Bureau of Cannabis
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, 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.
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
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.
Popular Compliance Documents
Popular documents—applications, licenses, forms, instructions— for cannabis businesses from various regulatory bodies in California.
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.
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.
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.
Allows licensees to engage in cultivation, manufacturing, distribution, and retail, or any combination of the four, with restrictions.