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Proposed Regulations

​​The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) published proposed regulations in the California Regulatory Notice Register on July 13, 2018. This publication was the first step in rulemaking, a formal process for permanently adopting regulations.

The NOPA contains information about the proposed rulemaking, including a summary of existing laws and how the regulations interpret and make those laws more specific. The ISOR explains reasons behind each proposed regulation and identifies factual material relied upon in developing the regulations. The SRIA is a third-party economic assessment of how the proposed regulations affect businesses throughout the state, health and welfare of residents and impacts on investment and innovation.

Emergency Regulations

The proposed regulations will not become law until the rulemaking process is complete. In the meantime, businesses will continue to operate under the emergency regulations that were adopted in December 2017 and re-adopted in June 2018.

New Items in the Proposed Regulations

The proposed regulations are very similar to the emergency regulations, but there are some differences. The summary of differences provides an overview of the major changes that are being proposed, and the green-line version of the regulations provides a line-by-line comparison between the emergency regulations currently in effect and those that are being proposed.

Rulemaking Process


Public comments on the proposed regulations will be accepted in writing and during public hearings held throughout the state during the 45-day public comment period. The licensing authorities will review each timely and relevant comment received and respond to them during the final stages of the rulemaking process.

Submitting a Public Comment

Written comments may be sent to the CDPH Office of Regulations via email or mail. Please include the title of the proposed regulations (DPH-17-010) with your comment.

Public Comment Hearings

Both verbal and written comments will be accepted during the public comment hearings. You do not need to RSVP to attend.

  • July 30, 10:00 am – 900 E. Birch Street, Valencia Room, Brea, CA 92821

  • August 20, 10:00 am – 901 Myrtle Avenue, Eureka, CA 95501

  • August 27, 10:00 am – 8400 Edes Avenue, Oakland, CA 94621

To preserve the content of the comment and protect the integrity of the rulemaking process, no public comments will be accepted by phone.

Other Proposed Cannabis Regulations

Bureau of Cannabis Control: Proposed regulations for cannabis retailers, distributors, testing laboratories, microbusinesses and events.

California Department of Food & Agriculture's CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing: Proposed regulations for cannabis cultivators.

Note: CDPH cannot accept public comments on regulations proposed by either the Bureau or CalCannabis. For comments on those proposed regulations, please contact their offices directly.

Additional Resources

For more information on the state regulatory process: Office of Administrative Law

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