Welcome to the Manufactured Cannabis Safety Branch (MCSB)
MCSB (formerly 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 Culivation 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
MCSB 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.
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CDPH has released proposed medical cannabis manufacturing regulations for public comment:
If you have additional questions regarding the public comment process, please see the FAQs