Our firm has been getting more attention recently from growers trying to obtain their local and California state permits and a California cannabis cultivation license to operate legally. What many operators first think is a quick and easy application process, or in some cases not needed at all, has become a long and painful game of waiting for responses from regulators, getting incomplete notices, and having enforcement officers show up on their property to issue a notice of violation.
Some of our recent clients reside in Humboldt County, California, which has the largest number of permits available for cannabis cultivation in the state. As one of the highest quantity and quality cannabis production centers in the world, Humboldt County first passed an ordinance at the end of 2016 allowing 2,376 businesses to apply for legal permits under California’s new cannabis licensing system. Of these applicants, only 237 have been approved, according to Humboldt County Planning Director John Ford, while the rest are considered interim, have incomplete applications, or have been withdrawn completely. In addition, those applicants still pursuing cannabis cultivation licenses from the state also must obtain environmental permits from the California Water Board and Department of Fish and Wildlife.
Some applicants we have worked with have completed a significant amount of work in preparing their applications while others need to do much more in preparing reports and plans about their property, business, and operations. Such items could include biological assessments, property surveys, cultural resources reports, road and utility assessments, water quality studies, grading plans, business and operations plans, and others.
For more information on how to set up your cannabis cultivation business the right way from the beginning, connect with us to set up an assessment.