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Medical Cannabis Cultivation Program

The Medical Cannabis Regulation and Control Act (Act), consisting of three separate bills (Assembly Bills 243 and 266, and Senate Bill 643), identifies a number of state agency responsibilities, including the establishment of a new bureau within the Department of Consumer Affairs—the Bureau of Medical Marijuana Regulation. Under the Act, the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) is tasked with licensing of cultivation, as well as establishing a “track and trace” program for transportation of medical cannabis and cannabis products. A number of sister agencies have responsibilities for other aspects of the regulatory program; these agencies include the Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR), the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB), the Regional Water Quality Control Boards (RWQCBs), and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW).

Horizon Water and Environment (Horizon) is assisting CDFA in establishing a Medical Cannabis Cultivation Program (Program) and analyzing the potential environmental effects of this Program in an Environmental Impact Report (EIR). Horizon has teamed with Blankinship and Associates, ardea consulting, ENERCON Services, and Morrison & Foerster to prepare a Program EIR, perform human and ecological risk assessments, consult with multiple state agencies (i.e., DPR, SWRCB, RWQCB, CDFW and California Air Resources Board), and collect and assess scientific data relating to medical marijuana and its cultivation. The Horizon team has conducted public outreach in multiple locations throughout the state and coordinated with a number of stakeholders.

Horizon’s work will provide a foundation for CDFA’s promulgation of regulatory measures related to medical marijuana and its cultivation, and the licensing of indoor and outdoor cultivation sites.

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