Cannabis Appellations Program (CAP)

An appellation of origin is a protected designation that identifies the geographical origin of a product and usually includes production requirements. CDFA’s Cannabis Appellations Program (CAP) will help prevent the misrepresentation of a cannabis good’s origin and promote regional collaboration around cannabis production.

On November 23, 2021, the Office of Administrative Law (OAL) approved the CDFA’s proposed regulations for establishing appellations of origin for cannabis. These regulations take effect January 1, 2022.

CDFA intends to announce the opening of appellation of origin petition acceptance in 2022. Petitions received prior to an announcement from the Department will not be accepted. Please sign up for the program listserv (top right-hand side of this page) to receive program updates.

Final Regulatory Documents

Cannabis Appellations Program Regulatory History

On February 20, 2020, CDFA released the originally proposed regulations. The release marked the official start of the public comment period provided under California law. All interested parties were encouraged to submit comments about the proposed regulations by May 6, 2020. CDFA also received public comments during a virtual hearing on May 6, 2020.

Initial Notice Documents (45-Day Comment Period)

CDFA announced modifications to the proposed appellations regulations and the first additional public comment period was October 2 to 19, 2020. The proposed regulations were subsequently modified, prompting several additional comment periods during 2021; March 5 to April 12, June 3 to June 18, and September 27 to October 12.

First Additional Comment Period Documents (15-Day Comment Period)

Second Additional Comment Period Documents (15-Day Comment Period)

Third Additional Comment Period Documents (15-Day Comment Period)

Fourth Additional Comment Period Documents (15-Day Comment Period )

September 2018 Statewide Public Workshop Materials

To gain stakeholder feedback and input, the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) hosted six public outreach sessions across the state in the fall of 2018, and CDFA has continued to collaborate with experts and industry associations as the Cannabis Appellations Program has developed.