California Will Allow Large Cultivation Licenses

On January 1, 2023, California’s Department of Cannabis Control (DCC) will begin accepting applications for large cultivation licenses for the first time ever. California law authorized large cultivation licenses years ago. But, the law caveat was that applicants could not apply for large cultivation licenses until 2023. And on June 17, the DCC announced it was proposing regulations to start the large cultivation license application process next year. Today I’ll explore some of the key highlights of large cultivation licenses.

What sizes of cultivation licenses does California allow?

California divides licenses into three categories: outdoor, indoor, and mixed-light. For each different type, there are multiple different licenses based generally on canopy size. The smallest are specialty, followed by small, then medium. The state assigned each license a type number. For example, Type 1B is a Specialty Mixed-Light license and type 3A is a Medium Indoor license. Medium licenses are the biggest, and can include up to 22,000 square feet of canopy (area where mature plants grow) for indoor and mixed-light, or up to 1 acre of canopy for outdoor. There is also a nursery license (Type 4) for applicants that produce propagative materials.

Up until now, an applicant could not

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