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

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


Last updated on June 15, 2019



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