State Licensing Authorities

The Bureau of Cannabis Control (Bureau) is the lead agency in developing regulations for medical and adult-use cannabis in California. The Bureau is responsible for regulating commercial cannabis licenses for retailers, distributors, microbusinesses, testing laboratories, and temporary cannabis events. Click here to visit their website.

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. Click here to visit their website.

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 non-medical use. Click here to visit their website.

The state’s three licensing authorities are all accepting applications for commercial cannabis licenses. Please visit the licensing tab for more information.