CA: Water Board To Discuss Cannabis Cultivation Issues

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Red Bluff – State Water Resources Control Board staff will hold information meetings throughout California to discuss the state water board’s roles and responsibilities under the Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act, according to a press release issued Thursday.

A Red Bluff meeting is scheduled for 4-6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8 at the Red Bluff Community Center Gardenside Room, 1500 S. Jackson St.

State water board staff will discuss efforts to develop and adopt interim principles and guidelines to ensure that water diversion and discharge associated with commercial cannabis cultivation do not affect the instream flows needed for fish spawning, migration and rearing, and the flows needed to maintain natural flow variability.

These principles and guidelines will be incorporated into agricultural permits issued by the California Department of Food and Agriculture under its commercial cannabis program, the release said.

Time will be set aside for attendees to discuss specific questions or topics of interest directly with other agencies in attendance, including the California Department Food and Agriculture.

For those unable to attend a meeting in person, a Sacramento meeting set for the week of Oct. 3 will be webcast. Information regarding the meeting date, time and webcast will be available on Cannabis Enforcement.

Attendees will be able to learn more about the state water board’s roles and responsibilities under the Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act and its process and time line for developing interim principles and guidelines for the diversion and use of water for commercial cannabis cultivation and be able to provide comments and recommendations.

The agenda will include general questions and answers, brief overviews from partner agencies and breakout sessions with information from other agencies.

Additional information is available on Cannabis Enforcement. Questions and comments can be directed to cannabisWR@waterboards.ca.gov.

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