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

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