About the Department of Cannabis Control

About the Department of Cannabis Control

The Department of Cannabis Control (DCC) is the California state agency that licenses and regulates cannabis businesses. DCC regulates the:

  • Growing of cannabis plants
  • Manufacture of cannabis products
  • Transportation and tracking of cannabis goods throughout the state
  • Sale of cannabis goods
  • Events where cannabis is sold or used
  • Labeling of goods sold at retail

The Cannabis Advisory Committee makes recommendations to DCC about regulations and licensing.

DCC leadership team

The director and chief deputy director lead DCC and its 10 deputy directors. Each deputy director is responsible for a different area of DCC’s work.

The leadership team will be announced soon and will include:

  • Nicole Elliott, Director
  • Rasha Salama, Chief Deputy Director
  • Matthew Lee, General Counsel
  • Melissa Eidson, Deputy Director of Administration
  • Richard Parrott, Deputy Director of Compliance
  • Eugene Hillsman, Deputy Director of Equity & Inclusion
  • Tamara Colson, Deputy Director of Legal Affairs

Some positions are still being hired and will have acting leaders until recruitment is completed:

  • Bill Jones, Acting Deputy Director of Enforcement
  • Christina Dempsey, Acting Deputy Director of External Affairs
  • Jason Piccione, Acting Deputy Director of Information Technology
  • Gordon Vrdoljak, Acting Deputy Director of Laboratory Services
  • Michael Cheng, Acting Deputy Director of Licensing

DCC is also recruiting for a Deputy Director of Governmental Affairs.

Applications for permanent members of the leadership team will be posted on California’s careers website, CalCareers.

How DCC was formed

DCC was created on July 1, 2021, by consolidating the three former state cannabis authorities:

  • Bureau of Cannabis Control (Department of Consumer Affairs)
  • CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing Division (California Department of Food and Agriculture)
  • Manufactured Cannabis Safety Branch (California Department of Public Health)

Learn more about the state cannabis consolidation.

Jobs at DCC

More than 300 people work for DCC. DCC employees are state workers hired through a competitive process.

How to apply for a job at DCC

  1. Search for a job on the CalCareers website
    To see jobs available at DCC, type Department of Cannabis Control into the search bar. To see all cannabis jobs at the state, type cannabis into the search bar. Read the duty statement for each job to learn what the position does.
  2. Create a CalCareers account
    Enter your information and upload supporting documents. You can use one job application to apply for multiple positions.
  3. Complete an assessment
    When you find a job you want, you’ll need to take an assessment to show you qualify for that position. Assessments differ by job classification. They can be an interview or exam.
  4. Apply
    Submit your application for the job you’re interested in. If you qualify and among the top candidates, we’ll call you for an interview.

If you’re new to state service, CalHR has videos to help you learn about the hiring process:

Some of the classifications DCC hires include:

  • Accounting Officer
  • Associate Governmental Program Analyst
  • Attorney
  • Environmental Scientist
  • Information Officer
  • Office Technician
  • Personnel Specialist
  • Research Scientist
  • Special Investigator
  • Staff Services Manager