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.

Proposed 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 that are currently in effect, extending the time those regulations are in effect for another 180-day period. The three licensing authorities are proposing some 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.

Highlighted among the proposed changes is that applicants may now complete one license application and obtain one license to conduct medicinal and adult-use cannabis activity. Other highlighted changes from each licensing authority’s proposed emergency regulations 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