The Golden State’s new rules for marijuana cultivation require a lot more than seeds and soil to grow roots in the legal weed game.
With summer already a distant memory and winter quickly approaching, California’s cannabis growers are preparing for a monumental shift. After more than two decades under Proposition 215’s loosely regulated medical program, recreational legalization is bringing a new set of rules and procedures for both sides of the Golden State’s legal weed industry at the beginning of 2018, giving the sector less than 100 days of preparation to sort out permits and allowances from a variety of regulatory agencies.
To make the application process for permitting easier, CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing — a division of the California Department of Food and Agriculture — recently released a checklist for prospective commercial growers on both the medical and recreational side of the industry, detailing the extensive steps necessary before ganja green thumbs even submit paperwork to the state licensing agency.
The first item on the checklist is a permit from the grower’s local city or county regulators. Unlike the current cat and mouse games canna-businesses play with local municipalities under the wild west rules of Prop 215, California’s new system will see increased cooordination between state and local governing bodies by requiring licenses for cannabis operations at both levels.
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