California Cannabis California Cannabis Business License Compliance Microbusiness Type 12

California Cannabis Business License Compliance Microbusiness Type 12, 2019 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



California Universal Symbol for Cannabis

California Universal Symbol for Cannabis

Download PNG file or Download JPG file

This site focuses or refers to information and services regarding Manufacturing (non-volatile) temporary license ingredient list sanitary and hazard-free environment protocol Retailer (nonstorefront) MANUFACTURED CANNABIS SAFETY BRANCH member manager waste management laws Local Issuing Authority Department of Public Health’s Manufactured Cannabis Safety Branch extraction The Bureau of Cannabis Control (BCC) evidence of the legal right to occupy the premises operating procedures tinctures Premises diagram Criminal History secondary packaging Department of Food and Agriculture’s CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing division Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) shipping manifest Manufactured Cannabis Safety Branch regulations for medicinal and adult-use cannabis onsite sale and consumption of cannabis goods unique ID/batch number Business and Professions Code section 26050.1 CDPH-issued universal symbol 600 foot radius of a school 100 mg of THC per package investment into a commercial cannabis business 2,000 mg of THC per package for the medicinal-use market commercial cannabis manufacturing activity no infusion of nicotine persons with a financial interest in the cannabis business local jurisdiction’s requirements some nutritional facts shaped like a human, animal, insect, or fruit cannabis market dried flower Type S share facility space no added caffeine California Public Records Act health claims adult-use commercial cannabis activity infusion property for the commercial cannabis activity cannabis products in container or wrapper for sale licensed physical location (premises) Completed Temporary License Application Form cultivation Water/Food-grade Dry Ice A-license Owner meat and seafood, and other products manufacturing practices cannabis cultivation licensing Premises Diagram Category II Residual Pesticides Testing Extractions using CO2 destruction of cannabis goods managing member Moisture Content Testing Transport vehicles alarm system mandated warning statements disposal transporting cannabis goods activity for a period of 120 days Percentage of ownership vape cartridges Butane/Hexane/Propane 2019 problems medicinal commercial cannabis activity Distributor transport ownership premises is not within a Government tobacco products 2019 updates MCSB conducting quality assurance review product guidelines licensing cannabis microbusinesses Non-Storefront Retailer (Type 9) entry into the legal, regulated market remove THC/CBD Cannabis Manufacturing 2019 proposed changes list of artificial food colorings Local Authorization Attachment local jurisdiction capsules track and trace system Homogeneity Testing of Edible Cannabis Products Water Activity Testing of Solid or Semi-Solid Edibles Financial information Temporary Cannabis Event transportation Individual Owner delivery vehicle $3,000 of cannabis goods cannabis event organizer license highly-concentrated oils or waxes microbusinesses Temporary event up to 4 days conditional license emergency regulations Local Authorization potentially-hazardous foods M-license health impacts of cannabis minimum standards for extraction processes Conducting quality assurance review of cannabis goods exception for testing laboratories Local Jurisdictions waste disposal aggregate interest of 20% or more Microbial Impurities Testing (A. fumigatus, A. flavus, A. niger, A. terreus) paper inserted into the packaging Incorporating THC/CBD concentrates 120 days comply with all packaging and labeling requirements loop system Business Organizational Business Information Medicinal and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act Temporary License Application required limits exit packaging manufacturer's name Bond and Insurance Information Heavy Metals Testing product formulation scaled to the gross annual revenue of the licensed premises Microbial Impurities Testing (Escherichia coli and Salmonella spp.) Industrial Hemp Advisory Board surety bond compliance with local jurisdiction Premises Information the commercial medicinal and adult-use (recreational) re-sealable transportation of cannabis goods inventory laboratory quality assurance Food-grade Butter/Oil licensing scheme periods of 90 days extensions disclosure of all criminal convictions cultivation (on an area less than 10,000 square feet) licenses for both medicinal and adult-use cannabis manufacturing at the same premises contaminants final form persons 21 years of age or older licensed cannabis distributors 2019 revisions motor carrier permit topicals commercial cannabis activity informational panel Poison Prevention Packaging Act of 1970 (PPPA) Cultivation less than 10,000 California Department of Public Health (CDPH) medicinal and adult-use or both markets amount of THC/CBD per serving and per package commercial cannabis manufacturers supplemental label The Manufactured Cannabis Safety Branch (MCSB) licensed cannabis manufacturers volatile solvent manufacturing cannabis products Licensee Lookup Tool certified by a California-licensed engineer nonlaboratory quality control Distributor Transport Only manufacturing activities Category II Residual Solvents and Processing Chemicals Testing commercial cannabis manufacturing in California cannabis waste stickers Manufactured Cannabis Safety Branch (MCSB) licensing cannabis retailers compliance with regulations annual license application Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) primary panel requirements ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation Proposition 64: The Adult Use of Cannabis Act of 2016 CO2 and ethanol extractions at least 99% purity Proposed Section 40133 The California Department of Public Health's recordkeeping Cannabinoids Testing THC levels no infusion of alcohol CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing sampling standards A-licensees at least 20% ownership interest alcoholic beverages sugar secured area must enter certain events labeling sanitary workplaces security Physical address ANTICIPATED ANNUAL (NONTEMPORARY) LICENSE APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act of 2015 limited to a maximum of 1,000 mg per package access to the area(s) 2019 resolutions Labor peace agreement convicted of a substantially related crime Personnel Requirements BUREAU OF CANNABIS CONTROL allergen information distributors hang tag or a peel-back label three state cannabis-licensing authorities local jurisdiction’s ordinances and regulations edible products Identifying information Live Scans for each owner cannabis plants packaging and labeling good manufacturing practices Arranging for laboratory testing child-resistant packaging Ethanol Department of Consumer Affairs’ Bureau of Cannabis Control cannabis training diagram of the business’s layout identity of the product Medicinal and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MAUCRSA) storage of cannabis goods commercial cannabis manufacturing California Department of Public Health CDPH-9041 local jurisdiction authorization Temporary License Application Information Retailer (Type 10) Mechanical regulatory framework manufacture cannabis products A-license and an M-license Fingerprints immature live plants and seeds being transported from a licensed nursery amount of sodium designated structure inventory and quality control Proposition 65 evidence of rehabilitation small product packaging 2019 laws testing methods three cannabis licensing authorities security and cannabis waste disposal payable to the state of California Vehicle Requirements Mycotoxins Testing A-license and an M-license for the same commercial cannabis activity carbohydrates and fat per serving structure and formation documents child-resistant outer package secondary package 2019 recent news cannabis adult-use products amount of THC content public Licensee Lookup Tool Application Checklist licensing and regulating commercial cannabis manufacturers 2019 compliance inhalable cannabis transportation and security regulations for medical and adult-use cannabis in California period of 120 days CDTFA seller’s permit basic nutritional information MCSB’s temporary license application Form # CDPH-9041 workshops hosted by the Bureau of Cannabis Control purchasing cannabis products on tribal lands Transition Period pre-made or purchased manned motor vehicle Foreign Material Testing product as a candy prohibited government warning statement label Bond in the amount of $5,000 CALIFORNIA BUREAU OF CANNABIS CONTROL LICENSE APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS definition of owner Track and Trace medicinal and adult-use commercial cannabis activity highly-concentrated THC/CBD such as oil, wax and resin retailers public health and safety testing of cannabis goods manufacturing shared-use manufacturing facilities quality control cannabis sales and/or consumption onsite consumption of cannabis goods 2019 regulations Carbon Dioxide (CO2) state cannabis licensing finished product manufacturing (Level 1 manufacturing, Type 6) limited to a maximum of 10 mg of THC per serving procedures for inventory control packaging tamper-evident Licensees separate applications licensing cannabis third-party testing laboratories Seller’s permit number written procedures for inventory control M-licensees online licensing system packaging and labeling requirements for pre-rolls 2019 important information Microbusiness licensed premises valid waiver requiring refrigeration financial interest holder 2019 new laws opaque exit package Terpenoids Testing an officer or director of a cannabis business 2019 issues Financial Interest premises diagram licensed cannabis cultivators Manufactured Cannabis Licensing System (MCLS) cannabis industries operating premises testing laboratories Category I Residual Pesticides Testing concentrate extracts hydrocarbon-based solvents 2019 fines labels not be attractive Category I Residual Solvents and Processing Chemicals Testing commercial cannabis products sales of cannabis goods 600-foot radius of a school supply chain transport cannabis goods to retailer commercial kitchens equity interest in a commercial cannabis business consumption of alcohol or tobacco cannabis cartoons shares of stock that are less than 5% of the total shares in a publicly traded company supply chains for medicinal and adult-use cannabis products chain of custody disposal and destruction methods licensing cannabis distributors Licensee Information Edibles– Products medicinal and adult-use markets manufacturers who package for other producers testing lab medicinal and adult use cannabis goods transported together license review process medicinal and adult-use cannabis manufacturing contaminant free packaging and labeling requirements edibles packaging opaque loan provided to a commercial cannabis business Operating Procedures and more.

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

Disclaimer: Informational and educational purposes. Self-help services (not legal advice). Site is not affiliated with any state agency. Note that site might not contain the most updated information. Your receipt of any information from this site does not create a relationship. Prior results do not guarantee or suggest a similar result in other matters. No promise is made with regard to services or content's reliability, availabilty, or ability to meet any needs. Information and services provided "AS IS."

All Rights Reserved