The Big List of California
Cannabis Distributors

By Liam Noonan

9/1/21

California boasts the largest legal cannabis marketplace in the world and there are countless distribution companies to meet the State’s needs. These companies have the connections and knowledge to get your cannabis products on shelves. 

Are you a cannabis farmer or dispensary owner in California and looking for a distribution partner to help grow your business? Check out our list of the best CA-based cannabis distribution companies and services in no particular order. 

1. Continuum 

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Continuum is a force in the California distribution scene and it’s no surprise as they’re owned by MSO giant Cresco Labs. The Chicago-based company acquired Continuum through its purchase of Origin House. Now the distribution company is the key to unlocking Cresco’s success in the Golden State. 

Continuum still offers the same great distribution services including distribution, logistics, curation, marketing, & merchandising. They also boast partnerships with hundreds of top California dispensaries. This gives them state-wide reach to pair with their real-time inventory, online ordering, and delivery expertise. 

Unfortunately, it may be tough to get your brand carried by Continuum. That’s because they’re extremely selective in who they partner with. Its current portfolio of brands includes Cresco, Mindy’s Edibles, Good News, high Supply, CLSICS, Seed Junky Genetics, Kings Garden, Papa’s Herb, FloraCal, and Emerald Family Farms.

2. Nabis 

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Nabis is a licensed wholesale cannabis platform with a massive portfolio of brands and distribution to all of the dispensary and delivery services in California. Their easy-to-use wholesale marketplace offers 2-day shipping to any retailer in California, live inventory updates, data-driven recommendations, and pre-negotiated supplier terms. 

If you’re able to get your foot n the door at Nabis, you and your business will be in good company. Their impressive portfolio includes brands like Plus, Nug, Buddies, Ember Valley, Bloom, Dosist, Sundae School, and plenty more. More specifically, every Nabis brand gains access to its inventory management, order scheduling/tracking, cash collection, and financing perks.

3. Radiant Distro

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Radiant Distro (formerly known as Cosmic Brands)is a cannabis company that offers full-service statewide product manufacturing, distribution, and analytics to California’s finest sustainable, equity, and legacy brands. When it comes to distribution, Radiant believes in partnership with a purpose. That’s why they team up with quality cannabis companies like Arcanna, Marley Natural, Woodstock Heritage Strains, Mendocino Grasslands, Wonder Extracts, and more. 

 “What we needed from a distributor was somebody who could get inspired by our products, believe in our mission, and give us the attention that we deserved. Radiant has exceeded our expectations. I read the reports they send me and it’s like, “Wow. How did that happen?” That’s epic for us.” -Chris Rodriguez, Arcanna Flowers

4. HERBL

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HERBL was founded by a former supply chain expert and the President of the UNFI, which is the largest natural food distribution supply chain in the United States. This strong background led the company to its present-day success with HERBL now the largest cannabis supply chain company in California. They partner with the State’s top-selling brands and deliver to over 850 dispensaries. 

Some of the benefits of partnering with HERBL include a best-in-class technology platform, safe climate-controlled delivery, full compliance, curated retail services, and a dedicated sales team. Visit their current brand’s page to get a better feel for the types of companies they partner with.

Calyx is another California-based distributor with a roster of recognizable brands under their belt. These include names like Nuvata, Guild Extracts, St. Ides, and Punch Edibles to name a few. As a distribution business, Calyx offers compliance, taxation, sales, and logistics support. 

Calyx likes to advertise itself as more than a cannabis distributor, but rather a cannabis community. 

It sounds cheesy we know, but the claim is that your business will further benefit from the thriving community of people like growers, investors, retailers, manufacturers under the Calyx umbrella. Aside from California, Calyx brands also gain manufacturing and distribution access to Colorado, Washington, Nevada, and Oregon.

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Flow Kana is the first sustainable, sun-grown cannabis brand to embrace and represent California’s Emerald Triangle and its family-run, small-batch, independent farm ecosystem. The brand empowers and gives scale to, premier craft farmers in Northern California and “powers” values-aligned brands that honor righteous farming practices.

In other words, Flow Kana provides cannabis distribution options to farmers, partners, and consumers. With farmers, Flow Kana distributes their flower statewide and tells each unique brand story. On the other end, they provide retailers with the best premium sun-grown flower in California that is always sustainably grown.

7. Pushr 

Pushr is another California-based company with a focus on distributing to the lucrative Los Angeles market. By joining forces with the team, your products will receive sales, brand development, market testing, distribution, co-packing, manufacturing of joints, and trimming.  They currently partner with Thee Kings Empire, Blaqstar Farms, Elefante, and Outpost Cannabis Co. 

As an added benefit, when partnering with Pushr, you gain access to their network of 180+ dispensaries throughout the state.

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Headwaters Distribution offers cannabis companies of all types an easy way to buy and sell cannabis as well as purchase bulk clones. The company has been cultivating at scale in Humboldt and Carpinteria, California for years. Now they utilize a data-driven approach that streamlines the bulk-purchasing process and offers a streamlined approach to all customers. 

You can view Headwater live bulk inventory here.

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Gold Coast Distributions (GCD) is a family-owned and operated cannabis transportation, distribution, and wholesale business. Formed in 2017 by Eric Manfredonia and business partner and childhood friend Steve Barrey, the company is dedicated to accomodating and servicing buyers and sellers of wholesale cannabis goods. 

Today, GCD provides licensed cultivators, dispensaries, and manufacturers with the products and services necessary to expand their network and grow their business within the rapidly growing cannabis industry.

GCD sales managers travel throughout California searching for premier cannabis suppliers and high-end retailers. By hand-picking clientele, GCD can provide top-tier products to retailers while affording suppliers a fair market price for their products.

Sonoma Pacific is a Northern California-based cannabis distribution company. They’re experts in processing/ manufacturing, researching/development, and environmentally conscious packaging. This allows them to offer tailored services including batching, flower processing, pre-roll manufacturing, solvent extraction, infused product manufacturing, and research. 

They claim to be your gateway to the Emerald Triangle and they boast a portfolio of conscious cannabis products, brands, and cultivators.

King’s Coast is a cannabis distribution company on a mission to provide California with premium tested products. They make it easier for dispensaries to get a hold of products with a friendly staff that’s always ready to offer help. A couple of their top-shelf brands include ATS, KO Knockout, and many times High Times Cup Winner Galaxy. Choosing King’s Coast as your distributor means partnering with a company that focuses on quality and safety.

Humboldt Distribution located in the heart of the Emerald Triangle is a growing company with 2 exclusively distributed brands currently under its belt. Their services include transportation, testing, procurement, and full-scale supply chain management. True to their Humboldt roots, this distribution company is proud of its farmer first ethos. This also shows through in their mission to display honesty, transparency, and integrity. 

Check out their exclusively distributed brands Liv HUMBL and Humboldt Origins at a Northern California dispensary near you.

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Mammoth is another California distribution company with a fairly wide reach across the state. They also happen to carry some very well-known brands including Heavy-Hitters, Almora, Surplus Cartridge Co., and more. 

With Mammoth, you’ll get personalized distribution services tailored to your business. These offerings include but aren’t limited to inventory management, social media promotion, budtender training, merchandising displays, and promotional merchandise.

They pledge to meet and exceed all safety and testing requirements required in California. If you’re a dispensary buying from Mammoth, you can rest assured all of their products pass cannabinoids, chemicals, solvents, pesticides, and microbial impurity testing. 

14. Hybrid LA 

Hybrid LA offers all of the services you need to make starting and operating your cannabis brand more simple. They cover private label cannabis cultivation, wholesale cannabis distribution, and cannabis digital marketing for startups as well as established brands. 

Hybrid LA has ten years of experience in the business which now results in a lucrative distribution network throughout the state of California.

Summary 

At the end of the day it’s extremely difficult to sell your products to legal dispensaries when your branding and marketing strategies aren’t on point. If you sign up with a distributor they may already offer marketing services. On the other hand, we at Stoned Root offer affordable cannabis content marketing services to help grow your online traffic, educate consumers, and tell your brand’s story. Lear more about our cannabis content marketing services!

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