CalCannabis Appellations Project

An appellation is a certified designation that identifies the geographical origin of a product and how that product was produced. A county-of-origin designation and, once it’s fully established, the CalCannabis Appellations Project, will together promote regional products and local businesses, prevent the misrepresentation of a product’s origin, and support consumer confidence about a product’s origin and characteristics.

To gain stakeholder feedback and input, we hosted six public outreach sessions across the state last fall, and we continue to collaborate with experts and industry associations as we develop the CalCannabis Appellations Project. We anticipate the formal rulemaking process for California’s appellations will begin in late 2019; we are required by law to develop by January 1, 2021, the process by which state-licensed cannabis cultivators may establish appellations. Please return to our website for updates on this emerging CalCannabis Appellations Project.


September 2018 Statewide Public Workshop Materials