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.
- For general CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing questions, send an email to: CalCannabis@cdfa.ca.gov
- For media requests, contact CDFA’s Office of Public Affairs; send an email to OfficeofPublicAffairs@cdfa.ca.gov or call (916) 654-0462
- For Public Records Act requests, send an email to CDFA’s Legal Office: cdfa.LegalOffice@cdfa.ca.gov
- For tips on illegal cannabis cultivation operations or related complaints, call the CalCannabis toll-free hotline: 1-833-WEED-TIP
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 Cannabis Track-and-Trace (CCTT) System FAQ and the Public Workshops
The workshops that provided 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 are now over; we will soon post a recording of a workshop on this website once it's ready. The CCTT system will be used by all state cannabis licensees, including those with licenses for cannabis cultivation, manufacturing, retail, distribution, testing labs, and microbusinesses. Please see our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document
for additional information.
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.
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 Announces Public Licensing Workshops for Cannabis Cultivators in March and April
SACRAMENTO, March 15, 2018 — The California Department of Food and Agriculture’s CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing Division will host seven public workshops throughout California starting on March 27. CDFA will provide guidance on how to complete the annual cannabis cultivation license application, including information on business-entity structure documentation, bond forms, criminal history, fees, local-authorization documents, and diagram requirements.
Temporary Cannabis Cultivation Licensing Application (Paper Version)
CDFA Commercial Cannabis Licensee Bond Form (Fillable PDF)
CalCannabis Checklist for Annual Cultivation Licenses
OAL Notice of Filing and Printing - Commercial Cannabis Licensee Bond form
California Cannabis Track-and-Trace System Overview Workshop: METRC PowerPoint Presentation
California Cannabis Track-and-Trace System FAQ
A presentation of detailed information about California's new commercial cannabis cultivation licensing program
California Cannabis Track-and-Trace System Overview Workshop: Product Transfer/Transport Documentation for Temporary Licensees--PowerPoint Presentation
Cannabis Cultivation Regulations Update Presentation December 2017
Cultivation Licensing Workshop Presentation December 2017
CalCannabis Fact Sheet: Who Does What Among the Three Licensing Authorities
Sample - Sales Invoice / Shipping Manifest
Emergency California Cannabis Cultivation Licensing Regulations
FAQ on the California State Regulatory Process
Track-and-Trace System: Third-Party Vendors
Fact Sheet: Emergency Regulations Summary for Cannabis Cultivators
CalCannabis Temporary License Application Information for California Cannabis Cultivation (in English and Spanish)
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
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
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