California Knowledge Center:

Created to provide helpful information about the California Marijuana Industry and Cannabis Activity Tracking (CAT).

Cannabis License Info:

Information will be updated here as it becomes available. Check back for updates!

Dispensaries sell legal cannabis, and cannabis products, to responsible adults in compliance with local regulations.  In California, Dispensaries are licensed by the Bureau of Medical Cannabis Regulation.

California Dispensary Licenses:

There will be an estimated 20,000 Dispensary Licenses in California.
  • Type 10 – Dispensary; General
  • Type 10A – Dispensary; No more than three retail sites
  • Type 11 – Distribution
  • Type 12 = Transporter

What kind of point-of-sale do I need to operate a Dispensary?

Most states require dispensaries to track and trace all of their cannabis-related products for regulatory and compliance reporting requirements. Our Dispensary Point of Sale and inventory management system provides comprehensive seed-to-sale cannabis tracking with a focus on compliant data points.  If your state requires seed-to-sale systems to stay compliant, BioTrackTHC has you covered.  Our system is customized to meet the unique regulatory frameworks in each and every state.

Grower (also commonly referred to as Producers or Cultivators) – Cultivators are responsible for growing cannabis. In California, Cultivation licenses are distributed by the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA), collectively referred to as CalCannabis Licensing branch.

How many Medical Marijuana licenses are being awarded in California?

California Cultivation Licenses

  • Type 1 – Cultivation; Specialty Outdoor
  • Type 2 – Cultivation; Specialty Indoor
  • Type 1B – Cultivation; Specialty mixed-light
  • Type 2 – Cultivation; Outdoor; Small
  • Type 2A – Cultivation; Indoor; Small
  • Type 2B – Cultivation; Mixed-light; Small
  • Type 3 – Cultivation; Outdoor; Medium
  • Type 3A – Cultivation; Indoor; Medium
  • Type 3B – Cultivation; Mixed-light; Medium
  • Type 4 – Cultivation; Nursery
  • Type 12 – Transporter

What kind of tracking system do I need to operate a Cultivation Facility?

Most states require an extensive seed-to-sale cannabis tracking system to monitor cultivation efforts and inventory.  Our cultivation seed-to-sale-tracking solution provides comprehensive data tracking with an emphasis on compliance.  Customized to meet the unique regulatory frameworks in each state, BioTrackTHC also features an all-in-one business tool to help you operate every aspect of the cultivation business by itself, or as part of the vertically-integrated cannabis business.

Processors – Processors take harvested cannabis from Cultivators and create derivative extracts for edibles, concentrates, topicals, and prepacks. Finished products are transported to Dispensaries.  In California, Processors are referred to as Manufacturers and are licensed by the Office of Manufactured Cannabis safety.

California Cannabis Manufacturer Licenses

  • Type 6 – Manufacturer 1
  • Typer 7 – Manufacturer 2
  • Type 12 – Transporter

What kind of tracking system do I need to operate a Processing or Manufacturing Facility?

Most states require an extensive seed-to-sale cannabis tracking system to monitor processing and manufacturing efforts, which is especially important in this part of the supply chain due to conversions into multiple byproducts and higher amounts of waste.  Our processing seed-to-sale-tracking solution provides comprehensive conversion tracking focused on compliant data points.  Customized to meet the unique regulatory frameworks in each state, BioTrackTHC also features an all-in-one business tool to help you operate every aspect of the cultivation business by itself, or as part of the vertically-integrated cannabis business.

Laboratories test cannabis for concentration and contaminants. Prior to entering the consumer market, all regulated cannabis is required to undergo quality assurance testing.  In California, Laboratories are licensed by the Bureau of Medical Cannabis Regulation.

California Laboratory Licenses:

  • Type 8 – Testing

Caregivers grow and process cannabis on behalf of patients. They cannot charge for cannabis, only recoup the costs of goods.

Current Estimated Patient Counts: 720,442

How can I obtain a California Medical Marijuana Card?

Before a patient can obtain medical cannabis in California, they must get a physician recommendation and, if desired, apply for a Medical Marijuana Identification Card (MMIC).

In order to receive a recommendation, patients need to visit a qualifying physician with the required documentation.  If the physician decides that medical cannabis is a viable treatment option, they will write the recommendation.

What documents are required for an evaluation?

  • Government Issued ID
  • Optional- previous medical history documentation
  • Proof of Residency- up to the discretion of the practitioner

What are the Fees for an evaluation?

  • Fees vary based on the practitioner but are generally $40-$100

Medical Marijuana Identification Card (MMIC)

Once a patient has received their recommendation they are allowed to purchase medical cannabis. If they choose, they may register their patient or caregiver status with the California Department of Health and receive a Medical Marijuana Identification Card. Though not required, there are some advantages in obtaining a Medical Marijuana Identification Card.

In most cases, a physician recommendation is all that is necessary to purchase cannabis from a medical cannabis dispensary. However, at the discretion of the operator, a dispensary may require a Medical Marijuana Identification Card to purchase cannabis. Additionally, cannabis sales to registered patients are not subject to sales tax.

What documents are required to obtain a Medical Marijuana Identification Card?

  • Copy of Physician Recommendation
  • Proof of Identity
  • Proof of Residency

What are the fees for receiving a Medical Marijuana Identification Card?

  • $66.00 application fee ($33.00 for Medi-Cal patients)
  • $66.00 annual fee ($33.00 for Medi-Cal patients)

Note- counties and cities may have additional fees

For more information on obtaining a physician recommendation or receiving a Medical Marijuana Identification Card, visit the California Department of Health Medical Marijuana home page.

California Cannabis Track and Trace Program Info:

California’s Cannabis Activity Tracking Program is operated by the following agencies:

  • California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) – Responsible for Cultivator/Processor licensing program in California, collectively referred to as CalCannabis Licensing.
  • Bureau of Medical Cannabis Regulation – Responsible for licensing cannabis Laboratories, Transporters, Distributors, Dispensaries, and Micro-Businesses in California.
  • Office of Manufactured Cannabis Safety – Responsible for licensing cannabis Manufacturers in California.

California cannabis business licenses are distributed at the local, city level, however, the license types and the rules and regulations surrounding the licenses are determined at the state level.  You can apply for a business license through your local city departments.

California Cannabis Taxation:

  • $9.25 per ounce of Flower
  • $2.75 per ounce for Leaves
  • 15% retail tax

More info coming soon!  For the latest cannabis-related legislative updates on California, check out our Cannabis Bill Tracker!

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