California Will Use Marijuana Tax Dollars To Support Cultivator Environmental Clean-Up, State Announces

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California officials on Thursday announced that they are soliciting concept proposals for a program aimed at helping small marijuana cultivators with environmental clean-up and restoration efforts. Applications for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s (CDFW) Cannabis Restoration Grant Program will be released this fall and remain open through the spring of 2023. Rather than going directly to cultivators, however, the $6 million in potential funding—which comes from marijuana tax revenue that the state has generated—must go to government agencies, California nonprofits or Native American tribes who would then work with the growers on the remediation efforts. “We expect our new qualified cultivator program will help with remediation projects that may be unaffordable for many smaller cultivators, and also promote environmentally sustainable practices,” Jeremy Valverde, CDFW’s cannabis program director, said in a press release. “We hope this support will help cultivators progress from provisional to annual license status.” Peggy Murphy, an economic development specialist in Humboldt County, said the program is “a great opportunity to assist our local small cannabis farms in overcoming the financial barriers that many face on the road to compliance.” “I look forward to hearing more about this funding opportunity, participating in the solicitation process and helping members of our cannabis community access this valuable resource,” she said. CDFW offered some guidance on the application process for its remediation initiative during a workshop in April.

Ensuring that cannabis cultivators have the resources to stay in compliance with environmental policies has been a priority for state regulators. And at the federal level, the issue of illicit operators disrupting the environment has also received attention. An influential House committee said in a report in July that it supports federal law enforcement efforts to deploy drones in California to find illicit marijuana grow sites on public lands.…

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