More cannabis permitting workshops in March 2019
The legalization of cannabis for recreational use in California also gave users the right to grow a limited number of marijuana plants for strictly personal purposes.
As expected, profiteers and scrupulous addicts are widely using this provision for financial gain by exploring or inventing loopholes. While in the past foreign gangs have operated huge marijuana grow plantations almost exclusively, today pot users are growing ‘personal’ cannabis on public land in ever-increasing numbers.
Commercial interests are also doing their share of participating in the new pot growing business by forming pot growing cooperatives that allegedly act as caretakers of individual cannabis fields or indoor growing operations.
Many, if not all, of them, are more or less illegal because they are trying to exploit weak and legal provisions in the law. However this may be, these wildcat marijuana growths are doing great damage to the environment.
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife tried with varying success to suppress the illegal operations. Not an easy task considering the vague formulations in the law and the contradictory position the Feds and state agencies are taking. After all, cannabis is still illegal as far as the federal government is concerned.
Caught between a rock and a hard place, CDFW has tried for months to educate pot users and growers in the law and the application of legal provisions and procedures.
CDFW is using cannabis permitting workshops to educate potential growers and sellers in the proper legal ways of dealing with this tricky problem.
After an entire series of such workshops in the golden triangle of marijuana growing operations in the northern parts of the California wilderness areas, there are yet another three workshops scheduled for Lake and Mendocino counties.
These workshops are held in cooperation between CDFW, California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) and the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB.
If you believe you can get rich overnight without much work by having someone else grow our cannabis plants for you, these workshops are for you. They might spare you some unpleasant trouble and surprises.
Here is the published schedule for the upcoming workshops:
3 to 7 p.m. (presentations begin at 3:30 p.m.)
Clearlake City Hall – the Council Chambers
14050 Olympic Drive
Tues., March 26
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (presentations begin at 10:30 a.m.)
44400 Willis Avenue
Learn what state and county licenses you need and how to get them. The workshops will also show how to grow cannabis without undue damage to the environment. Your participation in one of these workshops can help you avoid common mistakes that could easily lead to legal action.
No time to participate in one of the workshops? Visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/conservation/cannabis or email AskCannabis@wildlife.ca.gov to get the necessary information you need to stay safe and out of trouble with the law.
On the other hand, if you know about or see an illegal cannabis grow, CalTip would like to hear from you. Just call or text the CalTIP hotline at (888) 334-2258 or text “CALTIP” followed by a space and whatever the desired message, to 847411 (tip411).
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