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 three branches: Licensing, Compliance and Enforcement, and Administration.
The California Department of Food and Agriculture’s CalCannabis program is now accepting applications for temporary and annual commercial cannabis licenses for cultivators, nurseries, and processors
Prior to applying for a license, new users must register for an account on the online licensing system.
Important Note about Annual Cannabis Cultivation Licenses: To complete the annual license application you will need to submit Live Scan fingerprints for each person who meets the definition of “owner,” as described in the emergency regulations. We are finalizing the information needed for this process and will post the required “Request for Live Scan” form on our website soon. In the meanwhile, you may begin filling out your annual license application now, and make sure you click the “save” tab on the application so you can include the Live Scan form once it is available.
Temporary licenses are valid for 120 days, with the possibility of extensions, if warranted. They will only be issued to applicants with a valid license, permit, or other authorization from their local jurisdiction. The application for a temporary commercial cannabis license also can be downloaded here.
* Click here for the temporary and annual commercial cannabis cultivation license applications
* Step-by-Step Videos: How to Fill Out an Application for a Temporary and an Annual State Cannabis Cultivation License
Free Public Workshops on the California Cannabis Track-and-Trace (CCTT) System
Join us at one of our workshops for an overview of the CCTT system that will be used statewide to record the inventory and movement of cannabis and cannabis products through the commercial cannabis supply chain—from cultivation to sale. The CCTT-Metrc system integrator, Franwell, Inc., will explain how the system works and how it will be used by all state cannabis licensees, including those with licenses for cannabis cultivation, manufacturing, retail, distribution, testing labs, and microbusinesses. Dates and locations are posted here.
PowerPoint Presentations Reviewed at the Public Workshops
A Sample Sales Invoice/Shipping Manifest
Here is a sample sales invoice/shipping manifest
that temporary licensees may use to document transfers of cannabis and cannabis products.
Track-and-Trace System FAQ
Please review our FAQ on the track-and-trace system
for additional information.
Earlier this spring, the Department of Food and Agriculture's CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing program, the Department of Consumer Affairs’ Bureau of Cannabis Control, and the Department of Public Health released draft regulations for the Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act of 2015. These licensing authorities held several public hearings to accept oral and written comments regarding the draft regulations. The licensing authorities had planned to move forward with a separate draft regulatory package for implementation of Proposition 64: The Adult Use of Cannabis Act of 2016. However, in late June, the Legislature passed and the Governor signed into law the Medicinal and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MAUCRSA),
which creates one regulatory system for both medicinal and adult-use (recreational) cannabis. As a result, the licensing authorities withdrew the proposed medical cannabis regulations on October 6, 2017, as announced in this news release
The three cannabis licensing authorities have now drafted emergency regulations based on the new law for the commercial medicinal and adult-use (recreational) cannabis industries. During this process, the licensing authorities considered the valuable public comments received regarding the draft medicinal cannabis regulations.
The licensing authorities are using the emergency rulemaking process to establish the new regulations, which will be followed by the formal rulemaking process. The emergency regulations were released on November 16, 2017, and are available to read here.
The withdrawn draft medicinal cannabis cultivation regulations are available to read here.
To subscribe to CalCannabis email alerts for updates, please sign up here. For information on the other state licensing agencies, visit the California Cannabis Portal.
CalCannabis Regulatory Documents
FAQs and Additional Information
CalCannabis on Social Media
The CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing program has prepared a Final Program Environmental Impact Report (EIR) in accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). The Final Program EIR provides information about the potential environmental effects associated with the adoption and implementation of statewide cannabis cultivation regulations. This report also includes responses to public comments received on the Draft Program EIR.
For more information, please visit our Final Program EIR web page, which includes a copy of the draft and final report and additional reference material.
News Release: CDFA, Bureau of Cannabis Control, and Department of Public Health Offer Workshops on California's Cannabis Track-and-Trace System
SACRAMENTO, January 8, 2018 — The California Department of Food and Agriculture’s CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing Division, along with the Bureau of Cannabis Control and the California Department of Public Health, are offering 14 workshops in January and February on California’s Cannabis Track-and-Trace system. The system will be used statewide to record the inventory and movement of cannabis and cannabis products through the commercial cannabis supply chain—from cultivation to sale.
California Cannabis Track-and-Trace System: Free Public Workshops, January and February 2018
California Cannabis Track-and-Trace System Overview Workshop: Metrc PowerPoint Presentation
California Cannabis Track-and-Trace System Overview Workshop: Product Transfer/Transport Documentation for Temporary Licensees--PowerPoint Presentation
Track-and-Trace System FAQ
CalCannabis Fact Sheet: Who Does What Among the Three Licensing Authorities
Cannabis Cultivation Regulations Update Presentation December 2017
Cultivation Licensing Workshop Presentation December 2017
Sample - Sales Invoice / Shipping Manifest
Emergency California Cannabis Cultivation Licensing Regulations
Track-and-Trace System: Third-Party Vendors
FAQ on the California State Regulatory Process
Fact Sheet: Emergency Regulations Summary for Cannabis Cultivators
CalCannabis Temporary License Application Information for California Cannabis Cultivation (in English and Spanish)
Statewide Schedule of Training Sessions for the Cannabis Cultivation Licensing Application: November 28 to December 14, 2017
CDFA Notice of Decision Not to Proceed
Press Release: Licensing Authorities Announce Withdrawal of Proposed Medical Cannabis Regulations
Summary of Public Comments on the Draft Medical Cannabis Cultivation Regulations
FAQ on Medicinal and Adult-Use (Recreational) Cannabis Cultivation Licensing
FAQ on the Environmental Review (Draft PEIR)
News Release: CDFA Releases Draft Regulations on California's Medical Cannabis Cultivation Program
CalCannabis Initial Statement of Reasons and SRIA
CalCannabis Notice of Proposed Action
CalCannabis Proposed Medical Regulations
California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) Legal Notice
CDFA Revised Notice of Preparation: Draft Program Environmental Impact Report
FAQ on Environmental Review Process
CalCannabis Informational Flyer, 3rd edition
CalCannabis Light Use Survey issued in December 2016
Literature Review on the Impacts of Cannabis Cultivation, February 2017
Medical Cannabis Scoping Report, January 2017
MCCP Factsheet Summary - California
MCCP Summary - Statute Regulatory Goals
CalCannabis Fact Sheet (formerly MCCP)—Pre-Rulemaking Discussion Questions
Regulation Development and Environmental review Scoping Powerpoint
Scoping Workshop Poster Boards
Public Scoping Workshop Schedule and Information
Public Scoping Public Notice
2016 Licensing Survey Results
Presentation for Public Scoping Workshops- September 2016
Comprehensive Adult Use of Marijuana Act
Comprehensive Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act
California Senate Bill No. 94