Emergency Cannabis 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.


Readoption of Emergency Cannabis Regulation Package – 05/18/2018

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 cannabis regulations. The three licensing authorities proposed 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 in December 2017. Highlighted among the changes is that applicants may now complete one license application and obtain one license to conduct medicinal and adult-use cannabis activity.

These emergency cannabis regulations were officially readopted on June 4, 2018, and are now in effect as of June 6, 2018. The readopted emergency regulations will remain in effect for 180 days. During this time, the three licensing authorities will engage in the regular rulemaking process to adopt its final non-emergency regulations. The final text of the emergency regulations, including highlighted changes, can be viewed by clicking the following links listed below.


Shared-Facilities Emergency Regulations – 03/23/2018

For more information on the proposed emergency regulations from the Manufactured Cannabis Safety Branch (MCSB), that would allow cannabis manufacturers to utilize shared-use facilities, including instructions for submitting public comment, visit www.cdph.ca.gov/mcsb/regulations.


Emergency Cannabis Regulation Package – 11/18/2017

On November 16, 2017, California’s three cannabis licensing authorities released Emergency Regulations that outline the statewide standards and licensing procedures for manufacturing of commercial cannabis products. These regulations were developed in response to the Medicinal and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MAUCRSA), which creates one regulatory system for both medicinal and adult-use cannabis.

The public hearings and comments from a broad cross section of stakeholders that were informing that regulatory process have also been taken into consideration in the drafting of these emergency cannabis regulations. The final text of the Emergency Regulations and fact sheets from each licensing authority can be accessed in the links below.