Green Road Consulting, Inc., a civil engineering firm with a focus in cannabis compliance located in Humboldt county, and the Humboldt County Growers Alliance have analyzed data from the California Department of Food and Agriculture and the California Department of Public Health regarding cannabis cultivation and manufacturing licenses.
California Department of Public Health – Temporary Manufacturing Licenses Data was obtained from the California Department of Public Health website on 01/22/2019 outlining the number of temporary manufacturing licenses that are active after 12/31/2018. This data was then entered and sorted by County and Manufacturing Type. There were 580 temporary manufacturing licenses issued in California. Los Angeles County has the largest percentage of temporary manufacturing licenses in the state, holding 27% of all manufacturing permits. Of the 305 temporary licenses issued to Los Angeles County, 173 of those are Type 6 (non‐volatile extraction) and 107 are Type 7 (volatile extraction). The remaining 25 licenses are Type N, P or S. In comparison, Humboldt County is in 4th place, holding 6% of the temporary manufacturing licenses (66 total) in the state. 29 of these are Type 6 (non‐volatile) licenses and 28 are Type 7 (volatile) licenses. The remaining 9 are Type N, P or S. California Department of Food and Agriculture – Temporary Cultivation Licenses Data was obtained from the California Department of Food and Agriculture, CalCannabis website on 01/24/2019 outlining the number of temporary cultivation licenses that are active after 12/31/2018. This data was then entered and sorted by County, total square footage of minimum and maximum canopy area, and cannabis yield. Assumptions were made for the total square footage of canopy, by assuming the minimum or maximum of each license obtained (ex. For a Medium Outdoor License, a minimum of 10,001 ft2 and a maximum of 43,560 ft2 . Assumptions were made for cannabis yield, assuming 1 pound of cannabis flower per every 100 ft2 of canopy and 2 pounds of cannabis trim per every 100 ft2 of canopy. There were 6,511 temporary cannabis cultivation licenses issued in the state of California. 33% of these (2,130 licenses) were issued to Santa Barbara County. These licenses come with an estimated maximum canopy area of 22,379,000 ft2 (approximately 513.75 acres) and provide for approximately 615,000 pounds of cannabis material to enter the market. 23% of the 6,511 temporary cannabis cultivation licenses were issued to Humboldt County (1,488 licenses). The estimated maximum canopy area for Humboldt County is 18,960,000 ft2 (435.26 acres) and stands to produce approximately 604,000 pounds of flower and approximately ,208,000 lbs material.