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 cannabis regulations created 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. 


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


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.

COVID-19 Updates

Welcome to the California Cannabis Portal!

The California Cannabis Portal serves as a valuable resource and a one-stop shop for all things related to the state’s effort to regulate the commercial 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 important announcements from the state’s three cannabis licensing authorities and sister agencies. Links to each state agency’s cannabis information are listed towards the bottom of the home page under the “Collaborating State Agencies” section. 

Latest News and Press Releases

Cannabis Advisory Committee To Hold Virtual Meetings

SACRAMENTO – The Bureau of Cannabis Control (Bureau) announced today that the Cannabis Advisory Committee will be holding three virtual meetings in May. On Monday, May 17, there will be a subcommittee meeting held to discuss License Types beginning at...

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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 all commercial cannabis manufacturing in California.


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 throughout the supply chain from seed-to-sale.