CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing

1220 N Street, Sacramento, California 95814 • 1-833-CALGROW (1-833-225-4769) • calcannabis@cdfa.ca.gov

CalCannabis: What We Do

CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing, a division of the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA), ensures public safety and environmental protection by licensing and regulating commercial cannabis cultivators in California. CalCannabis also manages the state's track-and-trace system, which tracks all commercial cannabis and cannabis products—from cultivation to sale. CalCannabis is organized into three branches: Licensing, Compliance and Enforcement, and Administration.

For general CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing questions, send an email to CalCannabis@cdfa.ca.gov or call toll-free 1-833-CALGROW (1-833-225-4769)

  • For media requests only, contact CDFA’s Office of Public Affairs; send an email to OfficeofPublicAffairs@cdfa.ca.gov or call (916) 654-0462
  • For tips on illegal cannabis cultivation operations or related complaints, call the CalCannabis toll-free hotline: 1-833-WEED-TIP

CalCannabis: 2018 by the Numbers

Outreach, Enforcement, and Licensing Highlights of CDFA's CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing Division for the year 2018 (Leer en español)

New State Cannabis Cultivation Regulations Approved by the Office of Administrative Law

On January 16, 2019, the Office of Administrative Law (OAL) approved the California Department of Food and Agriculture’s cannabis cultivation regulations and the regulations went into effect immediately. The previous emergency regulations were adopted by the California Department of Food and Agriculture in December 2017 and readopted in June 2018, and were originally issued through the emergency rulemaking process to meet the legislative mandate to open California's regulated cannabis market on January 1, 2018. The emergency regulations are no longer in effect, now that the new regulations have been approved by OAL.

Annual and Provisional Cannabis Cultivation Licenses

The California Department of Food and Agriculture’s CalCannabis program is accepting applications for annual cannabis cultivation licenses:

IMPORTANT MESSAGE FOR APPLICANTS: Prior to applying for a license, new users must register for an account on the online licensing system. Reviews of annual license applications begin once Live Scan fingerprints are submitted for each person who meets the definition of an owner, as described in the emergency regulations.

The online application will be processed much more quickly than this printable paper version of the annual cultivation license application. Before filling out the online application, visit our eLearning page and view the step-by-step video and read the accompanying guide, "How to Use the State Cannabis Cultivation Online System," and the Quick References. Errors made in your application will significantly delay the review process, so we strongly encourage you to review these resources before submitting your application.

California Cannabis Track-and-Trace System

The California Cannabis Track-and-Trace (CCTT) system will be used statewide to record the inventory and movement of cannabis and cannabis products through the commercial cannabis supply chain. This system will be used by all state cannabis licensees, including those with licenses for cannabis cultivation, manufacturing, retail, distribution, testing labs, and microbusinesses. For more information, please see Five Steps for Using the Track-and-Trace System (Leer en español) and Frequently Asked Questions About the Track-and-Trace System.

PowerPoint Presentations Reviewed at the Public Workshops

A Sample Sales Invoice/Shipping Manifest

Here is a sample sales invoice/shipping manifest that temporary licensees may use to document transfers of cannabis and cannabis products.


CalCannabis Public Meetings

Instructional Videos

FAQs, Fact Sheets, and Additional Information

CalCannabis on Social Media

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Final Program Environmental Impact Report (EIR)

The CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing program has prepared a Final Program Environmental Impact Report (EIR) in accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). The Final Program EIR provides information about the potential environmental effects associated with the adoption and implementation of statewide cannabis cultivation regulations. This report also includes responses to public comments received on the Draft Program EIR.

For more information, please visit our Final Program EIR web page, which includes a copy of the draft and final report and additional reference material. _______________________________________________________________________________________


CalCannabis Newsfeed

News Release: New Cannabis Regulations Approved by the Office of Administrative Law—Approved Regulations Take Effect Immediately

SACRAMENTO, January 16, 2019 — California’s three state cannabis licensing authorities today announced that the Office of Administrative Law (OAL) has officially approved state regulations for cannabis businesses across the supply chain from cultivation to retail. These new regulations take effect immediately.

The previous emergency regulations, adopted by the Bureau of Cannabis Control, California Department of Public Health, and California Department of Food and Agriculture in December 2017 and readopted in June 2018, were originally issued through the emergency rulemaking process to meet the legislative mandate to open California’s regulated cannabis market on January 1, 2018. With today’s action, these emergency regulations are no longer in effect.

CalCannabis: 2018 by the Numbers ESPANOL

FAQ: Provisional Cannabis Cultivation Licenses

Comparable Organic Working Group Meeting 2/12/19 Agenda

Fact Sheet: Highlights of the New California Cannabis Cultivation Regulations in Effect as of January 16, 2019

FAQ: Provisional Cannabis Cultivation Licenses (ESPANOL)

CalCannabis: 2018 by the Numbers

Notice of Approval and Endorsed Form 400

CDFA Final Regulations 2018 - Clean Version

Final Statement of Reasons and Addendum

Product Transfer/Transport Documentation for Temporary Licenses Powerpoint

New Cannabis Cultivation Regulations Approved by OAL 1.16.19

Annual Cultivation License Application: Section D Owner Form With Instructions

Emergency Cannabis Cultivation Regulations Currently in Effect

CDFA Final Proposed Permanent Cannabis Cultivation Regulations With Edits

CDFA Final Proposed Permanent Cannabis Cultivation Regulations "Clean" Version

CDFA Final Statement of Reasons

FAQ on Medicinal and Adult-Use (Recreational) Cannabis Cultivation Licensing SPANISH EDITION

Annual Cultivation License Application with Instructions

Hoja de Datos: ¿Qué Es una Licencia Provisional de Cultivo de Cannabis?

Una Guía de Referencia Para Los Archivos Adjuntos a la Solicitud

Sistema de Localización y Seguimiento de Cannabis de California

Una Guía de Referencia Para el Plan de Cultivo

Fact Sheet: New Deadline for Temporary Cannabis Cultivation License Applications

CCTT 5-Step Sheet in Spanish

Notice of Modification of Proposed Permanent Regulations (15-Day Notice)

Proposed Permanent Regulations (Amended)

FAQ - Cannabis Cultivation Licensing Application: Who is Considered an Owner?

Fact Sheet: What Is a Provisional Cannabis Cultivation License?

CalCannabis Appellations Project Video on Submitting Comments in 2018

California Cannabis Track-and-Trace (CCTT) System: Five Steps for Using the System

California Cannabis Track-and-Trace (CCTT) System FAQ

Highlights of the Proposed Changes to California's Cannabis Cultivation Regulations

Notice of Proposed Action (Proposed Permanent Regulations)

Proposed Permanent Regulations

Initial Statement of Reasons (Proposed Permanent Regulations)

How to Comment on Proposed Permanent Regulations

Highlights of the Re-Adopted Emergency Cannabis Cultivation Regulations

Finding of Emergency (Readopt) 6-5-18

Emergency Cannabis Cultivation Regulations (Readopt) 6-5-18

Emergency California Cannabis Cultivation Regulations (Readopt)

Finding of Emergency (Readopt)

Notice of Emergency Rulemaking (Readopt)

County of Origin Designation for Cannabis

Criminal Conviction Disclose Form

Pest Management Fillable Form

Waste Management Fillable Form

Annual Cannabis Cultivation Licenses: A Reference Guide for the Cultivation Plan

Annual Cannabis Cultivation Licenses: A Reference Guide for the Application Attachments

CDFA Commercial Cannabis Licensee Bond Form (Fillable PDF)

CalCannabis Checklist for Annual Cultivation Licenses

OAL Notice of Filing and Printing - Commercial Cannabis Licensee Bond form

California Cannabis Track-and-Trace System Overview Workshop: METRC PowerPoint Presentation

California Cannabis Track-and-Trace System FAQ

A presentation of detailed information about California's new commercial cannabis cultivation licensing program

Cannabis Cultivation Regulations Update Presentation December 2017

Cultivation Licensing Workshop Presentation December 2017

CalCannabis Fact Sheet: Who Does What Among the Three Licensing Authorities

Sample - Sales Invoice / Shipping Manifest

Emergency California Cannabis Cultivation Licensing Regulations

Finding of Emergency

FAQ on the California State Regulatory Process

Track-and-Trace System: Third-Party Vendors

Fact Sheet: Emergency Regulations Summary for Cannabis Cultivators

CDFA Notice of Decision Not to Proceed

Press Release: Licensing Authorities Announce Withdrawal of Proposed Medical Cannabis Regulations

Summary of Public Comments on the Draft Medical Cannabis Cultivation Regulations

FAQ on Medicinal and Adult-Use (Recreational) Cannabis Cultivation Licensing

FAQ on the Environmental Review (Draft PEIR)

News Release: CDFA Releases Draft Regulations on California's Medical Cannabis Cultivation Program

CalCannabis Initial Statement of Reasons and SRIA

CalCannabis Notice of Proposed Action

CalCannabis Proposed Medical Regulations

California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) Legal Notice

CDFA Revised Notice of Preparation: Draft Program Environmental Impact Report

FAQ on Environmental Review Process

Literature Review on the Impacts of Cannabis Cultivation, February 2017

Medical Cannabis Scoping Report, January 2017

MCCP Factsheet Summary - California

MCCP FAQ

Water Rights Information

MCCP Summary - Statute Regulatory Goals

CalCannabis Fact Sheet (formerly MCCP)—Pre-Rulemaking Discussion Questions

Regulation Development and Environmental review Scoping Powerpoint

Scoping Workshop Poster Boards

Assembly Bill 243

Assembly Bill 266

Senate Bill 643

Cole Memo 2013

Presentation for Public Scoping Workshops- September 2016

Comprehensive Adult Use of Marijuana Act

Comprehensive Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act

California Senate Bill No. 94


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May 9, 2019 - 10:00 AM

Free Cannabis Cultivation Permitting Event

WHERE: CALIFORNIA CITY

HOSTS: CDFA's CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing, CA Dept of Fish and Wildlife, and Water Boards

WHEN: 10am, presentation begins at 10:30am.

May 14, 2019 - 10:00 AM

Free Cannabis Cultivation Permitting Event

WHERE: REDWAY

HOSTS: CDFA's CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing, CA Dept of Fish and Wildlife, and Water Boards

WHEN: 10am, presentation begins at 10:30am.

May 16, 2019 - 10:00 AM

Free Cannabis Cultivation Permitting Event

WHERE: SAN LUIS OBISPO

HOSTS: CDFA's CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing, CA Dept of Fish and Wildlife, and Water Boards

WHEN: 10am, presentation begins at 10:30am.

June 25, 2019 - 10:00 AM

Free Cannabis Cultivation Permitting Event

WHERE: SACRAMENTO

HOSTS: CDFA's CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing, CA Dept of Fish and Wildlife, and Water Boards

WHEN: 10am, presentation begins at 10:30am.


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The Compassionate Use Act of 1996 ensures that seriously ill Californians have the right to obtain and use cannabis for medical purposes where medical use is deemed appropriate and has been recommended by a physician who has determined that the person’s health would benefit from the use of medical cannabis. Cannabis is a Schedule I drug according to the federal Controlled Substances Act. Cannabis related activity is subject to federal prosecution, regardless of the protections provided by state law.