April 28, 2017 at 1:58 PM


(Sacramento) Today the Bureau of Medical Cannabis Regulation, the Department of Food and Agriculture and the Department of Public Health released much awaited and anticipated proposed regulations. These rules are intended to allow the state to meet the January 1, 2018 deadline set by the Medical Cannabis Regulatory and Safety Act.

The regulations now go to the public for a 45 day comment period. Comments can be made in a number of methods outlined on the state agencies websites. Comments are due no later than June 12th. There will be a handful of public hearings throughout the state. There is information about how to make comments on the regulations below.

More information about the regulations can be found here:

WEBINAR: Controlling Weeds in Greenhouses and Other Covered Grower Structures

April 14, 2017 at 6:57 PM
Date: Wednesday, April 25
Time: 1:00 p.m. Eastern/Noon Central
You’ve got weeds in your covered growing spaces, and Dr. Joe Neal, professor of weed science at NCSU, can help you get rid of them by helping you develop a safe and effective weed management plan. Sponsored by BASF.
You won’t want to miss these! Register at

Class teaches marijuana dispensaries how to deal with police raids in L.A.

April 10, 2017 at 12:02 AM

The “L.A. County Raid Safety Training Class” will be taught by Nick Morrow, a former county sheriff’s detective who says he’s participated in many busts. Organizers of the class, who operate under the group Angeles Emeralds, say they don’t intend to teach dispensary operators how to skirt the law.  read more

Recommendations on how to streamline MED and REC regulation

April 8, 2017 at 4:58 PM

California Gov. Jerry Brown issued a 92-page document with recommendations on how to streamline MED and REC regulation. The response from business was generally positive. Police expressed concerns that proposed rules would make it too easy for organized crime to become involved. Read the document here.

Drought Emergency Lifted By Gov. Brown

April 7, 2017 at 4:35 PM

The executive order issued by Brown effectively terminates the state of emergency implemented in January of 2014. However, it also keeps a focus on conservation efforts. The order states that water reporting requirements and prohibitions on wasteful practices — such as watering during or right after rainfall, hosing off sidewalks and irrigating ornamental turf on public street medians — will remain in place. Read more

Organic Hydroponics/Aquaponics?

April 5, 2017 at 12:16 AM

Should hydroponic and aquaponic crops be considered organic if they otherwise follow all the regulations set down by the USDA’s National Organics Program (NOP)? That’s still up for debate, but the crops subcommittee of the National Organic Standard’s Board (NOSB)—the body that makes policy recommendations to the NOP—recently released preliminary documents ahead of the NOSB’s spring meeting in Denver that indicates it will recommend against hydroponic and aquaponic practices being labeled organic.

That meeting takes place April 19-21, so we’ll have to wait and see what the board decides. You can read the full document here, which is filed as a discussion document.

Webinar on growing with LEDs

April 4, 2017 at 6:14 PM

Consider this your quick reminder to register and attend the webinar April 19 at 1 p.m. Eastern/NoonCentral on “Growing Edible Crops—Lettuce, Herbs, Tomatoes and More—with LED Lighting.”

Here’s the official skinny:

LED lighting technology is being used by more and more growers because of benefits that include faster growth, more flowering and improved coloration. Learn how LEDs can improve growth of lettuce, leafy greens, herbs and high-wire tomatoes and cucumbers. In this webinar, you’ll learn:

  • The benefits of adding supplemental light to your edible crop growing area
  • Factors to consider when comparing LED to high-pressure sodium
  • The effect of LED blue and red spectrum on crop growth

Our guest experts are Doug Marlow, Business Development Manager; and Erik Stappers, Plant Specialist. Both are with the Horticulture LED Solutions division of Philips Lighting. Your host is Chris Beytes, editor of GrowerTalks and Green Profit magazines.

Click here to register.

CDFA to discuss farm labor and more at April 4 meeting

March 30, 2017 at 12:34 PM

SACRAMENTO, March 29, 2017- The California State Board of Food and Agriculture will discuss agricultural labor issues, rural job development and opportunities for career technical education at its upcoming meeting on April 4th in Sacramento. Read more

Live stream the meeting starting at 10 a.m. on April 4th. Click here for streaming information

IRS warns of employer scams

March 30, 2017 at 12:23 PM

A dangerous email scam currently is circulating nationwide and targeting employers, including tax exempt entities, universities and schools, government and private-sector businesses. The scammer poses as an internal executive requesting employee Forms W-2 and Social Security Number information from company payroll or human resources departments. They may even send an initial “Hi, are you in today” message before the request. Read more



February 26, 2017 at 12:01 AM

Has your business received a notice from the County or Riverside regarding Understanding Stormwater Compliance Requirements for Industrial and Commercial Business? We can assist you by reviewing your business practices prior to the inspection. You’ll save the $440 inspection fee as it is refunded to you when you pass the counties inspection. Call today for your review and consultation.