The cannabis industry and the laws behind it are in constant evolution. Stay on top of what you need to know, and how to understand California’s strides to regulate this quickly emerging market.

A state license must be obtained before a cannabiz entrepreneur can move on to obtaining local licensing. Feel free to use the government resources below to assist you.

California Cannabis Portal


CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing, a division of the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA), ensures public safety and environmental protection by licensing and regulating commercial cannabis cultivators in California. CalCannabis also manages the state’s track-and-trace system, which tracks all commercial cannabis and cannabis products—from cultivation to sale. CalCannabis is organized into three branches: Licensing, Compliance and Enforcement, and Administration.

Apply for a State License

This website includes information for purposes of compliance with California law. NOTE: Cannabis, including medical cannabis remains a Schedule I drug under the Federal Controlled Substances Act and is wholly illegal. Individuals and businesses interested in the cannabis industry should make sure they are fully informed of the Federal laws related to cannabis.