The three state cannabis programs were merged to form a single new state department called the Department of Cannabis Control (DCC). DCC now licenses and regulates all commercial cannabis activity in California.

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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 can be viewed on the California Legislative Information website by clicking on the below link.


Pending Rulemaking Actions

Pursuant to Government Code section 11340.85(c)(9), a business or person submitting a public comment regarding a proposed rulemaking action has the right to request a copy of the final statement of reasons.

AB 2138 Rulemaking Action - Cannabis Regulation Application Process Requirements

Recently Approved Rulemaking Actions

1 CCR 100 Nonsubstantive Change (Change Without Regulatory Effect) - Billboard Advertisements on Interstate and State Highways – Approved May 19, 2021

AB 1525 Emergency Rulemaking Action – Authorization and Release of Applicant Information to Financial Institutions - Approved February 1, 2021

Readoption of Quick Response (QR) Code Emergency Regulations – Approved December 8, 2020

QR Code Emergency Rulemaking Action – Approved February 13, 2020

Cannabis Regulation Rulemaking Action – Approved January 16, 2019

Some rulemaking items are not shown below. To view the entire rulemaking record or request a rulemaking document not listed below, please contact the Bureau at

California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) Initial Study/ Proposed Negative Declaration – September 2017

As lead agency under CEQA, the Bureau prepared an Initial Study/Proposed Negative Declaration (IS/ND) for the proposed cannabis regulatory licensing and enforcement program (Proposed Program). Based on the findings of the IS/ND, the Bureau determined that the Proposed Program would not have any significant effects on the environment. The IS/ND may be accessed through the link below. To view additional CEQA documents related to the IS/ND, please contact the Bureau at

Previous Cannabis Regulations

Archives of previous cannabis regulations rulemaking actions are listed below. Please note that none of these previous regulations are currently in effect. Click here to access the current Bureau of Cannabis Control regulations. To view or request any previous emergency or proposed cannabis regulations rulemaking documents, please contact the Bureau by email at

Emergency Cannabis Regulations – Approved December 7, 2017

In December 2017, the Bureau of Cannabis Control (Bureau) adopted emergency cannabis regulations to clarify and make specific licensing and enforcement criteria for commercial cannabis businesses under the Medicinal and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MAUCRSA). The Bureau readopted these emergency regulations in June 2018, which remained in effect while the Bureau went through the formal rulemaking process to create non-emergency regulations. None of these emergency regulations are currently in effect.

MCRSA Medical Cannabis and Medical Cannabis Testing Lab Regulations – Withdrawn October 6, 2017

In Spring 2017, California's three cannabis licensing authorities released draft regulations for the Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act of 2015. These licensing authorities held several public hearings to accept oral and written comments regarding the draft regulations. The licensing authorities had planned to move forward with a separate draft regulatory package for implementation of Proposition 64: The Adult Use of Cannabis Act of 2016. However, in late June, the Legislature passed, and the Governor signed into law, the Medicinal and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MAUCRSA), which creates one regulatory system for both medicinal and adult-use (recreational) cannabis. As a result, the licensing authorities withdrew the proposed medical cannabis regulations on October 6, 2017, as announced in this news release. The three cannabis licensing authorities created emergency regulations based on the new law for the commercial medicinal and adult-use (recreational) cannabis industries. During this process, the licensing authorities considered the valuable public comments received regarding the draft medicinal cannabis regulations. None of these regulations are currently in effect.