Poppy Field

California State Laws & Regulations

In 2016, California passed Proposition 64 which legalized adult-use cannabis in the state.  Implementation and enforcement of the law is accomplished through the work of three separate state agencies. 

  • The Bureau of Cannabis Control is tasked with regulating commercial cannabis licenses for retailers, distributors, microbusinesses, testing laboratories, and temporary cannabis events.

State Laws

State Regulations

Bureau of Cannabis Control (BCC)

California Department of Public Health Manufactured Safety Branch (CDPH)

California Department of Food & Agriculture  (CDFA)


We collaboratively develop and test models of optimal cannabis policy (retail practices, marketing & taxation) with the goal of reducing harms, youth use & problem use. These models are based on the best scientific evidence and guided by the principles of public health, social justice, and equity. 

We also provide technical assistance to jurisdictions considering legalizing cannabis. Please contact us for more information. 



Tel: 510.285.5648

Fax: 510.285.5501

Email: amanda.naprawa@phi.org

Public Health Institute

555 12th Street, 10th Floor

Oakland, CA 94607