California Cannabis Regulations

Regulatory Update: Bureau of Cannabis Control Issues Summary of Expected Emergency MAUCRSA Regulations


The Bureau of Cannabis Control (Bureau), formerly named the Bureau of Medical Cannabis Regulation, is developing regulations pursuant to the Medicinal and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MAUCRSA) to establish a regulatory licensing and enforcement program for commercial cannabis distributors, retailers, testing laboratories, and microbusinesses. As lead agency under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), the Bureau has prepared an Initial Study/Proposed Negative Declaration (IS/ND).  The entire document can be downloaded by clicking the image below.

The Initial Study/Proposed Negative Declaration (IS/ND) is huge at 491 pages; however, it contains a very helpful Summary of Expected Emergency MAUCRSA Regulations.  The summary can be downloaded by clicking the image below.

The Summary of Expected Emergency MAUCRSA Regulations can also be downloaded here.  This summary provides a helpful preview to those who want to plan to comply with the anticipated MAUCRSA regulations.

Proposed MCRSA regulations withdrawn; rebranded Bureau plans to issue new set of MAUCRSA regulations

We contacted the Bureau of Medical Cannabis Regulation to ask what would happen next. The response on June 16, 2017 was:

“The bureau will withdraw the proposed MCRSA regulations and propose a new set of regulations consistent with the changes in the law. However, public comments on the proposed MCRSA regulations are still very important. Many of the provisions in the MCRSA proposed regulations will carry over to the new regulations. Public comment from the MCRSA proposed regulations will provide information for the bureau to use when crafting any new regulations.”

Medicinal and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MAUCRSA) *NEW*


Proposed Medical Cannabis Regulations (WITHDRAWN – but useful for reference as the forthcoming Emergency Regulations will likely be similar)

Bureau of Marijuana Control Combined Proposed Regulations and ISOR

CalCannabis Combined Proposed Regulations and ISOR

OMCS Combined Proposed Regulations and ISOR

Proposed Medical Cannabis Testing Laboratory Regulations

Proposed Medical Cannabis Testing Laboratory Regulations ISOR


California Cannabis Licensing & Regulatory Agencies


California Cannabis Portal

Department of Consumer Affairs, Bureau of Cannabis Control (formerly the Bureau of Medical Cannabis Regulation, and before that, the Bureau of Medical Marijuana Regulation)

Department of Food and Agriculture, CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing

Department of Public Health, Manufactured Cannabis Safety Branch (formerly the Office of Manufactured Cannabis Safety)

California State Board of Equalization, Tax Guide for Medical Cannabis Businesses

State Water Resources Control Board, Cannabis Cultivation Regulatory Programs

Links and Resources

Governor Brown’s 2017 Trailer Bill – Cannabis Regulation

Department of Public Health, Medical Marijuana Identification Card Program

ACLU Know Your Rights: What to Do If You’re Stopped by Police, Immigration Agents, or the FBI

Midnight Special Law Collective: Dealing With Police

NORML: Know Your Rights

Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF)

Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC)

Nolo Press Legal Encyclopedia, Criminal Law

California Courts

Organizations of Interest

Americans for Safe Access

California NORML


Students for Sensible Drug Policy

Drug Policy Alliance

California Cannabis Industry Association

National Cannabis Industry Association

California Growers Association

Sonoma County Growers Alliance

National Cannabis Bar Association

Patients Out of Time

Marijuana Policy Project

National Lawyers Guild

American Civil Liberties Union

ACLU of NorCal

Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies


California Medical Cannabis Appellate Opinions

County of Tulare v. Jeffrey Lee Nunes 215 Cal.App.4th 11 88 [Mar. 2013]

County of Tulare v. Nunes 215 Cal.App.4th 11 88 [Apr. 2013]

City of Monterey v. Carrnshimba 215 Cal.App.4th 1068 [Mar. 2013]

People v. Delgado 214 Cal.App.4th 914 [Mar. 2013]

People Ex Rel. City of Dana Point v. Holistic Health 213 Cal.App.4th 1016 [Feb. 2013]

In re Drake M. 211 Cal.App.4th 754 [Dec. 2012]

People v. Leal 210 Cal.App.4th 829 [Oct. 2012]

People v. Sherow 195 Cal.App.4th 228 [May 2011]

People Ex Rel. Trutanich v. Joseph 204 Cal.App.4th 1512 [March 2012]

People v. Colvin 203 Cal.App.4th 1029 [Feb. 2012]

County of Los Angeles v. Hill 192 Cal.App.4th 861 [Feb. 2011]

People v. Wayman 215 189 Cal.App.4th 215 [Oct. 2010]

Qualified Patients Association v. City of Anaheim 187 Cal.App.4th [Aug. 2010]

People v. Kelly Cal.4th 1008 [Jan. 2010] 

People v. Moret 180 Cal.App.4th 839 [Dec. 2009]

City of Claremont v. Kruse 177 Cal.App.4th 1153 [Aug. 2009]

People v. Hochanadel 176 Cal.App.4th 997 [Aug. 2009]

Bearman v. California Medical Board 176 Cal.App.4th 1588 [Aug. 2009]

County of Butte v. Williams Superior Court 175 Cal.App.4th 729 [July 2009]

In re Alexis E. 171 Cal.App4th 438 [July 2009]

People v. Hopkins 71 Cal. App.4th 305 [Feb. 2009]

People v. Bergen (2008) 166 Cal.App.161 [Aug.2008]

County of San Diego v. San Diego NORML 165 Cal.App.4th 768 [July 2008]

People v. Windus 165 Cal.App.4th [July 2008]

People v. Hua 158 Cal.App.4th 1027 [Jan. 2008]

People v. Chakos 158 Cal.App.4th 357 [Dec. 2007]

People v. Strasbourg 148 Cal.App.4th 1052 [Mar. 2007]

People v. Mentch 50 Cal.Rptr.3d 91 [2007]

People v. Wright 40 Cal.4th 81 [Nov. 2006]

People v. Urziceanu 132 Cal.App.4th 747 [Sept. 2005]

People v. Frazier 128 Cal.App.4th 807 [Apr. 2005] 

People v. Spark 121 Cal. App.4th 259 [Aug. 2004]

People v. Konow 32 Cal.4th 995 [Apr. 2004] 

People v. Tilehkohh 113 Cal.App.4th 1433 [Dec. 2003]

People v. Jones 112 Cal.App.4th 341 [Sept. 2003]

People v. Mower 28 Cal. 4th 457 [July 2002]

People v. Young 92 Cal.App.4th 229 [Sept. 2001]

People v. Rigo 69 Cal.App.4th 409 [Jan. 1999]

People v. Trippet 56 Cal.App.4th 1532  [Aug. 1997]

People Ex. Rel. Lungreen v. Peron 59 Cal.App.4th 1389 [Dec. 1997]