The California Cannabis Market

California is a METRC compliant state. Brytemap specializes in METRC compliance across the nation and understands each states specific nuances making reporting a second thought for cannabis growers, dispensaries and retailers.

Marijuana in California

Medical marijuana was legalized in California in 1996, and patients could access it in 1997. A formal medical marijuana licensing structure was not created by statute until 2015. In November 2016, residents voted to legalize recreational marijuana. On January 1, 2018, the state’s regulated dual- medical and recreational marijuana market opened with temporary licenses for all cultivators, manufacturers, distributors, testing laboratories, micro businesses, and retailers.

The state’s cannabis industry is regulated by three separate agencies: the Department of Food and Agriculture regulates cultivation facilities, the Department of Public Health regulates manufacturers, and the Bureau of Cannabis Control regulates testing, distribution, and retail sales.

Local municipalities have the ability to tax, ban, and otherwise regulate cannabis businesses within their jurisdiction.


Children under the age of 18 can use medical marijuana as long as they have one doctor’s certification and a caretaker who has been approved by a parent or guardian. The caretaker approval requirement does not apply if the minor has been emancipated.

Qualifying Conditions

  • Epilepsy/Seizures
  • Cancer
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • Cachexia/Wasting Syndrome
  • Chronic/Severe/Intractable Pain
  • Glaucoma
  • Muscle Spasticity
  • Nausea
  • Anorexia
  • Neuropathy
  • Arthritis
  • Migraine
  • Anything a doctor thinks would help

Cannabis Use

Medical: Yes

Recreational: Yes

Reciprocity: No

Possession Limits: 8oz Medical | 1oz Recreational

Personal Growing Limits: 12 Plants Medical | 6 Plants Recreational


  • Flowers
  • Concentrates
  • Edibles
  • Transdermals
  • Seeds/Plants