Laws and Regulations

The Medicinal and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MAUCRSA) creates the general framework for the regulation of commercial medicinal and adult-use cannabis in California. The text of MAUCRSA is available on the California Legislative Information website.

Readoption of Emergency Cannabis Regulations Package

On May 18, 2018, the Bureau of Cannabis Control, California Department of Public Health and California Department of Food and Agriculture proposed to readopt their emergency regulations. The three licensing authorities proposed changes to the regulatory provisions to provide greater clarity to licensees and to address issues that have arisen since the emergency regulations went into effect in December 2017. Highlighted among the changes is that applicants may now complete one license application and obtain one license to conduct medicinal and adult-use cannabis activity.

The Bureau’s emergency cannabis regulations were officially readopted on June 4, 2018, and are now in effect as of June 6, 2018. The readopted emergency regulations will remain in effect for 180 days. During this time, the Bureau will engage in the regular rulemaking process to adopt its final non-emergency regulations. The final text from each licensing authority’s readopted emergency regulations, including the highlighted changes, can be viewed by clicking the links listed below.

Emergency Medicinal and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulation Package

On November 16, 2017, California’s three state cannabis licensing authorities publicly noticed proposed emergency regulations for commercial medicinal and adult-use cannabis. The proposed emergency regulation packages and summaries can be accessed by clicking the links below. Regulations for the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) can be found on the state’s California Cannabis Portal.

Commercial Cannabis Licensee Forms

California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) – Initial Study/Proposed Negative Declaration

Proposed General Medical Cannabis Regulations

Proposed Medical Cannabis Testing Laboratory Regulations

Regulatory Process