US (CA): California will use cannabis tax money to support grower environmental clean-up

California officials on Thursday announced that they are soliciting concept proposals for a program aimed at helping small cannabis cultivators with environmental clean-up and restoration efforts.

Applications for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s (CDFW) Cannabis Restoration Grant Program will be released this fall and remain open through the spring of 2023.

Rather than going directly to cultivators, however, the $6 million in potential funding—which comes from cannabis tax revenue that the state has generated—must go to government agencies, California nonprofits or Native American tribes who would then work with the growers on the remediation efforts.

“We expect our new qualified cultivator program will help with remediation projects that may be unaffordable for many smaller cultivators, and also promote environmentally sustainable practices,” Jeremy Valverde, CDFW’s cannabis program director, said in a press release. “We hope this support will help cultivators progress from provisional to annual license status.”


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