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More than two decades after California first legalized marijuana for medical use with Proposition 215, the Golden State has passed new laws and regulations to govern the medicinal and adult-use cannabis markets. These laws are far-reaching, and will impact every aspect of how cannabis operators conduct business.

The law establishes three state agencies as the main licensing and regulatory authorities for cannabis business: the Bureau of Cannabis Control within the Department of Consumer Affairs, the Manufactured Cannabis Safety Branch within the Department of Public Health, and the CalCannabis Licensing Branch within the Department of Food and Agriculture.

State licenses will be issued for cannabis activities including cultivation, manufacturing, distribution, laboratory testing, retail, and more. Moreover, state-issued licenses will be required to operate a commercial cannabis businesses after January 1, 2018, however, only businesses with local authorization are eligible to obtain a temporary state license at present.

Below are California’s current state laws and regulations for cannabis.

 

STATE LAW

Medicinal and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MAUCRSA)

Cannabis Tax (Revenue and Taxation Code §§ 34010 – 34021.5)

 

STATE LICENSING AGENCIES

Bureau of Cannabis Control (Distribution, Testing, Retail, Microbusinesses)

Department of Public Health (Manufacturing, Packaging & Labeling)

Department of Food and Agriculture (Cultivation, Nurseries)

 

OTHER STATE REGULATORY AGENCIES

Department of Tax and Fee Administration

Department of Pesticide Regulation

State Water Board

Department of Fish and Wildlife

Department of Insurance

 

STATE REGULATIONS

Combined Final Regulations (including BCC Disciplinary Guidelines)

BCC Emergency Cannabis Regulations

BCC Disciplinary Guidelines (2017)

CDPH Emergency Cannabis Regulations

CDFA Emergency Cannabis Regulations

CDTFA Emergency Regulation: Cannabis Cultivation and Excise Tax

CDTFA Emergency Regulation: Collection and Remittance of the Cannabis Excise Tax

 

TAX RESOURCES

CDTFA’s Tax Guide for Cannabis Businesses

Guidance on How Taxes Apply to Cannabis Inventory Beginning January 1, 2018

New Proposed Cultivation Tax Category, Tax Application, and Invoicing Requirements for Cannabis Businesses

Cannabis – What You Need to Know about the Tax Rates and Registration

New Cannabis Taxes Begin January 1, 2018

 

GENERAL RESOURCES

California Cannabis Portal