Welcome to the State of California 

Office of Manufactured Cannabis Safety (OMCS)         

Welcome to the Office of Manufactured Cannabis Safety.  

OMCS was established in the Center for Environmental Health of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) after the Governor signed into law the Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act in 2015. The Act established a licensing and regulatory framework for the cultivation, manufacture, transport, storage, distribution, and sale of medical cannabis in California.

The Act created the Bureau of Medical Cannabis Regulation in the Department of Consumer Affairs, and tasked the following Departments to establish regulations for the medical cannabis industry:

  • CA Department of Consumer Affairs: to license transporters, distributors, dispensaries, and testing laboratories. 
  • CA Department of Food and Agriculture (CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing): to license cultivators and will also be responsible for implementing the Track-and-Trace System for plants from cultivation to sale.
  • CA Department of Public Health: to license manufacturers of cannabis.

OMCS is currently developing statewide standards, regulations, licensing procedures and to address policy issues in support of cannabis manufacturers. CDPH is responsible for issuing Type 6 and Type 7 licenses to manufacturers of cannabis and manufactured cannabis products.

Please note that we are not currently issuing licenses! We are currently developing the regulations that will define licensing requirements. We anticipate receiving applications for licenses beginning on January 1, 2018. 

Please feel free to check back periodically on this webpage for updated information, workshops in your area, or for ways in which you can provide feedback and public comment.

Subscribe to our ListServ and receive email notifications of OMCS regulatory updates and related information. To subscribe to the list, please send an email to LISTSERV@MAILLIST.DHS.CA.GOV with SUBSCRIBE OMCS in the body of your message (not the subject line). This is an announce-only list.

NEW!! Bureau of Medical Cannabis Regulation now accepting applications for Cannabis Advisory Committee Click Here! 
Pre-Regulatory Meetings Click Here


For more details and to view the language that enacted the Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act (MMRSA), please see Bill Information, below:


If you have additional questions, please visit the links below, or Contact Us!

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Last modified on: 3/14/2017 4:28 PM