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Cannabis Appellations Program (CAP)
On September 27, 2021, the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA or the Department) released modifications to the proposed regulations for establishing appellations of origin for cannabis, marking the start of the fourth additional 15-day public comment period.
An appellation of origin is a protected designation that identifies the geographical origin of a product and often includes production requirements. CDFA’s Cannabis Appellations Program will help prevent the misrepresentation of a cannabis good’s origin and promote regional collaboration around cannabis production.
Per Business and Professions Code Section 26063(b), CDFA is required to develop a process by which state-licensed cannabis cultivators may establish appellations of origin. CDFA proposes the adoption of Chapter 2, within Title 3 of the California Code of Regulations, to meet that mandate.
The Department will accept written comments on the proposed changes between September 27, 2021 and October 12, 2021. All comments must be submitted to the Department no later than 11:59 pm on Tuesday, October 12, 2021, and may be submitted by mail or by email to:
Keir Furey, Project Manager, California Department of Food and Agriculture, Office of Environmental Farming and Innovation, 1220 N Street, Sacramento, CA 95814, CDFA.CalCannabis_Appellations@cdfa.ca.gov
The proposed cannabis regulations and additional information are posted on CDFA’s 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.