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Proposed marijuana regulations issued

May 18, 2017

In late April, the three California agencies responsible for marijuana licenses issued proposed regulations in light of Proposition 64, which legalizes the sale of marijuana for recreational purposes. The licenses are not yet being issued, but these proposed regulations give us an idea of what may be coming. The following chart provides an overview of the application and annual fees marijuana businesses can expect.

In addition to the fees listed below, counties and cities may tack on additional fees. The city of Costa Mesa, for example, recently voted to establish a $49,000 permit fee to open a marijuana business.


Dept. of Food and Agriculture

Dept. of Public Health

Bureau of Marijuana Control




Distribution, transportation, testing, and dispensaries

Number of license categories




Nonrefundable license application fee



Unknown at this time

Annual license fee



Unknown at this time

The proposed regulations can be accessed at the following websites:


California Department of Food and Agriculture:

California Department of Public Health:

Bureau of Marijuana Control:


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