Cannabis Program

Cannabis leaves
Deer in field
Desert Stream
Redwood trees

California is unique and diverse with the highest level of biodiversity in the entire nation. California has ancient sequoia forests, cool clear flowing streams with salmon, beautiful coastal views, productive farmlands, and unique fish, amphibians, wildlife, and plants. CDFW has a public trust responsibility to protect and conserve California’s fish and wildlife resources.

CDFW uses several tools to protect and conserve fish and wildlife resources: environmental review, permitting, education, collaboration with other agencies and stakeholders, restoration, and enforcement.

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

Free Online Commercial Cannabis Permitting Workshop, July 22 from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.

CDFW, California Department of Food and Agriculture’s CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing Division (CalCannabis) and State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) are hosting a free online commercial cannabis cultivation permitting workshop. The free workshop is ideal for new and existing commercial cannabis cultivators and consultants. Those interested in attending can use the link below to watch the webcast – no registration is required. Closed captions will be provided.

Questions can be submitted in advance of and during the event by sending an email to with “Cannabis Webcast” as the subject line. Questions not answered during the webcast will be forwarded to the appropriate agency for a response.

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CDFW 2018 Cannabis Annual Report Image 100 link opens in new window Read the link opens in new tab or window2018 CDFW Cannabis Annual Report (PDF)

Cannabis farm overlooking a valley


close up of fish


Enforcement team in cannabis field


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