Licensing

Get the latest updates on California’s commercial cannabis licensing process. This includes information on cultivation, manufacturing, testing laboratory, retailer, distributor, microbusiness, and temporary cannabis event licenses. Here you will also find information on additional permits required by other state agencies. 

Laws & Regulations

Access emergency and proposed cannabis regulations crafted by the state’s three licensing authorities. The Medicinal and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MAUCRSA) creates the general framework for the regulation of commercial medicinal and adult-use cannabis in California. 

Consumers

Consumer tools available to the public, ranging from licensed cannabis business searches to public health and safety campaigns. 

Resources

An archive of state cannabis resources and documents containing information on the California Cannabis Track-and-Trace System, the Cannabis Advisory Committee, how to start a cannabis business, and more.

Welcome to California’s Cannabis Portal!

California’s Cannabis Portal serves as a valuable resource and a one-stop shop for all things related to the state’s effort to regulate the cannabis industry. Please make sure to check back on this website regularly as content is updated daily.

Content updates feature essential information related to the state’s commercial cannabis regulations and guidelines, the licensing application process, and announcements from the state’s three cannabis licensing authorities and business partners. Links to each state agency’s cannabis information are listed towards to the bottom of the homepage under the “Collaborating State Agencies” section. 

Latest News and Press Releases

Calendar of Agency Events

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The Bureau of Cannabis Control (Bureau) is the lead agency in regulating commercial cannabis licenses for medical and adult-use cannabis in California. The Bureau is responsible for licensing retailers, distributors, testing labs, microbusinesses, and temporary cannabis events.
The Manufactured Cannabis Safety Branch, a division of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH)is responsible for regulating and licensing the manufacturers of cannabis-infused edibles for both medical and nonmedical use.
CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing, a division of the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA), is responsible for licensing cultivators of medicinal and adult-use (recreational) cannabis and implementing a track-and-trace system to record the movement of cannabis through the distribution chain.