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

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


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