» The Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MCRSA) was established through a series of bills passed by the California State Legislature in 2015 and 2016. MCRSA established the state’s three cannabis licensing authorities, (the Bureau of Cannabis Control, CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing, and the Manufactured Cannabis Safety Branch), and created California’s first framework for the licensing, regulation, and enforcement of commercial medicinal cannabis activity.
» California voters approved Proposition 64, the Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA), in November 2016. Under Proposition 64, adults 21 years of age or older can legally grow, possess, and use cannabis for non-medicinal purposes, with certain restrictions. Additionally, AUMA also made it legal to sell and distribute cannabis through a regulated business as of January 1, 2018.
» In June 2017, the California State Legislature passed a budget trailer bill, Senate Bill 94, that integrated MCRSA with AUMA to create the Medicinal and Adult‐Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MAUCRSA). Under MAUCRSA, a single regulatory system governs the medical and adult-use cannabis industry in California. The text of MAUCRSA is available on the California Legislative Information website.
» On January 1, 2018, the state’s three cannabis licensing authorities began issuing licenses for medicinal and adult-use cannabis activities for cultivation, manufacturing, retail, distribution, microbusinesses, testing laboratories, and temporary cannabis events. These licensed commercial cannabis businesses are now operating under new state cannabis regulations, which were approved by the Office of Administrative Law (OAL) and went into effect on January 16, 2019.
For additional information on the state cannabis licensing authorities, press releases, or a list of upcoming meetings and events to attend, please visit the pages listed below.