California Cannabis Regulations
On January 1, 2018, recreational cannabis became legal to cultivate, distribute, manufacture and sell in California. Three state licensing agencies play a part in the commercial cannabis market: Bureau of Cannabis Control, CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing, and Manufactured Cannabis Safety Branch. Find information regarding cannabis waste legislation by each agency below.
CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing
CalCannabis operates within the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) and licenses cannabis cultivators, nurseries, and processors.
The Manufactured Cannabis Safety Branch
MCSB is housed within the Department of Public Health and helps to oversee commercial cannabis activities throughout the state.
The Bureau of Cannabis Control is housed within the Department of Consumer Affairs and licenses testing labs, distributors, dispensaries, retailers, and micro-businesses.
As an agency, their duties consist of licensing nurseries, processors, and cultivators of adult-use and medical cannabis within the state of California. Apart from granting licensees, they also utilize track-and-trace systems to keep record of the movement of cannabis and cannabis products throughout the distribution chain.
As one of the three California state licensing agencies, MCSB licenses manufacturers of cannabis products, including those products meant to be consumed, inhaled, or used topically.
The BCC works as California’s head agency to oversee commercial cannabis licenses for both medical and adult (recreational) use.
California Department Of Food And Agriculture
CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing, a division of the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA), is responsible for licensing cultivators of medicinal and adult-use (recreational) cannabis. Learn more about there specific rules and legislation below.Read more
California Department of Public Health
The Manufactured Cannabis Safety Branch, a division of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), is responsible for regulating and licensing the manufacturers of cannabis-infused edibles for both medical and non-medical use.Read more
Bureau of Cannabis Control
The Bureau of Cannabis Control (BCC) is the lead agency in regulating commercial cannabis licenses for medical and adult-use cannabis in California. The Bureau is responsible for licensing retailers, distributors, testing labs, microbusinesses, and temporary cannabis events.Read more