CDFW and State Cannabis Permitting Partners to Speak at the Emerald Cup in Sonoma County

Roundtable talks, suggestion box and more at annual cannabis event

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), the California Department of Food and Agriculture’s (CDFA) CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing Division and the State Water Resources Control Board will be at the Emerald Cup in Sonoma County on Dec. 14 and 15. All three agencies will be participating in two roundtable discussions and hosting an information table with cannabis-permitting materials, wildlife-friendly literature and a suggestion box.

“We are thrilled to be participating in this event,” said Jennifer Nguyen, CDFW’s Acting Cannabis Program Director. “Our cannabis permitting team along with our sister state agencies will be speaking on two panels, connecting and listening to the cultivator community and sharing wildlife-friendly practices.”

Roundtable Topics and Times:

Saturday, Dec. 14 from 11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Regulator to Cultivator: Keeping an Open Dialogue
State agencies, cultivators and industry stakeholders all have an investment in today’s cannabis market. Keeping the lines of communication open during California’s historic transition to a regulated commercial cannabis market is crucial. While a regulated market offers many new and exciting opportunities for California’s cannabis industry, there are also many challenges to work through by engaging in conversations and receiving feedback from each other.

Saturday, Dec. 14 from 1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.

Environmentally Friendly Cannabis: What Industry Experts Have to Say
With the passage of Proposition 64, thousands of new cultivators are entering the regulated cannabis market. Many are unaware that seemingly harmless farming activities can have big impacts to the environment. Learn more about the state’s role in protecting California’s natural resources and how some traditional cultivators are raising the bar with their wildlife-friendly practices.

Please note, times are subject to change based on conference schedule adjustments.

Cannabis cultivators with questions can always email CDFW at, visit to learn more about permitting or attend an upcoming permitting workshop being held throughout the state.

Learn more about Emerald Cup at:


Media Contacts:
Janice Mackey, CDFW Communications, (916) 207-7891
Rebecca Forée, CDFA’s CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing Division,