Bureau of Cannabis Control Launches Online Licensing Application System:
Interested Parties Can Now Begin Submitting Applications to the State.

SACRAMENTO - The Bureau of Cannabis Control (Bureau) today officially launched its online licensing system and is now accepting applications for commercial cannabis licenses for retailers, distributors, microbusinesses, testing laboratories and cannabis events. 
The link to the online licensing system can be accessed here:

For more information on how to fully utilize the online system, users can check out the site's e-learning portal, which can be accessed here:


The Bureau will be reviewing temporary applications and once approved will be issuing temporary licenses with an effective date of January 1, 2018. No temporary license will be effective prior to this date. Temporary licenses will only be issued to applicants with a valid license, permit or authorization from their local jurisdiction.   (Please see the City of Woodland Commercial Cannabis page for more information).  

The Bureau's emergency regulations are now in effect and the final text can be found at under "Important Announcements."


For more information on commercial cannabis licenses for manufacturing, visit the California Department of Public Health website - For information on all three licensing authorities, please visit the state's California Cannabis Portal:



California Cannabis Portal: 
California Cannabis:  Fact Sheet 



Assembly Bill No. 133    
Medicinal and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MAUCRSA).    
Proposition 64: “Adult Use of Marijuana Act”.   
Proposition 64: Official Title and Summary  



On June 27, 2017, the Governor signed SB 94, a budget trailer bill that became effective immediately, to consolidate state licensing of medicinal and recreational “adult-use” cannabis businesses in a single regulatory scheme titled the Medicinal and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act” (MAUCRSA). 

The purpose of SB 94 was to, among other things, consolidate the state licensing scheme of commercial cannabis businesses set forth in Proposition 64, approved by the voters on November 8, 2016, with the legislation enacted by the State in 2015 regarding medical cannabis businesses. The distinction between medical and adult-use cannabis remains in the state law (designated by an “M” or an “A” prefix on the license type), but the overall licensing requirements and process is now consolidated to be the same for both medical and adult-use cannabis businesses.

Some jurisdictions in California are adopting zoning ordinances to allow commercial cannabis uses. Proposition 64 establishes up to 19 different categories of state licenses for commercial cannabis, including commercial cultivation, manufacturing, testing, distribution, and dispensary/retail sales. Proposition 64 also authorized the State of California to begin issuing commercial cannabis licenses to entities as of January 1, 2018 if the business activity is also permitted under applicable local (i.e. city) ordinance.

On September 16, 2017, the Governor signed AB 133 into law, which further amended State law regarding commercial cannabis businesses.  Of particular significance, AB 133 amended the law to allow operators to conduct multiple and different types of commercial activities on the same physical premises.