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Cannabis Cultivation Licensing seeks public input

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WEAVERVILLE, Calif. - The California Department of Food and Agriculture,CDFA, is working on a drafted environment impact report for licensed cannabis cultivation.

Applications for a cannabis cultivation license will start being accepted January 2018.

Before then, the CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing branch of the CDFA is trying to finalize their program environmental impact report. They don't want to finalize it until they have heard from the public.

The branch manager, Amber Morris, said they spent over a year working up the draft they have now, but after hearing the public changes could still be made.

"There may be information we didn't consider when putting this document together," Morris said. "We want to make sure we are looking at the whole entire picture and that's what this public opportunity is for."

Morris said the comments so far have been mixed.

"Some people are really happy with a regulatory licensing scheme so that there is a legal way for them to move forward," Morris said. "Some people are a little bit more leery about how it's all going to pan out and what impact it will have to the business they've been doing for years."

CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing is hosting four public forums to speak with people and get more input.

Tuesday night the first meeting was in Weaverville.

Thursday, July 13 the forum will be at the Plumas County Fairgrounds in Quincy.

Tuesday, July 18 the forum will be at the Monterey Marriott in Monterey.

The last meeting will be in San Diego at the Hilton Mission Valley.

The 45 day comment period started June 15 and will last until July 31.

You can submit your comments to the email: calcannabis@peir@cdfa.ca.gov

The CDFA has promised to respond to all comments.

Mailed comments can be sent to:

California Department of Food and Agriculture, Attn: Amber Morris, CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing --Draft PEIR, 1220 N Street, Suite 400, Sacramento, CA 95814

You can find more information and the entire Program Environmental Impact Report document on their website http://calcannabis.cdfa.ca.gov/

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