CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing

1220 N Street, Sacramento, CA 95814 • 1-833-CALGROW (1-833-225-4769) • calcannabis@cdfa.ca.gov

CalCannabis: What We Do

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.

Apply Now: Applications for Temporary and Annual Cannabis Cultivation Licenses

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


California's Cannabis Track-and-Trace System

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.

The Medicinal and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MAUCRSA)

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

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Final Program Environmental Impact Report (EIR)

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. _______________________________________________________________________________________


CalCannabis Newsfeed

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

CCTT Workshop Flyer

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

Finding of Emergency

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 FAQ

Water Rights Information

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

Assembly Bill 243

Assembly Bill 266

Senate Bill 643

Cole Memo 2013

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



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The Compassionate Use Act of 1996 ensures that seriously ill Californians have the right to obtain and use cannabis for medical purposes where medical use is deemed appropriate and has been recommended by a physician who has determined that the person’s health would benefit from the use of medical cannabis. Cannabis is a Schedule I drug according to the federal Controlled Substances Act. Cannabis related activity is subject to federal prosecution, regardless of the protections provided by state law.