You may recall from our June Legislative Update that the vast majority of California licenses are provisional, and only a small fraction (about one quarter) have transitioned to annual licenses. The key transition hurdle is achieving compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), which has been a challenge for most licensees.
After reading the section above, you’re aware of the changes to the provisional licensing program and its fast-approaching deadlines. In an effort to increase local capabilities to complete environmental reviews, the Governor’s budget includes $100 million for local assistance.
The local jurisdictions eligible for the most funding are:
- Los Angeles ($22.3 million)
- Humboldt County ($18.6 million)
- Mendocino County ($18.1 million)
- Oakland ($9.9 million)
- Sacramento ($5.8 million)
12 other local jurisdictions are eligible for the approximately 25% of remaining funds.
The trailer bills also open a pathway for trade samples, require the development of Comparable-to-Organics programs, set deadlines for the Appellations of Origin program establishment, fund the equity license fee deferral or waiver program, and more. Stay tuned for future bulletins on those topics!
As always, reach out to us to ask questions and discuss how these changes impact your business today and in the future.