Primary Agencies

The California Department of Public Health is the designated agency to oversee cannabis manufacturing activities. The Manufactured Cannabis Safety Branch, a subcomponent of the CDPH, has been created to serve and monitor cannabis manufacturing businesses. All cannabis manufacturers must get local authorization and a state license through the CDPH’s MCSB. The agency also has authority to impose further regulations applicable to manufacturing standards and practices.

CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing is a division of the California Department of Food and Agriculture. This group is responsible for licensing cannabis cultivation activities; CalCannabis is also the agency in charge of implementing and monitoring the statewide track and trace system. The Department has authority to institute additional regulations applicable to cultivation operations.

The Bureau of Cannabis Control (Commonly referred to as the BCC or Bureau) is the lead agency in regulating commercial cannabis activity in California. In addition to its role as lead agency, the BCC is responsible for licensing retailers, distributors, testing labs, microbusinesses, and temporary cannabis events. The BCC is a subdivision of California’s Department of Consumer Affairs; the Medicinal and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act grants authority to the Department to implement further regulations through a process known as administrative law.

California Department of Tax and Fee Administration

California Department of Fish and Wildlife

California Department of Insurance

California Secretary of State, Cannabis Services

California Water Boards

Cannabis Control Appeals Panel

California Department of Pesticide Regulation