California Agencies Release Proposed Changes to Cannabis Regulations


The three California state cannabis licensing authorities released revised proposed regulations for commercial medicinal and adult-use cannabis businesses. The regulations were revised in response to public comments that were received by the licensing authorities in July and August of this year. Any written comments to the proposed revised regulations must be submitted by 5 p.m. on November 5, 2018.

In general, the proposed regulations relate to the structure and operation of cannabis businesses. Some of the regulations impact local control, including the Bureau of Cannabis Control’s (“Bureau”) draft regulation 5416(d) which would allow cannabis deliveries to occur in any jurisdiction in the State. The proposed revisions to the regulations, and summary of the changes (if available), can be viewed by clicking the following links:

Bureau’s revised regulations regulating retailers, distributors, testing laboratories, and microbusinesses, and a summary of those regulations.

CA Department of Food and Agriculture’s revised regulations regulating commercial cultivators.

CA Department of Public Health’s revised regulations regulating manufacturers, and a summary of those regulations.

Public agencies may submit written comments on the proposed regulations by sending the comments to the appropriate agency:

Lori Ajax, Chief
Bureau of Cannabis Control
2920 Kilgore Road
Rancho Cordova, CA 95670

CDPH Office of Regulations
1415 L Street, Suite 500
Sacramento, CA 95814

Amanda Brown
California Department of Food and Agriculture 
CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing Division 
P.O. Box 942871 
Sacramento, CA 9427
E mail:

If you have any questions about cannabis issues or how the proposed regulations may impact your jurisdiction, please contact Maricela Marroquin.

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