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Consolidation of California Cannabis Licensing Authorities

January 10, 2020

To All Interested Parties:

We are proud to share Governor Newsom’s budget proposal for cannabis industry regulation and taxation, announced by the Governor today.

Regulatory Simplification

In an effort to improve access to licensing and simplify regulatory oversight of commercial cannabis activity, the Administration plans to consolidate the three licensing entities that are currently housed at the Bureau of Cannabis Control, the Department of Food and Agriculture, and the Department of Public Health into a single Department of Cannabis Control by July 2021. Establishment of a standalone department with an enforcement arm will centralize and align critical areas to build a successful legal cannabis market by creating a single point of contact for cannabis licensees and local governments. The Administration will provide more details on this proposal in spring 2020.

Tax Simplification

Governor Newsom also proposes simplifying cannabis tax administration by changing the point of collection. The proposed changes move the responsibility for the cultivation excise tax from the final distributor to the first, and for the retail excise tax from the distributor to the retailer. Moving the incidence of this tax to the retailer will eliminate CDTFA’s requirement to estimate product mark-up and set wholesale tax rates. The changes will reduce the tax collection burden on the cannabis industry and simplify the tax collection process.

Further, the Newsom Administration, in consultation with the industry and stakeholders, will consider other changes to the existing cannabis tax structure, including the number of taxes and tax rates to simplify the system and to support a stronger, safer legal cannabis market.

Allocation of the Cannabis Tax Fund

Pursuant to Proposition 64, expenditures are prioritized for regulatory and administrative workload necessary to implement, administer, and enforce the Cannabis Act, followed by research and activities related to the legalization of cannabis and the past effects of its criminalization. Once these priorities have been met, the remaining funds are allocated to youth education, prevention, early intervention, and treatment; environmental protection; and public safety-related activities. The Budget estimates $332.8 million will be available for these purposes in 2020-21, and the structure of these allocations is unchanged from 2019-20:

• Education, prevention, and treatment of youth substance use disorders and school retention—60 percent ($199.7 million)

• Clean-up, remediation, and enforcement of environmental impacts created by illegal cannabis cultivation—20 percent ($66.6 million)

• Public safety-related activities—20 percent ($66.6 million)

Thank you,

Lori Ajax, Chief, Bureau of Cannabis Control

Richard Parrott, Director, CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing Division, California Department of Food and Agriculture

Miren Klein, Assistant Deputy Director, Center for Environmental Health, California Department of Public Health


January 6, 2020

CalCannabis: 2019 by the Numbers

We are pleased to release our new edition of CalCannabis by the Numbers: Outreach, enforcement, and licensing highlights of the CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing Division from January 1, 2019, through December 31, 2019.

CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing is a division of the California Department of Food and Agriculture. For more information on the state’s commercial cannabis cultivation licensing process, please visit CalCannabis.cdfa.ca.gov, call toll-free 1-833-CALGROW (1-833-225-4769), or send an email to calcannabis@cdfa.ca.gov.

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Public Meetings

  Events & Activities

January 23, 2020 - 3:00 PM

Free Cannabis Cultivation Licensing Workshop

WHERE: PLACERVILLE (El Dorado County)

HOSTS: CDFA's CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing Division, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, and California State Water Resources Control Board

WHEN: Thursday, January 23, 3pm-7pm

January 29, 2020 - 10:00 AM

Free Cannabis Cultivation Licensing Workshop

WHERE: HAYFORK (Trinity County)

HOSTS: CDFA's CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing Division, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, and California State Water Resources Control Board

WHEN: Wednesday, January 29, 10am-2pm

February 11, 2020 - 10:00 AM

Free Cannabis Cultivation Licensing Workshop

WHERE: LAYTONVILLE (Mendocino County)

HOSTS: CDFA's CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing Division, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, and California State Water Resources Control Board

WHEN: Tuesday, February 11, 10am-2pm

February 12, 2020 - 9:00 AM

Free Cannabis Cultivation Licensing Workshop

WHERE: FORTUNA (northern Humboldt County)

HOSTS: CDFA's CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing Division, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, and California State Water Resources Control Board

WHEN: Wednesday, February 12, 9am-12pm and 3pm-7pm