Cannabis Authorities Offer License Fee Deferrals to California Businesses

The three agencies that oversee cannabis regulation in California made an important announcement Thursday regarding licensing fees. For those businesses with state commercial cannabis licenses that expire now through June 30, 2020, a 60-day deferral of license fees is now available upon request.

From a press release: 

The license fee deferrals are intended to provide immediate financial assistance to state cannabis licensees impacted by COVID-19. Though deemed an “essential business” under Executive Order N-33-20, the cannabis industry is excluded from federal or banking-dependent assistance for small businesses, due to cannabis’s status as a Schedule I controlled substance.

We will begin accepting requests for fee relief immediately. License fee deferrals may be requested by those who have a cannabis license that expires now through June 30, 2020. With a deferral, the license fee will be due 60 days from the date of the license’s expiration. Refunds will not be given for fees that have already been paid.

Requests for a deferral must be submitted in writing.

1. Submit a completed cannabis license renewal application to the California Department of Food and Agriculture’s CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing Division. When prompted to make a payment, select “Cash Payment.” 2. Send your request for relief via email to Include the license number in the email and state that your renewal application has already been submitted. This request must be submitted by an owner of the business who is currently listed on the license record.

For those who aren’t eligible, there are other relief measures that may be available. Learn more at the CalCannabis website


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