Disaster relief programs

Disaster relief programs

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

  1. Gather your information
    Use the optional Request for Regulatory Relief form to describe your situation and request.
  2. Submit your request
    Email your request to licensing@cannabis.ca.gov. An owner of the business must send the request.
  3. 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.