Cannabis regulations are constantly changing. Learn about the current California cultivation laws and beyond with this handy guide.

The cannabis industry is one of the fastest-growing industries in the United States thanks to widespread acceptance of its health benefits and its increasing legality in states around the country. One of the biggest cannabis consumers within the US is California, where recreational use has been legalized, creating a soaring demand.

However, just because marijuana is legal in the state doesn't mean it's easy to cultivate and sell. If you're looking to break into the rapidly growing California cannabis industry, read on for our guide to California cannabis regulations. And also read our complete guide to selling cannabis in California.

The Basics

In case you're new to recreational marijuana use, or to the state of California, let's go over the basics.

Adults over the age of 21 may possess up to 28.5 grams of cannabis flower, or up to 8 grams of concentrated cannabis. You cannot consume cannabis in public, only at private residences and authorized cannabis lounges. Much like alcohol, you are not allowed to drive while under the influence of marijuana or have an open container in the vehicle while driving.

Residents over 21 are allowed to grow up to 6 cannabis plants at a time on their private property, however, they must be hidden from public view. You cannot transport cannabis across state lines, even if it is legal in the other state.

Commercial California Cultivation Laws

If you're looking to start growing cannabis for commercial use, the first thing you need to do is apply for a license. The Bureau of Cannabis Control (BCC) controls all licensing in California and provides an easy way to apply, submit payments, and track the status of your application all in one place.

The Medicinal and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MAUCRSA) legalized commercial marijuana cultivation and sales, but the law also allows local governments to place their own restrictions on what is permitted within their jurisdiction.

Other California Cannabis Regulations

Cultivation is just one of the different types of cannabis licenses one can obtain in California. Other licenses include retail (for dispensaries or delivery), manufacturing, distribution, and testing.

There are also unique tax laws that apply to the commercial cannabis industry, including a new change in excise tax for 2020. The 15% tax is charged by the distributor to the retailer and then collected from the distributor by the government. In addition, cultivation taxes are being adjusted for inflation in 2020, which results in higher taxes per ounce of cannabis.

Stay Up To Date

California's cannabis regulations are constantly changing. Being a new industry, the government is still working out all the details. From rules involving vaping products to recent legislation about requiring QR codes, 2020 has already been a hectic year for the legal marijuana industry. That's why we're here.

Headquarters is your turnkey resource for getting you cannabis product into the California cannabis industry. From helping you break into the difficult and competitive market to making sure you stay up to date on all of the laws and regulations, Headquarters will be there every step of the way.