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California Universal Symbol for Cannabis
California Universal Symbol for Cannabis


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

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


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