California’s Re-adoption of Emergency Regulations for Cannabis Cultivation Goes Into Effect

Cannabis Business Times/June 7, 2018

PRESS RELEASE – CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing, a division of the California Department of Food and Agriculture, has readopted the emergency regulations for commercial medicinal and adult-use cannabis cultivation. This re-adoption of the regulations features several amendments, which are outlined here.

Effective June 6, 2018, all applicants seeking temporary licensure must submit the following attachments with every temporary cannabis cultivation license application:

  • A copy of a valid license, permit, or other authorization, issued by a local jurisdiction;
  • New! A proposed cultivation plan;
  • New! Identification of applicable water sources and the applicable supplemental information;
  • New! Evidence of enrollment with the applicable Regional Water Quality Control Board or State Water Resources Control Board for water-quality-protection programs or written verification from the appropriate board that enrollment is not necessary.

Please refer to Section 8100 of the emergency regulations for clarification of the temporary license application requirements at the link provided above.

Temporary applications that do not contain all the required information and documentation will be deemed incomplete and will be denied. Any existing temporary licenses or temporary license applications submitted prior to June 6, 2018, are not required to include the additional documentation.

The CalCannabis Licensing System is being updated to reflect these additional requirements. Until that update is complete, applicants may still submit the required documents in one of the following ways:

  1. Electronically

Upload the new required documents via the CalCannabis Licensing System and either:

  1. Add the attachments on the page labeled “Step 2: Attachments” prior to final submission of the application:
    Click the “Add” button
    Select document to upload and click “Continue”
    Select “Other” within the “Type” dropdown list
    Provide a brief description of the attachment
    Click “Save” when finished
    Repeat for each attachment


  1. Add the attachments after final submission of the application:
    While logged in, locate and select the desired application record in the “My Licenses” toolbar link
    Select the down arrow next to “Record Info” and select “Attachments”
    Click the “Add” button
    Select the document to upload and click “Continue”
    Select “Other” within the “Type” dropdown list
    Provide a brief description of the attachment
    Click “Save” when finished
    Repeat for each document you want to attach

A quick reference guide on how to add attachments after submission of an application is available here.

  1. By Mail

Submit a hard copy of the application form and all required documents to: California Department of Food and Agriculture, CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing Division, P.O. Box 942871, Sacramento, California 94271. The updated Cannabis Cultivation Temporary License Application is available here.

If you have questions about this notice, please contact CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing by calling toll-free 1-833-CALGROW (1-833-225-4769) or send an email to