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Cannabis Program - Coming 2018

Medicinal and Adult-Use (Recreational) Cannabis Cultivation Licensing

California will begin issuing licenses for "commercial cannabis activity" in 2018. Last year the state legislature passed  legislation consisting of three bills: AB 243, AB 266, and SB 643. Collectively known by many as "the act" these three bills provide a comprehensive regulatory framework for licensing commercial cannabis in California.

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FAQs about Cannabis Cultivation LICENSING

A. Applications will be available for all California state cannabis cultivation licenses—both medicinal and adult-use (recreational)—on January 1, 2018.

A. The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) is required to follow the statutory requirements found in the California Administrative Procedure Act. CDFA works with stakeholders, the public, and licensing authorities to develop the standards and regulations necessary to successfully implement a statewide cannabis cultivation regulatory structure in California.

CDFA intends to use the emergency rulemaking process in 2017 for developing the state’s combined medicinal and adult-use cannabis cultivation licensing regulations. For a detailed description of this process, visit the California Office of Administrative Law (OAL) at oal.ca.gov; click on the “Rulemaking Process” link.

A.The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) is not issuing any cultivation licenses until January 1, 2018. However, in preparation for state licensure, CDFA recommends staying up to date on city and/or county government requirements for local cannabis cultivation licenses and permits.

A. The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) regularly posts information on its CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing website and via these three social media channels: Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Email alerts are another way to get information. For links to these resources, please go to: calcannabis.cdfa.ca.gov

A. The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) will issue 17 types of cannabis cultivation licenses:

Specialty Cottage Outdoor
An outdoor cultivation site with up to 25 mature plants

Specialty Cottage Indoor
An indoor cultivation site with up to 500 square feet or less of total canopy

Specialty Cottage Mixed-Light
A mixed-light cultivation site with 2,500 square feet or less of total canopy

Specialty Outdoor
An outdoor cultivation site with 5,000 square feet or less of total canopy—or up to 50 mature plants on noncontiguous plots

Specialty Indoor
An indoor cultivation site of between 501 and 5,000 square feet of total canopy

Specialty Mixed-Light
A mixed-light cultivation site of between 2,501 and 5,000 square feet of total canopy

Small Outdoor
An outdoor cultivation site of between 5,001 and 10,000 square feet of total canopy

Small Indoor
An indoor cultivation site of between 5,001 and 10,000 square feet of total canopy

Small Mixed-Light
A mixed-light cultivation site of between 5,001 and 10,000 square feet of total canopy

Medium Outdoor
An outdoor cultivation site of between 10,001 square feet and 1 acre of total canopy

Medium Indoor
An indoor cultivation site of between 10,001 and 22,000 square feet of total canopy

Medium Mixed-Light
A mixed-light cultivation site of between 10,001 and 22,000 square feet of total canopy

Nursery
Cultivation of cannabis solely as a nursery (examples of typical nursery activities include cloning and seed propagation)

Processor
A cultivation site that conducts only trimming, drying, curing, grading, or packaging of cannabis and nonmanufactured cannabis products

Large Outdoor
Note: CDFA will not issue any Large Outdoor licenses prior to January 1, 2023 For outdoor cultivation that uses no artificial lighting for more than 1 acre of total canopy size on one premises

Large Indoor
Note: CDFA will not issue any Large Indoor licenses prior to January 1, 2023
For indoor cultivation that exclusively uses artificial lighting for more than 22,000 square feet of total canopy size on one premises

Large Mixed-Light
Note: CDFA will not issue any Large Mixed-Light licenses prior to January 1, 2023
For cultivation using a combination of natural and supplemental artificial lighting at a maximum threshold (which will be determined by the licensing authority) for more than 22,000 square feet of total canopy size on one premises

A. On June 27, 2017, California Governor Jerry Brown signed the cannabis trailer bill (also known as California Senate Bill 94), which effectively merged two existing bills—the Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MCRSA) and the Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA)—into one streamlined bill: the Medicinal and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MAUCRSA). Having one comprehensive state law will provide for a more unified regulatory process governing both medicinal and adult-use cannabis. You can read the full text of MAUCRSA on here .

A. All commercial cannabis cultivation licenses will be valid for one year; a license must be renewed to continue commercial cannabis cultivation

A. The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) is still developing regulations, but the cultivation requirements are expected to be the same for growing medicinal and adult-use cannabis. However, cannabis products sold to the public must be clearly differentiated as either medicinal or adult-use (recreational) products.

A. California defines medicinal and adult-use (recreational) cannabis as an agricultural product. However, this identification as an agricultural product is limited to the Medicinal and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MAUCRSA).

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