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

California Universal Symbol for Cannabis
California Universal Symbol for Cannabis


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

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


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