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recent california business licensing news and updates California Commercial Cannabis Licenses (Medicinal and Adult-use Recreational) include:

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This site focuses or refers to information and services regarding 2021 compliance licensing cannabis retailers local jurisdiction retailers medicinal commercial cannabis activity testing methods Premises Information 2021 fines comply with all packaging and labeling requirements remove THC/CBD medicinal and adult-use commercial cannabis activity equity interest in a commercial cannabis business onsite consumption of cannabis goods CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing the commercial medicinal and adult-use (recreational) Licensee Information operating premises paper inserted into the packaging public Licensee Lookup Tool Personnel Requirements amount of sodium diagram of the business’s layout tamper-evident Medicinal and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MAUCRSA) contaminants distributors Type S share facility space Department of Consumer Affairs’ Bureau of Cannabis Control online licensing system shared-use manufacturing facilities edibles packaging opaque Manufactured Cannabis Safety Branch (MCSB) licensing and regulating commercial cannabis manufacturers public health and safety Criminal History Local Authorization licensed cannabis distributors testing lab convicted of a substantially related crime commercial cannabis manufacturing Proposition 64: The Adult Use of Cannabis Act of 2016 security and cannabis waste disposal manufacturing cannabis products Premises diagram Track and Trace list of artificial food colorings alcoholic beverages separate applications vape cartridges Category II Residual Pesticides Testing ingredient list no infusion of nicotine testing laboratories delivery vehicle $3,000 of cannabis goods Local Issuing Authority Category II Residual Solvents and Processing Chemicals Testing cannabis event organizer license product formulation medicinal and adult-use or both markets written procedures for inventory control Local Authorization Attachment limited to a maximum of 1,000 mg per package capsules basic nutritional information manufacturing activities MCSB’s temporary license application Microbusiness sampling standards extraction license review process designated structure stickers three cannabis licensing authorities sanitary workplaces Proposition 65 concentrate commercial cannabis products Distributor Transport Only Butane/Hexane/Propane contaminant free licensing scheme no added caffeine Incorporating THC/CBD concentrates Licensee Lookup Tool regulatory framework local jurisdiction’s requirements property for the commercial cannabis activity Department of Food and Agriculture’s CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing division infusion The Bureau of Cannabis Control (BCC) CO2 and ethanol extractions investment into a commercial cannabis business health impacts of cannabis Transport vehicles alarm system cannabis products in container or wrapper for sale Cultivation less than 10,000 conditional license manufacturing medicinal and adult-use markets period of 120 days Water Activity Testing of Solid or Semi-Solid Edibles BUREAU OF CANNABIS CONTROL health claims ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation Ethanol commercial cannabis activity manufacturing (Level 1 manufacturing, Type 6) three state cannabis-licensing authorities Cannabis Manufacturing scaled to the gross annual revenue of the licensed premises no infusion of alcohol transportation licensed premises cannabis adult-use products supplemental label unique ID/batch number Bond and Insurance Information storage of cannabis goods commercial cannabis manufacturers allergen information 2021 updates Individual Owner at least 20% ownership interest limited to a maximum of 10 mg of THC per serving Medicinal and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act licensing cannabis third-party testing laboratories regulations for medical and adult-use cannabis in California amount of THC content Homogeneity Testing of Edible Cannabis Products Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) hydrocarbon-based solvents 2021 laws Heavy Metals Testing evidence of rehabilitation compliance with local jurisdiction secondary package inhalable cannabis sanitary and hazard-free environment protocol manned motor vehicle potentially-hazardous foods Microbial Impurities Testing (Escherichia coli and Salmonella spp.) licensing cannabis distributors activity for a period of 120 days 2021 proposed changes Mechanical inventory quality control 2021 problems emergency regulations Category I Residual Solvents and Processing Chemicals Testing shaped like a human, animal, insect, or fruit child-resistant packaging disposal Distributor transport Bond in the amount of $5,000 Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Temporary Cannabis Event waste management laws supply chains for medicinal and adult-use cannabis products The Manufactured Cannabis Safety Branch (MCSB) California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Poison Prevention Packaging Act of 1970 (PPPA) medicinal and adult use cannabis goods transported together Microbial Impurities Testing (A. fumigatus, A. flavus, A. niger, A. terreus) cannabis plants cultivation sugar government warning statement label purchasing cannabis products on tribal lands track and trace system regulations for medicinal and adult-use cannabis tinctures Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) secondary packaging nonlaboratory quality control A-license and an M-license California Public Records Act 100 mg of THC per package M-licensees operating procedures annual license application packaging 2021 revisions Live Scans for each owner transportation and security Financial Interest labels not be attractive 600 foot radius of a school MCSB Business Organizational 2021 new laws sales of cannabis goods Edibles– Products shares of stock that are less than 5% of the total shares in a publicly traded company Vehicle Requirements cannabis cultivation licensing laboratory quality assurance good manufacturing practices Premises Diagram microbusinesses M-license topicals persons with a financial interest in the cannabis business manufacture cannabis products must enter certain events medicinal and adult-use cannabis manufacturing tobacco products CDPH-issued universal symbol carbohydrates and fat per serving testing of cannabis goods at least 99% purity local jurisdiction’s ordinances and regulations 2021 recent news Department of Public Health’s Manufactured Cannabis Safety Branch loop system Percentage of ownership recordkeeping 120 days workshops hosted by the Bureau of Cannabis Control loan provided to a commercial cannabis business CALIFORNIA BUREAU OF CANNABIS CONTROL cannabis market an officer or director of a cannabis business Proposed Section 40133 definition of owner valid waiver financial interest holder packaging and labeling product as a candy prohibited temporary license Temporary License Application Information consumption of alcohol or tobacco Terpenoids Testing local jurisdiction authorization mandated warning statements THC levels Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act of 2015 requiring refrigeration 2021 resolutions transportation of cannabis goods motor carrier permit Business Information Transition Period re-sealable Manufactured Cannabis Safety Branch transporting cannabis goods transport cannabis goods to retailer exception for testing laboratories Non-Storefront Retailer (Type 9) 2,000 mg of THC per package for the medicinal-use market Business and Professions Code section 26050.1 CDPH-9041 dried flower Seller’s permit number edible products licenses for both medicinal and adult-use cannabis manufacturing at the same premises Water/Food-grade Dry Ice manufacturer's name commercial kitchens cannabis industries A-license manufacturers who package for other producers onsite sale and consumption of cannabis goods Mycotoxins Testing commercial cannabis manufacturing activity small product packaging cannabis waste conducting quality assurance review LICENSE APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS 2021 issues state cannabis licensing access to the area(s) minimum standards for extraction processes some nutritional facts Labor peace agreement evidence of the legal right to occupy the premises ANTICIPATED ANNUAL (NONTEMPORARY) LICENSE APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS pre-made or purchased opaque exit package destruction of cannabis goods Licensees The California Department of Public Health's premises diagram immature live plants and seeds being transported from a licensed nursery Form # CDPH-9041 commercial cannabis manufacturing in California exit packaging supply chain 2021 regulations Conducting quality assurance review of cannabis goods Retailer (Type 10) 2021 important information Financial information Physical address Identifying information Category I Residual Pesticides Testing identity of the product structure and formation documents Retailer (nonstorefront) packaging and labeling requirements Industrial Hemp Advisory Board licensed physical location (premises) licensing cannabis microbusinesses inventory and quality control secured area periods of 90 days extensions final form persons 21 years of age or older extracts MANUFACTURED CANNABIS SAFETY BRANCH member manager Food-grade Butter/Oil amount of THC/CBD per serving and per package hang tag or a peel-back label 600-foot radius of a school Operating Procedures compliance with regulations Foreign Material Testing cannabis cartoons disclosure of all criminal convictions A-licensees product guidelines surety bond waste disposal payable to the state of California disposal and destruction methods manufacturing practices primary panel requirements California Department of Public Health ownership premises is not within a Government cultivation (on an area less than 10,000 square feet) packaging and labeling requirements for pre-rolls licensed cannabis manufacturers certified by a California-licensed engineer child-resistant outer package aggregate interest of 20% or more Temporary License Application cannabis training meat and seafood, and other products highly-concentrated oils or waxes Moisture Content Testing shipping manifest Extractions using CO2 procedures for inventory control Completed Temporary License Application Form licensed cannabis cultivators Owner Application Checklist labeling CDTFA seller’s permit Cannabinoids Testing volatile solvent Local Jurisdictions chain of custody highly-concentrated THC/CBD such as oil, wax and resin managing member security Manufacturing (non-volatile) cannabis sales and/or consumption finished product A-license and an M-license for the same commercial cannabis activity entry into the legal, regulated market Temporary event up to 4 days informational panel Arranging for laboratory testing Fingerprints adult-use commercial cannabis activity Manufactured Cannabis Licensing System (MCLS) required limits and more.

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


Last updated on July 22, 2021



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