California Industrial Hemp Law

May 4, 2017 at 9:02 PM

81003. (a) Except for an established agricultural research institution, and before cultivation, a grower of industrial hemp for commercial purposes shall register with the commissioner of the county in which the grower intends to engage in industrial hemp cultivation. (1) The application shall include all of the following: (A) The name, physical address, and mailing address of the applicant. (B) The legal description, Global Positioning System coordinates, and map of the land area on which the applicant plans to engage in industrial hemp cultivation, storage, or both. (C) The approved seed cultivar to be grown and whether the seed cultivar will be grown for its grain or fiber, or as a dual purpose crop. (2) (A) The application shall be accompanied by a registration fee, as determined pursuant to Section 81005. (B) A registration issued pursuant to this section shall be valid for two years, after which the registrant shall renew his or her registration and pay an accompanying renewal fee, as determined pursuant to Section 81005. (b)

If the commissioner determines that the requirements for registration pursuant to this division are met, the commissioner shall issue a registration to the applicant.


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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:

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

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

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:

For additional information about BMCR, or to subscribe to email alerts to hear about updates as they become available, please visit the BMCR website:

Thank you,

CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing
California Department of Food and Agriculture

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