Regulatory Affairs

Regulatory Agencies in MMRSA: A multi-agency approach

The Department of Consumer Affairs, the Department of Food and Agriculture, and the State Department of Public Health shall promulgate regulations for implementation of their respective responsibilities in the administration of this chapter.

Department of Consumer Affairs

There is in the Department of Consumer Affairs the Bureau of Medical Marijuana Regulation, under the supervision and control of the director. The director shall administer and enforce the provisions of this chapter.

Department of Public Health

The State Department of Public Health shall promulgate regulations governing the licensing of cannabis manufacturers and testing laboratories. Licenses to be issued are as follows:

(a) “Manufacturing level 1,” for manufacturing sites that produce medical cannabis products using nonvolatile solvents.

(b) “Manufacturing level 2,” for manufacturing sites that produce medical cannabis products using volatile solvents. The State Department of Public Health shall limit the number of licenses of this type.

(c) “Testing,” for testing of medical cannabis and medical cannabis products. Testing licensees shall have their facilities licensed according to regulations set forth by the division.

(c)  The State Department of Public Health shall develop standards for the production and labeling of all edible medical cannabis products.

Department of Food and Agriculture

The Department of Food and Agriculture shall promulgate regulations governing the licensing of indoor and outdoor cultivation sites.

The Department may develop a system of appellation controls. The Department will be involved in the implementation of track and trace solutions, pesticide regulation, and environmental protections. 

State Board of Food and Agriculture

The State Board of Food and Agriculture meets on the first Tuesday of the month. Cal Growers will attend these meetings. We have attended the last three meetings. We have scheduled our monthly policy committee meeting in Sacramento to coincide with these board meetings.

We have introduced ourselves in public comment and are working with the board to develop an agenda focused on hemp and cannabis policy and specifically implementation of the MMRSA.

Board of Equalization

The Board of Equalization is responsible for collecting sales taxes. Additionally, the BoE will play a role in developing and implementing track and traces solutions.


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