California Cannabis Portal

In 2015, the Legislature passed and the Governor signed into law three bills (Assembly Bills 243 and 266, and Senate Bill 643) that create a licensing and regulatory framework for medical cannabis through the Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act.

This legislation created the Bureau of Medical Cannabis Regulation within the Department of Consumer Affairs. It also divided the responsibility for state licensing between three state entities – the CA Department of Food and Agriculture, the CA Department of Public Health and the Bureau of Medical Cannabis Regulation, with the Bureau designated as the lead agency in regulating the cannabis industry in California.

Our shared responsibility is to establish statewide standards that protect consumers, the environment and public safety.

In addition, on November 8, 2016, the Control, Regulate, and Tax Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA) was passed by voters as Proposition 64. AUMA legalizes the adult use of cannabis by persons 21 years of age and older.

The regulatory framework for recreational cannabis is in the process of being developed and will be available later this year.

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The Bureau of Medical Cannabis Regulation (BMCR) is the lead agency in developing regulations for medical and adult-use cannabis in California. BMCR is responsible for licensing retailers, distributors, testing labs and microbusinesses.
The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Office of Manufactured Cannabis Safety is responsible for regulating the manufacturers of cannabis-infused edibles for both medical and nonmedical use.
CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing, a branch office within the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA), is developing regulations to license cultivators of medical and adult-use cannabis and implementing a track-and-trace system to record the movement of cannabis through the distribution chain.