Cannabis Program

Cannabis leaves
Deer in field
Desert Stream
Redwood trees

California is unique and diverse with the highest level of biodiversity in the entire nation. California has ancient sequoia forests, cool clear flowing streams with salmon, beautiful coastal views, productive farmlands, and unique fish, amphibians, wildlife, and plants. CDFW has a public trust responsibility to protect and conserve California’s fish and wildlife resources.

CDFW uses several tools to protect and conserve fish and wildlife resources: environmental review, permitting, education, collaboration with other agencies and stakeholders, restoration, and enforcement.

Cannabis cultivators, like other project proponents, must comply with Fish and Game Code. Working together, we can ensure environmentally-friendly cannabis cultivation.

CDFW 2018 Cannabis Annual Report Image 100 New! Read the link opens in new tab or window2018 CDFW Cannabis Annual Report (PDF)

Cannabis growing near a lake

Permitting

close up of fish

Environment

Enforcement team in cannabis field

Enforcement

Other Agencies, Laws, Regulations

Best Management Practices

Reports and Publications

General Information

Habitat Loss and Fragmentation

Dams and Stream Crossings

Water Diversion

Pesticides (Insecticides, Herbicides, and Rodenticides)

Light Pollution

Noise Pollution

Fencing

Carbon Footprint