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
- For media requests, 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
The California Department of Food and Agriculture’s CalCannabis program is now accepting applications for temporary and annual cannabis cultivation licenses
Prior to applying for a license, new users must register for an account on the online licensing system.
Important Note about Annual Cannabis Cultivation Licenses: The Department will begin review of the annual license application once you submit the Live Scan fingerprints for each person who meets the definition of “owner,” as described in the emergency regulations.
are valid for 120 days, with the possibility of extensions, if warranted. They will only be issued to applicants with a valid license, permit, or other authorization from their local jurisdiction.
* Click here for the temporary and annual commercial cannabis cultivation license applications
* Step-by-Step Videos: How to Fill Out an Application for a Temporary and an Annual State Cannabis Cultivation License
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
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.
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 withdrew the proposed medical cannabis regulations on October 6, 2017, as announced in this news release
The three cannabis licensing authorities have now drafted emergency regulations based on the new law for the commercial medicinal and adult-use (recreational) cannabis industries. During this process, the licensing authorities considered the valuable public comments received regarding the draft medicinal cannabis regulations.
The licensing authorities are using the emergency rulemaking process to establish the new regulations, which will be followed by the formal rulemaking process. The emergency regulations were released on November 16, 2017, and are available to read here.
The 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
CalCannabis on Social Media
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.
News Release: CDFA Announces CalCannabis Appellations Project Public Workshops
SACRAMENTO, September 5, 2018 — The California Department of Food and Agriculture’s (CDFA) CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing Division will hold six public workshops throughout California in September to solicit input on establishing a framework for the CalCannabis Appellations Project. CDFA is required to develop a process allowing licensed cultivators to establish appellations of standards, practices, and varietals applicable to cannabis grown in a certain geographical area in California. The purpose of this first round of workshops is to get input from cultivators and other stakeholders on how the cannabis appellations process should be developed.
Workshop participants can share suggestions in person or in writing. The focus of these workshops is only on appellations—not any other aspect of the cannabis cultivation licensing process.
California Cannabis Track-and-Trace (CCTT) System: Five Steps for Using the System
California Cannabis Track-and-Trace (CCTT) System FAQ
Temporary Cannabis Cultivation License Extensions
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
Revised Temporary Cultivation License 6-6-18
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
Temporary Cultivation License Application with Instructions
Pest Management Fillable Form
Waste Management Fillable Form
Annual Cultivation License Application with Instructions
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
California Cannabis Track-and-Trace System Overview Workshop: Product Transfer/Transport Documentation for Temporary Licensees--PowerPoint Presentation
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
FAQ on the California State Regulatory Process
Track-and-Trace System: Third-Party Vendors
Fact Sheet: Emergency Regulations Summary for Cannabis Cultivators
CalCannabis Temporary License Application Information for California Cannabis Cultivation (in English and Spanish)
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 Summary - Statute Regulatory Goals
CalCannabis Fact Sheet (formerly MCCP)—Pre-Rulemaking Discussion Questions
Regulation Development and Environmental review Scoping Powerpoint
Scoping Workshop Poster Boards
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