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CDFW Moderating Panel Discussions and Hosting Information Table at Native American Cannabis & Hemp Conference
  • May 22, 2023
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The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is pleased to announce its participation at the Eighth Native American Cannabis & Hemp Conference on June 6-7 in Temecula.

CDFW leadership is moderating panel discussions on cannabis regulations and community perspectives with cannabis businesses. Staff will also be hosting an information table and will be available to answer questions about state employment, cannabis permitting, wildlife friendly farming practices and applying for cannabis grants, among other important topics related to equity, diversity and inclusion.

“Our participation at this event is a great opportunity to connect and listen to Tribal leaders and the Native American community to better understand their needs, while sharing opportunities for future engagement and information about our cannabis grant program,” said Amelia Wright, CDFW Cannabis Program Director. “This type of engagement aligns perfectly with our core values of diversity and inclusion for all Californians and we are thrilled for this opportunity.”

Panel Topics and Times:

  • Wednesday, June 7, 8:30 to 9:15 a.m.
    Tribal Perspectives of a Cannabis or Hemp Operation – moderated by Nicole Cropper, CDFW Deputy Director, Office of Equity and Tribal Affairs
  • Wednesday, June 7, 10:45 to 11:45 a.m.
    Regulatory Update: New and Pending Regulations and What it Means for Indian Country – moderated by Amelia Wright, CDFW Cannabis Program Director

About the conference: Industry experts and government representatives will come together with Tribal leaders and decision makers to share information regarding the evolving landscape of the cannabis and hemp industries throughout the country. Attendees will hear success stories and best practices for creating regulated, legal, safe and equitable businesses in sovereign nations. More details on the conference can be found on the website.

Those with cannabis related questions can email or visit


Media Contact:
Janice Mackey, CDFW Communications, (916) 207-7891

Categories: Cannabis

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