California's Marijuana program is operated by 3 organizations:
The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) is responsible for Cultivator/Processor licensing program in California, collectively referred to as CalCannabisLicensing.
The Bureau of Medical Cannabis Regulation is responsible for licensing cannabis Laboratories, Transporters, Distributors, Dispensaries, and Micro-Businesses in California.
The Office of Manufactured Cannabis Safety is responsible for licensing cannabis Manufacturers in California.
Grower/Cultivator licenses allow licensees to cultivate, dry, trim, or cure and package marijuana for sale to a processor or dispensary.
Small Licenses- Type 2: Outdoor – An outdoor cultivation site between 5,001 and 10,000 sq. ft. of total canopy.
- Type 3: Outdoor – An outdoor cultivation site between 10,001 sq. ft. and one acre of total canopy.
- Type 3A: Indoor - An indoor cultivation site between 10,001 and 22,000 sq. ft. of total canopy.
- Type 3B: Mixed Light – A mixed-light cultivation site between 10,001 and 22,000 sq. ft. of total canopy.
- Type 4: Nursery – Cultivation of cannabis solely as a nursery.
Large Licenses (Type 5 license types will not be issued before January 1, 2023)
- Type 5: Outdoor
- Type 5A: Indoor
- Type 5B: Mixed-Light
Tracking System Info
Processor/manufacturer licenses allow licensees to purchase marijuana from a grower and extract resin from the marijuana or create a marijuana-infused product for sale and transfer in packaged form to a dispensary or a caregiver.
- Type P: For entities that only package or repackage medical cannabis products or label or relabel the cannabis product container.
- Type N: For manufacturers that produce edible products or topical products using infusion processes, or other types of medical cannabis products other than extracts or concentrates, and that do not conduct extractions.
- Type 6: Manufacturer Level 1 – For extractions using mechanical methods or nonvolatile solvents. Type 6 licenses may also conduct operations in accordance with licenses Type N and Type P.
- Typer 7: Manufacturer Level 2 – For extractions using volatile solvents or mechanical methods on the licensed premises provided that the extraction process is noted on the application form and the relevant info is provided to the Department. Type 7 licenses may also conduct operations in accordance with licenses Type N, Type P, and Type 6.
Testing licenses allow licensees to receive cannabis from a cultivator or primary caregiver and test it for contaminants and other substances.
- Type 8 – Testing facility license
Retail/Dispensary licenses allow licensees to purchase cannabis from a grower or processor and sell, supply, or provide cannabis to patients, directly or through the patient’s caregiver.
Retail Licenses:- Type 10 – General Dispensary
Vertically integrated licenses allow licensees to handle cultivation, processing, and dispensing of medical cannabis to qualifying patients. These licensees own and operate the cultivation/growing facility and the dispensary; processing various cannabis extracts and edibles is done in-house at the dispensary or cultivation facilities.
Vertically Integrated License Options: