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

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

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