CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing

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News Release: CDFA Now Accepting Applications for Annual Cannabis Cultivation Licenses

SACRAMENTO, January 2, 2018 — The California Department of Food and Agriculture's CalCannabis program has begun accepting applications for annual commercial licenses for cultivators, nurseries and processors.

“After many months of preparation, California’s licensing system for cannabis cultivators is open,” said CDFA’s CalCannabis Director Richard Parrott. “The system allows applicants to begin the registration process now, even if they do not yet have all of their documentation ready.”

During this initial application period, the program is also accepting applications for temporary licenses that will allow firms to operate while the annual license applications are being processed. Temporary licenses issued by CDFA will be good for 120 days, with the possibility of extensions, if warranted.

The online licensing system can be accessed here. New users will be required to register for an account within the online licensing system prior to applying for a license.

Temporary licenses are only issued to applicants with a valid license, permit or other authorization from their local jurisdiction.

CDFA's emergency regulations are now in effect and the final text can be found here.

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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.