CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing

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

Apply Now: Applications for Temporary and Annual Cannabis Cultivation Licenses

The California Department of Food and Agriculture’s CalCannabis program is now accepting applications for temporary and annual commercial cannabis licenses for cultivators, nurseries, and processors.

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: To complete the annual license application you will need to submit Live Scan fingerprints for each person who meets the definition of “owner,” as described in the emergency regulations. We are finalizing the information needed for this process and will post the required “Request for Live Scan” form on our website soon. In the meanwhile, you may begin filling out your annual license application now, and make sure you click the “save” tab on the application so you can include the Live Scan form once it is available.

Temporary licenses 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. The application for a temporary commercial cannabis license also can be downloaded here.

* 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

California Cannabis Track-and-Trace System

California Cannabis Track-and-Trace (CCTT) System FAQ and the Public Workshops

The workshops that provided an overview of the CCTT system that will be used statewide to record the inventory and movement of cannabis and cannabis products through the commercial cannabis supply chain are now over; we will soon post a recording of a workshop on this website once it's ready. The CCTT system will be used by all state cannabis licensees, including those with licenses for cannabis cultivation, manufacturing, retail, distribution, testing labs, and microbusinesses. Please see our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document for additional information.

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.

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 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


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: CDFA Announces Public Licensing Workshops for Cannabis Cultivators in March and April

SACRAMENTO, March 15, 2018 — The California Department of Food and Agriculture’s CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing Division will host seven public workshops throughout California starting on March 27. CDFA will provide guidance on how to complete the annual cannabis cultivation license application, including information on business-entity structure documentation, bond forms, criminal history, fees, local-authorization documents, and diagram requirements.

Temporary Cannabis Cultivation Licensing Application (Paper Version)

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

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

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


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


Richard Parrott

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  Events & Activities

March 27, 2018

Public Workshop for Annual Cannabis Cultivation Licensing

Riverside County

University of California, Riverside, Palm Desert Center

75080 Frank Sinatra Drive, Palm Desert 92211

1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

March 28, 2018

Public Workshop for Annual Cannabis Cultivation Licensing

Santa Barbara County

Santa Barbara Veterans' Memorial Building

112 West Cabrillo Boulevard, Santa Barbara 93101

1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

March 29, 2018

Public Workshop for Annual Cannabis Cultivation Licensing

Monterey County

California State University, Monterey Bay, Salinas City Center

1 Main Street, Salinas 93901

1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

April 2, 2018

Public Workshop for Annual Cannabis Cultivation Licensing

Yolo County

West Sacramento Galleria

1110 West Capitol Avenue, West Sacramento 95691

1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

April 4, 2018

Public Workshop for Annual Cannabis Cultivation Licensing

Mendocino County

Ukiah Valley Conference Center

200 South School Street, Ukiah 95482

1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

April 5, 2018

Public Workshop for Annual Cannabis Cultivation Licensing

Humboldt County

River Lodge Conference Center

1800 Riverwalk Drive, Fortuna 95540

1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

April 6, 2018

Public Workshop for Annual Cannabis Cultivation Licensing

Trinity County

Veteran’s Memorial Hall

103 Memorial Drive, Weaverville 96093

12 p.m. to 3 p.m.

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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.