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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.

We expect to begin accepting temporary licenses on December 8, 2017.

Temporary License Application (PDF)

Temporary License Application Instructions (PDF)

Annual License Application

Applications for annual licenses will be accepted through an online licensing system that will launch in December 2017. 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.

ChecklistNEW USER 

  •  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.

Coming Soon - Annual License Application Checklist

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