State Licensing Authorities

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.

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 non-medical use.

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