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Apply for a Cannabis Cultivation License | Calaveras County, California
Apply for a Cannabis Cultivation License | Calaveras County, California

On October 22, 2019 the Board of Supervisors adopted an ordinance regulating the cultivation of cannabis. The new ordinance allows eligible individuals and business entities to apply for a permit to engage in commercial cultivation on parcels of 20 acres or more that are zoned U, RA, A1, AP and GF. It also allows for consideration of a conditional use permit for cultivation on parcels between 10 and 20 acres in the same zones. Indoor cultivation is also permitted in the industrial zones of M1, M2 and M4. Limited indoor cultivation is also permitted in the CP zone as a part of a cannabis retailer operation, and permitted cultivators with self-distribution licenses will be allowed to transport their own cannabis in accordance with state law. 

The number of cultivation permit applications that will be accepted is limited to the number of growers who previously registered under the urgency ordinance program, had not withdrawn the registration or had it denied, and had either received a state license or had a state license application submitted and in process before being halted when the previous county-wide ban went into effect. The ability of an eligible grower to apply for a permit is transferable to another qualified applicant, as are the permits themselves. The ordinance also regulates cannabis cultivation for personal use. Manufacturing, testing, and distribution other than self-distribution is prohibited. Retailers are regulated under Chapter 17.91 of the County Code.

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Palm Springs New Cannabis Website Update | JAN 2020
Palm Springs New Cannabis Website Update | JAN 2020

Applications for Cannabis Related Businesses and Activities

Notice is hereby given that the City of Palm Springs is accepting applications to permit Cannabis Related Businesses and Activities. All applications must be received by:

Office of the City Clerk, City Hall
3200 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way
Palm Springs, California 92262

All applications must be originals. Telegraphic, telephonic, and electronic mail applications will not be accepted.

***Cannabis Related Businesses and Activities Application***


***Cannabis Related Businesses and Activities Application***

Odor Control Plan Forms:

  • Cultivation

  • Dispensary/Manufacturing/Distribution

Additional Forms:

  • Cannabis Related Business - Wastewater Discharge Form

Administrative Regulations:

  • City Manager's Authority to Deny Any Application

  • Cannabis Facilities Change of Use Permits

  • Notification of Change regarding Landlord to City Manager

  • Cannabis Facilities Odor Control Requirement

  • Interim Location-Specific Suspension of Acceptance of Application for Cannabis Permits

  • Cannabis Facilities Odor Control Enforcement Protocol

Cannabis Web Map - This map was created to help identify locations where the City has received or approved permit applications for cannabis businesses. The map also has a measuring tool that applicants may use when determining conformance with the requirements of Section 93.23.15(C) of the Zoning Code.

Cannabis Taxation and Related Forms

Please visit the Finance Departments page on Cannabis Business and Activities Tax Information Page.


Visit our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page to learn more. If you have additional questions, please call or email The Office of Special Programs at (760) 322-8382 or  

New 2020 California Cannabis Laws
New 2020 California Cannabis Laws
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New year, new laws, new taxes. Starting January 1st, 2020, two new cannabis laws went into effect. Both laws will change how the legal cannabis business will be taxed. These laws help clarify the state and federal tax laws.

The first of the two bills allows legally licensed cannabis retailers to donate free cannabis to medical patients who have a hard time accessing it through compassionate care programs. This bill was created to help give sick veterans and low-income people access to medical cannabis. Existing retailers must partner with compassionate care programs to dispense the donation of cannabis products to medical patients.

The second of the two bills is called Assembly Bill 37 and works to help equalize the treatment of taxpayers related to the Personal Income Tax Law with the Corporate Income Tax Laws of the state and the federal laws. Commercial cannabis businesses in California are not allowed to claim deductions and credits available to other legal businesses in the state of California due to existing IRS and federal income tax laws. This bill was presented to bring clarity and equality to the tax laws for California businesses involved.

According to the bill's author, Reggie Jones-Sawyer, representing the 59th district; "The cannabis industry has multiple barriers to entry – limited access to banking, compliance with complex state regulations and a high tax burden. In addition to these challenges, the federal government continues to treat our state's legal industry as a criminal activity. Current state law conforms to federal policies that disallow tax deductions for businesses that "traffic" controlled substances, resulting in higher taxes for legal cannabis businesses. Californians voted overwhelmingly to make cannabis a legal enterprise in our state and to benefit from the tax revenue brought in by this new industry. High taxes imposed on legal cannabis products are putting the legal industry at a disadvantage in competing with the illicit market, which results in less tax revenue for the state. AB 37 will ensure that cannabis businesses are taxed like any other legal industry in our state and will help legal businesses thrive in California." 

The support for the bill included the sponsor of the bill, California Cannabis Industry Association, along with other groups including; CMG/Caliva, Osiris Ventures dba NorCal Cannabis, Rural County Representatives of California, Southern California Coalition, and State Treasurer Fiona Ma.  

Governor Newsom Looks to Bridge the Gap Between Cannabis License Owners and Local Government
Governor Newsom Looks to Bridge the Gap Between Cannabis License Owners and Local Government
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Governor of California, Gavin Newsom wants to combine multiple state agencies into one department to simplify the cannabis licensing processes and have oversight of all commercial cannabis activity. This new department which Governor Newsom calls the “Department of Cannabis Control,” will act as a centralized force as opposed to the current three which are the Bureau of Cannabis Control, Manufactured Cannabis Safety Branch, and CalCannabis. Newsom works to bridge the gap between cannabis license holders and local governments.

San Luis Obispo Accepting Cannabis Business Applications
San Luis Obispo Accepting Cannabis Business Applications
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The City of San Luis Obispo, CA is accepting cannabis business applications for Cannabis Delivery, Cannabis Microbusiness, and Cannabis Cultivation business. The application is merit based with no caps, but property is required. Applications due between January 15th - February 15th 2020.

For help with all of your upcoming cannabis licensing needs, contact Cannabis Advising Partners at (800) 819-0149 or click the button below.

Information Regarding Posting of QR Codes by Commercial Cannabis Retail Licensees
Information Regarding Posting of QR Codes by Commercial Cannabis Retail Licensees
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The Bureau of Cannabis Control (Bureau) is encouraging retailers open to the public to post a QR Code certificate that consumers may scan with their smartphone camera when visiting a commercial cannabis storefront retailer to confirm licensure. Participation in this effort by retail licensees will assist consumers in purchasing legal cannabis goods. Licensees are also encouraged to educate their customers on how to use the QR Code and the importance of shopping at a licensed retailer. The Bureau is providing licensees with an enlarged version of their individual QR Code (QR Code certificate). Storefront cannabis retailers are encouraged to assist the public by prominently displaying their QR Code certificate on the licensed premises in the following manner:

• The QR Code certificate should be visible and scannable from outside the premises.

• The QR Code certificate should be printed on paper not less than 8 ½” by 11”.

• The QR Code itself should not be less than 3.75” by 3.75”.

• The QR Code should be posted in the front window of the licensed premises or in a locked display case mounted on the outside wall of the licensed premises within three (3) feet of any public entrance to the licensed facility.

• The QR Code should be posted in a manner that is clearly visible from outside of the licensed premises by all persons entering the premises and shall be of sufficient clarity that the code can be read by a smartphone or device capable of reading QR Codes from a distance of at least three (3) feet.

Consumers can confirm that the retail location is properly licensed by using a phone camera or QR Code app to scan the QR Code certificate. Once scanned, the consumer will automatically link to a URL that confirms the cannabis retailer’s license status. The website will display the address and business license of the location to ensure that the retailer at that location is licensed. By providing commercial cannabis consumers with an easy method for verifying licensure status, the Bureau and its licensees can work together to reduce the potential risks that may come from the purchase of non-compliant cannabis goods from unlicensed retailers.

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City of Davis, California Proposed Ordinance
City of Davis, California Proposed Ordinance

CITY OF DAVIS- Depending on the decision made by the Yolo County Board of Supervisors next spring, the new addition could either increase or decrease cannabis activities in unincorporated parts of Yolo County. 

The draft has five proposed options that vary in the authorized types of cannabis activities, the zoning location and buffer requirements and the total number of operations. The first option has the smallest number of licenses and only allows cultivation activities of the current 78 existing operations. 

The second and third alternatives allow all types of cannabis use and have higher numbers of allowed operations (132 and 264, respectively). The fourth alternative only allows operations indoors or in greenhouses. And the fifth would limit the operations to agricultural zone districts besides retail. 

Comments for the DEIR can be submitted by the public until Dec. 23 at 4 p.m. and written comments can be sent to the Yolo County Department of Community Services. Oral comments can also be made at the Yolo County Planning Commission Meeting on Dec. 3. The Davis meetings will occur on Dec. 2 at the South Davis Citizens Advisory Committee Meeting and on Dec. 3 at Unitarian Church in West Davis. 

Sacramento Serves Warrants to 24 Unlicensed Dispensaries
Sacramento Serves Warrants to 24 Unlicensed Dispensaries

SACRAMENTO – The Bureau of Cannabis Control (Bureau) and the Department of Consumer Affairs’ Cannabis Enforcement Unit (DOI-CEU) today announced a series of enforcement actions against illegal cannabis retailers operating in Los Angeles.

Search warrants were served on 24 unlicensed locations over a 3-day period from December 10 to December 12 and resulted in the seizing of $8.8 million in cannabis and cannabis products. Enforcement staff also confiscated 9,885 illegal vape pens and $128,742 in cash.

“This week’s collaborative enforcement efforts were a huge success,” said Bureau Chief Lori Ajax. “We look forward to working with local jurisdictions and law enforcement as we continue to shut down unlicensed operators in the illicit cannabis market.”

All commercial cannabis activity in California must be conducted on a premises with a valid license issued by the appropriate state cannabis licensing authority. Manufacturing, distributing or selling cannabis goods without a state license or at a location that is not licensed is a violation of state law. To file a complaint regarding illegal activity, click here – Enforcement Online Services.

To check and see if a cannabis business is licensed by the state, visit