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EMAIL ALERT: Cannabis Appellations Program—CDFA Extends the Public Comment Period for the Modified Proposed Regulations to April 12

SACRAMENTO, March 26, 2021 — The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) released the modified proposed regulations for cannabis appellations of origin on March 5, 2021, which marked the start of a third public comment period. CDFA is extending the end of this public comment period from March 26, 2021, to April 12, 2021.

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

Comments on the proposed regulations may be submitted until 11:59pm on Monday, April 12, 2021, via email to or by mail to:

Department of Food and Agriculture

Attention: Kristi Armstrong

CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing

Proposed Appellations Regulations

P.O. Box 942871

Sacramento, CA 94271

The proposed cannabis regulations and additional information are posted on CDFA’s Cannabis Appellations Program web page.

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