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In addition, Type 3A (Cultivation; Indoor; Medium) Product Identity UID Infusion Type 3B (Cultivation; Mixed-light; Medium) Serving Processing aid Package Processor Cultivation Limited-access area Type 5 (Cultivation; Outdoor; Large) Small Mixed-Light Tier 1 Allergen Type 14 (Cannabis Event Organizer) Quarantine Small Indoor Type 13 (Distributor Transport Only) Type S (coming soon, shared-use manufacturing facilities) Manufacture Raw material Mixed-light Tier 2 MCSB 90-day extension periods Pest Medium Outdoor Medium Indoor Canopy Environmental pathogen Topical cannabis product Holding Edible cannabis product Type 6 – for extraction using a mechanical method or non-volatile solvent (ex: CO2, ethanol, water, or food-grade dry ice, cooking oils or butter) Specialty Cottage Indoor Type 1 (Cultivation; Specialty outdoor; Small) Universal symbol Department cannabis concentrates Qualified individual Adult-use Market Type 1A (Cultivation; Specialty indoor; Small) CBD Component Type N Infusions (optional packaging and labeling) Type N – for infusions Nursery products similar to traditional food products prohibited Type 2 (Cultivation; Outdoor; Small) Batch Pathogen Type 12 (Microbusiness) list of cannabis manufacturers In-process material infused butters and oils as concentrates Finished product Bureau Sanitize Lot Specialty Outdoor Licensee Medium Mixed-Light Tier 1 Manufacturer licensee Specialty Cottage Outdoor Proposition 65 warning statement Hazard Track and trace system Preventive controls Primary panel infused pre-rolls Watts per square foot Small Mixed-Light Tier 2 Verification Premises Type 2B (Cultivation; Mixed-light; Small) Type 7 (Manufacturer 2) Extraction: Volatile Solvents Type 10 (Retailer) Quality control operation Type 11 (Distributor) CBD from industrial hemp THC Net weight Type 1B (Cultivation; Specialty mixed-light; Small) Type 5A (Cultivation; Indoor; Large) Extraction Informational panel Quality Type 8 (Testing Laboratory) Type 9 (Non-Storefront Retailer) Validation Unique identifier Mixed-light cultivation Type 2A (Cultivation; Indoor; Small) Process Mature plant DPH-17-010E Commercial-grade, non-residential door lock Allergen cross-contact Type 7 – for extraction using a volatile solvent (ex: butane, propane and hexane) Pre-roll Mixed-light Tier 1 Processing Distribution Nonmanufactured cannabis product Outdoor cultivation Specialty Cottage Mixed-Light Tier 1 Quality control personnel Adulterated cakes, cookies, beverages and juices, tea and coffee, chocolates, gummies, gum, and mints Kief Small Outdoor Type P Packaging & Labeling Only Nonvolatile solvent Harvest Batch Specialty Mixed-Light Tier 2 Dried flower Contact surface Type 5B (Cultivation; Mixed-light; Large) Applicant Microorganisms Actual yield Indoor cultivation Wet weight Medium Mixed-Light Tier 2 Personnel Type 4 (Cultivation; Nursery) Ingredient Monitor adulteration Adequate Track-and-trace systems Specialty Cottage Mixed-Light Tier 2 Type P – for packaging and labeling only Flowering Type 1C (Cultivation; Specialty cottage; Small) Volatile solvent Cultivation site Type 6 (Manufacturer 1) Extraction: Non-volatile Solvents, Mechanical Methods Cannabis product Immature plant THC limit of 10 milligrams per serving and 100 milligrams per package Labeling Request for Live Scan Type 3 (Cultivation; Outdoor; Medium) Theoretical yield gross annual revenue for first year in operation under MAUCRSA package flower or pre-rolls track and trace system M-license Commercial cannabis activity alternate use of a manufacturing premises Specialty Indoor Specialty Mixed-Light Tier 1 and more.

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