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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

This site focuses or refers to information and services regarding no added caffeine manufacturing Water Activity Testing of Solid or Semi-Solid Edibles Distributor transport definition of owner commercial cannabis manufacturing activity hang tag or a peel-back label adult-use commercial cannabis activity cannabis market Extractions using CO2 Medicinal and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act MANUFACTURED CANNABIS SAFETY BRANCH informational panel designated structure paper inserted into the packaging evidence of rehabilitation contaminant free good manufacturing practices Financial information Criminal History transport cannabis goods to retailer Proposition 65 public Licensee Lookup Tool member manager medicinal commercial cannabis activity mandated warning statements requiring refrigeration Temporary event up to 4 days 2020 updates Poison Prevention Packaging Act of 1970 (PPPA) Identifying information temporary license 2020 revisions hydrocarbon-based solvents Business and Professions Code section 26050.1 secondary packaging periods of 90 days extensions unique ID/batch number loop system transportation and security labels not be attractive Percentage of ownership Homogeneity Testing of Edible Cannabis Products tinctures 2020 fines 2020 problems security and cannabis waste disposal contaminants destruction of cannabis goods Transition Period limited to a maximum of 1,000 mg per package CDTFA seller’s permit 2020 important information cannabis adult-use products comply with all packaging and labeling requirements disposal and destruction methods allergen information Medicinal and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MAUCRSA) surety bond Microbial Impurities Testing (A. fumigatus, A. flavus, A. niger, A. terreus) consumption of alcohol or tobacco MCSB’s temporary license application Distributor Transport Only exception for testing laboratories track and trace system Retailer (Type 10) Cultivation less than 10,000 financial interest holder CALIFORNIA BUREAU OF CANNABIS CONTROL local jurisdiction California Public Records Act Water/Food-grade Dry Ice extracts Terpenoids Testing licensed physical location (premises) commercial cannabis manufacturers waste disposal three state cannabis-licensing authorities Licensee Information licensed cannabis cultivators Premises Information extraction certified by a California-licensed engineer 600-foot radius of a school shares of stock that are less than 5% of the total shares in a publicly traded company commercial cannabis activity ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation The Manufactured Cannabis Safety Branch (MCSB) protocol 2020 regulations highly-concentrated THC/CBD such as oil, wax and resin California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Ethanol LICENSE APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS onsite consumption of cannabis goods at least 20% ownership interest cultivation (on an area less than 10,000 square feet) inventory and quality control finished product persons 21 years of age or older three cannabis licensing authorities persons with a financial interest in the cannabis business workshops hosted by the Bureau of Cannabis Control licensed cannabis manufacturers manufacturing practices Department of Public Health’s Manufactured Cannabis Safety Branch volatile solvent transportation amount of THC content capsules A-license and an M-license for the same commercial cannabis activity Manufactured Cannabis Safety Branch (MCSB) remove THC/CBD sales of cannabis goods licensed premises Category I Residual Solvents and Processing Chemicals Testing regulatory framework Seller’s permit number public health and safety Non-Storefront Retailer (Type 9) Temporary License Application Information Category II Residual Pesticides Testing A-licensees medicinal and adult-use commercial cannabis activity Completed Temporary License Application Form dried flower cannabis industries conducting quality assurance review packaging and labeling requirements for pre-rolls ownership premises is not within a Government convicted of a substantially related crime delivery vehicle $3,000 of cannabis goods final form child-resistant packaging packaging and labeling requirements medicinal and adult-use or both markets 120 days 2020 issues 100 mg of THC per package Temporary Cannabis Event CO2 and ethanol extractions retailers compliance with regulations product as a candy prohibited Premises diagram licensing cannabis distributors Department of Food and Agriculture’s CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing division supply chain M-license A-license and an M-license secondary package procedures for inventory control highly-concentrated oils or waxes online licensing system health impacts of cannabis motor carrier permit packaging and labeling transporting cannabis goods at least 99% purity pre-made or purchased shipping manifest 600 foot radius of a school waste management laws commercial cannabis manufacturing in California cannabis plants infusion laboratory quality assurance Licensee Lookup Tool entry into the legal, regulated market no infusion of alcohol operating procedures disposal nonlaboratory quality control supplemental label Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act of 2015 investment into a commercial cannabis business scaled to the gross annual revenue of the licensed premises loan provided to a commercial cannabis business basic nutritional information manned motor vehicle product guidelines small product packaging licensing cannabis microbusinesses immature live plants and seeds being transported from a licensed nursery structure and formation documents inventory sanitary workplaces annual license application quality control Business Organizational property for the commercial cannabis activity tamper-evident potentially-hazardous foods equity interest in a commercial cannabis business some nutritional facts diagram of the business’s layout commercial cannabis manufacturing cultivation an officer or director of a cannabis business health claims shared-use manufacturing facilities opaque exit package Local Authorization Heavy Metals Testing Retailer (nonstorefront) stickers Cannabinoids Testing labeling medicinal and adult use cannabis goods transported together Live Scans for each owner cannabis training testing methods manufacturers who package for other producers shaped like a human, animal, insect, or fruit Manufacturing (non-volatile) Microbial Impurities Testing (Escherichia coli and Salmonella spp.) Mycotoxins Testing manufacturing activities local jurisdiction authorization local jurisdiction’s ordinances and regulations storage of cannabis goods testing lab regulations for medical and adult-use cannabis in California 2020 laws operating premises managing member Form # CDPH-9041 Microbusiness manufacturer's name medicinal and adult-use cannabis manufacturing recordkeeping CDPH-9041 BUREAU OF CANNABIS CONTROL inhalable cannabis distributors licensing scheme topicals supply chains for medicinal and adult-use cannabis products Physical address The Bureau of Cannabis Control (BCC) limited to a maximum of 10 mg of THC per serving Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Butane/Hexane/Propane Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) licensed cannabis distributors vape cartridges exit packaging Vehicle Requirements purchasing cannabis products on tribal lands alcoholic beverages CDPH-issued universal symbol conditional license Business Information Local Jurisdictions valid waiver onsite sale and consumption of cannabis goods Proposition 64: The Adult Use of Cannabis Act of 2016 carbohydrates and fat per serving Operating Procedures edible products transportation of cannabis goods amount of THC/CBD per serving and per package cannabis event organizer license A-license Manufactured Cannabis Licensing System (MCLS) compliance with local jurisdiction product formulation commercial cannabis products written procedures for inventory control secured area Proposed Section 40133 sampling standards Mechanical Category I Residual Pesticides Testing activity for a period of 120 days THC levels period of 120 days microbusinesses amount of sodium manufacture cannabis products Incorporating THC/CBD concentrates license review process MCSB cannabis cultivation licensing emergency regulations minimum standards for extraction processes 2020 proposed changes disclosure of all criminal convictions CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing Type S share facility space 2020 new laws Fingerprints must enter certain events Transport vehicles alarm system Individual Owner child-resistant outer package Local Authorization Attachment manufacturing cannabis products ANTICIPATED ANNUAL (NONTEMPORARY) LICENSE APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS Track and Trace testing laboratories local jurisdiction’s requirements ingredient list tobacco products Bond and Insurance Information 2020 recent news the commercial medicinal and adult-use (recreational) concentrate 2020 compliance Moisture Content Testing 2020 resolutions Licensees no infusion of nicotine edibles packaging opaque cannabis products in container or wrapper for sale Temporary License Application meat and seafood, and other products cannabis waste Application Checklist California Department of Public Health cannabis cartoons Arranging for laboratory testing state cannabis licensing government warning statement label regulations for medicinal and adult-use cannabis Local Issuing Authority licensing and regulating commercial cannabis manufacturers re-sealable aggregate interest of 20% or more security Department of Consumer Affairs’ Bureau of Cannabis Control medicinal and adult-use markets Manufactured Cannabis Safety Branch Food-grade Butter/Oil Conducting quality assurance review of cannabis goods testing of cannabis goods Industrial Hemp Advisory Board Edibles– Products Personnel Requirements Premises Diagram sugar list of artificial food colorings licenses for both medicinal and adult-use cannabis manufacturing at the same premises sanitary and hazard-free environment Category II Residual Solvents and Processing Chemicals Testing primary panel requirements M-licensees licensing cannabis third-party testing laboratories cannabis sales and/or consumption Owner manufacturing (Level 1 manufacturing, Type 6) chain of custody packaging evidence of the legal right to occupy the premises Foreign Material Testing commercial kitchens licensing cannabis retailers Financial Interest separate applications premises diagram Cannabis Manufacturing required limits 2,000 mg of THC per package for the medicinal-use market Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) access to the area(s) identity of the product payable to the state of California Labor peace agreement The California Department of Public Health's Bond in the amount of $5,000 and more.

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

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