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 includes:
- Nicole Elliott, Director
- Rasha Salama, Chief Deputy Director
- Matthew Lee, General Counsel
- Melissa Eidson, Deputy Director of Administration
- Bill Jones, Deputy Director of Enforcement
- Eugene Hillsman, Deputy Director of Equity & Inclusion
- Angela Hill, Deputy Director of Governmental Affairs
- Tamara Colson, Deputy Director of Legal Affairs
- Robin Foemmel Bie, Deputy Director of Licensing
- Christina Dempsey, Deputy Director of Policy & Research
- Maria Luisa Cesar, Deputy Director of Public Affairs
- Po-Wen Leung, Manager, Equal Employment Opportunity Office
Some positions are still being hired and will have acting leaders until recruitment is completed:
- Jason Piccione, Acting Deputy Director of Information Technology
- Gordon Vrdoljak, Acting Deputy Director of Laboratory Services
We will also be hiring a Deputy Director of Compliance. 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 12, 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.