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

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


Last updated on April 2, 2020



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