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Temporary License Application
The California Department of Public Health's Manufactured Cannabis Safety Branch (MCSB) will issue temporary licenses that allow a business to engage in commercial cannabis activity. Once issued, these licenses will be valid for 120 days and may be extended for additional periods of 90 days, if the business has submitted a complete annual license application.
The application can be submitted by mail or email. City or county authorization to conduct commercial cannabis activity must be submitted with the temporary license application. Once the application is received, CDPH will contact the city or county to verify the local authorization, and the office will have 10 days to respond. There is no fee for the temporary license.
Temporary License Application (PDF)
Temporary License Application Instructions (PDF)
Annual License Application
Applications for annual licenses will be accepted through an online licensing system - the Manufactured Cannabis Licensing System (MCLS). This application will require information on the business, owners and financial interest holders, and operating premises, as well as descriptions of procedures for waste disposal, inventory and quality control, transportation and security. Businesses in operation under the Compassionate Use Act prior to September 1, 2016, will receive priority application review.
Applicants must be in compliance with city or county ordinances. During the application review process, CDPH will contact the city or county to verify the local authorization. If the applicant does not provide a copy of their local authorization, the local office will have 60 days to respond. If the applicant includes a copy of their local authorization with their application, the local office will have 10 days to respond.
Note: In order to complete the annual license application, you will need to complete and submit Live Scans for each person who meets the definition of “Owner.” MCSB is currently finalizing the information needed for this process and will post the required “Request for Live Scan” form on our website soon.
- Click "New User" to create an account and begin your annual license application.
- Click "Returning User" if you already have a username, and you wish to return to your application or edit your license information.
- Click "Reset Password" to reset your password.
Annual License Application Checklist (PDF)