Assemblymember Jim Wood’s “Cottage Cannabis Farmers Bill” passed out of the state senate and has been sent to the Governor’s office. AB 2516 will create a new medical cannabis cultivator license category for “micro farmers.”
Wood said, “We want to ensure that small medical cannabis growers on the North Coast can continue to do business as this industry moves forward. It is not fair to require the small farmers to adhere to the same standards as larger operations. This allows the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) to develop regulations unique to small farmer practices.”
The new license type 1C, or specialty cottage cultivator license, will be available for farms with 2,500 square feet or less of total canopy size for mixed-light cultivation, up to 25 mature plants for outdoor cultivation, or 500 square feet or less of total canopy size for indoor cultivation, on one premises. CDFA will issue the licenses to qualified candidates as well as develop the requirements for each license type.
“Last year the Legislature developed the Medical Marijuana Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act in an attempt to address the environmental, public safety and public health issues in the industry,” said Wood. “This effort will only succeed if we make it reasonable for current businesses to come into compliance.
RE: Please sign AB 2516 (Cottage cultivation license for medical cannabis)
Dear Governor Jerry Brown:
We are writing today to indicate our strong support for AB 2516 and to urge you to sign this legislation.
While the bill proposes a very minor change to the Medical Cannabis Regulatory and Safety Act, this change will have a very big impact on thousands of growers throughout the state. By creating a new license type specifically for cottage growers, this legislation will motivate local governments and regulatory agencies to consider the specific regulatory needs of these small and vulnerable business owners. For many, this legislation will be the difference between a dead end road and a pathway to compliance.
We urge you to sign this important legislation today.