If you cannot meet a licensing requirement due to a declared disaster, you can request relief from a regulatory requirement.
Which disasters qualify
Only certain events qualify as “disasters” for regulatory relief:
- State of emergency proclaimed by the Governor
- Local emergency proclaimed by the city or county
How to request regulatory relief
- Gather your information
Use the optional Request for Regulatory Relief form to describe your situation and request.
- Submit your request
Email your request to email@example.com. An owner of the business must send the request.
- Wait for a determination
The Department of Cannabis Control reviews and responds to each request received. If we approve your request, there may be conditions, such as a specific timeframe for the relief.
The State of Emergency for the COVID-19 pandemic ended on June 30, 2021. Cannabis businesses are no longer eligible for regulatory relief.
California has resources to support businesses and their employees affected by COVID-19, including:
- Financial help
- Tips for the workplace
As California reopens, every business needs to create a safer, lower-risk environment. The California Department of Public Health issued guidance on maintaining cannabis product safety during COVID-19.