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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


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


CDFA accepting proposals for 2017 Specialty Crop Multi-State Program

July 13, 2017 at 3:24 PM


Release #17-035

SACRAMENTO, July 10, 2017 – The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) is now accepting proposals for the 2017 Specialty Crop Multi-State Program (SCMP). The SCMP is a federal grant program offered by USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service. The purpose of the SCMP is to competitively award funds to projects that solely enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops by funding collaborative, multi-state projects that address regional or national level specialty crop issues, including food safety, plant pests and disease, research; crop-specific projects addressing common issues; and marketing and promotion. Specialty crops include fruits and vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture, and nursery crops (including floriculture). Review the 2017SCMP Request for Applications for detailed application instructions.


Grant awards will range from $250,000 to $1 million per project and projects may last for up to three years. Specialty crop producer associations and groups, state government agencies, Tribal government entities, universities, nonprofits, and other stakeholder organizations are all eligible to apply. All SCMP proposals must include at least two partners (referred to as “multi-state partners”) with substantive involvement in the project, and the multi-state partners must be located in two different states to qualify for the program. The deadline to submit SCMP proposals to California is 1:59 p.m. PST on September 25, 2017. Proposals must be submitted electronically to grants@cdfa.ca.gov.


All questions regarding the SCMP should be emailed to grants@cdfa.ca.gov.

Treasurer’s Cannabis Banking Work Group

July 5, 2017 at 8:17 PM

July 6th is the  latest meeting of the Treasurer’s Cannabis Banking Work Group. Here is the agenda and webcast info so you can tune in




June 28, 2017 at 5:07 PM

SACRAMENTO, June 28, 2017 – The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) is now accepting public comments on Requests for Grant Applications (RGA) for the $6.75 million Healthy Soils Program (HSP), authorized by the Budget Act of 2016, and funded through California’s cap-and-trade program.

The Healthy Soils Program offers grants to farmers who take action to capture greenhouse gas emissions, such as carbon dioxide, in the soil to help combat climate change. The program is part of California’s cap-and-trade California Climate Investments, a statewide program that puts billions of cap-and-trade dollars to work reducing greenhouse gas emissions, strengthening the economy and improving public health and the environment—particularly in disadvantaged communities. The cap-and-trade program also creates a financial incentive for industries to invest in clean technologies and develop innovative ways to reduce pollution.

The Healthy Soils Program will be implemented under two separate components: 1) the $3.75 million Incentives Program and 2) the $3 million Demonstration Projects. For the Incentives Program, an estimated $3.75 million in competitive grant funding will be awarded to provide financial assistance for implementation of agricultural management practices that sequester soil carbon and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

For the Demonstration Projects, an estimated $3 million in competitive grant funding will be awarded to projects that monitor and demonstrate to farmers and ranchers in California, specific management practices in agriculture that sequester carbon, improve soil health and reduce atmospheric GHGs.

The RGA for both the HSP Incentives Program and Demonstration Projects can be found on the CDFA Office of Environmental Farming and Innovation (OEFI) webpage: https://www.cdfa.ca.gov/oefi/healthysoils/.

CDFA will hold a webinar on July 6, 2017 an 10:00 am to provide information on how to comment on the DRAFT RGA and answer any questions. To register for the webinar, please visit the program webpage at https://www.cdfa.ca.gov/oefi/healthysoils/ .

Comments regarding the DRAFT RGA can be submitted to cdfa.oefi@cdfa.ca.gov no later than 5:00 p.m. PSTon Wednesday, July 12, 2017.

Mexico Officially Legalizes Medical Marijuana

June 20, 2017 at 3:46 PM

Today, June 20th, 2017,  Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto officially published a bill that makes medical marijuana available and legal in Mexico. The historic change in policy for this critical Latin American nation marks another country that has welcomed cannabis as an important tool for healing the sick.

On Friday, April 28, Mexico’s lower house in parliament overwhelmingly passed the bill with a 374-7 vote. It was then up to the leader of the country to officially sign and turn it into law, which the President finally executed today.

In December of last year, the bill received incredible support from the Mexican Senate, with a yes vote of 98-7.

The recent passing of the bill in parliament was publicly endorsed by Mexico’s Secretary of Health, Dr. José Narro Robles, who stated: “I welcome the adoption of the therapeutic use of cannabis in Mexico.”

The bill will now authorize the Health Ministry to create regulations around medical marijuana use, including the production of related pharmaceuticals that contain cannabis. Products with one percent THC or lower will be allowed at this point. As well, cannabis cultivation for medical and scientific purposes will not be punishable.

Further, before any potential therapy or drug is created, Mexico’s General Health Council must be made aware of the therapeutic or medicinal value of the product being produced.

The Health Ministry will be creating more guidelines and a framework for cultivation and distribution in the coming weeks as Mexico moves forward with this new era of medical cannabis for those in need.

For the moment, supporters of this bill can celebrate with the knowledge that cannabis reform in the Latin American nation has taken a huge step forward.

Mexico Officially Legalizes Medical Marijuana

Sales and Use Tax for Home-based Business FREE WEBINAR

June 8, 2017 at 11:31 AM



Presented by the California State Board of Equalization


Do you operate a Home-Based Business?

Join us for a webinar event in which we will discuss how sales and use tax applies to various home-based businesses.

Learn about your sales and use tax responsibilities, including:

  • When you need a seller’s permit
  • When your sales are taxable
  • Calculating the proper tax rate
  • When to use or accept a resale certificate
  • Filing your Sales and Use Tax Return
  • Requirements of recordkeeping

DATE: Wednesday, June 28, 2017

TIME: 10:00 a.m. (Pacific Standard Time)

RSVP Today! Click Here to Register

Ask our tax experts a question by emailing us at HBBwebinar@BOE.CA.GOV


June 7, 2017 at 1:00 PM

SACRAMENTO, June 6, 2017 – The California Department of Food and Agriculture’s (CDFA) Pest Exclusion Branch is announcing one, mid-term vacancy on the Nursery Advisory Board.  The Board is composed of twelve voting members, each representing an establishment with a valid California License to Sell Nursery Stock.  No two members shall represent the same organization.  Members will represent a wide spectrum of the nursery industry, and the Board will be geographically representative of the nursery industry in California.

The term of office for Board Members is four years. This positon is a mid-term appointment and will expire on January 31, 2019. The members receive no compensation but are entitled to payment of necessary traveling expenses in accordance with the rules of the California Department of Human Resources.

In addition, the Board includes eight non-voting ex officio members from the County Agricultural Commissioner and Sealers Association, the University of California, and groups affiliated with the nursery industry.

The mission of the Nursery Advisory Board is to grow and maintain a strong relationship between CDFA and the nursery industry in order to secure the industry’s future.  The Board facilitates communication between state and federal regulators and the nursery industry, and it advises CDFA’s Nursery Services Program on policies, fees, and other issues concerning nurseries and nursery stock.

Individuals interested in being considered for this Board appointment should send a brief resumé to Erin Lovig, Board Manager, by July 6, 2017 at:

California Department of Food and Agriculture
Pest Exclusion Branch
1220 N Street, Room 344
Sacramento, CA 95814
Attention: Erin Lovig

For additional information, you may contact the Nursery Services Program at (916) 654-0435.

Bureau of Medical Cannabis Regulation to Hold Public Regulation Hearing

June 7, 2017 at 11:40 AM

The Bureau of Medical Cannabis Regulation (Bureau) will hold its third public regulation hearing in Sacramento to receive comments regarding the recent release of the bureau’s proposed medical cannabis regulations. The regulations include general provisions applicable to distributors, transporters and dispensaries. Public comment for testing laboratories will be held at a later date. All members of the public are invited and encouraged to participate.

WHERE: CA Department of Consumer Affairs Hearing Room, 1625 North Market Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95834

WHEN: Friday, June 9, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The schedule for the day will be as follows:

10:00 – 1:00 p.m. Public comment on the medical cannabis regulations for general provisions applicable to all bureau licenses, distributors, transporters and dispensaries.

“The proposed regulations for medical cannabis are the result of countless hours of research, stakeholder outreach, informational sessions and pre-regulatory meetings all across the state,” Bureau Chief Lori Ajax said. “And while we have done quite a bit of work and heard from thousands of people, there is still so much more to do. In order to make our program successful we still need your feedback.”

Individuals interested in reviewing the medical cannabis regulations can do so by visiting the new Cannabis Web Portal, www.cannabis.ca.gov.

Those who wish to provide comment and are unable to attend this hearing, can get involved in the regulatory process by following the steps outlined here.

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