California Licensing Authority Seeks Cannabis Activity Tracking System

California Cannabis Activity Tracking

California Licensing Committee Seeks Cannabis Activity Tracking System


The California cannabis industry is moving towards full legalization, but not before they implement state-level tracking regulations. With the recent solicitation for a system to monitor cannabis sales and activity, the program framework is becoming clearer. Recreational cannabis will be regulated, tracked, reported and closely reviewed by the state to ensure safety and to eliminate illegal activity. Specifically, California will require a Cannabis Activity Tracking (CAT) system to record and report key data points during production, processing, transport, and sale of legal cannabis.

Similar seed to sale systems have already been implemented in Washington, Colorado, and Oregon and have been well received by state officials.

“Our state’s efforts to regulate the sale of marijuana are succeeding. A few years ago, the illegal trafficking of marijuana lined the pockets of criminals everywhere. Now, in our state, illegal trafficking activity is being displaced by a closely regulated marijuana industry that pays hundreds of millions of dollars in taxes. This frees up significant law enforcement resources to protect our communities in other, more pressing ways.” Bob Ferguson Attorney General, WA.

The division responsible for developing track and trace regulations, CalCannabis, is one of three licensing authorities that will shape the market, which some industry experts predict to be worth an estimated 6.5 billion by 2020. Part of CalCannabis’s process involves conducting a Programmatic Environmental Impact Report to identify how cannabis cultivation impacts the environment and what can be done to create an eco-friendly system.

In addition to establishing the track and trace system , CalCannabis will create the licensing program for Cultivators. Cultivation licenses are categorized by light source and size with canopy allowances ranging from 5,000 to 22,000 square feet for larger scale grows.

The Bureau of Marijuana Control will license Testing Labs, Transporters, Distributors, Dispensaries, and Microbusinesses while the Office of Manufactured Cannabis Safety will license Processors, which are manufacturers of products like edibles. Manufacturing licenses are defined by extraction method and the number of locations will determine the type of Dispensary license required.

Although the departments have until January 2018 to begin accepting applications, more detailed information is expected SOON. For now, interested parties can look to California medical regulations for guidance while following best practices set forth by states with legal cannabis markets like Washington, Colorado, and Oregon.

For more information on the California cannabis industry and Cannabis Activity Tracking (CAT) visit

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