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Application Information vape cartridges Owner commercial kitchens Personnel Requirements separate applications Bond and Insurance Information medicinal and adult-use markets Medicinal and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MAUCRSA) Vehicle Requirements CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing 100 mg of THC per package amount of THC/CBD per serving and per package equity interest in a commercial cannabis business 2019 important information M-licensees LICENSE APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS testing methods annual license application Operating Procedures regulatory framework public health and safety shares of stock that are less than 5% of the total shares in a publicly traded company secured area tamper-evident manufacturers who package for other producers edibles packaging opaque The Bureau of Cannabis Control (BCC) Mycotoxins Testing diagram of the business’s layout Retailer (nonstorefront) mandated warning statements Manufactured Cannabis Safety Branch Licensees contaminants CALIFORNIA 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changes Financial Interest allergen information BUREAU OF CANNABIS CONTROL licensing cannabis third-party testing laboratories Mechanical Bond in the amount of $5,000 loop system labeling Foreign Material Testing minimum standards for extraction processes licensing and regulating commercial cannabis manufacturers ANTICIPATED ANNUAL (NONTEMPORARY) LICENSE APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS final form Department of Food and Agriculture’s CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing division cannabis industries at least 99% purity MANUFACTURED CANNABIS SAFETY BRANCH Physical address California Department of Public Health (CDPH) supply chain A-license and an M-license no infusion of alcohol Temporary License Application cannabis cartoons cannabis sales and/or consumption certified by a California-licensed engineer Food-grade Butter/Oil Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) limited to a maximum of 1,000 mg per package inventory compliance with local jurisdiction manufacturing (Level 1 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In addition, Type S (coming soon, shared-use manufacturing facilities) Unique identifier Type 14 (Cannabis Event Organizer) Monitor Type N Infusions (optional packaging and labeling) Track-and-trace systems CBD Qualified individual Adulterated Type 12 (Microbusiness) Quality control personnel Type 7 (Manufacturer 2) Extraction: Volatile Solvents Request for Live Scan Specialty Cottage Mixed-Light Tier 1 Topical cannabis product Specialty Outdoor Net weight Distribution Type N – for infusions Commercial cannabis activity Processor Limited-access area Nursery THC limit of 10 milligrams per serving and 100 milligrams per package infused butters and oils as concentrates Indoor cultivation Contact surface Bureau Manufacture Specialty Cottage Indoor Outdoor cultivation DPH-17-010E Type P – for packaging and labeling only Immature plant Wet weight Allergen cross-contact Type 2A (Cultivation; Indoor; Small) Sanitize Type 1C (Cultivation; Specialty cottage; Small) Licensee Hazard Type 11 (Distributor) cakes, cookies, beverages and juices, tea and coffee, chocolates, gummies, gum, and mints Type 7 – for extraction using a volatile solvent (ex: butane, propane and hexane) Verification Universal symbol Quality control operation Theoretical yield Pre-roll Dried flower Type 9 (Non-Storefront Retailer) Specialty Mixed-Light Tier 1 Type 1 (Cultivation; Specialty outdoor; Small) Type 5A (Cultivation; Indoor; Large) Specialty Cottage Outdoor Applicant Mixed-light Tier 1 Premises cannabis concentrates Component Personnel Small Outdoor Preventive controls Validation Processing aid Type 3A (Cultivation; Indoor; Medium) Mature plant Type 5 (Cultivation; Outdoor; Large) Pathogen Small Indoor Quarantine Pest Type P Packaging & Labeling Only Track and trace system alternate use of a manufacturing premises Type 2B (Cultivation; Mixed-light; Small) Primary panel Product Identity Small Mixed-Light Tier 1 Type 3B (Cultivation; Mixed-light; Medium) Mixed-light cultivation Type 6 (Manufacturer 1) Extraction: Non-volatile Solvents, Mechanical Methods Nonvolatile solvent Adequate UID Holding Raw material Serving Ingredient Medium Mixed-Light Tier 2 Cannabis product Commercial-grade, non-residential door lock adulteration Informational panel products similar to traditional food products prohibited Small Mixed-Light Tier 2 Department Nonmanufactured cannabis product Edible cannabis product Canopy Quality Mixed-light Tier 2 Type 10 (Retailer) Allergen Actual yield Medium Mixed-Light Tier 1 Type 1A (Cultivation; Specialty indoor; Small) Specialty Mixed-Light Tier 2 Batch infused pre-rolls Lot Process Microorganisms Extraction package flower or pre-rolls Type 13 (Distributor Transport Only) Type 8 (Testing Laboratory) Kief CBD from industrial hemp Processing Infusion Type 4 (Cultivation; Nursery) M-license Package Finished product Adult-use Market Manufacturer licensee Harvest Batch In-process material Medium Outdoor Cultivation site track and trace system Specialty Cottage Mixed-Light Tier 2 MCSB 90-day extension periods 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 3 (Cultivation; Outdoor; Medium) list of cannabis manufacturers Specialty Indoor Type 1B (Cultivation; Specialty mixed-light; Small) Flowering Volatile solvent THC Type 5B (Cultivation; Mixed-light; Large) Cultivation Proposition 65 warning statement Environmental pathogen Type 2 (Cultivation; Outdoor; Small) Watts per square foot Labeling Medium Indoor gross annual revenue for first year in operation under MAUCRSA and more.

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