Alert: California’s cannabis department proposes comprehensive regulatory changes

The Department of Cannabis Control (DCC) today released a comprehensive regulatory proposal to make changes to streamline and simplify the cannabis regulations, enhance consumer protections and make permanent changes that are currently in effect as emergency regulations. The proposal is a continuation of efforts by the Administration and DCC to refine and strengthen the cannabis regulatory framework.

The proposed regulations include:

  • Changes that are in effect as emergency regulations from the fall

  • Additional changes to streamline and strengthen the regulatory framework

Today’s release is the first step in the regular rulemaking process and begins a 45-day public comment period. It is anticipated that the proposed regulations will become effective in fall 2022, if approved.

Notice of proposed rulemaking to adopt consolidated medicinal and adult-use cannabis regulations

DCC is providing notice to the public of a proposed regulatory action to adopt consolidated Medicinal and Adult-Use Commercial Cannabis Activity regulations. The purpose of these regulations is to make permanent the emergency regulations DCC adopted on September 27, 2021, following the consolidation of the three original cannabis licensing authorities into the new DCC. The proposed regulations would also make additional regulatory changes.

View the notice, proposed text of regulations, and initial statement of reasons below:

These rulemaking documents are also available on the Rulemaking page of our website. View a chart of regulatory text modifications.

How to submit a public comment

Any interested person or their representative can submit comments relevant to the proposed regulatory action. All comments must be received by April 19, 2022, at 5 p.m. A public comment template is included our website for your convenience.

Submit your comment to DCC:


We launched new online resources to assist you with understanding the rulemaking process, proposed changes and how you can share your feedback.

Get more information about these proposed changes:

DCC also held a webinar on Thursday, March 3, with information about the rulemaking process and a high-level preview of proposed regulatory changes. The webinar slide deck is available on the DCC website and a recording can be viewed on the DCC YouTube page.

Find how you can share feedback:

Learn more about the regular rulemaking process:

About the Department of Cannabis Control

The Department of Cannabis Control (DCC) licenses and regulates commercial cannabis activity within California. DCC works closely with all stakeholders, including businesses and local jurisdictions, to create a sustainable legal cannabis industry and a safe and equitable marketplace. DCC develops and implements progressive cannabis policies with robust protections for public health, safety and the environment. DCC was recently formed by merging the three state cannabis programs.