The Secretary of State’s office accepts filings submitted for cannabis-related business entities currently lawfully engaged in medical and/or adult-use cannabis activities as well as those that are forming for the purpose of engaging in these activities in the future after seeking the appropriate licenses. Filings are accepted for domestic corporations (e.g. general stock corporations, nonprofit mutual benefit corporations, cannabis cooperative associations) as well as domestic other business entities (e.g. limited liability companies and limited partnerships).
In addition to filing business entity documents for domestic (formed within California) business entities, the Secretary of State’s office also accepts registration documents for foreign (formed outside of California) corporations and foreign limited liability companies that are engaged in or plan to engage in lawful cannabis-related activities within California in compliance with California law.
A checklist of necessary steps to start a cannabis business in California is provided in the 10 Steps to Starting a Cannabis Business Entity in California brochure. If you are ready to start a cannabis-related business in California and want additional information regarding online filings, forms, samples and fee information, please visit the bizfile California Portal.
For information regarding licensing requirements, please contact the California city and/or county where the physical location of the commercial cannabis activities will take place and the state agency, bureau or board with jurisdiction over the cannabis activities to be conducted in California. Additional information is available through the statewide California Cannabis Portal. Customers should be aware that there have been changes to the legal protections previously permitted for certain medical cannabis collective and cooperative structures. For more information, please see the Collectives and Cooperatives Fact Sheet published by the Bureau of Cannabis Control.