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

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


Last updated on September 14, 2019



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