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California Universal Symbol for Cannabis
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inserted into the packaging Licensee Lookup Tool Local Authorization Edibles– Products child-resistant outer package license review process California Department of Public Health (CDPH) purchasing cannabis products on tribal lands laboratory quality assurance Distributor transport edibles packaging opaque Personnel Requirements Department of Consumer Affairs’ Bureau of Cannabis Control Owner manufacturers who package for other producers packaging and labeling requirements for pre-rolls Type S share facility space Foreign Material Testing 2020 issues Completed Temporary License Application Form Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) supply chain limited to a maximum of 10 mg of THC per serving Labor peace agreement The Manufactured Cannabis Safety Branch (MCSB) Form # CDPH-9041 Extractions using CO2 commercial kitchens basic nutritional information cannabis market motor carrier permit commercial cannabis products inhalable cannabis Manufactured Cannabis Safety Branch (MCSB) comply with all packaging and labeling requirements Department of Food and Agriculture’s CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing division investment into a commercial cannabis business local jurisdiction medicinal and adult-use or both markets online licensing system Licensees commercial cannabis activity Premises Diagram licensed premises The California Department of Public Health's CO2 and ethanol extractions operating premises Manufactured Cannabis Safety Branch concentrate CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing packaging some nutritional facts manufacture cannabis products licenses for both medicinal and adult-use cannabis manufacturing at the same premises regulations for medicinal and adult-use cannabis finished product Heavy Metals Testing Mechanical licensing cannabis microbusinesses licensing cannabis retailers manufacturer's name Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Department of Public Health’s Manufactured Cannabis Safety Branch Cultivation less than 10,000 sampling standards licensing and regulating commercial cannabis manufacturers shaped like a human, animal, insect, or fruit must enter certain events supply chains for medicinal and adult-use cannabis products infusion commercial cannabis manufacturers persons 21 years of age or older ANTICIPATED ANNUAL (NONTEMPORARY) LICENSE APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS secondary packaging amount of sodium Manufactured Cannabis Licensing System (MCLS) re-sealable shared-use manufacturing facilities meat and seafood, and other products microbusinesses requiring refrigeration 2020 new laws payable to the state of California Industrial Hemp Advisory Board procedures for inventory control Proposed Section 40133 Category I Residual Solvents and Processing Chemicals Testing delivery vehicle $3,000 of cannabis goods emergency regulations transportation carbohydrates and fat per serving destruction of cannabis goods Microbial Impurities Testing (Escherichia coli and Salmonella spp.) cannabis industries manufacturing Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) entry into the legal, regulated market transportation and security highly-concentrated oils or waxes Food-grade Butter/Oil track and trace system Temporary event up to 4 days Live Scans for each owner volatile solvent commercial cannabis manufacturing in California labels not be attractive California Department of Public Health certified by a California-licensed engineer list of artificial food colorings exception for testing laboratories Proposition 64: The Adult Use of Cannabis Act of 2016 cultivation (on an area less than 10,000 square feet) Local Issuing Authority Criminal History hydrocarbon-based solvents Physical address CDPH-issued universal symbol the commercial medicinal and adult-use (recreational) state cannabis licensing regulatory framework inventory licensed cannabis distributors public Licensee Lookup Tool CDTFA seller’s permit packaging and labeling requirements 2020 proposed changes Retailer (nonstorefront) Track and Trace Financial Interest 120 days 2020 problems at least 99% purity activity for a period of 120 days contaminants disposal Temporary Cannabis Event cannabis waste product as a candy prohibited Arranging for laboratory testing licensing scheme Manufacturing (non-volatile) health impacts of cannabis distributors Category II Residual Pesticides Testing periods of 90 days extensions structure and formation documents aggregate interest of 20% or more operating procedures Financial information Proposition 65 property for the commercial cannabis activity 2020 regulations workshops hosted by the Bureau of Cannabis Control quality control tinctures Cannabinoids Testing disposal and destruction methods product guidelines licensed cannabis manufacturers sales of cannabis goods onsite consumption of cannabis goods Percentage of ownership capsules Business Organizational 2020 important information Water Activity Testing of Solid or Semi-Solid Edibles conditional license Fingerprints testing laboratories 2020 laws disclosure of all criminal convictions compliance with regulations mandated warning statements 2020 updates Medicinal and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act Identifying information medicinal and adult use cannabis goods transported together three state cannabis-licensing authorities cannabis products in container or wrapper for sale licensing cannabis distributors Temporary License Application remove THC/CBD amount of THC/CBD per serving and per package manufacturing (Level 1 manufacturing, Type 6) no infusion of nicotine California Public Records Act protocol at least 20% ownership interest pre-made or purchased extraction shares of stock that are less than 5% of the total shares in a publicly traded company highly-concentrated THC/CBD such as oil, wax and resin surety bond member manager premises diagram licensed physical location (premises) BUREAU OF CANNABIS CONTROL Business and Professions Code section 26050.1 Terpenoids Testing CDPH-9041 cannabis event organizer license evidence of rehabilitation Licensee Information onsite sale and consumption of cannabis goods A-license and an M-license for the same commercial cannabis activity convicted of a substantially related crime local jurisdiction’s requirements Distributor Transport Only 600 foot radius of a school packaging and labeling required limits shipping manifest Bond in the amount of $5,000 manufacturing activities testing of cannabis goods Category I Residual Pesticides Testing designated structure transport cannabis goods to retailer financial interest holder ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation three cannabis licensing authorities recordkeeping Premises Information Microbusiness LICENSE APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS secured area licensed cannabis cultivators no added caffeine conducting quality assurance review written procedures for inventory control stickers potentially-hazardous foods government warning statement label Mycotoxins Testing chain of custody compliance with local jurisdiction A-license and an M-license immature live plants and seeds being transported from a licensed nursery Local Authorization Attachment retailers informational panel Non-Storefront Retailer (Type 9) labeling Poison Prevention Packaging Act of 1970 (PPPA) A-licensees cannabis sales and/or consumption Premises diagram period of 120 days topicals Moisture Content Testing 2020 recent news Medicinal and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MAUCRSA) loop system product formulation allergen information health claims good manufacturing practices final form Cannabis Manufacturing local jurisdiction’s ordinances and regulations inventory and quality control M-license identity of the product sugar ownership premises is not within a Government cannabis training THC levels Vehicle Requirements manufacturing cannabis products separate applications medicinal and adult-use commercial cannabis activity opaque exit package contaminant free definition of owner evidence of the legal right to occupy the premises 2020 revisions transporting cannabis goods edible products Business Information cannabis cultivation licensing temporary license Local Jurisdictions Butane/Hexane/Propane scaled to the gross annual revenue of the licensed premises valid waiver hang tag or a peel-back label ingredient list Application Checklist M-licensees MCSB’s temporary license application limited to a maximum of 1,000 mg per package exit packaging consumption of alcohol or tobacco security and cannabis waste disposal manned motor vehicle 2,000 mg of THC per package for the medicinal-use market diagram of the business’s layout sanitary and hazard-free environment amount of THC content cannabis plants tamper-evident A-license supplemental label CALIFORNIA BUREAU OF CANNABIS CONTROL MCSB alcoholic beverages Microbial Impurities Testing (A. fumigatus, A. flavus, A. niger, A. terreus) equity interest in a commercial cannabis business dried flower adult-use commercial cannabis activity medicinal and adult-use cannabis manufacturing 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In addition, Specialty Cottage Indoor Finished product Qualified individual Lot Manufacture Validation THC Commercial cannabis activity Holding Pre-roll Quality Wet weight Process Track-and-trace systems UID Proposition 65 warning statement Type 1B (Cultivation; Specialty mixed-light; Small) adulteration Batch DPH-17-010E Watts per square foot Type 14 (Cannabis Event Organizer) Adult-use Market Specialty Mixed-Light Tier 1 Type 3 (Cultivation; Outdoor; Medium) Flowering Mixed-light Tier 2 Pathogen MCSB 90-day extension periods Cultivation Department Personnel Type S (coming soon, shared-use manufacturing facilities) Quality control personnel Type 4 (Cultivation; Nursery) Component Type 9 (Non-Storefront Retailer) Specialty Cottage Mixed-Light Tier 1 Nonmanufactured cannabis product Type 1A (Cultivation; Specialty indoor; Small) CBD from industrial hemp products similar to traditional food products prohibited Unique identifier gross annual revenue for first year in operation under MAUCRSA Immature plant Type 7 – for extraction using a volatile solvent (ex: butane, propane and hexane) Distribution Adulterated Medium Outdoor Environmental pathogen Limited-access area Outdoor cultivation Licensee Nursery Type 5 (Cultivation; Outdoor; Large) track and trace system Processing Type 1C (Cultivation; Specialty cottage; Small) Small Mixed-Light Tier 2 Universal symbol Dried flower Type 6 (Manufacturer 1) Extraction: Non-volatile Solvents, Mechanical Methods Small Indoor Track and trace system Specialty Outdoor Medium Mixed-Light Tier 1 Primary panel Bureau Microorganisms Allergen Hazard Serving Type 11 (Distributor) Theoretical yield Type 5B (Cultivation; Mixed-light; Large) Medium Indoor Specialty Cottage Outdoor Specialty Cottage Mixed-Light Tier 2 In-process material cannabis concentrates Quality control operation Pest Type 5A (Cultivation; Indoor; Large) Processing aid Net weight Type 10 (Retailer) Commercial-grade, non-residential door lock Mixed-light cultivation Type 12 (Microbusiness) M-license Applicant Mixed-light Tier 1 THC limit of 10 milligrams per serving and 100 milligrams per package alternate use of a manufacturing premises Edible cannabis product Small Outdoor package flower or pre-rolls Type 2A (Cultivation; Indoor; Small) Sanitize Type 2B (Cultivation; Mixed-light; Small) Type N – for infusions Premises Package Monitor Nonvolatile solvent Harvest Batch Topical cannabis product Actual yield Processor Product Identity Medium Mixed-Light Tier 2 Small Mixed-Light Tier 1 list of cannabis manufacturers Specialty Indoor Type 2 (Cultivation; Outdoor; Small) Quarantine Type 1 (Cultivation; Specialty outdoor; Small) Indoor cultivation Extraction Manufacturer licensee Request for Live Scan Type 3A (Cultivation; Indoor; Medium) Canopy Verification Specialty Mixed-Light Tier 2 infused butters and oils as concentrates CBD Infusion infused pre-rolls Raw material Kief Labeling Type 8 (Testing Laboratory) Ingredient Type 13 (Distributor Transport Only) Cultivation site Type 7 (Manufacturer 2) Extraction: Volatile Solvents Type 3B (Cultivation; Mixed-light; Medium) Preventive controls cakes, cookies, beverages and juices, tea and coffee, chocolates, gummies, gum, and mints Cannabis product 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) Allergen cross-contact Type N Infusions (optional packaging and labeling) Adequate Informational panel Type P – for packaging and labeling only Contact surface Volatile solvent Type P Packaging & Labeling Only Mature plant and more.


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