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

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


Last updated on June 17, 2019



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