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Deliver a streamlined and effective cannabis licensing program

Cannabis regulation is a complex, emerging issue for governments requiring a coordinated approach between states, local departments and third-party technology, such as track-and-trace databases. New mandates—and increasing media and public attention on the topic—are placing added pressure on governments to move quickly and cost-effectively while also ensuring compliance and protecting public safety. 

Accela Cannabis Regulation for State Governments automates the issuance of new licenses, renewals and transfers, investigations and hearings, and occupational licensing. It is a proven, ready-to-implement solution state regulatory departments across the U.S. trust to help manage every nuance of the regulation process.


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Stay on top of changing regulations

Manage evolving policies and regulation decisions with a flexible and easily configurable solution.

Make data-driven, efficient decisions

Centralize all program data to consolidate reporting silos, eliminate duplicative information, and enhance analysis to inform decisions.

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Reduce public records requests and phone calls

Embrace transparency by automatically publishing data for real-time public, media and stakeholder access.

Integrate with external systems

Accela’s open API allows agencies to integrate seamlessly with third-party technology, such your track-and-trace (seed-to-sale) database of choice.


Ensure a quality customer experience


24/7 citizen access

Empower residents and businesses by moving services online. Accept applications, renewals, documentation, complaints and requests for information or service through a convenient, multilingual website.

Real-time updates

Reduce customer service call volume! Your customers can log onto to their portal account (or sign up for text and email alerts) to receive status updates that are automatically pushed out as your office moves through the review process.

Report upwards and outwards

Publish relevant, up-to-the-minute data—such as number of active licenses or applications, or a map of establishments—automatically for media, public and department stakeholders to access, reducing workload for office staff.

Process optimization

Intelligent workflow routing, automatic notification, and concurrent online plan and document review provides instant visibility for staff and leadership and keep applications and other records moving.

File uploading and access

Securely store and access license applications, fingerprint applications, certifications, voluntary agreements and other critical files

Work smarter, not harder


GIS integration

With our ESRI integration, generate automated maps for direct access to critical geospatial information.

Extend the value of the Civic Platform

Accela Construct, Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) and Software Development Kits (SDKs) allow you to integrate with third-party systems such as track-and-trace, document management, or downstream reporting systems.

Robust reporting

Built-in and ad hoc reporting delivers visibility into department activities to help leadership make targeted, data-driven decisions.

Connected in the field


Mobile apps for field staff

Modern, integrated mobile apps allow field inspectors to collect critical data, photos, and documents and share them with the office and other agents.

Access to establishment history

Even without internet connectivity, inspectors have access to facility, inspection and compliance history.

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