Cannabis plant. Photo courtesy of California Department of Fish and Wildlife.
Cannabis plant. Photo courtesy of California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Information provided by California Department of Fish and Wildlife

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife and California Department of Food and Agriculture’s CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing Division (CalCannabis) and State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) will be hosting a free online commercial cannabis cultivation permitting workshop on Thursday, March 4.

According to a recent release, the workshop is ideal for new and existing commercial cannabis cultivators and consultants. No registration is required.

Date and time: Thursday, March 4, from 9-11 a.m.

Webcast link:

Questions can be submitted in advance of the event by sending an email to with “Cannabis Webcast” as the subject line. Questions not answered during the webcast will be forwarded to the appropriate agency for a response.

CalCannabis will provide an overview of the state’s cannabis cultivation licensing program and review the requirements for commercial cannabis farming. CDFW will cover permitting, use of the online notification system (EPIMS) and compliance requirements. The State Water Board will review the cannabis policy and permitting process for both the Division of Water Quality and Division of Water Rights. Other regulatory agencies will also present.

For more information about becoming a licensed commercial cannabis farmer and for an overview of the California Cannabis Track-and-Trace/Metrc System visit the CalCannabis website at, call (833) CALGROW (225-4769) or send an email to To report suspected illegal cannabis farming or related complaints, call the CalCannabis toll-free hotline: (833) WEED-TIP (933-3847).

To learn more about CDFW’s cannabis program visit or send an email to To report environmental crimes, such as pollution, water diversions and poaching, please call the CalTIP hotline at (888) 334-2258 or text information to tip411 by texting “CALTIP” followed by a space and the message. The CalTIP app can also be downloaded via the Google Play Store and iTunes App Store.

To learn more about the State Water Board’s role in cannabis cultivation permitting visit For permitting and compliance assistance, send an email to or call (916) 341-5580 (Cannabis Cultivation General Order), or send an email to or call (916) 319-9427 (cannabis cultivation water rights).