, visit our tips page.

https://www.ams.usda.gov/publications/NFMW

Carbon Farming: California Focus on Soil to Meet Climate, Water Goals

August 4, 2017 at 9:55 AM

A pioneering program in California aims to sequester carbon, improve water resources and boost plant growth, by treating the soil beneath farmers’ and ranchers’ feet as part of a living system.

 

Read more at  WaterDeeply.com

Draft Program Environmental Impact Report Now Available for Your Comments

July 29, 2017 at 1:04 PM

15 June 2017

Hello CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing Stakeholders:

The public comment period for the proposed medical cannabis cultivation regulations closed on June 14, 2017, and we sincerely appreciate your participation.

Today we are excited to announce the release of the CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing Draft Program Environmental Impact Report (PEIR) for public review and comment. This environmental report can be viewed here.

The Draft PEIR provides information about the potential environmental effects associated with the adoption and implementation of statewide cannabis cultivation regulations. Additional information on the PEIR can be found by reading this Frequently Asked Questions handout on the environmental review process.

The release of the Draft PEIR triggers a 45-day public review and comment period to allow agencies and interested parties the opportunity to provide input on the environmental analyses, mitigation measures, and alternatives associated with statewide cannabis cultivation. Public and agency comments on the Draft PEIR are a critical part of the environmental review process.

The formal comment period for the CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing Draft PEIR begins on June 15, 2017, and ends on July 31, 2017, 5pm (PST).

Written comments can be mailed to:

California Department of Food and Agriculture
Attn: Amber Morris
CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing
Program Environmental Impact Report
1220 N Street, Suite 400
Sacramento, CA 95814

Comments also may be emailed tocalcannabis.peir@cdfa.ca.gov

Four workshops will be held to provide the public and regulatory agencies an opportunity to ask questions and submit verbal comments on the Draft PEIR.

ALL MEETINGS WILL BE HELD FROM 6PM TO 8PM

Tuesday, July 11- Weaverville

Weaverville Veterans Memorial Hall
101 Memorial Lane
Weaverville, CA 96093
Thursday, July 13 – Quincy

Plumas County Fairgrounds
204 Fairground Road
Quincy, CA 95971

Tuesday, July 18 – Monterey

Monterey Marriott
350 Calle Principal
Monterey, CA 93940

Thursday, July 20 – San Diego

Hilton Mission Valley
901 Camino del Rio South
San Diego, CA 92108

We look forward to your involvement in this important part of developing California’s medical cannabis cultivation licensing regulations.

Get plugged in as a government contractor

July 25, 2017 at 10:47 AM

This is a free event 

Meet and hear from SBA and its funded resource partners: IE Small Business Development Center, IE Women’s Business Center & IE SCORE

– Learn about certifications available through SBA, State and Local government

– Find out about the application process

– Where to look for opportunities

– Marketing your product/service to the Federal government

https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USSBA/bulletins/1ac4504

Forbes says: Edibles Are The Next Big Thing For Pot Entrepreneurs

July 22, 2017 at 3:18 PM

As more states legalize cannabis for recreational use, edibles will become a huge market for entrepreneurs. In California alone, consumers gobbled up more than $180 million worth of marijuana-infused food and drinks last year, 10% of the state’s cannabis sales.  Click here to read the full article

Want a permit in San Jacinto?

July 20, 2017 at 3:13 PM

SAN JACINTO: The City Council set the permit fee at $16,500 during its meeting Tuesday, July 18. Annual permit renewals will cost $6,000 and there also will be a $10,000 fee to transfer a permit. Read more