REGULATORS

Bureau of Cannabis Control (BCC)

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.​

CDFA 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.​

CDPH 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.​

California Department of Tax and Fee Administration​ (CDTFA)

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.​

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.