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.

State Water Board – Cannabis Cultivation Water Rights

February 25, 2017 at 12:01 AM

On June 27, 2016, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. signed Senate Bill (SB) 837, which requires the State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board), in consultation with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), to adopt interim and long-term principles and guidelines (requirements) for the diversion and use of water for cannabis cultivation in areas where cannabis cultivation may have the potential to substantially affect instream flows. Principles and guidelines will be incorporated into licenses issued by the California Department of Food and Agriculture under its CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing, and water right registrations will be issued under the State Water Board’s Small Irrigation Use Registration Program, once available.  Read more

March 1 Tax Deadline Nears for Many Farmers and Fishermen

February 24, 2017 at 12:14 PM

 IRS Direct Pay Offers an Easy Way to Pay Taxes

WASHINGTON ― The Internal Revenue Service is reminding farmers and fishermen about Wednesday’s deadline to take advantage of special rules that can allow them to forgo making quarterly estimated tax payments.

Taxpayers with income from farming or fishing have until Wednesday, March 1to file their 2016 Form 1040 and pay the tax due to avoid making estimated tax payments. This rule generally applies if farming or fishing income was at least two-thirds of the total gross income in either the current or the preceding tax year.

Since 2014, IRS Direct Pay has offered individual taxpayers an easy way to quickly pay the tax amount due or make quarterly estimated tax payments directly from checking or savings accounts without any fees or pre-registration.

IRS Direct Pay is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and can be scheduled up to 30 days in advance. Last year, IRS Direct Pay received more than nine million tax payments from individual taxpayers totaling more than $31.6 billion.

When a taxpayer uses the tool they receive instant confirmation after they submit their payment. Direct Pay cannot be used to pay the federal highway use tax, payroll taxes or other business taxes.

Taxpayers who wish to pay their federal business taxes electronically should enroll in the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System (EFTPS), or visit IRS.gov/payments to check out other payment options.

Farmers and fishers choosing not to file by March 1 should have made an estimated tax payment by Jan. 17 to avoid a penalty.

New tax in 2018

February 23, 2017 at 12:07 AM

In January 2018, there will be a new 15% excise tax imposed by the state.

  • In January of 2018 the state will impose an additional 15% Excise tax on all cannabis sales.
  • Even patients with a California Patient ID card will need to pay this tax.
  • However, the good news is that patients with a CA Patient ID card will still continue to be exempt from the standard 8.75% sales tax.
  • Both recreational users and medical cannabis patients without a CA Patient ID card will pay the 15% excise tax, 8.75% sales tax, and the 10% Measure U tax

Accepting applications for the Cannabis Advisory Committee

February 14, 2017 at 12:39 PM

13 February 2017

Hello CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing Stakeholders:

We would like to inform you that the California Department of Consumer Affairs’ Bureau of Medical Cannabis Regulation (BMCR)  is now accepting applications for the Cannabis Advisory Committee to advise the bureau on matters relating to both medical and adult recreational use of cannabis.

The committee will advise BMCR and the other licensing authorities—the California Department of Food and Agriculture’s CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing and the California Department of Public Health’s Office of Manufactured Cannabis Safety—on the development of regulations that protect public health and safety while ensuring a regulated market that helps reduce the illicit market for cannabis. In addition, starting January 1, 2019, the committee will publish an annual public report describing its activities during the previous year, including any recommendations it makes to the state licensing authorities.

Committee members are selected by and serve at the pleasure of the Director of the Department of Consumer Affairs. The committee will consist of representatives from diverse backgrounds, including the cannabis industry, labor, state and local agencies, public health experts, representatives from the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control with expertise in regulating intoxicating substances for adult use, individuals with expertise in the medicinal properties of cannabis, and representatives from communities disproportionately affected by past federal and state drug policy, among others.

Members will not be paid but will be reimbursed for any necessary travel for approved advisory committee meetings.

Individuals interested in serving on the committee can access the online application here:http://www.bmcr.ca.gov/about_us/documents/commitee_application.pdf

For additional information about BMCR, or to subscribe to email alerts to hear about updates as they become available, please visit the BMCR website: http://www.bmcr.ca.gov/.

Thank you,

CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing
California Department of Food and Agriculture
calcannabis.cdfa.ca.gov

CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing was previously called the Medical Cannabis Cultivation Program (MCCP).

San Diego legalizes recreational pot dispensaries

February 11, 2017 at 3:34 PM

San Diego is the first local city to approve recreational marijuana sales since state voters approved Proposition 64 in November, and no other cities in the county have indicated they intend to follow suit.

Read more here

Ordinance 925

February 11, 2017 at 1:39 PM

Please review Ordinance 925 to ensure you understand the cultivation prohibitions in unincorporated Riverside County.