DCC was formed by merging three state cannabis programs. This requires changes to combine the three regulations into one. This will make it easier for businesses, local governments and the public to understand the law.
The cannabis industry is strictly regulated to make sure:
What are statutes, regulations and ordinances?
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.
We have resources to help you understand the requirements:
Department of Cannabis Control (DCC) regulations
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:
In addition, if you are convicted of any federal drug offense, you may also be ordered to reimburse the government its “reasonable costs” of investigating and prosecuting the offense. 26
For most adult defendants, HS 11359 possession for sale without a license is a misdemeanor, carrying the following penalties:
In the wake of Proposition 64, it is unclear whether medical marijuana dispensaries will continue to operate long-term or will be folded into the new market for legal recreational marijuana.
It is still a crime to sell marijuana in California — or to possess it with the intent to sell it — other than with both a state and local license.
10. What are the immigration consequences?
When federal prosecution for marijuana is likely to occur
A first offense for simple possession of marijuana is punishable by:
4. What are the penalties for selling, gifting, transporting, or importing marijuana?
But marijuana possession for sale without a license is a felony if any of the following is true:
Additionally, our Las Vegas Nevada criminal defense attorneys represent clients accused of violating Nevada marijuana laws. For more information, we invite you to contact our local attorneys at one of our Nevada law offices, located in Reno and Las Vegas.
You can report an illegal business anonymously online at cannabis.ca.gov
State license issuance began in 2018, but data isn’t available for that initial year because they were issued as temporary licenses. Data sets begin in 2019, when 12-month annual and provisional licenses began to be issued, using the online licensing systems. Licenses remain active for one year, at which point they can be renewed for an additional 12 months. This list displays counts of when the licenses were first issued, but not each time one was renewed.
Illegal plants seized in California by year
Recreational cannabis sales began in January 2018, and while many have played by the rules, the illegal growth and sale of the plant continues to undermine those following the rules.
Street value?Pot can vary a lot in quality and value, but with a conservative estimate that a plant can yield one pound of average weed at $1,600 a pound, the 1.11 million plants seized in 2020 could have a street value of about $1.77 billion.
Since its establishment in 1983, the Campaign Against Marijuana Planting has had more than 110 law enforcement agencies involved, making it one of the largest law enforcement task forces in the U.S.
Marijuana is legal for adults to use in 18 states and Washington, D.C. Medical marijuana is legal in 37.Most recently, New Mexico, Virginia and Connecticut legalized recreational cannabis.
Licensed to grow, manufacture and sell
Cannabis status by state