COVID-19 Updates for Cannabis Manufacturers
Cannabis and Cannabis Products
At this time, there is no evidence associating COVID-19 with foodborne illness or suggesting that consumable products are a primary transmission route. To continue to ensure the integrity of products, it is important that employees handling cannabis or cannabis products continue to follow good manufacturing practices (GMPs), as required by regulation.
GMPs include safe handling practices to prevent contamination, such as washing hands and work surfaces, wearing clean outer clothing, and any precautions necessary to prevent allergen cross-contact or other contamination. The poster below, which can be used in cannabis manufacturing facilities, highlights these essential routine tasks:
Operating During COVID-19
There are no requirements to notify the Manufactured Cannabis Safety Branch if one of your employees is subject to quarantine or tests positive for COVID-19. However, businesses operating during COVID-19 need to adapt and create safer, low-risk environments for their staff. The State of California recently issued industry-specific guidance and checklists to help businesses make plans and put them into action. Click below to view the documents for manufacturers, developed by the California Department of Public Health and Cal/OSHA:
Requests for Regulatory Relief
We are accepting Requests for Regulatory Relief, offered under the Disaster Relief provisions included section 40182 of the regulations. These provisions allow a licensee to request relief from a specific requirement when they cannot comply due to a disaster. You must specify the section of regulation for which you are requesting relief and explain why this relief is needed.
Resources for employees, workers and the general public are available at the following sites:
Cannabis businesses may be eligible for tax assistance offered by the California Department of Tax & Fee Administration and the Franchise Tax Board. For more information on tax relief and other small business resources, visit the State of California’s COVID-19 Response website.
Our Office is Open
The Manufactured Cannabis Safety Branch team is still working and is actively serving the public. Our help desk teams, who respond to phone and email inquiries, continue to monitor communications from the public. We will respond to all inquiries as quickly as possible, but we ask for your patience as we evaluate questions so we can provide you with thoughtful, relevant responses based on the most current information. Please consider emailing us, rather than leaving a voicemail, to help us continue to serve you.
As we continue to navigate this unprecedented global event together, the Manufactured Cannabis Safety Branch will continue our work to serve the public and licensees. We will do our best to keep you apprised of any new information or resources applicable to your cannabis manufacturing license.
Visit our News page to view the emails that we have distributed with updates for cannabis manufactures about COVID-19. Sign up for our email list to receive these updates directly in your inbox.
If you have any questions, please reach out to us at MCSB@cdph.ca.gov.