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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:
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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).