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Water Board Adopts Environmental Policy for Cannabis Grows

October 19, 2017

The State Water Resources Control Board adopted the Cannabis Cultivation Policy this week, which includes new standards to protect water flows and water quality in California. The Policy establishes statewide requirements that will be implemented through a water quality permit known as the Cannabis General Order and through conditions for cannabis-related water rights referred to as Cannabis Small Irrigation Use Registrations.

The policy also includes cannabis-related waste discharge requirements and establishes protections for riparian areas, wetlands, and stream flows. The policy was developed in consultation with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) and the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) and will be incorporated into all commercial cannabis licenses issued by CDFA under its CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing Program.

The policy takes effect upon approval by the Office of Administrative Law which is expected sometime in late in 2017.

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