California releases proposed emergency cannabis regulations for licenses

California releases proposed emergency cannabis regulations for licenses


MENDOCINO CO.11/16/17 — California’s Bureau of Cannabis Control released the proposed emergency licensing regulations for cannabis cultivators and cannabis businesses today, and temporary licenses are expected to be available January 1. Farms and businesses seeking a state license will need to demonstrate compliance with any local laws or permitting program. Mendocino County began accepting cannabis business license applications as of today, November 16.

The cannabis branch of the California Department of Food and Agriculture will be holding a series of free workshops to provide info about the state licensing process, including on one in Ukiah on Dec. 5 and one in Eureka on Dec. 14. The Memdocino chapter of the California Growers Association will hold a meeting on Nov. 27 in Laytonville focused on navigating the state licensing process. A series of meetings about potential banking issues is also being scheduled by state agencies.

We’ll be following up with more details but here’s the full press release from the Bureau:

SACRAMENTO – California’s three state cannabis licensing authorities announced today that proposed emergency licensing regulations for commercial medicinal and adult-use cannabis have been posted online and are available to the public for review.


The Department of Consumer Affairs’ Bureau of Cannabis Control, Department of Public Health’s Manufactured Cannabis Safety Branch, and Department of Food and Agriculture’s CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing Division each developed the new regulations to reflect the law defined in California’s Medicinal and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MAUCRSA).


The regulations and their summaries can be viewed by clicking the following links:


Bureau of Cannabis Control:


CA Department of Food and Agriculture:


CA Department of Public Health:


On June 27, 2017, the Governor signed MAUCRSA, which creates one regulatory system for both medicinal and adult-use cannabis. Prior to that law’s passage, state licensing authorities had released proposed regulations to govern the implementation of the Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act. The public hearings and comments from a broad cross section of stakeholders that were informing that regulatory process have also been taken into consideration in the drafting of these proposed emergency regulations.


The licensing authorities expect the emergency regulations to be effective in December 2017. The implementation date for the issuance of the state commercial cannabis licenses remains the same: January 1, 2018. However, California will only be able to license those businesses that are in compliance will all local laws.


In addition, the Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency will hold a workshop with state-chartered banks and credit unions next month to discuss regulatory and compliance issues, as well as potential approaches to banking cannabis-related businesses.


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