Cannabis Industry Update:


Your toolbox of regulations, licensing activity, insights, and news for the California cannabis industry

State Regulations:

Medical marijuana was legalized in California in 1996, and patients could access it in 1997. A formal medical marijuana licensing structure was not created by statute until 2015. In November 2016, residents voted to legalize recreational marijuana. On January 1, 2018, the state’s regulated dual- medical and recreational marijuana market opened with temporary licenses for all cultivators, manufacturers, distributors, testing laboratories, micro businesses, and retailers.

The state’s cannabis industry is regulated by three separate agencies: the Department of Food and Agriculture regulates cultivation facilities, the Department of Public Health regulates manufacturers, and the Bureau of Cannabis Control regulates testing, distribution, and retail sales.

Local municipalities have the ability to tax, ban, and otherwise regulate cannabis businesses within their jurisdiction.



Children under the age of 18 can use medical marijuana as long as they have one doctor’s certification and a caretaker who has been approved by a parent or guardian. The caretaker approval requirement does not apply if the minor has been emancipated.


Qualifying Conditions

  • Epilepsy/Seizures
  • Cancer
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • Cachexia/Wasting Syndrome
  • Chronic/Severe/Intractable Pain
  • Glaucoma
  • Muscle Spasticity
  • Nausea
  • Anorexia
  • Neuropathy
  • Arthritis
  • Migraine
  • Anything a doctor thinks would help

California News & Insights:

Why are Some States’ Marijuana Programs Lagging?

Why are Some States’ Marijuana Programs Lagging?

The marijuana market in the U.S. has become well-established, and Cannabiz Media is now tracking marijuana programs in 35 jurisdictions. However, that doesn’t mean that all states are equal in terms of the success and growth of their marijuana programs. The reality is...

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Cannabis Onsite Consumption Licenses and Social Use Rules

Cannabis Onsite Consumption Licenses and Social Use Rules

In May 2019, Alaska became the first state to allow cannabis dispensaries to apply for onsite cannabis consumption licenses. While several states have considered onsite cannabis consumption licenses and social use rules over the years, Alaska became the first to...