California Cannabis License Guidelines

California Bureau of Cannabis Control

Licensing and Enforcement Criteria

The California Bureau of Cannabis Control (BCC) regulates licensing standards and requirements to perform commercial retail activity in California. The Bureau issued a set of specific licensing and enforcement criteria:

  • You must apply for a cultivation license with local City AND State
  • You must submit a bond $5,000 payable to the state of California.
  • Requirements for cultivation businesses can vary from city to city.
  • Your cultivation facility must be at least 600 ft from a school (K-12, day care, youth center)

California Distribution Law & Compliance

Several laws and ordinances regulate the CA commercial cultivation industry, as well as the many different steps in the supply chain. These laws range over dispositions for cultivators, manufacturers, distributors and retail dispensaries. The most recent news can be found on these websites:

FAQs

Our advisory team keeps abreast of the complexities of the California cultivation industry. Armed with expertise in the recreational and medical distribution marketplace, we can help you gain mastery of the laws, rules, and regulations regarding California commercial cannabis.

How Much Does A Cultivation License Cost in California?

The application and cultivation license fees in California are based on the estimated gross revenue for the 12-month license period of the license. The license will not be issued until the annual licensing fee has been paid.The application and cultivation license fees in California are based on the estimated gross revenue for the 12-month license period of the license. The license will not be issued until the annual licensing fee has been paid.

How To Get A Dispensary License in California?

The Bureau of Cann. Control, the lead agency regulating commercial retail licenses for medical and adult-use cann. in California, also regulates licenses for retailers, distributors, testing labs, and microbusinesses. The Bureau is currently accepting licensing applications through its online licensing system.

How Can I Get A Temporary Cultivation License In California?

A temporary license is a conditional license that allows a business to engage in commercial retail activity for 120 days. It may be given 90-day extensions if the licensee has applied for an annual license with the respective licensing authority. Temporary commercial retial licenses are no longer available from January 1, 2019.

What Is The California Cann. Portal?

The California Cann. Portal serves as a valuable resource and a one-stop-shop for everything related to the regulation of the commercial retial industry.

Is There A Limited Number Of Commercial Distribution Licenses That Can Be Awarded?

California cann licensing authorities currently have no plans to limit the number of commercial cann. licenses they will issue.

California Cultivation License Types

There are many different license types for cultivation in California. We are here to help you understand which one is the best for you and your business.

Type 1 = Cultivation; Specialty outdoor; Small.

Outdoor cultivation using no artificial lighting of less than or equal to 5,000 square feet of total canopy size on one premises, or up to 50 mature plants on noncontiguous plots.

Type 1A = Cultivation; Specialty indoor; Small.

Indoor cultivation using exclusively artificial lighting of less than or equal to 5,000 square feet of total canopy size on one premises.

Type 1B = Cultivation; Specialty mixed-light; Small.

Cultivation using a combination of natural and supplemental artificial lighting at a maximum threshold to be determined by the licensing authority, of less than or equal to 5,000 square feet of total canopy size on one premises.

Type 2 = Cultivation; Outdoor; Small.

Outdoor cultivation using no artificial lighting between 5,001 and 10,000 square feet, inclusive, of total canopy size on one premises.

Type 2A = Cultivation; Indoor; Small.

Indoor cultivation using exclusively artificial lighting between 5,001 and 10,000 square feet, inclusive, of total canopy size on one premises.

Type 2B = Cultivation; Mixed-light; Small.

Cultivation using a combination of natural and supplemental artificial lighting at a maximum threshold to be determined by the licensing authority, between 5,001 and 10,000 square feet, inclusive, of total canopy size on one premises.

Type 3 = Cultivation; Outdoor; Medium.

Outdoor cultivation using no artificial lighting from 10,001 square feet to one acre, inclusive, of total canopy size on one premises. The Department of Food and Agriculture shall limit the number of licenses allowed of this type.

Type 3A = Cultivation; Indoor; Medium.

Indoor cultivation using exclusively artificial lighting between 10,001 and 22,000 square feet, inclusive, of total canopy size on one premises. The Department of Food and Agriculture shall limit the number of licenses allowed of this type.

Type 3B = Cultivation; Mixed-light; Medium.

Cultivation using a combination of natural and supplemental artificial lighting at a maximum threshold to be determined by the licensing authority, between 10,001 and 22,000 square feet, inclusive, of total canopy size on one premises. The Department of Food and Agriculture shall limit the number of licenses allowed of this type.

Type 4 = Cultivation; Nursery.

Cultivation of medical cann. solely as a nursery. Type 4 licensees may transport live plants.

Type 5 = Cultivation: Outdoor (large)

For outdoor cultivation using no artificial lighting greater than one acre, inclusive, of total canopy size on one premise.

Type 6 = Manufacturer 1.

For manufacturing sites that produce medical cann. products using nonvolatile solvents.

Type 7 = Manufacturer 2.

Manufacturing sites that produce medical cann. products using volatile solvents. The State

The Department of Public Health shall limit the number of licenses of this type.

Type 8 = Testing.

Testing of medical cann. and medical cann. products. Testing licensees shall have their facilities licensed according to regulations set forth by the division. A testing licensee shall not hold a license in another license category of this chapter and shall not own or have ownership interest in a facility licensed pursuant to this chapter                   

Type 10 = Dispensary; General.

Facility where medical cann, medical cann. products, or devices for the use of medical cultivation or medical cann. products are offered, either individually or in any combination, for retail sale, including an establishment that delivers, pursuant to express authorization by local ordinance, medical cultivation and medical cann. products as part of a retail sale.

Type 10A = Dispensary; No more than three retail sites.

Dispensers who have no more than three licensed dispensary facilities. This license shall allow for delivery where expressly authorized by local ordinance.

Type 11 = Distribution.

Distribution of medical cann. and medical cann. products from manufacturer to dispensary. A Type 11 licensee shall hold a Type 12, or transporter, license and register each location where product is stored for distribution purposes. A Type 11 licensee shall not hold a license in a cultivation, manufacturing, dispensing, or testing license category and shall not own, or have an ownership interest in, a facility licensed in those categories other than a security interest, lien, or encumbrance on property that is used by a licensee. A Type 11 licensee shall be bonded and insured at a minimum level established by the licensing authority.

Type 12 = Transporter.

Transporters of medical cann. or medical cann. products between licensees. A Type 12 licensee shall be bonded and insured at a minimum level established by the licensing authority.

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