In recent years, the state’s most devastating wildfires have struck in September and October, and with warm and dry weather conditions persisting across the state, we want to ensure our licensees are aware of the resources available to them in the event they face a fire-related emergency. We have compiled a list of the most frequently asked wildfire questions we’ve received this year, and our responses are shared below for your reference.
If you have additional questions or concerns not addressed below, please contact us directly by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or calling us at 1-833-CALGROW (1-833-225-4769). We are here to help you navigate through these extenuating circumstances.
Q: What information should be provided to CDFA in our 24-hour notice?
A: Provide your licensed business name(s), license number(s), the name of the Designated Responsible Party (DRP) and the DRP’s contact information, and, if applicable, the location of the cannabis and/or cannabis products that have been moved. Additional information may be needed depending on each farmer’s situation. As outlined above, after the 24-hour notice has been submitted, a more detailed disaster-relief request must be submitted to CDFA within 10 days.
Q: How does CDFA define a disaster?
A: In accordance with our cannabis regulations, a disaster is a condition of extreme peril to the safety of people and property within the state or a county, city and county, or city caused by conditions, such as a fire or air pollution, that the Governor has proclaimed a state of emergency, or a local governing body has proclaimed a local emergency in accordance with Government Code. For more details, please read section 8207(f) of the CCR on cannabis cultivation.
Q: My cannabis cultivation license expires soon. May I get an extension for paying the renewal fee?
A: You will need to send us your disaster-relief request and explain how your finances have been impacted as a result of the emergency. These requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Q: May I get an extension on the requirements for complying with the California Cannabis Track-and-Trace (CCTT)/Metrc system?
A: You will need to send us your disaster-relief request and specify the CCTT/Metrc regulatory requirements from which you are seeking relief. These requests are being considered on a case-by-case basis. If the request is approved, CDFA cannabis compliance-and-enforcement staff may contact you to assist with the development of a compliance plan.
Q: I have a microbusiness license that includes cultivation. Am I also eligible for disaster-relief consideration from CDFA?
A: In this situation, your disaster-relief request would be reviewed by both the Bureau of Cannabis Control, which issues cannabis microbusiness licenses, and CDFA. We are evaluating these requests on a case-by-case basis.
Q: Can CDFA assist me with disaster relief if I have a non-cultivation cannabis license?
A: No. If you have a cannabis license for a retail outlet, distribution, or a testing lab, please contact the Bureau of Cannabis Control at bcc.ca.gov. If you have a cannabis license for manufactured cannabis, contact the California Department of Public Health’s Manufactured Cannabis Licensing Branch at cdph.ca.gov.
Other resources to help prepare for wildfires:
CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing
is a division of the California Department of Food and Agriculture. For more information on the state’s commercial cannabis cultivation licensing process, please call toll-free 1-833-CALGROW (1-833-225-4769) or send an email to email@example.com