California Releases Medicinal & Adult-Use Cannabis Regulations

California’s three cannabis licensing authorities and regulators released their emergency regulations for medicinal and adult-use cannabis ahead of the January 1, 2018 legalization of cannabis.
The Bureau of Cannabis Control (BCC) is the lead agency in developing regulations. Their regulations cover the licensing of retailers, distributors, testing labs, and microbusinesses. BCC’s fact sheet includes licensing information, requirements by license type, testing lab requirements, enforcement information, and more. 
CDFA’s CalCannabis is responsible for the licensing of cultivation operations. CDFA’s regulations cover the licensing of cultivators, a track-and-trace system, resource management including waste and renewable energy requirements, and inspection/violation information. 
CDFA will host 10 workshops throughout the state to assist applicants with their state licensing applications. The workshops will be limited to 150 participants, but a recorded training will be available after November 30 via CalCannabis. Workshops start at 12:30 p.m. and end at 5:00 p.m. 
Tuesday, November 28 – Orange County
Courtyard by Marriott 
8 MacArthur Pl.
Santa Ana, CA 92707 
Tuesday, November 28 – Yolo County
Ziggurat Building 
707 3rd St.
West Sacramento, CA 95605 
Thursday, November 30 – San Bernardino County
DoubleTree by Hilton 
285 E. Hospitality Ln.
San Bernardino, CA 92408
Thursday, November 30 – Monterey County
CSU Monterey Bay – National Steinbeck Center 
1 Main St.
Salinas, CA 93901
Tuesday, December 5 – Fresno County
Hugh M. Burns State Building 
2550 Mariposa Mall, Room 1036
Fresno, CA 93721
Tuesday, December 5 – Mendocino County
Ukiah Valley Conference Center 
200 S. School St.
Ukiah, CA 95482
Thursday, December 7 – Riverside County
UC Riverside – Palm Desert Center
75080 Frank Sinatra Dr., Bldg B114-B117
Palm Desert, CA 92211
Thursday, December 7 – Alameda County
Elihu M. Harris State Office Building, Room One 
1515 Clay St.
Oakland, CA 94612
Tuesday, December 12 – Butte County
Butte College – Black Box Theater 
3636 Butte Campus Dr.
Oroville, CA 95965
Thursday, December 14 – Humboldt County
Sequoia Conference Center 
901 Myrtle Ave.
Eureka, CA 95501
CDPH is responsible for the regulation of the manufacturing of cannabis products through their Manufactured Cannabis Safety Branch. CDPH regulations include rules regarding manufacturing licensing, product standards, prohibited products, THC limits, packing and labeling standards, and more. Their fact sheet is available for summary of the rules.
CCOF encourages members interested in cultivating cannabis or manufacturing cannabis products to examine the regulations. CDFA is mandated to create an organic cannabis designation and certification program by 2021. CCOF will share developments and news of the program with members. To stay engaged with the process and the latest regulatory news, register for BCC’s newsletter.