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.
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.
The Manufactured Cannabis Safety Branch
MCSB is housed within the Department of Public Health and helps to oversee commercial cannabis activities throughout the state.
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 Bureau of Cannabis Control is housed within the Department of Consumer Affairs and licenses testing labs, distributors, dispensaries, retailers, and micro-businesses.
The BCC works as California’s head agency to oversee commercial cannabis licenses for both medical and adult (recreational) use.