Be prepared for the future of cannabis in California

No matter where you are operating in California, MJ Freeway is prepared to help manage your inventory, employees, data, compliance, and more with easy-to-use, sophisticated cannabis seed to sale software tools. Whether you manage a botique marijuana business or a large enterprise, our track and trace software tools give you critical insights and improve processes to create a more efficient, smart operation. This is more than just compliance and marijuana POS, its a powerful way to improve your bottom line. Learn what MJ Platform can do for your marijuana cultivation, delivery, infused product faciltiy or dispensary.

California-Specific Regulations to Assist in Planning Your Business or Running a Compliant Cannabis Operation

  • Category
  • Medical
  • Recreational (Adult-Use)
  • Date Law Went into Effect
    Med: 11/06/1996 Rec: 01/01/18 (Implementation)
  • Non-Profit
  • Cultivation Limits
    The maximum allowable size is 1 acre (43,560 sq ft) outdoors (Type 3) or 22,000 sq ft indoors (Type 3A and 3B licenses). The DFA is directed to limit the number of Type 3, 3A and 3B licenses.
  • Naming Convention for Cultivation
  • Naming Convention for Retail
    Dispensary is the State license term most commonly used. Collective is commonly used due to non-profit status.
  • Licensing Authority
    Bureau of Medical Cannabis Regulation
  • Link to Licensing Authority
  • Links to State Laws
  • Patient Sales Limit
    No state guideline. Often based on the city, for example, Richmond allows 2oz per day, San Francisco allows 2oz per day
  • Patient Limits (Can you grow your own or assign plants?)
    You can have 12 immature plants and 6 mature plants
  • Delivery
    Yes, counties and cities decide whether to allow delivery
  • Vertical Integration required
    Not necessarly, only type 10A licensees can apply for both manufacturing and cultivation license
  • Current Best Estimate of the Number of Different Operating Licensees in Each: Grow, Processing, Retail
    2000+/- (?)
  • Reciprocity for Medical
    No, medical cards from other states are not accepted
  • State Registry or Dr. Recommendation
    Dr. Recommendation
  • Established Agency to Regulate Compliance
    Dept. Of Agriculture regulates cultivation. Dept. of Public Health regulates manufacturing, testing, and production/labeling of edibles. Dept of Pesticide regulates pesticide standards. Dept. of Wildlife regulates water quality.
  • Testing Required
    DPH requires testing

California-Specific Resources

Grow Green: Energy efficient technology and practices for your cannabis grow operation

Please join MJ Freeway and Jesce Horton, Board Member of Resource Innovation Institute, as we share best practices for sustainability in the cannabis industry.

Cannabis has the power to positively impact lives and the planet. Find out how you can do your part to conserve water and energy while growing your successful cannabis business.

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The Importance of Advocacy (A Love Letter to NCIA)

MJ Freeway is a founding member of the National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA).  We currently contribute as a sustaining member to NCIA, and we also sponsor many events yearly in addition to having the honor of being asked to speak at NCIA educational conferences.  As the president of MJ Freeway, I have personally served on the board of NCIA for 5 years running. 

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Even though California has a complicated regulatory environment, you can rest at ease knowing that our team of experts is prepared to offer business optimization tools that will integrate with the state tracking system when available. The benefit of implementing a seed-to-sale system now is paramount: forecast plant yields, track cost of goods sold, understand your target market, edge out your competitors, serve paitents quickly, and so much more.

Don't wait for the state to decide. Make a smart choice for your business now.

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