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LICENSING 
SERVICES

LICENSING SERVICES FOR ALL THE CALIFORNIA AGENCIES

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GENERAL INFORMATION

Licenses issued by the  CDFA’s CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing for cultivators, and CDPH’s Manufactured Cannabis Safety Branch for manufacturers, and the Bureau of Cannabis Control for retailers, distributors, microbusinesses, testing laboratories, and event organizers are now in effect as of January 1, 2018 and businesses are now operating in California’s newly-legal commercial cannabis market.

 

More than 10,000 cannabis licences have been issued, in the largest cannabis market in the country. Every County and City have additional licencing and taxing requirements.  We will research and advise on locality benefits and potential problems that each city and county pose and help you choose the right location for your business as well as completing the required applications for the county and city licensing requirements. 

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RETAILERS, NON-STOREFRONT,   DISTRIBUTORS, TESTING LABS, MACROBUSINESS, AND EVENT ORGANIZERS 

The Bureau of Cannabis Control is the lead agency in regulating commercial cannabis licenses for medical and adult-use cannabis in California. The Bureau is responsible for licensing retailers, distributors, testing labs, microbusinesses, and temporary cannabis events. 

In January 2019, the Office of Administrative Law (OAL) officially approved state regulations for cannabis businesses across the supply chain. These new regulations immediately took effect, meaning the previous emergency regulations are no longer in effect.

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MANUFACTURER

The Manufactured Cannabis Safety Branch, a division of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), is responsible for regulating the manufacturers of cannabis-infused edibles for both medical and nonmedical use. CDPH is currently accepting licensing applications.

Applications for annual licenses will be accepted through an online licensing system – the Manufactured Cannabis Licensing System (MCLS).

 

This application will require information on the business, owners and financial interest holders, and operating premises, as well as descriptions of procedures for waste disposal, inventory and quality control, transportation and security. Businesses in operation under the Compassionate Use Act prior to September 1, 2016, will receive priority application review.  Applicants must be in compliance with city or county ordinances. During the application review process, CDPH will contact the city or county to verify the local authorization. If the applicant does not provide a copy of their local authorization, the local office will have 60 days to respond. If the applicant includes a copy of their local authorization with their application, the local office will have 10 days to respond.

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CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF FOOD & AGRICULTURE

 CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing, a division of the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA), is responsible for licensing cultivators of medicinal and adult-use (recreational) cannabis and implementing a track-and-trace system to record the movement of cannabis through the distribution chain. CDFA is currently accepting licensing applications.  

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CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF TAX AND FEE ADMINISTRATION

If you own a business in California that sells cannabis and/or cannabis products, you must register with the CDTFA for a seller's permit and regularly file sales and use tax returns. In addition to a seller's permit, if you are a distributor, or microbusiness licensed to act as a distributor, of cannabis and/or cannabis products, you must register with the CDTFA for a cannabis tax permit and regularly file cannabis tax returns.  

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HOW CAN WE HELP

Whether you have been in the industry for years or you are new to this business, you may be confused by the changes in the new laws as of January 2019. Businesses face the need to comply with substantial changes to existing rules and regulations in order to be eligible for licenses once the state begins providing them. Businesses that are able to show compliance with the law are Cannabis law is a rapidly developing area, and it would be easy for a business or would-be business to be rejected when applying for a license, considering all the new rules and requirements. Our trusted and experienced network of attorneys can provide advice and representation to businesses ensuring applications are approved.  Our relationship to our attorneys allows us to obtain you substantial discounts on the legal fees involved.