Welcome to the Bureau of Cannabis Control
The Bureau of Cannabis Control (Bureau) is the lead agency in regulating commercial cannabis licenses for medical and adult-use cannabis in California. The Bureau is responsible for licensing retailers, distributors, testing laboratories, microbusinesses, and temporary cannabis events.
Latest News & Announcements
SACRAMENTO – The Bureau of Cannabis Control (Bureau) announced today that the Cannabis Advisory Committee will hold two subcommittee meetings on Tuesday, October 22 and a full committee meeting on Wednesday, October 23 at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport in Burlingame...
SACRAMENTO – The Bureau of Cannabis Control (Bureau) announced today that it has awarded equity grant funding to local jurisdictions to be used for commercial cannabis equity programs that focus on inclusion and support of persons or communities that were negatively or disproportionately impacted by cannabis criminalization. Grant funds are to be used to provide assistance and services to local equity applicants and licensees...
Any licensee, and any person acting on behalf of a licensee, must comply with the statutes and regulations governing commercial cannabis advertising or promoting. Failure to do so may result in significant penalties. Any advertising or promoting of commercial cannabis must identify the licensee responsible for the advertising content, including the responsible licensee’s state license number. In addition, all advertising and promoting of commercial cannabis must not...
Any non-licensee advertising or promoting commercial cannabis on behalf of a licensee must comply with the statutes and regulations governing such activity. Failure to do so may result in significant penalties. In addition to satisfying all applicable legal requirements, any advertising or promoting of commercial cannabis must...
SACRAMENTO – The Bureau of Cannabis Control today issued the following statement from Bureau Chief Lori Ajax regarding Weedmaps’ announcement that it would no longer advertise illegal cannabis businesses...
Get #weedwise Campaign
The Bureau of Cannabis Control recently announced the launch of a statewide public information program, “Get #weedwise”, encouraging consumers to only purchase cannabis from licensed businesses and warning unlicensed businesses to become licensed.
Check a Cannabis License
You can search for state licensed cannabis businesses by using the BCC’s Online License Search system. Users may conduct their own custom searches by inserting a legal business name, license number/type, or location into the search criteria.
Your Questions Answered
You asked, and we answered! Check out our “Your Questions Answered” database page containing over 100 answers to the most commonly-asked questions about the cannabis regulatory structure in California. Responses are organized and tagged by category.
Bureau Meetings & Events
The Bureau of Cannabis Control regularly schedules meetings, workshops, public hearings, and other events for those interested in becoming involved in California’s regulated cannabis industry. Public participation and attendance is welcomed at these events.
Laws & Regulations
California’s three cannabis licensing authorities have published regulations for the state’s commercial cannabis industry. The Medicinal and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MAUCRSA) creates the general framework for the regulation of commercial medicinal and adult-use cannabis in California.