Fast Facts: California Marijuana Laws

Fast Facts of California

Did you know that in California, employers cannot terminate an employee solely for testing positive for cannabis in their hair, blood, or urine? In fact, it’s now illegal for employers to inquire about potential employees’ past cannabis or marijuana use.

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F.A.Q: Employment in the California Marijuana Industry

If you’re curious about the job opportunities, requirements, and considerations when it comes to working in the thriving cannabis sector of California, you’ve come to the right place. Whether you’re a seasoned professional looking for a career change or someone intrigued by the emerging industry, this guide aims to address common questions and provide valuable insights. 

Our story

Since its establishment in 2014, Herbal Risings has served as the state dispensary-recommended workshop, providing comprehensive training in the cannabis industry. Over the years, we have become a trusted authority in cannabis education, certifying hundreds of students through our Principles and Standards program.

Our mission

To empower individuals by providing comprehensive education and resources in the cannabis industry. We strive to equip our students with the skills, knowledge, and ethical principles necessary to excel in the evolving cannabis landscape. Our ultimate goal is to contribute to the advancement of the industry while promoting the well-being of individuals and the communities we serve.

Our Common Questions...

A dispensary agent is a principal officer, board member, employee, or volunteer who is responsible for performing tasks in or on behalf of the dispensary.

To find a job in the medical marijuana industry, it’s crucial to have a well-crafted resume that highlights your relevant skills and experiences, tailoring it to each specific position. Networking within the industry, staying updated on trends and regulations, and considering additional training or certifications can also improve your prospects. By showcasing your passion and knowledge, including your experience with Herbal Risings, you can increase your chances of landing a rewarding job in the thriving medical marijuana industry.


For businesses with multiple employees, it is necessary for at least one supervisor and one employee to complete the Cal-OSHA authorized 30-hour general industry outreach course. This course covers essential safety and health topics relevant to the workplace, ensuring compliance with state regulations and promoting a safe working environment within the cannabis industry. For more information on Cal-OSHA training requirements, visit Cal-OSHA Training Institute.

A certified budtender is a person who has completed six or more units of our standards program. The Cannabis Career Workshop includes twelve units of material!

In 1996, California made history by becoming the inaugural state to legalize medicinal cannabis through the Compassionate Use Act. Presently, cannabis enjoys legal status in California for both medicinal and adult (recreational) purposes.

Your full set of fingerprints must be submitted with your dispensary agent application before you can work in a dispensary. The fingerprints may be used to check for felony checks. You might be required to pay for your fingerprinting.

No. Dispensary agents are required to pass an excluded felony check, defined as violent crimes, controlled substance violations, and other offenses which can be found at the ADHS website.

Once hired with a dispensary, a principal member of the dispensary will register you as a dispensary agent with the state. You do not need to do anything prior to accepting a position in the industry. Once you are a registered dispensary agent, your dispensary must then apply for your Dispensary Agent Registry Identification Card. The application package must include a recent photo and dispensary agent FEE, often covered by the dispensary.

The minimum age to work in a dispensary is 21 years old.

A verified certificate from Herbal Risings can provide proof for an dispensary employer that you have successfully completed an online course.

While Herbal Risings Certificate Workshop is not a mandatory part of the required OSHA class, it serves as an invaluable supplement to elevate your team’s performance. Our workshop is designed to empower individuals, inspire growth, and foster team unity. By participating in our workshop, you’ll gain insights that can help excel your team’s skills, inspire creativity, ensure continuity in operations, and align your team’s objectives with the company’s vision. Visit our workshop dates page here to explore how our program can benefit your team.

This information is for referral sources only. Information contained from this page has been sourced from the Department of Cannabis Control in California

At Herbal Risings, we share information known to be true to the best of our knowledge. The main statute governing cannabis businesses outlined in the Business and Professions Code. Known as the Medicinal and Adult Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MAUCRSA), this legislation establishes a comprehensive framework for licensing, oversight, and enforcement in the cannabis industry. We prioritize compliance methods with MAUCRSA guidelines to ensure transparency, safety, and professionalism in all aspects of our operations.

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