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

We have resources to help you understand the requirements:

Cannabis businesses also have to follow the same rules that other businesses in California must follow. For example, there are rules in the statutes about waste disposal, protecting the environment, vehicle registration and paying taxes.


The cannabis industry is strictly regulated to make sure:

DCC makes regulations for cannabis businesses. These regulations specify:

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

Equity ordinances

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.

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 2016, California passed Proposition 64, the Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA). This law essentially legalized the nonmedical use of marijuana for persons over 21 years old, and all allowed the personal cultivation of up to six marijuana plants per household.

All marijuana over 28.5 grams must be kept in a locked space on the private residence grounds and not visible from a public place (HS 11362.2(a).)

As of this date (February 2021), the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) 21 USC 801 et seq) possession, cultivation, and distribution of marijuana are illegal. There is no medical necessity defense available in the federal system.