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California Department of Food and Agriculture

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California Department of Food and Agriculture
Release #18-050
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SACRAMENTO, September 5, 2018 — The California Department of Food and Agriculture’s (CDFA) CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing Division will hold six public workshops throughout California in September to solicit input on establishing a framework for the CalCannabis Appellations Project. CDFA is required to develop a process allowing licensed cultivators to establish appellations of standards, practices, and varietals applicable to cannabis grown in a certain geographical area in California. The purpose of this first round of workshops is to get input from cultivators and other stakeholders on how the cannabis appellations process should be developed.

Workshop participants can share suggestions in person or in writing. The focus of these workshops is only on appellations—not any other aspect of the cannabis cultivation licensing process.

All workshops are scheduled from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., except the Sacramento location, which is from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The workshops are free and pre-registration is not required. The dates and locations are:

1) Monday, September 10 – Mendocino County
Ukiah Valley Conference Center, Chenin Blanc Room
200 South School Street, Ukiah, CA 95482
4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
2) Wednesday, September 12 – Humboldt County
Sequoia Conference Center, Sequoia Room B
901 Myrtle Avenue, Eureka, CA 95501
4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

3) Wednesday, September 19 – Sacramento County
California Department of Food and Agriculture, Auditorium
1220 N Street, Sacramento, CA 95814
1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

4) Monday, September 24 – Riverside County
University of California, Riverside, Palm Desert Center, Building B114-B117
75080 Frank Sinatra Drive, Palm Desert, CA 92211
4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

5) Tuesday, September 25 – Santa Barbara County
Embassy Suites by Hilton, South Jalama Room, 1117 North H Street, Lompoc, CA  93436 
4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

6) Wednesday, September 26 – Monterey County
Monterey Conference Center, Colton Room
1 Portola Plaza, Monterey, CA 93940
4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

For more information on CDFA’s CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing Division, or to sign up for email alerts for updates as they become available, please visit the CalCannabis website at

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