The Department of Cannabis Control is established

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The Department of Cannabis Control is established

The Department of Cannabis Control (DCC) was established yesterday, following the signing of Assembly Bill (AB) 141. DCC consolidates the three state cannabis programs – the Bureau of Cannabis Control, CDFA’s CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing Division, and CDPH’s Manufactured Cannabis Safety Branch – into a single, new state department. Governor Newsom has appointed Nicole Elliott to lead DCC as its first Director. 

While a global pandemic delayed the implementation of DCC, the approval of AB 141 reflects a persistent commitment to move toward a unified approach to regulating cannabis in California. 

Now that we have created a single point-of-contact, we begin the process of streamlining licensing and regulations so we can better serve Californians. We will create as much continuity and consistency as possible as we transition into DCC. Our teams will continue to serve and work with you in the same ways. We will also continue to use the current licensing systems. 

The timeline below shows what has happened so far this year: 

Consolidation Timeline. 
January 10, 2021 - Governor proposes a budge that includes funding and positions for the Department of Cannabis Control. 
Late February to June 15, 2021 - Governor's budget is introduced into an Assembly Bill and Senate Bill and is reviewed and voted on by the respective houses; budget conference committee works on differences brought by the respective houses and recommends one budget bill. 
June 15, 2021 - Deadline for legislature to pass budget (at midnight). 
June 2021 - Governor signs budget bill; legislature passes trailer bill legislation. 
July 2021 - Governor signs trailer bill; Department of Cannabis Control is created.
Timeline of activities related to the consolidation of the three state programs into the Department of Cannabis Control

Cannabis Trailer Bill

AB 141, the cannabis trailer bill, made changes to state law needed to create DCC along with the following changes:

  • Changes references in state law from the three state licensing authorities to DCC
  • Modifies the timelines and requirements related to provisional licensing
  • Creates a Deputy Director of Equity and Inclusion to lead DCC implementation of the California Cannabis Equity Act and incorporate equity and inclusivity throughout DCC’s programs
  • Allows licensees to provide trade samples to other licensees to market cannabis and cannabis products after DCC adopts regulations governing these processes
  • Allows DCC to use emergency regulations to consolidate the regulations previously adopted by the three cannabis programs and make clarifying or consistency changes
  • Requires DCC to post information on its website beginning January 1, 2022, related to license suspensions and revocations, final decisions, and county of license issuance

Website

We relaunched the California Cannabis Portal, www.cannabis.ca.gov. It includes expanded information about cannabis license application, business types, regulations and consumer information. Take the survey on our homepage to share your feedback and tell us what other content would be most helpful for you.

Screenshot of the cannabis.ca.gov website homepage
Screenshot of the cannabis.ca.gov website homepage

How the consolidation affects you

For now, you do not need to take any specific action. We will share additional information during the coming days and weeks, including updated contact information and answers to common questions. 

Old email addresses for staff will redirect to their new DCC email address for several months. If your point of contact changes, we will provide updated contact information.

Cannabis businesses

Your license or license application transferred to DCC automatically. You do not need to submit a new license application. Your current license is still active, even if your license certificate lists the old licensing authority’s name. Your license will still expire at the time listed on your license certificate. Email licensing@cannabis.ca.gov with any license or application questions or info@cannabis.ca.gov with general questions.

Local governments

DCC staff will continue to email your office regarding applications to confirm compliance with local requirements. Email locals@cannabis.ca.gov to update your point of contact or send us a copy of your most recent ordinance. 

Law enforcement

You can continue to coordinate investigations or complaints with your existing points-of-contact. Email enforcement@cannabis.ca.gov to reach our enforcement team. 

Researchers

The consolidation does not affect your grant funding or the amount you were awarded by the Bureau of Cannabis Control. Email questions or required grant reports to grants@cannabis.ca.gov.

How to stay updated

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About the Department of Cannabis Control

The Department of Cannabis Control (DCC) licenses and regulates commercial cannabis activity within California. DCC works closely with businesses and local jurisdictions to create a strong legal cannabis industry and a safe and equitable marketplace. DCC develops and implements progressive cannabis policies with robust protections for public health, safety and the environment.