Regulations & Legislation

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.

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.

Emergency Medicinal and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulation Package

Draft Regulations

Earlier this spring, the Department of Food and Agriculture’s CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing program, the Department of Consumer Affairs’ Bureau of Cannabis Control, and the Department of Public Health’s Manufactured Cannabis Safety Branch 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 cannabis. As a result, the licensing authorities withdrew the proposed medical cannabis regulations noticed for public comment on April 28, 2017. This withdrawal took place on October 6.

The withdrawn draft medicinal cannabis cultivation regulations are available to read here. The summary of public comments, as well as the responses to those comments, received by each agency – either in writing or in person at one of the public comment forums hosted by the three agencies – can be viewed by clicking the links below.

SUMMARY OF PUBLIC COMMENTS REGARDING MEDICAL CANNABIS REGULATION AND SAFETY ACT PROPOSED REGULATIONS:

Legislation

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. The three licensing authorities are currently working to draft regulations to clarify the requirements in MAUCRSA. Current and past regulatory actions by the Bureau are available below, along with other resources and information.

In 2015, the Legislature passed and the Governor signed into law three bills (Assembly Bills 243 and 266, and Senate Bill 643) that create a licensing and regulatory framework for medical cannabis through the Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act. This legislation created the Bureau of Cannabis Control within the Department of Consumer Affairs. It also divided the responsibility for state licensing between three state entities – the CA Department of Food and Agriculture, the CA Department of Public Health and the Bureau of Cannabis Control, with the Bureau designated as the lead agency in regulating the cannabis industry in California.

In June 2017, the California State Legislature passed a budget trailer bill, Senate Bill 94 (Chapter 27), that integrated MCRSA with AUMA to create the Medicinal and Adult‐Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MAUCRSA) contained in division 10 of the Business and Professions Code (§26000 et seq.). Under MAUCRSA, a single regulatory system governs the medical and adult use cannabis industry in California.

Cannabis Legislation Documents:

Previous Cannabis Legislation Documents: