In the spring of 2017, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA), and the Bureau of Cannabis Control (BCC; formerly the Bureau of Medical Cannabis Regulation) released draft regulations for the Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act of 2015.

The three licensing authorities held a series of public hearings on the draft medical cannabis regulations in the summer of 2017 and had planned to move forward with a separate regulatory framework for implementation of Proposition 64: The Adult Use Cannabis Act of 2016. However, the Legislature passed and the Governor signed into law the Medicinal and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MAUCRSA) in June 2017, creating one regulatory framework for both medicinal and adult use cannabis.

As a result, the draft medical cannabis regulations that were released in April 2017 were rescinded on October 6, 2017. The three state licensing authorities released emergency regulations in November 2017 which took effect in December 2017.  In the Spring of 2018, all three licensing authorities released revised emergency regulations which were readopted on June 6, 2018.

On July 13, 2018, all three regulatory agencies released their proposed regular cannabis regulations, which began the formal rulemaking process and opened a 45-day public comment period.  Revisions to the proposed permanent cannabis regulations were released on October 19, 2018, for an additional 15-day comment period.


State Regulations and Materials

Revised Proposed Regular Regulations and Summaries – October 2018

Emergency Regulations – September 2018

Proposed Regular Regulations and Summaries – August 2018

Emergency Regulations and Summaries – May 2018

Emergency Regulations and Summary – April 2018

Emergency Regulations and Summaries – November 2017

Draft Medical Cannabis Regulations and Summaries – April/May 2017

Please note: These proposed regulations have been rescinded as of October 6, 2017.


State Resources


CHEAC Activities


Updates and Overviews

All CHEAC Updates related to medical and adult-use cannabis are available here.


MMIC Webinar – January 19, 2018


Analyses and Reports