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Who Regulates California Cannabis Business?

The Department of Cannabis Control (DCC) is the California state agency that licenses and regulates cannabis businesses. DCC regulates the:

  • Growing of cannabis plants

  • Manufacture of cannabis products

  • Transportation and tracking of cannabis goods throughout the state

  • Sale of cannabis goods

  • Events where cannabis is sold or used

  • Labeling of goods sold at retail

DCC leadership team

The director and chief deputy director lead DCC and its 10 deputy directors. Each deputy director is responsible for a different area of DCC’s work.

The leadership team includes:

  • Nicole Elliott, Director

  • Rasha Salama, Chief Deputy Director

  • Matthew Lee, General Counsel

  • Melissa Eidson, Deputy Director of Administration

  • Richard Parrott, Deputy Director of Compliance

  • Eugene Hillsman, Deputy Director of Equity & Inclusion

  • Angela Hill, Deputy Director of Governmental Affairs

  • Tamara Colson, Deputy Director of Legal Affairs

Some positions are still being hired and will have acting leaders until recruitment is completed:

  • Bill Jones, Acting Deputy Director of Enforcement

  • Christina Dempsey, Acting Deputy Director of External Affairs

  • Jason Piccione, Acting Deputy Director of Information Technology

  • Gordon Vrdoljak, Acting Deputy Director of Laboratory Services

  • Michael Cheng, Acting Deputy Director of Licensing

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