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 the Department of Cannabis Control.

State Regulation in California


The Department of Cannabis Control (DCC) is the California state agency that licenses and regulates cannabis businesses. DCC regulates the:

      • Growing of cannabis plants
      • Manufacture of cannabis products
      • Transportation and tracking of cannabis goods throughout the state
      • Sale of cannabis goods
      • Events where cannabis is sold or used
      • Labeling of goods sold at retail

The Cannabis Advisory Committee makes recommendations to DCC about regulations and licensing.

DCC was created on July 1, 2021, by consolidating the three former state cannabis authorities:

      • Bureau of Cannabis Control (Department of Consumer Affairs)
      • CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing Division (California Department of Food and Agriculture)
      • Manufactured Cannabis Safety Branch (California Department of Public Health)

Learn more about the state cannabis consolidation.

California State Laws

Proposition 64

Prop 64 changed California law to legalize the possession, cultivation, and sale of marijuana. Individuals over age 21 are allowed to possess, cultivate and sell marijuana.

California Business & Professional Code, Division 10: Cannabis

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