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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 spring 2018.

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

What are Emergency Regulations?

Emergency regulations are regulations developed during a special rulemaking process in response to a situation that requires immediate action (Government Code, Section 11342.545).  MCSB submitted a Finding of Emergency with the emergency regulations package:

MCSB Finding of Emergency (PDF)

MCSB Finding of Emergency Addendum (PDF)

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 from November 27 until December 4, 2017. Public comments will be accepted again, as part of the regular rulemaking process when the permanent regulations are filed in spring 2018.

More information on the regulatory rulemaking process is available on the OAL website.

Upcoming Regulations

MCSB is currently developing an additional emergency regulations package that will outline licensing and requirements for shared-use manufacturing facilities. These regulations are expected to be released soon.

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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