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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 limited to a maximum of 1,000 mg per package Local Authorization Manufactured Cannabis Safety Branch commercial cannabis manufacturing Financial Interest Mechanical Licensee Lookup Tool CDPH-9041 licensing and regulating commercial cannabis manufacturers at least 99% purity requiring refrigeration The Bureau of Cannabis Control (BCC) Proposition 64: The Adult Use of Cannabis Act of 2016 manufacturing track and trace system annual license application period of 120 days must enter certain events 2019 fines cultivation (on an area less than 10,000 square feet) Department of Public Health’s Manufactured Cannabis Safety Branch financial interest holder temporary license Individual Owner exception for testing laboratories designated structure CDPH-issued universal symbol cannabis cartoons disposal and destruction methods Owner distributors ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation Butane/Hexane/Propane Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) medicinal and adult-use cannabis manufacturing commercial cannabis manufacturers commercial cannabis manufacturing activity cannabis event organizer license Distributor transport cannabis industries 2019 issues three state cannabis-licensing authorities testing lab an officer or director of a cannabis business A-license and an M-license for the same commercial cannabis activity regulations for medical and adult-use cannabis in California potentially-hazardous foods health claims CALIFORNIA BUREAU OF CANNABIS CONTROL Conducting quality assurance review of cannabis goods local jurisdiction’s requirements commercial cannabis activity delivery vehicle $3,000 of cannabis goods contaminants security and cannabis waste disposal Financial information secured area Medicinal and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act Cultivation less than 10,000 required limits Percentage of ownership Business Organizational activity for a period of 120 days cannabis training opaque exit package investment into a commercial cannabis business meat and seafood, and other products manned motor vehicle Type S share facility space Department of Consumer Affairs’ Bureau of Cannabis Control A-license and an M-license Personnel Requirements Edibles– Products sugar 2019 problems disclosure of all criminal convictions medicinal and adult use cannabis goods transported together microbusinesses cannabis products in container or wrapper for sale allergen information edible products Mycotoxins Testing amount of THC content persons 21 years of age or older transportation of cannabis goods minimum standards for extraction processes adult-use commercial cannabis activity ingredient list 600 foot radius of a school dried flower 2019 important information periods of 90 days extensions loop system licensed cannabis manufacturers re-sealable Seller’s permit number aggregate interest of 20% or more Local Issuing Authority CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing property for the commercial cannabis activity highly-concentrated THC/CBD such as oil, wax and resin definition of owner supplemental label Microbusiness Bond in the amount of $5,000 Proposition 65 informational panel Proposed Section 40133 2,000 mg of THC per package for the medicinal-use market THC levels A-license extracts commercial cannabis manufacturing in California Bond and Insurance Information 2019 recent news public Licensee Lookup Tool Transition Period local jurisdiction Retailer (Type 10) written procedures for inventory control Non-Storefront Retailer (Type 9) Terpenoids Testing testing methods 2019 new laws entry into the legal, regulated market Temporary Cannabis Event licensing cannabis distributors Department of Food and Agriculture’s CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing division Moisture Content Testing loan provided to a commercial cannabis business convicted of a substantially related crime manufacturer's name onsite consumption of cannabis goods Fingerprints licensed physical location (premises) manufacturing (Level 1 manufacturing, Type 6) cannabis plants compliance with regulations testing laboratories stickers manufacturing practices packaging Carbon Dioxide (CO2) 120 days chain of custody paper inserted into the packaging Criminal History M-license Cannabinoids Testing transportation packaging and labeling requirements Food-grade Butter/Oil carbohydrates and fat per serving identity of the product surety bond evidence of the legal right to occupy the premises California Department of Public Health nonlaboratory quality control health impacts of cannabis Extractions using CO2 licensing cannabis retailers sanitary workplaces conditional license Temporary event up to 4 days destruction of cannabis goods ANTICIPATED ANNUAL (NONTEMPORARY) LICENSE APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS compliance with local jurisdiction cannabis cultivation licensing cultivation The Manufactured Cannabis Safety Branch (MCSB) Temporary License Application Information cannabis market basic nutritional information separate applications member manager Foreign Material Testing final form no infusion of alcohol shares of stock that are less than 5% of the total shares in a publicly traded company Identifying information quality control 2019 compliance disposal exit packaging licensed premises licensed cannabis distributors Transport vehicles alarm system no infusion of nicotine persons with a financial interest in the cannabis business payable to the state of California shared-use manufacturing facilities Poison Prevention Packaging Act of 1970 (PPPA) MANUFACTURED CANNABIS SAFETY BRANCH tamper-evident remove THC/CBD shaped like a human, animal, insect, or fruit small product packaging amount of sodium product formulation regulatory framework Business Information sales of cannabis goods some nutritional facts local jurisdiction’s ordinances and regulations extraction Licensees The California Department of Public Health's Completed Temporary License Application Form inhalable cannabis 2019 laws commercial cannabis products packaging and labeling requirements for pre-rolls Premises diagram 100 mg of THC per package structure and formation documents three cannabis licensing authorities Water Activity Testing of Solid or Semi-Solid Edibles M-licensees recordkeeping waste disposal vape cartridges tinctures Track and Trace Medicinal and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MAUCRSA) protocol Temporary License Application Live Scans for each owner Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) CO2 and ethanol extractions Manufactured Cannabis Safety Branch (MCSB) labeling concentrate Water/Food-grade Dry Ice sampling standards good manufacturing practices 2019 resolutions supply chain government warning statement label BUREAU OF CANNABIS CONTROL Local Jurisdictions licenses for both medicinal and adult-use cannabis manufacturing at the same premises cannabis adult-use products Application Checklist no added caffeine transporting cannabis goods Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act of 2015 licensing cannabis microbusinesses 2019 revisions Local Authorization Attachment public health and safety secondary package cannabis waste Category II Residual Pesticides Testing comply with all packaging and labeling requirements medicinal and adult-use or both markets Premises Diagram state cannabis licensing conducting quality assurance review inventory operating premises manufacturing activities CDTFA seller’s permit California Public Records Act Form # CDPH-9041 infusion secondary packaging purchasing cannabis products on tribal lands LICENSE APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS certified by a California-licensed engineer Retailer (nonstorefront) child-resistant outer package unique ID/batch number Microbial Impurities Testing (A. fumigatus, A. flavus, A. niger, A. terreus) Operating Procedures testing of cannabis goods capsules commercial kitchens Homogeneity Testing of Edible Cannabis Products evidence of rehabilitation medicinal and adult-use markets California Department of Public Health (CDPH) valid waiver licensing scheme licensed cannabis cultivators Labor peace agreement finished product Category I Residual Pesticides Testing immature live plants and seeds being transported from a licensed nursery Arranging for laboratory testing manufacturers who package for other producers packaging and labeling inventory and quality control 2019 regulations motor carrier permit licensing cannabis third-party testing laboratories onsite sale and consumption of cannabis goods waste management laws 2019 proposed changes pre-made or purchased regulations for medicinal and adult-use cannabis laboratory quality assurance scaled to the gross annual revenue of the licensed premises 600-foot radius of a school diagram of the business’s layout medicinal and adult-use commercial cannabis activity limited to a maximum of 10 mg of THC per serving mandated warning statements Manufacturing (non-volatile) highly-concentrated oils or waxes premises diagram transport cannabis goods to retailer alcoholic beverages MCSB hydrocarbon-based solvents Cannabis Manufacturing shipping manifest consumption of alcohol or tobacco 2019 updates security managing member at least 20% ownership interest Premises Information child-resistant packaging medicinal commercial cannabis activity manufacture cannabis products license review process volatile solvent Incorporating THC/CBD concentrates edibles packaging opaque Manufactured Cannabis Licensing System (MCLS) Distributor Transport Only access to the area(s) A-licensees Ethanol procedures for inventory control Category I Residual Solvents and Processing Chemicals Testing Business and Professions Code section 26050.1 Vehicle Requirements manufacturing cannabis products Microbial Impurities Testing (Escherichia coli and Salmonella spp.) MCSB’s temporary license application topicals equity interest in a commercial cannabis business operating procedures list of artificial food colorings hang tag or a peel-back label supply chains for medicinal and adult-use cannabis products product guidelines storage of cannabis goods Category II Residual Solvents and Processing Chemicals Testing online licensing system the commercial medicinal and adult-use (recreational) Physical address amount of THC/CBD per serving and per package labels not be attractive tobacco products ownership premises is not within a Government Heavy Metals Testing sanitary and hazard-free environment retailers Industrial Hemp Advisory Board transportation and security primary panel requirements cannabis sales and/or consumption product as a candy prohibited contaminant free emergency regulations local jurisdiction authorization workshops hosted by the Bureau of Cannabis Control Licensee Information and more.

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

Last updated on October 13, 2019

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