Cannabis Program

Cannabis leaves
Deer in field
Desert Stream
Redwood trees

Report Illegal Cannabis
Grows on Public Lands

Call 888-334-2258 or Text to 847411 (TIP411)

California is unique and diverse with the highest level of biodiversity in the entire nation. CDFW has a public trust responsibility to protect and conserve California’s fish and wildlife resources.

Cannabis cultivators, like other project proponents, must comply with Fish and Game Code. Working together, we can ensure environmentally-friendly cannabis cultivation.

Free Online Permitting Workshop

Date and Time: Thursday, March 4, 2021. 9-11 a.m.

Webcast link: link opens in new window

Hosted by CDFW, the California Department of Food and Agriculture's CalCannabis Cultivation Division (CalCannabis) and the State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board), this free workshop is ideal for new and existing commercial cannabis cultivators and consultants. To attend, use the link above (no registration required). Closed captioning will be provided. Questions can be submitted in advance by emailing

Watch it now:

link opens in new tab or windowOnline Commercial Cannabis Permitting Workshop (Video)
July 22, 2020
Presented by CDFW, California Department of Food and Agriculture’s CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing Division (CalCannabis) and State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board).

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close up of fish


Enforcement team in cannabis field


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