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recent california business licensing news and updates This site focuses or refers to information and services regarding 2019 new laws licensing cannabis microbusinesses Temporary License Application manufacturing cannabis products Category I Residual Pesticides Testing Conducting quality assurance review of cannabis goods Licensee Lookup Tool microbusinesses Form # CDPH-9041 Bond in the amount of $5,000 immature live plants and seeds being transported from a licensed nursery tobacco products onsite sale and consumption of cannabis goods member manager manufacturing Microbial Impurities Testing (A. fumigatus, A. flavus, A. niger, A. terreus) carbohydrates and fat per serving A-license Edibles– Products evidence of rehabilitation transporting cannabis goods manufacturing practices A-licensees limited to a maximum of 1,000 mg per package medicinal and adult-use commercial cannabis activity 2019 regulations Incorporating THC/CBD concentrates local jurisdiction M-license The Manufactured 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In addition, Actual yield Manufacture Type N Infusions (optional packaging and labeling) Canopy Type 3 (Cultivation; Outdoor; Medium) Type P – for packaging and labeling only Type 5A (Cultivation; Indoor; Large) Nursery Sanitize Type 2A (Cultivation; Indoor; Small) Specialty Mixed-Light Tier 1 Allergen 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) infused butters and oils as concentrates Theoretical yield Contact surface Kief Department Indoor cultivation Informational panel Type 12 (Microbusiness) Processing aid Mixed-light cultivation Bureau Monitor Request for Live Scan Commercial-grade, non-residential door lock Medium Outdoor infused pre-rolls Specialty Outdoor Environmental pathogen track and trace system Type 7 – for extraction using a volatile solvent (ex: butane, propane and hexane) UID Mixed-light Tier 2 Medium Mixed-Light Tier 1 Premises Applicant Hazard Manufacturer licensee Licensee Type 14 (Cannabis Event Organizer) Pest THC Product Identity Outdoor cultivation DPH-17-010E Specialty Cottage Indoor alternate use of a manufacturing premises Quality Cultivation Validation In-process material Type 5 (Cultivation; Outdoor; Large) Topical cannabis product Medium Mixed-Light Tier 2 Holding Unique identifier Lot Pathogen Adulterated Volatile solvent CBD Small Outdoor Small Indoor Infusion Small Mixed-Light Tier 1 Type 2 (Cultivation; Outdoor; Small) Type 5B (Cultivation; Mixed-light; Large) Nonmanufactured cannabis product Mixed-light Tier 1 Type 2B (Cultivation; Mixed-light; Small) Microorganisms Universal symbol Quality control personnel Type N – for infusions Nonvolatile solvent Qualified individual Type 6 (Manufacturer 1) Extraction: Non-volatile Solvents, Mechanical Methods Pre-roll Type 3B (Cultivation; Mixed-light; Medium) Type 13 (Distributor Transport Only) CBD from industrial hemp Primary panel Type 1 (Cultivation; Specialty outdoor; Small) Harvest Batch Commercial cannabis activity Small Mixed-Light Tier 2 Extraction Specialty Mixed-Light Tier 2 Dried flower Cultivation site Specialty Cottage Mixed-Light Tier 2 Watts per square foot Track and trace system Labeling Quality control operation Specialty Indoor Type P Packaging & Labeling Only Preventive controls Processing Cannabis product Verification gross annual revenue for first year in operation under MAUCRSA Batch Track-and-trace systems Personnel Proposition 65 warning statement Specialty Cottage Mixed-Light Tier 1 Type 11 (Distributor) package flower or pre-rolls Type 9 (Non-Storefront Retailer) Raw material Distribution Medium Indoor Type 7 (Manufacturer 2) Extraction: Volatile Solvents Type 4 (Cultivation; Nursery) Quarantine Flowering Serving THC limit of 10 milligrams per serving and 100 milligrams per package list of cannabis manufacturers Edible cannabis product products similar to traditional food products prohibited Wet weight cakes, cookies, beverages and juices, tea and coffee, chocolates, gummies, gum, and mints Net weight Component Type 10 (Retailer) Package Type S (coming soon, shared-use manufacturing facilities) Ingredient MCSB 90-day extension periods Specialty Cottage Outdoor Type 1C (Cultivation; Specialty cottage; Small) Immature plant Adequate Allergen cross-contact Type 8 (Testing Laboratory) Type 3A (Cultivation; Indoor; Medium) Type 1B (Cultivation; Specialty mixed-light; Small) cannabis concentrates Limited-access area Adult-use Market Finished product Processor Mature plant M-license Type 1A (Cultivation; Specialty indoor; Small) Process adulteration and more.

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