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California Cannabis Business License Compliance Microbusiness Type 12, 2022 Important Information & Updates

California Cannabis Microbusinesses

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Cannabis Microbusiness?

A Cannabis Microbusiness is a business that engages in at least 3 of the following 4 activities:
  • Cultivation (area less than 10,000 square feet)
  • Manufacturing (level 1), Manufacturing (level 6)
  • Distribution
  • Retail

Can a Microbusiness act in part as a cannabis business or must it be whole?

A Microbusiness can act in part or whole as a cannabis business.

Are Microbusinesses required to identify their business organizational structure?

Yes, Microbusinesses are required to identify their business organizational structure.

Can large cultivation licensees obtain microbusiness licenses?

No, large cultivation licensees are prohibited from obtaining a microbusiness license. Though, a person can apply for and be issued more than one license for commercial adult-use activity.

Are microbusiness licensees required to implement any security measures?

Yes, microbusiness licensees are required to implement security measures reasonably designed to prevent unauthorized entrance into areas containing cannabis or cannabis products and theft of cannabis or cannabis products from the premises.

Can microbusinesses deliver cannabis goods?

Yes, cannabis goods deliveries can be made by a licensed microbusiness.

Can microbusinesses be subject to excessive concentration?

Yes, CA can limit microbusinesses subject to excessive concentration.

State Authority & Contact:

Bureau of Cannabis Control (CA Department of Consumer Affairs)
PO Box 419016, Rancho Cordova, CA 95741-9106
Phone: 1-833-768-5880

Scope of Licenses:

  • Type 12 Microbusiness

A Cannabis Microbusiness is a business that engages in at least 3 of the following 4 activities:
  • Cultivation (area less than 10,000 square feet)
  • Manufacturing (level 1), Manufacturing (level 6)
  • Distribution
  • Retail


  • Evidence of legal right to occupy and use the proposed premises location.
  • Premises Diagram Form(s)
  • Business formation documents,including all documents filed with the CA Secretary of State (SOS). Foreign corporations must include a copy of the Certificate of Qualification from the SOS.
  • Evidence of premises compliance with local jurisdiction, if applicable.
  • Labor peace agreement or notarized statement indicating that you will enter into and abide by the terms of a labor peace agreement, if applicable.
  • Limited waiver of sovereign immunity, if applicable.
  • Evidence of exemption from, or compliance with, the California Environmental Quality Act.
  • Proof of commercial general liability insurance in the aggregate of no less than $2 million and no less than $1 million for each loss, if your license activities include distribution.
  • Financial Information Form
  • Proof of surety bond in the amount of $5,000, payable to the State of California.
  • Transportation procedures
  • Inventory procedures
  • Non-Laboratory Quality Control procedures
  • Security procedures
  • Evidence of compliance with the Compassionate Use Act of 1996 and its implementing laws before September 1, 2016, if applicable.

Licensing Fees:

  • $5,000: Revenue Up to $500,000
  • $15,000: Revenue between $.5 million to $1.5 million
  • $42,000: Revenue between $1.5 million to $4.5 million
  • $120,000: Revenue greater than $4.5 million



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