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CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing, a division of the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA), ensures public safety and environmental protection by licensing and regulating commercial cannabis cultivators in California.

CalCannabis also manages the state's track-and-trace system, which tracks all commercial cannabis and cannabis products—from cultivation to sale.

CalCannabis is organized into two branches: Licensing Branch and Compliance and Enforcement Branch.

What Types of Cultivation License are Available?

(a) Specialty Cottage:

(1) “Specialty Cottage Outdoor” is an outdoor cultivation site with up to 25 mature plants.

(2) “Specialty Cottage Indoor” is an indoor cultivation site with 500 square feet or less of total canopy.

(3) “Specialty Cottage Mixed-Light Tier 1 and 2” is a mixed-light cultivation site with 2,500 square feet or less of total canopy.

(b) Specialty:

(1) “Specialty Outdoor” is an outdoor cultivation site with less than or equal to 5,000 square feet of total canopy, or up to 50 mature plants on noncontiguous plots.

(2) “Specialty Indoor” is an indoor cultivation site between 501 and 5,000 square feet of total canopy.

(3) “Specialty Mixed-Light Tier 1 and 2” is a mixed-light cultivation site between 2,501 and 5,000 square feet of total canopy.

(c) Small:

(1) “Small Outdoor” is an outdoor cultivation site between 5,001 and 10,000 square feet of total canopy.

(2) “Small Indoor” is an indoor cultivation site between 5,001 and 10,000 square feet of total canopy.

(3) “Small Mixed-Light Tier 1 and 2” is a mixed-light cultivation site between 5,001 and 10,000 square feet of total canopy.

(d) Medium:

(1) “Medium Outdoor” is an outdoor cultivation site between 10,001 square feet and one acre of total canopy.

(2) “Medium Indoor” is an indoor cultivation site between 10,001 and 22,000 square feet of total canopy.

(3) “Medium Mixed-Light Tier 1 and 2” is a mixed-light cultivation site between 10,001 and 22,000 square feet of total canopy.

(e) “Nursery” is a cultivation site that conducts only cultivation of clones, immature plants, seeds, and other agricultural products used specifically for the propagation of cultivation of cannabis.

(f) “Processor” is a cultivation site that conducts only trimming, drying, curing, grading, packaging, or labeling of cannabis and nonmanufactured cannabis products.

For more information, click on the below links to view current regulations.

On January 16, 2019, the Office of Administrative Law (OAL) approved the California Department of Food and Agriculture’s cannabis cultivation regulations and the regulations went into effect immediately.

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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 laboratories, microbusinesses, and temporary cannabis events.

For more information, click on the below link to view current regulations.

Cannabis Regulations (Currently in Effect) – January 2019

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The California Department of Public Health's Manufactured Cannabis Safety Branch (MCSB) is responsible for licensing all commercial cannabis manufacturers within the state of California.

What Types of Manufacturing License are Available?

(Type 6) - for extractions using mechanical methods or nonvolatile solvents.

“Nonvolatile solvent” means any solvent used in the extraction process that is not a volatile solvent. For purposes of this chapter, “nonvolatile solvents” include carbon dioxide and ethanol.

(Type 7) - for extractions using volatile solvents.

Volatile solvent” means any solvent that is or produces a flammable gas or vapor that, when present in the air in sufficient quantities, will create explosive or ignitable mixtures. Examples of volatile solvents include, but are not limited to, butane, hexane, and propane.

For more information, click on this link to view current regulations.

CDPH Regulations for Cannabis, DPH-17-010 (PDF)

  • Note: Assembly Bill 1529 modified labeling requirements for cannabis vaping products effective October 12, 2019.

Checklists and Informational Resources

To assist our future clients with some of the formalities and frequently asked question associated with obtaining a Manufacturing license, click on the below links for checklists and informational resources from the MCSB.

Packaging and Labeling

Track-and-Trace

Local Authorization

Manufacturing Operations

Premises

Product Standards and Classifications

Provisional Licenses

Record Keeping

Resource Library

 

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