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Bureau of Cannabis
Control

The Bureau of Cannabis Control is California's lead agency in regulating commercial cannabis licenses, responsible for licensing retailers, distributors, testing labs, microbusinesses, and temporary cannabis events.

CalCannabis Cultivation
Licensing

CalCannabis, a division of the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA), is responsible for licensing cultivators and implementing a track-and-trace system to monitor the cannabis distribution chain.


Manufactured Cannabis
Safety Branch

The Manufactured Cannabis Safety Branch, a division of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), is responsible for regulating and licensing the manufacturers of medical and recreational cannabis products.

Department of Tax and
Fee Administration

Cannabis businesses must register with the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration (CDTFA) for a seller's permit and file sales and use tax returns. Distributors must register for a tax permit and file cannabis tax returns.

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California State Water Resources Control Board

The State Water Board has implemented a regulatory program, with four main components, to address potential water quality and quantity issues related to cannabis cultivation.

California Department of Fish and Wildlife

California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) aims to protect and conserve fish and wildlife resources. Cannabis cultivators, like other project proponents, must comply with Fish and Game Code.

California Department of Pesticide Regulation

The Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) enforces laws that govern the sale and use of pesticides in California, including use on cannabis.

Popular Compliance Documents

Popular documents—applications, licenses, forms, instructions— for cannabis businesses from various regulatory bodies in California.

BCC

Temporary Cannabis Retailer License Application

Conditional license that authorizes the licensee to engage in commercial cannabis retail similar to an annual license of the same type.

BCC

Cannabis Retailer License Application

This license authorizes the licensee to engage in commercial cannabis retail. Licensees can choose between non-storefront (delivery) or storefront licenses.

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Temporary Cultivation License Application

Conditional license that authorizes the licensee to engage in commercial cannabis cultivation similar to an annual license of the same type.

BCC

Cannabis
Microbusiness
License Application

Allows licensees to engage in cultivation, manufacturing, distribution, and retail, or any combination of the four, with restrictions.

Recents Compliance blogs

Los Angeles Cannabis Licenses: Phase II Eligibility Information

The City of Los Angeles anticipates opening up Phase II of its cannabis licensing process on August 1, 2018. To prepare potential applicants for the application process, the City released a set of guidelines that applicants can use to help establish eligibility for licensure. The document issued by the City is called Guidelines to Establish …

A New Compliance Challenge: The California Consumer Privacy Act

On June 28, 2018, California adopted a comprehensive consumer privacy act, the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (the “CCPA”). Legislators rushed the CCPA through the legislative process with unpreceded speed to stave off a proposed, and more stringent, ballot initiative sponsored by a San Francisco developer.

Converting Mutual Benefit Corps into For-Profit Corporations

Over the past few months, many cannabis collectives organized as non-profit mutual benefit corporations under prior law, such as the 2004 Medical Marijuana Program Act, have asked us to help them convert into for-profit general share corporations (C Corps.). This isn’t surprising because the laws have changed …

Newly Proposed Cannabis Laws for San Francisco Raise Concerns

By now it’s well known that the City of San Francisco is considering two new cannabis laws: the first would be a local cannabis industry tax and the second would establish a new 9-member Cannabis Commission to oversee the industry within city limits. Last week, our attorneys attended a meeting …

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