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

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