California DCC Proposes Consolidating Cannabis Regulations

The California Department of Cannabis Control (DCC) has proposed consolidating the state’s cannabis regulations.

On Wednesday, September 8, DCC published proposed emergency regulations to consolidate, clarify, and make consistent requirements.

The move includes aligning license application requirements, cannabis business ownership, financial interest, and establishing consistent terms and definitions between license types.

The regulations also include guidelines for trade samples between businesses, as authorized by Assembly Bill 141.

The emergency regulations come after the move by DCC in July to place all cannabis regulations into Title 4 of the California Code of Regulations.

According to DCC, it’s the most significant action the Department has taken to improve the cannabis regulatory framework, coming with 60 days of the new state department’s creation.

The DCC was established on July 12, 2021, after Assembly Bill 141 passed.

“Today’s action reflects the Governor’s commitment and our ongoing effort to streamline requirements for California cannabis businesses and simplify participation in the legal, regulated market,” says DCC Director Nicole Elliott. “Many of the proposed changes are the direct result of feedback received during consolidation.”

Three former state cannabis programs, the Bureau of Cannabis Control, CalCannabis Licensing Division, and the Manufactured Cannabis Safety Branch, previously adopted the regulations.

Before the consolidation, the three programs regulated different facets of the supply chain and incorporated regulations as they related to their specific areas of authority.

California Governor Gavin Newsom proposed the consolidation in the state budget.

If the proposed regulations are approved, they will go into effect at the end of September.