CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing

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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.
  • For general CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing questions, send an email to:
  • For media requests, contact CDFA’s Office of Public Affairs; send an email to or call (916) 654-0462
  • For tips on illegal cannabis cultivation operations or related complaints, call the CalCannabis toll-free hotline: 1-833-WEED-TIP

Temporary, Provisional, and Annual Cannabis Cultivation Licenses

The California Department of Food and Agriculture’s CalCannabis program is now accepting applications for temporary and annual cannabis cultivation licenses.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Due to the large number of applications being submitted for temporary cannabis cultivation licenses, any application for a temporary license received after December 1, 2018, may NOT be processed in time for us to issue a temporary license before January 1, 2019. After December 31, 2018, the authority for CDFA to issue temporary licenses expires. To provide sufficient processing time, submit your temporary application to CDFA’s CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing Division by December 1, 2018. Please see our Fact Sheet for more information.

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: Reviews of annual license applications begin once Live Scan fingerprints are submitted for each person who meets the definition of “owner,” as described in the emergency regulations.

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.

* 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 System

The California Cannabis Track-and-Trace (CCTT) system will be used statewide to record the inventory and movement of cannabis and cannabis products through the commercial cannabis supply chain. This system will be used by all state cannabis licensees, including those with licenses for cannabis cultivation, manufacturing, retail, distribution, testing labs, and microbusinesses. For more information, please see Five Steps for Using the Track-and-Trace System (Leer en español) and Frequently Asked Questions About the Track-and-Trace System.

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.

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

Instructional Videos

FAQs and Additional Information

CalCannabis on Social Media


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 Announces CalCannabis Appellations Project Public Workshops

SACRAMENTO, September 5, 2018 — The California Department of Food and Agriculture’s (CDFA) CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing Division will hold six public workshops throughout California in September to solicit input on establishing a framework for the CalCannabis Appellations Project. CDFA is required to develop a process allowing licensed cultivators to establish appellations of standards, practices, and varietals applicable to cannabis grown in a certain geographical area in California. The purpose of this first round of workshops is to get input from cultivators and other stakeholders on how the cannabis appellations process should be developed.

Workshop participants can share suggestions in person or in writing. The focus of these workshops is only on appellations—not any other aspect of the cannabis cultivation licensing process.

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Sistema de Localización y Seguimiento de Cannabis de California

Una Guía de Referencia Para el Plan de Cultivo

Fact Sheet: New Deadline for Temporary Cannabis Cultivation License Applications

CCTT 5-Step Sheet in Spanish

Notice of Modification of Proposed Permanent Regulations (15-Day Notice)

Proposed Permanent Regulations (Amended)

FAQ - Cannabis Cultivation Licensing Application: Who is Considered an Owner?

Fact Sheet: What Is a Provisional Cannabis Cultivation License?

CalCannabis Appellations Project Video on Submitting Comments in 2018

California Cannabis Track-and-Trace (CCTT) System: Five Steps for Using the System

California Cannabis Track-and-Trace (CCTT) System FAQ

Temporary Cannabis Cultivation License Extensions

Highlights of the Proposed Changes to California's Cannabis Cultivation Regulations

Notice of Proposed Action (Proposed Permanent Regulations)

Proposed Permanent Regulations

Initial Statement of Reasons (Proposed Permanent Regulations)

How to Comment on Proposed Permanent Regulations

Revised Temporary Cultivation License 6-6-18

Highlights of the Re-Adopted Emergency Cannabis Cultivation Regulations

Finding of Emergency (Readopt) 6-5-18

Emergency Cannabis Cultivation Regulations (Readopt) 6-5-18

Emergency California Cannabis Cultivation Regulations (Readopt)

Finding of Emergency (Readopt)

Notice of Emergency Rulemaking (Readopt)

County of Origin Designation for Cannabis

Criminal Conviction Disclose Form

Temporary Cultivation License Application with Instructions

Pest Management Fillable Form

Waste Management Fillable Form

Annual Cultivation License Application with Instructions

Annual Cannabis Cultivation Licenses: A Reference Guide for the Cultivation Plan

Annual Cannabis Cultivation Licenses: A Reference Guide for the Application Attachments

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

Finding of Emergency

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


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

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.