On June 27, 2017, Governor Brown’s Trailer Bill, SB 94 was signed into law, which is entitled the Medical and Adult Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MAUCRSA). On November 16, 2017, emergency regulations were issued by the Bureau of Cannabis Control, the CalCannabis (Department of Food & Agriculture) and the Department Public Health’s Manufactured Cannabis Safety Branch (MCSB).

Licensing through the various agencies’ online portals is now available for both temporary and annual state licenses.  The Cannabis Corporate Law Firm has already developed relationships with the licensing agencies as well as the California Department of Tax & Fee Administration.  There is no substitute for a direct line of communication with the state agencies and regulators.

The Cannabis Corporate Law Firm keeps its clients up to date and compliant in this ever-changing legal landscape. Our direct communication with state and city licensing authorities provides us not only with accurate and up to date information, but builds on our existing relationships to the benefit of our clients.

The Cannabis Corporate Law Firm has already procured permits and licenses for its clients from local jurisdictions, obtained temporary state licenses, secured extensions on temporary licenses and completed the annual application process.

Because The Cannabis Corporate Law Firm offers full service licensing packages, we can quickly and effectively assemble your business plan, application and we will work with your architects, engineers and contractors to obtain conditional use permits and any overcome any other land use obstacles.  We provide plan check and review to ensure that all technical legal requirements arising under state and local laws are met before our clients’ applications are submitted.

Effective June 6, 2018, applicants may submit one license for both medicinal and adult use state commercial cannabis licenses; these applicants will now pay only one fee to the state upon issuance.

Each California regulatory agency has issued its own set of license classifications and fee schedule.

Activities Regulated by the Bureau of Cannabis Control (Retail, Distribution, Events, Testing and Microbusinesses):

Type of License Operations in Millions Application Fee License Fee Total
Testing Lab up to 50 $1,000.00 $12,500.00 $13,500.00
Testing Lab 50-400 $1,000.00 $45,000.00 $46,000.00
Testing Lab more than 400 $1,000.00 $90,000.00 $91,000.00
Distributor up to 3 $1,000.00 $1,200.00 $1,300.00
Distributor 3 to 12 $1,000.00 $10,000.00 $11,000.00
Distributor 12 to 60 $1,000.00 $50,000.00 $51,000.00
Distributor 60 to 120 $1,000.00 $100,000.00 $101,000.00
Distributor greater than 120 $1,000.00 $200,000.00 $201,000.00
Self Distribution, Transport Only up to 3 $1,000.00 $500.00 $1,500.00
Self Distribution, Transport Only 3 to 12 $1,000.00 $1,500.00 $2,500.00
Self Distribution, Transport Only greater than 12 $1,000.00 $4,000.00 $5,000.00
Transport Only Distributor up to 3 $1,000.00 $1,000.00 $2,000.00
Transport Only Distributor 3 to 12 $1,000.00 $2,800.00 $3,800.00
Transport Only Distributor greater than 12 $1,000.00 $6,000.00 $7,000.00
Retailer up to .75 $1,000.00 $4,000.00 $5,000.00
Retailer .75 to 2.5 $1,000.00 $20,000.00 $21,000.00
Retailer 2.5 to 7.5 $1,000.00 $64,000.00 $65,000.00
Retailer more than 7.5 $1,000.00 $120,000.00 $121,000.00
Microbusinesses up to .75 $1,000.00 $10,000.00 $11,000.00
Microbusinesses .75 to 2.5 $1,000.00 $30,000.00 $31,000.00
Microbusinesses 2.5 to 7.5 $1,000.00 $100,000.00 $101,000.00
Microbusinesses more than 7.5 $1,000.00 $180,000.00 $181,000.00

 CalCannabis Regulated Activities (Cultivation, Nursery and Processing):

License Type Size of Canopy in Square Feet or Number of Mature Plants Application Fee License Fee Total
Specialty Cottage Outdoor up to 25 plants $135.00 $1,205.00 $1,340.00
Specialty Cottage Indoor up to 500 $205.00 $1,830.00 $2,035.00
Specialty Cottage Mixed-Light Tier 1 up to 2,500 $340.00 $3,035.00 $3,375.00
Specialty Cottage Mixed-Light Tier 2 up to 2,500 $580.00 $5,200.00 $5,780.00
Specialty Outdoor up to 5,000 or 50 plants $270.00 $2,410.00 $2,680.00
Specialty Indoor 501-5,000 $2,170.00 $19,540.00 $21,710.00
Specialty Mixed-Light Tier 1 2,501-5,000 $655.00 $5,900.00 $6,555.00
Specialty Mixed-Light Tier 2 2,501-5,000 $1,125.00 $10,120.00 $11,245.00
Small Outdoor 5,001 – 10,000 $535.00 $4,820.00 $5,355.00
Small Indoor 5,001 – 10,000 $3,935.00 $35,410.00 $39,345.00
Small Mixed-Light Tier 1 5,001 – 10,000 $1,310.00 $11,800.00 $13,110.00
Small Mixed-Light Tier 2 5,001 – 10,000 $2,250.00 $20,235.00 $22,485.00
Medium Outdoor 10,001 – 1 acre $1,555.00 $13,990.00 $15,545.00
Medium Indoor 10,001 – 22,000 $8,655.00 $77,905.00 $86,560.00
Medium Mixed-Light Tier 1 10,001 – 22,001 $2,885.00 $25,970.00 $28,855.00
Medium Mixed-Light Tier 2 10,001 – 22,002 $4,945.00 $44,517.00 $49,462.00
Nursery no size restriction $520.00 $4,685.00 $5,205.00
Processor no size restriction $1,040.00 $9,370.00 $10,410.00

Manufactured Cannabis Safety Branch of California Department of Public Health Regulated Activities (manufactured cannabis products, edibles, packaging & labeling)

Type of License Annual Gross Revenues Application Fee License Fee Total
Type 7 – Volatile Solvent Extraction
Type 6 – Non Volatile Solvent Extraction
Type N – Edibles/Infusions
Type P – Packaging & Labeling
up to $100,000 $1,000.00 $2,000.00 $3,000.00
Type 7 – Volatile Solvent Extraction
Type 6 – Non Volatile Solvent Extraction
Type N – Edibles/Infusions
Type P – Packaging & Labeling
$100,001 to $500,000  $1,000.00 $7,500.00 $8,500.00
Type 7 – Volatile Solvent Extraction
Type 6 – Non Volatile Solvent Extraction
Type N – Edibles/Infusions
Type P – Packaging & Labeling
$500,001 to $1,500,000  $1,000.00 $15,000.00 $16,000.00
Type 7 – Volatile Solvent Extraction
Type 6 – Non Volatile Solvent Extraction
Type N – Edibles/Infusions
Type P – Packaging & Labeling
$1,500,001 to $3,000,000  $1,000.00 $25,000.00 $26,000.00
Type 7 – Volatile Solvent Extraction
Type 6 – Non Volatile Solvent Extraction
Type N – Edibles/Infusions
Type P – Packaging & Labeling
$3,000,001 to $5,000,000  $1,000.00 $35,000.00 $36,000.00
Type 7 – Volatile Solvent Extraction
Type 6 – Non Volatile Solvent Extraction
Type N – Edibles/Infusions
Type P – Packaging & Labeling
$5,000,001 to $10,000,000  $1,000.00 $50,000.00 $51,000.00
Type 7 – Volatile Solvent Extraction
Type 6 – Non Volatile Solvent Extraction
Type N – Edibles/Infusions
Type P – Packaging & Labeling
greater than $10,000,000  $1,000.00 $75,000.00 $76,000.00
Type S – Shared Use Facility up to $100,000 $500.00 $2,000.00 $2,500.00
Type S – Shared Use Facility $100,001 to $500,000  $500.00 $7,500.00 $8,000.00
Type S – Shared Use Facility $500,001 to $1,500,000  $500.00 $15,000.00 $15,500.00
Type S – Shared Use Facility $1,500,001 to $3,000,000  $500.00 $25,000.00 $25,500.00
Type S – Shared Use Facility $3,000,001 to $5,000,000  $500.00 $35,000.00 $35,500.00
Type S – Shared Use Facility $5,000,001 to $10,000,000  $500.00 $50,000.00 $50,500.00
Type S – Shared Use Facility greater than $10,000,000  $500.00 $75,000.00 $75,500.00