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Emergency Regulations for Cannabis Manufacturing

On November 16, 2017, the California Department of Public Health's Manufactured Cannabis Safety Branch (MCSB) released emergency regulations that outline the statewide standards and licensing procedures for manufacturing of commercial cannabis products. These regulations were developed in response to the Medicinal and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MAUCRSA), signed into law in late June 2017.

MCSB Emergency Regulations (PDF)

MCSB Emergency Regulations Fact Sheet (PDF)

MCSB's emergency regulations were approved and went into effect on December 7, 2017. These emergency regulations are effective for 180 days and can be readopted for an additional 180-day period. During this time, MCSB will develop and file permanent regulations through the regular rulemaking process. These permanent regulations will be released in summer 2018.

For more information on the current regulatory requirements for cannabis manufacturers or to download the Universal Symbol, visit the Licensee Resources page.    

Emergency Regulations for Shared-Use Manufacturing Facilities

On March 23, 2018, MCSB released proposed emergency regulations that would allow cannabis manufacturers to utilize shared-use facilities. These regulations were developed to provide opportunities for small manufacturing businesses and in response to demand from cities and counties wishing to implement equity programs. The facilities must be cannabis specific and are expected to resemble community kitchens or locations in which a larger manufacturer offers use of space and equipment to a smaller manufacturer. The emergency regulations for shared-use facilities were approved and went into effect on April 13, 2018.

MCSB Emergency Regulations for Shared-Use Facilities (PDF)

MCSB Emergency Regulations Fact Sheet (PDF)

Frequently Asked Questions 

What are Emergency Regulations?

Emergency regulations are regulations developed during a special rulemaking process in response to a situation that requires immediate action to avoid serious harm to the public peace, health, safety or general welfare (Government Code, Section 11342.545). MCSB submitted a Finding of Emergency with the emergency regulations package.

Can I comment on the Emergency Regulations?

Emergency regulations have a five-day public comment period that begins when the California Office of Administrative Law (OAL) posts the proposed emergency regulations on their website. The comment period for the MCSB emergency regulations for cannabis manufacturing was held November 27 - December 4, 2017, and the comment period for the emergency regulations for shared-use facilities was held April 3 - April 8, 2018. Public comments will be accepted again, as part of the regular rulemaking process, when the permanent regulations are filed in summer 2018.

Other Cannabis Regulations

The Bureau of Cannabis Control has issued emergency regulations for retailers, distributors, testing laboratories, and microbusinesses. CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing, a division of the California Department of Food & Agriculture, has issued emergency regulations for cultivators. Both of these emergency regulations can be viewed on the Cannabis Portal.

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