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If you run, work for or want to start a cannabis business, it’s important that you understand DCC’s regulations.

The main statute for cannabis businesses in the Business and Professions Code. It is called the Medicinal and Adult Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MAUCRSA). MAUCRSA sets up a basic framework for licensing, oversight and enforcement.

The cannabis industry is strictly regulated to make sure:


California became the first state to allow medicinal cannabis use when voters passed the Compassionate Use Act in 1996. Today, cannabis is legal in California for both medicinal and adult (recreational) use.

DCC makes regulations for cannabis businesses. These regulations specify:

Some cities and counties in California have ordinances for equity programs to help people negatively affected by the War on Drugs and create a more inclusive marketplace. Each ordinance supports equity applicants in different ways, such as:

What are statutes, regulations and ordinances?

There are also statutes that set rules for people using cannabis in California. The Health and Safety Code has a section on cannabis with:

Statutes, regulations and ordinances are all types of laws that work together to set rules for businesses and consumers.

Growing medical cannabis in california

Also, under Proposition 64, simple possession of concentrated cannabis for recreational use is legal–but a person may only possess up to 8 grams for personal use.

Finally, transporting marijuana without intent to sell it, or giving marijuana away, is not a crime in California so long as both of the following are true:

6. What are the laws for concentrated cannabis?

Proposition 64 requires all medical marijuana users to obtain a new recommendation from their physician by January 1, 2018.

Under no condition, however, may they sell marijuana, or possess or cultivate more than is reasonably related to the patient’s medical use.

5. What is the penalty for selling to a minor?

For most defendants, unlicensed sale or transport for the sale of marijuana is a misdemeanor punishable by up to six (6) months in county jail and/or a fine of up to one thousand dollars ($1,000). (For defendants under 18, it is an infraction. Also, giving away or transporting for sale up to 28.5 grams of marijuana without a license is an infraction.)