If you're planning to open a cannabis dispensary in the Golden State, or if you're a current medical dispensary owner transitioning to a new framework, it's important to understand that successfully applying for a cannabis retail license is only half the battle. Legal cannabis sales in California hit $4.4 billion in 2020, up 57% from the year prior, as per MJBizDaily, and the largest marijuana market in the US is projected to record sales of over $6 billion in 2021.
The newly merged California Department of Cannabis Control (DCC) recently adopted new rules for the cannabis industry, including allowing broader sales of branded merchandise and sharing product samples among those in the supply chain.
To set yourself up for long-term success in this growing but competitive industry, you'll need to know exactly what's required in order to stay compliant with state law. Being found in violation of any regulations - even for a seemingly small infraction - can result in losing the license you worked so hard to get.
Below are answers to frequently asked questions regarding the requirements and procedures both for obtaining a license to operate and remaining compliant with California's cannabis dispensary laws. While cannabis dispensary laws in California are relatively well-established, changes still occur. We’ll keep this page updated with any new developments as they arise. This page is informational only and should not be considered legal advice.