Cannabis is becoming a booming business in both California and nationwide, where marijuana is legalized for medicinal and recreational use.
However, the cannabis industry is highly regulated. Here are some things you need to know if you plan to cultivate cannabis for commercial use.
California’s cultivation laws
California’s Adult Use of Marijuana Act allows adults over 21 to possess and consume up to 28.5 ounces of marijuana. It also provides for the ownership of up to six marijuana plants. Anything more than six plants can result in a fine and up to six months in the county jail – unless you have the proper permits for a grow operation.
The Department of Cannabis Control oversees California’s cannabis business, including growing, manufacturing, transporting, selling, and labeling. You must apply for a license if you plan to grow marijuana for commercial use. Various types of licenses consider the following:
- The size of the area where you will be growing the mature plants
- The kind of lighting you will be using
- If you will be selling the plants to a manufacturing or processing the product yourself
As an agricultural operation, you will also need to meet the regulations set forth by the Department of Pesticide Regulation regarding pesticide use. In addition, California requires cannabis growers to get a water permit from California’s Water Boards.
Becoming a licensed cannabis grower in California can be complex and daunting. There are many statutes, regulations, and ordinances that you must adhere to receive your license. However, by working with someone who knows California’s cannabis laws, you can ensure that you stay compliant with the law at all times and maximize your chances of being approved for a license.