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Resources for Cannabis Business License Compliance in California

recent california business licensing news and updates California Commercial Cannabis Licenses (Medicinal and Adult-use Recreational) include:

Bureau of Cannabis Control
Manufactured Cannabis Safety Branch
CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing
California Cannabis Consultants
California Universal Symbol for Cannabis
California Universal Symbol for Cannabis

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

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