California Cannabis Microbusinesses

Licensing & Compliance for California Cannabis Microbusinesses, 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
email: bcc@dca.ca.gov

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

Requirements:

  • 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

Forms:


Resources:








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 ingredient list limited to a maximum of 1,000 mg per package Mechanical storage of cannabis goods CALIFORNIA BUREAU OF CANNABIS CONTROL The Bureau of Cannabis Control (BCC) disclosure of all criminal convictions shares of stock that are less than 5% of the total shares in a publicly traded company child-resistant outer package Water Activity Testing of Solid or Semi-Solid Edibles packaging and labeling requirements inhalable cannabis CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing loan provided to a commercial cannabis business immature live plants and seeds being transported from a licensed nursery member manager 2022 resolutions inventory Operating Procedures Foreign Material Testing licensing cannabis distributors Local Authorization basic nutritional information cultivation licensing and regulating commercial cannabis manufacturers at least 20% ownership interest Proposition 64: The Adult Use of Cannabis Act of 2016 child-resistant packaging Premises Diagram licensed cannabis manufacturers licensing cannabis retailers 600-foot radius of a school limited to a maximum of 10 mg of THC per serving Category I Residual Pesticides Testing paper inserted into the packaging opaque exit package Seller’s permit number 100 mg of THC per package contaminant free commercial cannabis manufacturing in California Personnel Requirements licensing cannabis third-party testing laboratories Application Checklist Premises diagram packaging annual license application microbusinesses 2,000 mg of THC per package for the medicinal-use market list of artificial food colorings Proposed Section 40133 Licensee Information Licensee Lookup Tool manufacturing cannabis market Retailer (Type 10) 2022 recent news Temporary License Application Cultivation less than 10,000 Cannabinoids Testing some nutritional facts cultivation (on an area less than 10,000 square feet) Individual Owner operating premises A-license and an M-license for the same commercial cannabis activity tinctures supply chains for medicinal and adult-use cannabis products Edibles– Products local jurisdiction’s requirements Department of Consumer Affairs’ Bureau of Cannabis Control primary panel requirements ownership premises is not within a Government California Department of Public Health manufacturing (Level 1 manufacturing, Type 6) protocol 2022 problems Food-grade Butter/Oil California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Local Issuing Authority temporary license Arranging for laboratory testing commercial kitchens cannabis plants contaminants an officer or director of a cannabis business Business and Professions Code section 26050.1 emergency regulations security and cannabis waste disposal vape cartridges M-license labels not be attractive structure and formation documents scaled to the gross annual revenue of the licensed premises Heavy Metals Testing procedures for inventory control local jurisdiction’s ordinances and regulations manufacturing activities loop system compliance with regulations MCSB product guidelines Cannabis Manufacturing surety bond distributors licensing cannabis microbusinesses sanitary and hazard-free environment retailers extracts must enter certain events cannabis event organizer license public Licensee Lookup Tool cannabis industries licensed physical location (premises) testing methods quality control required limits meat and seafood, and other products Butane/Hexane/Propane Extractions using CO2 2022 laws disposal hang tag or a peel-back label Bond and Insurance Information evidence of the legal right to occupy the premises Water/Food-grade Dry Ice laboratory quality assurance Poison Prevention Packaging Act of 1970 (PPPA) concentrate cannabis products in container or wrapper for sale Medicinal and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act secondary package cannabis sales and/or consumption A-license Manufactured Cannabis Safety Branch The California Department of Public Health's pre-made or purchased Distributor Transport Only medicinal and adult use cannabis goods transported together waste management laws inventory and quality control small product packaging delivery vehicle $3,000 of cannabis goods definition of owner persons with a financial interest in the cannabis business commercial cannabis manufacturers finished product periods of 90 days extensions evidence of rehabilitation licensed cannabis cultivators Licensees Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act of 2015 stickers Financial information certified by a California-licensed engineer licenses for both medicinal and adult-use cannabis manufacturing at the same premises Mycotoxins Testing Physical address cannabis adult-use products informational panel equity interest in a commercial cannabis business MANUFACTURED CANNABIS SAFETY BRANCH sugar the commercial medicinal and adult-use (recreational) The Manufactured Cannabis Safety Branch (MCSB) Category II Residual Pesticides Testing Temporary event up to 4 days manufacturer's name designated structure edibles packaging opaque cannabis cartoons ANTICIPATED ANNUAL (NONTEMPORARY) LICENSE APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS Microbusiness shaped like a human, animal, insect, or fruit nonlaboratory quality control license review process track and trace system sales of cannabis goods LICENSE APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS good manufacturing practices THC levels CDPH-9041 2022 regulations aggregate interest of 20% or more extraction Bond in the amount of $5,000 labeling activity for a period of 120 days unique ID/batch number premises diagram public health and safety final form transportation access to the area(s) ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation 2022 fines product as a candy prohibited adult-use commercial cannabis activity requiring refrigeration valid waiver purchasing cannabis products on tribal lands Proposition 65 supply chain manufacturing cannabis products payable to the state of California transportation and security infusion identity of the product Manufactured Cannabis Licensing System (MCLS) financial interest holder tamper-evident allergen information alcoholic beverages transport cannabis goods to retailer Incorporating THC/CBD concentrates mandated warning statements Percentage of ownership commercial cannabis activity conditional license medicinal and adult-use commercial cannabis activity regulations for medicinal and adult-use cannabis licensed premises chain of custody manufacturing practices Business Information Industrial Hemp Advisory Board Carbon Dioxide (CO2) conducting quality assurance review testing of cannabis goods BUREAU OF CANNABIS CONTROL remove THC/CBD cannabis cultivation licensing Department of Food and Agriculture’s CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing division three cannabis licensing authorities workshops hosted by the Bureau of Cannabis Control re-sealable Live Scans for each owner Conducting quality assurance review of cannabis goods persons 21 years of age or older Microbial Impurities Testing (A. fumigatus, A. flavus, A. niger, A. terreus) manufacturers who package for other producers 2022 issues 600 foot radius of a school tobacco products MCSB’s temporary license application onsite consumption of cannabis goods online licensing system capsules shipping manifest medicinal and adult-use markets packaging and labeling health claims highly-concentrated THC/CBD such as oil, wax and resin testing lab local jurisdiction manned motor vehicle comply with all packaging and labeling requirements health impacts of cannabis testing laboratories hydrocarbon-based solvents dried flower onsite sale and consumption of cannabis goods compliance with local jurisdiction Local Authorization Attachment Category I Residual Solvents and Processing Chemicals Testing regulations for medical and adult-use cannabis in California shared-use manufacturing facilities Retailer (nonstorefront) Labor peace agreement Form # CDPH-9041 Manufactured Cannabis Safety Branch (MCSB) Track and Trace secured area volatile solvent convicted of a substantially related crime security Manufacturing (non-volatile) Ethanol CO2 and ethanol extractions Local Jurisdictions separate applications medicinal and adult-use or both markets sampling standards managing member investment into a commercial cannabis business motor carrier permit Fingerprints 120 days no infusion of alcohol Premises Information CDPH-issued universal symbol local jurisdiction authorization written procedures for inventory control carbohydrates and fat per serving diagram of the business’s layout transporting cannabis goods 2022 compliance 2022 revisions licensed cannabis distributors amount of sodium potentially-hazardous foods packaging and labeling requirements for pre-rolls three state cannabis-licensing authorities California Public Records Act Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) destruction of cannabis goods medicinal commercial cannabis activity secondary packaging at least 99% purity regulatory framework 2022 important information Temporary Cannabis Event no added caffeine consumption of alcohol or tobacco amount of THC content sanitary workplaces amount of THC/CBD per serving and per package 2022 new laws A-license and an M-license cannabis training entry into the legal, regulated market Moisture Content Testing product formulation A-licensees Type S share facility space Vehicle Requirements Criminal History 2022 proposed changes Microbial Impurities Testing (Escherichia coli and Salmonella spp.) transportation of cannabis goods manufacture cannabis products Identifying information Distributor transport Terpenoids Testing state cannabis licensing Financial Interest period of 120 days Owner commercial cannabis manufacturing activity Completed Temporary License Application Form property for the commercial cannabis activity highly-concentrated oils or waxes Homogeneity Testing of Edible Cannabis Products Transition Period government warning statement label commercial cannabis manufacturing topicals recordkeeping M-licensees disposal and destruction methods 2022 updates edible products Department of Public Health’s Manufactured Cannabis Safety Branch licensing scheme Medicinal and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MAUCRSA) commercial cannabis products exit packaging Temporary License Application Information exception for testing laboratories minimum standards for extraction processes Category II Residual Solvents and Processing Chemicals Testing no infusion of nicotine cannabis waste CDTFA seller’s permit Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) supplemental label operating procedures medicinal and adult-use cannabis manufacturing waste disposal Non-Storefront Retailer (Type 9) Transport vehicles alarm system Business Organizational and more.

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

Eco Certified
Green Trusted
All Rights Reserved