Regulatory Affairs: A multi-agency approach

The State of California will begin issuing close to 20 different licenses for commercial cannabis activity on January 1, 2018. The regulations that licensees must comply with are being promulgated by three different agencies. This rule-making process will take up significant time in 2017. There are three different state agencies that are tasked with issuing licenses to cannabis businesses and several more agencies that will assist in the process.

Information about cultivation

Cultivation, processing and nurseries will be regulated by the Department of Food and Agriculture: CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing

Information about manufacturing

Packaging, extraction and infusion will be regulated by the Department of Public Health: Office of Medical Cannabis Safety

Information from the Bureau of Cannabis Control

Testing, Distribution, Transportation, and Retail will be regulated by the Department of Consumer Affairs: Bureau of Medical Cannabis Regulation

Information about Distribution, Transportation and Retail
  • All comments must be received by the bureau at its office not later than 5:00 p.m. on June 13, 2017
  • Take action: Review, sign and share our public comment letter.
Information about Testing
  • All comments must be received by the bureau at its office not later than 5:00 p.m. on June 20, 2017
  • Take action: Review, sign and share our public comment letter.

Other Agencies to Consider

  • Water will be regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency: Cannabis Cultivation Program
  • The Department of Pesticide Regulation will assist in the development of standards for the use of pesticides.
  • Taxes will be administered and collected by the Board of Equalization: Subscribe for updates

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