On Monday the California Department of Food and Agriculture’s Medical Cannabis Cultivation Program (MCCP) launched an online survey. The MCCP is preparing to issue state cannabis cultivation licenses beginning in January 2018. CDFA is seeking to get a sense of how many applicants the State can expect to apply for licensure or use the Track and Trace system. “Participating in this survey is probably one of the most important things growers can do to ensure that licenses will be available for as many farms as possible. The regulatory agency needs to have a solid understanding of how many growers there are and where people are growing,” explained Hezekiah Allen, the Executive Director of the California Growers Association. “For growers in ban counties, participating in this survey may be one of the most important ways to raise awareness of the challenges being caused by regressive policies at the local level.” The survey was built with sensitivity to the growing community in mind. The Department explains that they will not be capturing any information that would indicate who is submitting information through this survey. “This survey is completely anonymous. It is short and sweet. There is no cost. There is no good reason not to participate,” urged Allen. “If you have trouble with the survey because of lack of access to internet or a language barrier, or any other challenges really, please feel free to reach out to Cal Growers for assistance. We want to make sure that all growers have equal opportunity to be a part of the regulated future. And the regulated future starts with participating in this survey.” Contact: Hezekiah Allen, Executive Director Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 916 879 5063 This is the statement directly from the California Department of Food and Agriculture’s Medical Cannabis Cultivation Program: Calling all cannabis industry members interested in a state license! The California Department of Food and Agriculture’s Medical Cannabis Cultivation Program (MCCP) is preparing to issue state cannabis cultivation licenses beginning in January 2018. We would like to get a sense of how many applicants the State can expect to: Apply for licensure Use the Track and Trace system We would appreciate if you would take a few minutes to complete the short survey at the following link: www.surveymonkey.com/r/JH5RZVC Feel free to forward the survey link to others that may not have received it directly. As we move forward in our program planning process, surveys will be one of the tools MCCP uses to gather information we need from the industry. A more detailed survey specific to cultivation sites will be sent through our listserv and posted to our website (www.cdfa.ca.gov/is/mccp) in the coming weeks, so keep an eye out! If you haven’t already, please sign up for our automatic emails through our listserv at: www.cdfa.ca.gov/subscriptions/?cdfa_list_isd_medical_cannabis. We appreciate your feedback and would like your input. Feel free to contact us if you have questions at email@example.com or by phone at (916) 263-0801.