Cannabis Industry Update:

California

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.

 

Minors

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
  • HIV/AIDS
  • 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:

Cannacurio: California Microbusinesses

Cannacurio: California Microbusinesses

Currently California’s Bureau of Cannabis Control has issued 267 active microbusiness licenses. In order to hold a California microbusiness license, a licensee must engage in at least three of the following cannabis business activities:   Retailer, Retailer...

Cannacurio: Cultivation Leaderboard (Q1 2020)

Cannacurio: Cultivation Leaderboard (Q1 2020)

We have been tracking key cannabis activities on the Cannacurio blog and this week we look back at Q1’s cultivation licenses. Last time we checked California and Oklahoma were responsible for 95% of the new cultivation licenses issued and that trend continued through...

Cannacurio: Manufacturing Leaderboard (Q1 2020)

Cannacurio: Manufacturing Leaderboard (Q1 2020)

One part of the Cannabis value chain that we have not covered this year is Manufacturing. We ended 2019 with 4,804 active licenses. So far this year states have added 178 more or 3.7%. Background We categorize a license as a manufacturer if it fits the following...

CCPA Compliance: What Cannabis Businesses Need To Do Now

CCPA Compliance: What Cannabis Businesses Need To Do Now

The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) gives consumers who reside in California significantly more control over how companies use their personal information. As a result, all companies need to review their data, systems, and processes to ensure they’re in full...

What is the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (CCPA)?

What is the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (CCPA)?

The California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (CCPA) passed on June 28, 2018 and went into effect on January 1, 2020. The law gives California resident consumers a way to protect their personal data from businesses that collect it and sell it to third parties without...

More Licensing News

Legitimizing the Cannabis Industry: Terminology and Codes of Conduct

Legitimizing the Cannabis Industry: Terminology and Codes of Conduct

By improving professionalism in the cannabis industry and elevating the customer experience, the entire industry will break the negative stereotypes of cannabis and cannabis users. In fact, it’s already happening. According to Pew Research and Gallup, between 2007 and...

Cannacurio: California Microbusinesses

Cannacurio: California Microbusinesses

Currently California’s Bureau of Cannabis Control has issued 267 active microbusiness licenses. In order to hold a California microbusiness license, a licensee must engage in at least three of the following cannabis business activities:   Retailer, Retailer...

Cannacurio: Manufacturing Leaderboard (Q1 2020)

Cannacurio: Manufacturing Leaderboard (Q1 2020)

One part of the Cannabis value chain that we have not covered this year is Manufacturing. We ended 2019 with 4,804 active licenses. So far this year states have added 178 more or 3.7%. Background We categorize a license as a manufacturer if it fits the following...