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NEWS RELEASE: CDFA Extends Public Comment Period and Postpones Public Hearing for Proposed Cannabis Appellations

SACRAMENTO, April 3, 2020 — The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) released the proposed regulations for the appellations of origin for cannabis on February 21, 2020, which marked the start of a 45-day public comment period. In response to the COVID-19 emergency declaration, CDFA is extending the public comment period to May 6, 2020. A public hearing has been postponed.

An appellation of origin is a protected designation that identifies the geographical origin of a product and how that product was produced. CDFA’s CalCannabis Appellations Program will promote regional cannabis products and local businesses, prevent the misrepresentation of a cannabis product’s origin, and support consumer confidence about a cannabis product’s origin and characteristics.

Per Business and Professions Code Section 26063(b), CDFA is required to develop the process by which state-licensed cannabis cultivators may establish appellations of origin by January 1, 2021. CDFA proposes amendments to Chapter 1, and adoption of Chapter 2, within Title 3 of the California Code of Regulations, to develop the process for establishing cannabis appellations of origin and provide additional clarification on the use of county of origin.

Comments on the proposed regulations may be submitted until Wednesday, May 6, 2020, via email to or by mail to:

California Department of Food and Agriculture

Attention: Kristi Armstrong

CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing

Proposed Appellations Regulations

P.O. Box 942871

Sacramento, CA 94271

The proposed regulations and additional information are posted on the Cannabis Appellations Program web page.

CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing is a division of the California Department of Food and Agriculture. For more information on the state’s commercial cannabis cultivation licensing process, please call toll-free 1-833-CALGROW (1-833-225-4769) or send an email to