California has released Cannabis Tax Regulations for 2018

Beginning January 1, 2018, the state of California’s marijuana tax laws will change for distributors, cultivators, manufacturers and retailers of marijuana and cannabis products.

The information outlines the process for collecting, paying and filing taxes under the new laws:

Step 1: Secure Permits and Licenses

Step 2: Register with California Department of Tax and Fee Administration (CDTFA)

Step 3: Collect and/or Pay Taxes

Step 4:  File Taxes


On November 8, 2016 voters in California approved Proposition 64 (Prop 64), the “Control, Regulate and Tax Adult Use of Marijuana Act”.  This proposition was designed to reshape the use and taxation of marijuana in the state in a number of ways including designating specific agencies to regulate and licenses of the marijuana industry in California.  Prop 64 also impacts the collection and payment of taxes for the following marijuana business groups defined below:

  • Distributors: produces, sells and/or transports marijuana between licensed marijuana businesses such as cultivators, manufacturers or retailers
  • Cultivators:  engages in the business of planting, growing, harvesting, drying, curing, grading or trimming marijuana
  • Manufacturers:  produces or prepares cannabis products at a fixed location that packages or repackages marijuana or cannabis products or labels or relabels its container
  • Retailer (Dispensary):  sells marijuana or cannabis products directly to consumers

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