California

Medical: Yes

Recreational: Yes

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.

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Grower/Cultivator licenses allow licensees to cultivate, dry, trim, or cure and package marijuana for sale to a processor or dispensary.

Specialty Licenses

- Type 1A: Specialty Indoor – An indoor cultivation site between 501 and 5,000 sq. ft. of total canopy.
- Type 1B: Specialty Mixed Light – A mixed-light cultivation site between 2,501 and 5,000 sq. ft. of total canopy.
- Type 1C: Specialty Cottage Outdoor – An outdoor cultivation site with up to 25 mature plants.
- Type 1D: Specialty Cottage Indoor – An indoor cultivation site with 500 sq. ft. or less of total canopy.

 

Small Licenses

- Type 2: Outdoor – An outdoor cultivation site between 5,001 and 10,000 sq. ft. of total canopy.
- Type 2A: Indoor - An indoor cultivation site between 5,001 and 10,000 sq. ft. of total canopy.
- Type 2B: Mixed Light - A mixed-light cultivation site between 2,501 and 5,000 sq. ft. of total canopy.

 

Medium Licenses

- 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.

Nursery Licenses

- 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

MORE INFO ON CULTIVATOR LICENSES (Page 21)

 

Tracking System Info

The state of California requires cultivation operations to use a seed-to-sale tracking software. Flourish software offers seed-to-sale tracking as one of the core features and is designed to help cultivators stay compliant at all times.

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.

Processor Licenses:

- 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.

Testing Licenses:

- Type 8 – Testing facility license


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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
- Type 11 – Distribution
- Type 12 – Micro-Business

 

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:

Type 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, or 2B licensees may also hold either a Type 6 or 7 license or the other way around.
Type 1 through 2B are cultivation licenses varying from 500-10,000 square feet of canopy space (see cultivation tab for specifics).  Type 6 and 7 licenses are manufacturing licenses.  This combination would allow you to own a substantial cultivation facility as well as a full cannabis manufacturing and processing facility.
 
Type 10A licensees may apply for Type 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, or 2B state license, or a combination thereof.
This allows licensees of producing dispensaries to apply and obtain a cultivation license Types 1 through 2B.
 
Type 11 licensees shall apply for a Type 12 state license, but shall not apply for any other type of state licenses
This allows distributors (Type 11) and transporters (Type 12) to receive a license for both.  Transporters and distributors are not permitted to hold any other license types.

 

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