Three Government Agencies Want to Meet With Cannabis Stakeholders
First, the bad news: The Bureau of Medical Cannabis Regulation announced the upcoming dates for their “pre-regulatory stakeholder meetings.” They want to “gather input throughout the state.” However, not one meeting is in the Emerald Triangle….
Here’s the email sent out below:
…The Bureau of Medical Cannabis Regulation is excited to announce the dates for our pre-regulatory stakeholder meetings! We will be teaming up with the California Department of Public Health to gather input throughout the state on upcoming regulations. These meetings will provide the public with an opportunity to participate in discussions on specific topics regarding dispensaries, distributors, manufacturers, testing laboratories, and transporters. Redding –Monday, September 19 Sacramento – Tuesday, September 20 Santa Rosa – Thursday, September 22 Oakland – Monday, September 26 Fresno – Tuesday, September 27 Los Angeles – Tuesday, October 4 San Diego – Wednesday, October 5 Make sure to mark your calendar for when we visit a city near you! More details will be coming shortly. Stay tuned! Sincerely, Bureau Staff ——
However, the State Water Board is having two meetings in the Triangle–one in Ukiah on the 31st of this month and one in Eureka on the 1st.
State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) staff will hold information meetings throughout California to discuss the State Water Board’s roles and responsibilities under the Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act. State Water Board staff will discuss efforts to develop and adopt interim principles and guidelines to ensure that water diversion and discharge associated with commercial cannabis cultivation do not affect the instream flows needed for fish spawning, migration, and rearing, and the flows needed to maintain natural flow variability. Time will also be set aside for attendees to discuss specific questions or topics of interest directly with other agencies in attendance, including the California Department Food and Agriculture. For those unable to attend a meeting in person, the Sacramento meeting will be webcast.
Learn more about:
The State Water Board’s roles and responsibilities under the Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act.
The State Water Board’s process and timeline for developing interim principles and guidelines for the diversion and use of water for commercial cannabis cultivation.
How to provide comments and recommendations.
Additional information is available on our website at: www.waterboards.ca.gov/cannabis.
And, on September 15, the California Department of Food and Agriculture will be having a public meeting in Eureka to talk about the EIR process and the Medical Cannabis Cultivation Program.
The California Department of Food and Agriculture is pleased to announce that we will be conducting eight public scoping workshops throughout the State in September to provide the public an opportunity to learn more about the environmental impact review process and regulations developed for the Medical Cannabis Cultivation Program (MCCP), and to gather public comments on the Program. The workshops are intended to gather valuable feedback from the public to help shape the environmental impact review and regulations for MCCP.
For details regarding the meetings, please click on the link below:
*Please note that these meetings will be focused on medical cannabis cultivation only.
Thank you for your interest in the Medical Cannabis Cultivation Program and we look forward to receiving your valuable input.
The MCCP Staff
Now…the question is….will cannabis folk show up to these meetings that are closer to home?