Cannabis Update: New Regulations Approved

The Office of Administrative Law has approved state regulations for cannabis businesses across the supply chain from cultivation to retail, superseding emergency regulations that were put in place as the legal sale and production of nonmedical cannabis began a year ago. The new regulations are now in effect.

The previous emergency regulations were adopted by the Bureau of Cannabis Control (BCC), the California Department of Public Health, and the California Department of Food and Agriculture in Dec. 2017 and readopted in June 2018. They were originally issued through the emergency rulemaking process to meet the legislative mandate to open California’s regulated cannabis market on Jan. 1, 2018.

With the new regulations, the emergency regulations are no longer in effect. View each licensing authority’s final regulations and rulemaking documents here:

In addition, BCC recently released an updated version of its online license search system, which is separate from the Department of Consumer Affairs’ search engine. Industry stakeholders, licensees, and members of the public may now use the updated search function to find information about state-licensed retailers, distributors, testing laboratories, microbusinesses, and temporary cannabis events.

To search in the new interface, click on Go to the “License Search” tab, select your search criteria, provide a response to the reCAPTCHA, and select the “Search” button. Users may now search by license type, license number, license status, legal business name, or business owner name. The license search provides premises locations for bureau licensees by city, county, and ZIP code.

For storefront retailers, the license search system also provides the physical street address of the licensed premises. In addition to these location-based search results, the license search provides the commercial cannabis activities that a microbusiness may conduct.

For additional information, or to subscribe to email alerts to hear about updates as they become available, visit the bureau’s website at For information on all three state licensing authorities, including online license searches for cultivators and manufacturers, visit the California Cannabis Portal at


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