CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing

1220 N Street, Sacramento, CA 95814 • (916) 263-0801 • calcannabis@cdfa.ca.gov

CalCannabis: What We Do

As directed by the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA), CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing is writing the proposed regulations to establish cannabis cultivation licensing for the state of California, and is developing a track-and-trace system that will record the movement of cannabis and cannabis products through the state's supply chain, from cultivation to sale.

PLEASE NOTE: Currently we are not issuing state cannabis cultivation licenses. We anticipate we will begin issuing licenses on January 1, 2018.


The Medicinal and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MAUCRSA)

Earlier this spring, the Department of Food and Agriculture's CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing program, the Department of Consumer Affairs’ Bureau of Cannabis Control, and the Department of Public Health released draft regulations for the Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act of 2015. These licensing authorities held several public hearings to accept oral and written comments regarding the draft regulations. The licensing authorities had planned to move forward with a separate draft regulatory package for implementation of Proposition 64: The Adult Use of Cannabis Act of 2016. However, in late June, the Legislature passed and the Governor signed into law the Medicinal and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MAUCRSA), which creates one regulatory system for both medicinal and adult-use (recreational) cannabis. As a result, the licensing authorities will withdraw the proposed medical cannabis regulations on October 6, 2017, as announced in this news release.

The three cannabis licensing authorities are in the process of drafting emergency regulations based on the new law for the commercial medicinal and adult-use (recreational) cannabis industries. During this process, the licensing authorities will consider the valuable public comments received regarding the draft medicinal cannabis regulations.

The licensing authorities will use the emergency rulemaking process to establish the new regulations, followed by the formal rulemaking process. The emergency regulations are expected to be published in fall 2017.

The soon-to-be-withdrawn draft medicinal cannabis cultivation regulations are available to read here. To subscribe to CalCannabis email alerts for updates, please sign up here. For information on the other state licensing agencies, visit the California Cannabis Portal.

CalCannabis Regulatory Documents

FAQs and Additional Information

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Draft Program Environmental Impact Report (PEIR)

The CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing program prepared a Draft Program Environmental Impact Report (PEIR) in accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). The Draft PEIR provides information about the potential environmental effects associated with the adoption and implementation of statewide cannabis cultivation regulations. The release of the Draft PEIR triggered a 45-day public review and comment period to allow agencies and interested parties the opportunity to provide input on the environmental analyses, mitigation measures, and alternatives associated with statewide cannabis cultivation; the comment period ended on July 31, 2017.

For more information, please visit our Draft PEIR web page, which features a copy of the report, an FAQ on the Draft PEIR and the environmental review process, and additional reference material. _______________________________________________________________________________________

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General Information and Links to Related Agencies

  • For an overview of CalCannabis, including an illustrated chart of the responsibilities of each state department required to regulate cannabis, click here (note: an updated chart is coming soon)
  • Subscribe here for CalCannabis email alerts
  • Contact CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing via email at CalCannabis@cdfa.ca.gov or call (916) 263-0801
  • To learn about licenses for cannabis distribution, dispensaries, microbusinesses, and testing laboratories, visit the California Department of Consumer Affairs' Bureau of Cannabis Control (also known as the bureau)
  • To learn about licenses for cannabis manufacturing, such as edibles and topical products, visit the California Department of Public Health's Manufactured Cannabis Safety Branch (MCSB)


CalCannabis Newsfeed

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

Agencies Also Post Summary of Public Comments to Cannabis Portal

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

CalCannabis Temporary License Application Information for California Cannabis Cultivation (in English and Spanish)

Prepare Now for Your State Cannabis Cultivation License—A CalCannabis Checklist of Some Steps to Start Working On Today

Statewide Schedule of Training Sessions for the Cannabis Cultivation Licensing Application: November 28 to December 14, 2017

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)

CalCannabis Initial Statement of Reasons and SRIA

CalCannabis Notice of Proposed Action

CalCannabis Proposed Medical Regulations

FAQ on Medical Cannabis Cultivation Licensing Proposed Regulations

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

California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) Legal Notice

CDFA Revised Notice of Preparation: Draft Program Environmental Impact Report

FAQ on Environmental Review Process

CalCannabis Informational Flyer, 3rd edition

CalCannabis Light Use Survey issued in December 2016

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

Public Scoping Workshop Schedule and Information

Public Scoping Public Notice

2016 Licensing Survey Results

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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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.