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EMAIL ALERT: Public Comment Hearing for Proposed Cannabis Appellations Rescheduled to May 6

SACRAMENTO, April 8, 2020 — In response to the COVID-19 emergency declaration, the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) has rescheduled the public hearing for receiving comments on the proposed regulations for cannabis appellations of origin to Wednesday, May 6, 2020, from 1pm to 3pm. The hearing will be accessible online only, and registration is now open.

As announced previously, CDFA also has extended the written public comment period for the proposed cannabis appellations to May 6, 2020. CDFA released the proposed regulations for cannabis appellations of origin on February 21, 2020.

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 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.

Written comments on the proposed regulations may be submitted until Wednesday, May 6, 2020, via email to CDFA.CalCannabis_Appellations@cdfa.ca.gov 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

Written comments will not be accepted in person at the public hearing, as it will be an online hearing only.

To register for the May 6 public comment hearing, please complete the online form. The proposed cannabis appellations regulations and additional information are posted on CDFA’s Cannabis Appellations Program web page.


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