As directed by the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA), CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing has written 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: We are not currently issuing state cannabis cultivation licenses. We anticipate we will begin issuing licenses on January 1, 2018.
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, also known as Senate Bill 94),
which creates one regulatory system for both medicinal and adult-use cannabis. As a result, the licensing authorities will withdraw the proposed medical cannabis regulations noticed for public comment on April 28, 2017. The withdrawal is likely to happen later this month.
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 cannabis industries. During this process, the licensing authorities will consider the robust and valuable public comments received regarding the draft medicinal cannabis regulations.
The licensing authorities will use the emergency rulemaking process for establishing 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The soon-to-be-withdrawn draft medicinal cannabis cultivation regulations are available to read here.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
The CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing program prepared a Draft Program Environmental Impact Report (PEIR) in accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act. 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. To read the full Draft PEIR, please click here
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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 transportation, distribution, laboratory testing, or dispensaries, visit the California Department of Consumer Affairs' Bureau of Medical Cannabis Regulation (BMCR) (also known as the bureau)
- To learn about licenses for cannabis manufacturing, such as edibles and lotions, visit the California Department of Public Health's Office of Manufactured Cannabis Safety (OMCS)
News Release: CDFA Announces Public Review and Comment Period for the Draft Program Environmental Impact Report (PEIR) for Cannabis Cultivation
SACRAMENTO, June 15, 2017 – The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) has prepared a Draft Program Environmental Impact Report (PEIR) outlining potential environmental effects associated with the adoption and implementation of statewide cannabis cultivation regulations. CDFA is developing regulations for statewide medical and adult-use (non-medical) cannabis cultivation licensing, as well as a track-and-trace system. This system will record the movement of cannabis and cannabis products through the supply chain, from cultivation to sale.
The Draft PEIR, released in accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), triggers 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 Legal Notice for the Draft PEIR is available at calcannabis.cdfa.ca.gov.
CalCannabis Initial Statement of Reasons and SRIA
CalCannabis Notice of Proposed Action
CalCannabis Proposed Medical Regulations
FAQ on Medical Cannabis Cultivation Licensing Proposed Regulations
CalCannabis FAQ on Medical and Adult-Use (Nonmedical) Cannabis Cultivation Licensing
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 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
Presentation for Public Scoping Workshops- September 2016
Comprehensive Adult Use of Marijuana Act
Comprehensive Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act
Medicinal and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MAUCRSA) (also known as Senate Bill No. 94)