Industry Licensing Law & Compliance for California Cannabis Retailers, 2021 Industry News, Events, Information & Updates

California Cannabis Retailers

Frequently Asked Questions

Can a Retailer (Type 10 & 9) licensee with both an A-license and an M-license share the same premises?

Yes, a Retailer (Type 10 & 9) licensee with both an A-license and an M-license can share the same premises.

How much value of Retailer's (Type 10 & 9) cannabis goods can be contained in the delivery vehicle?

A maximum of $3,000 value of cannabis goods can contained in the delivery vehicle.

Does a nonstorefront cannabis retailer (Type 9) need a licensed premises?

Yes, a nonstorefont cannabis retailer must have a licensed premises. However, the premise cannot be open to the public.

Where can the Retailer's (Type 10 & 9) cannabis goods be delivered?

The cannabis goods must be delivered to a physical address.

Does the Retailer need to be able to locate all delivery vehicles?

Yes, the Retailer (Type 10 & 9) must be able to immediately locate all delivery vehicles.

What is a nonstorefront cannabis retailer (Type 9)?

A nonstorefront cannabis retailer sells and delivers cannabis goods to customers without a storefront.

Who can make deliveries of Retailer's (Type 10 & 9) cannabis goods?

Only employees of the retailer (Type 10 & 9) can make deliveries.

When can a Retailer (Type 10 & 9) sell and deliver?

Retailer (Type 10 & 9) can only sell and deliver between 6am and 10pm PST

Is a Retailer (Type 10 & 9) required to have a licensed physical location?

Yes, a retailer is required to have a licensed physical location for commercial cannabis activities.

What are the Retailer's (Type 10 & 9) packaging requirements prior to cannabis goods leaving premises?

Cannabis goods are required to be placed in an opaque exit package.

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:

  • A-Type 9 (Adult-Use Recreational Non-Storefront Retailer)
  • A-Type 10 (Adult-Use Recreational Retailer)
  • M-Type 9 (Medicinal Non-Storefront Retailer)
  • M-Type 10 (Medicinal Retailer)


  • Evidence of legal right to occupy and use the proposed premises location.
  • Premises Diagram Form
  • 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 sovereign immunity, if applicable.
  • Evidence of exemption from, or compliance with, the California Environmental Quality Act.
  • 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:

  • $4,000: Revenue Up to $500,000
  • $12,000: Revenue between $.5 million to $1.5 million
  • $36,000: Revenue between $1.5 million to $4.5 million
  • $72,000: 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 Proposition 64: The Adult Use of Cannabis Act of 2016 licensing and regulating commercial cannabis manufacturers financial interest holder sales of cannabis goods 2021 regulations paper inserted into the packaging product as a candy prohibited microbusinesses cannabis industries cannabis plants health claims licensing cannabis distributors licensed cannabis cultivators 100 mg of THC per package remove THC/CBD Ethanol basic nutritional information temporary license purchasing cannabis products on tribal lands Owner evidence of rehabilitation Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) Butane/Hexane/Propane 2021 problems mandated warning statements compliance with regulations commercial cannabis manufacturing activity A-license evidence of the legal right to occupy the premises Criminal History exception for testing laboratories shaped like a human, animal, insect, or fruit 600-foot radius of a school Transport vehicles alarm system secured area manned motor vehicle child-resistant packaging Bond in the amount of $5,000 medicinal and adult-use or both markets extracts Cannabis Manufacturing quality control separate applications equity interest in a commercial cannabis business licenses for both medicinal and adult-use cannabis manufacturing at the same premises Industrial Hemp Advisory Board Completed Temporary License Application Form premises diagram inhalable cannabis potentially-hazardous foods Carbon Dioxide (CO2) volatile solvent Terpenoids Testing Business Organizational medicinal and adult-use commercial cannabis activity Medicinal and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act capsules local jurisdiction authorization vape cartridges Local Authorization hydrocarbon-based solvents three state cannabis-licensing authorities investment into a commercial cannabis business Moisture Content Testing Local Jurisdictions CALIFORNIA BUREAU OF CANNABIS CONTROL compliance with local jurisdiction Heavy Metals Testing Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) list of artificial food colorings loan provided to a commercial cannabis business no added caffeine Manufactured Cannabis Safety Branch (MCSB) edibles packaging opaque Edibles– Products meat and seafood, and other products cannabis training Temporary License Application California Department of Public Health Foreign Material Testing California Department of Public Health (CDPH) secondary packaging LICENSE APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS 2021 recent news A-licensees regulatory framework licensing cannabis retailers supply chain manufacturers who package for other producers public Licensee Lookup Tool Mycotoxins Testing manufacturer's name convicted of a substantially related crime Food-grade Butter/Oil Type S share facility space Track and Trace ownership premises is not within a Government packaging and labeling requirements for pre-rolls destruction of cannabis goods surety bond persons with a financial interest in the cannabis business 2021 resolutions BUREAU OF CANNABIS CONTROL at least 99% purity finished product licensing cannabis microbusinesses Licensee Information Water/Food-grade Dry Ice recordkeeping packaging and labeling labels not be attractive amount of THC/CBD per serving and per package Proposition 65 infusion CDPH-9041 tamper-evident small product packaging testing of cannabis goods Vehicle Requirements waste disposal manufacturing cannabis cultivation licensing licensed cannabis manufacturers informational panel periods of 90 days extensions identity of the product Category I Residual Pesticides Testing concentrate inventory disposal chain of custody local jurisdiction conditional license Temporary event up to 4 days commercial cannabis manufacturers managing member ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation Fingerprints Labor peace agreement access to the area(s) operating premises retailers A-license and an M-license labeling some nutritional facts ingredient list transportation Operating Procedures cannabis cartoons CDTFA seller’s permit 2021 new laws Department of Public Health’s Manufactured Cannabis Safety Branch medicinal commercial cannabis activity local jurisdiction’s ordinances and regulations cannabis products in container or wrapper for sale Financial information Temporary Cannabis Event annual license application valid waiver Incorporating THC/CBD concentrates period of 120 days laboratory quality assurance transportation of cannabis goods storage of cannabis goods medicinal and adult-use cannabis manufacturing manufacturing practices Manufactured Cannabis Licensing System (MCLS) tobacco products payable to the state of California medicinal and adult-use markets scaled to the gross annual revenue of the licensed premises shared-use manufacturing facilities M-license allergen information procedures for inventory control onsite sale and consumption of cannabis goods exit packaging dried flower manufacturing cannabis products definition of owner cultivation extraction Seller’s permit number Retailer (Type 10) Licensee Lookup Tool Local Issuing Authority 120 days testing laboratories disposal and destruction methods MCSB’s temporary license application licensing cannabis third-party testing laboratories protocol Transition Period child-resistant outer package required limits Microbusiness alcoholic beverages carbohydrates and fat per serving Temporary License Application Information cannabis sales and/or consumption designated structure Cannabinoids Testing commercial cannabis manufacturing in California California Public Records Act Retailer (nonstorefront) The California Department of Public Health's Category II Residual Pesticides Testing shipping manifest packaging and labeling requirements diagram of the business’s layout cannabis waste license review process supply chains for medicinal and adult-use cannabis products track and trace system topicals testing methods Poison Prevention Packaging Act of 1970 (PPPA) good manufacturing practices Form # CDPH-9041 secondary package Percentage of ownership the commercial medicinal and adult-use (recreational) Licensees The Manufactured Cannabis Safety Branch (MCSB) 600 foot radius of a school regulations for medicinal and adult-use cannabis Distributor transport Local Authorization Attachment Premises Information THC levels Premises diagram motor carrier permit 2021 laws commercial cannabis activity online licensing system cannabis adult-use products licensed cannabis distributors Manufactured Cannabis Safety Branch final form primary panel requirements state cannabis licensing nonlaboratory quality control inventory and quality control cannabis event organizer license Premises Diagram limited to a maximum of 1,000 mg per package adult-use commercial cannabis activity at least 20% ownership interest Business Information public health and safety security and cannabis waste disposal CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing cannabis market Homogeneity Testing of Edible Cannabis Products ANTICIPATED ANNUAL (NONTEMPORARY) LICENSE APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS Manufacturing (non-volatile) Personnel Requirements Category II Residual Solvents and Processing Chemicals Testing tinctures product formulation written procedures for inventory control Physical address Application Checklist 2021 issues delivery vehicle $3,000 of cannabis goods Bond and Insurance Information sanitary workplaces unique ID/batch number 2021 compliance MCSB highly-concentrated THC/CBD such as oil, wax and resin minimum standards for extraction processes persons 21 years of age or older waste management laws A-license and an M-license for the same commercial cannabis activity contaminants commercial cannabis products emergency regulations no infusion of nicotine shares of stock that are less than 5% of the total shares in a publicly traded company 2021 updates manufacturing (Level 1 manufacturing, Type 6) sampling standards Non-Storefront Retailer (Type 9) edible products CDPH-issued universal symbol sugar conducting quality assurance review operating procedures workshops hosted by the Bureau of Cannabis Control disclosure of all criminal convictions immature live plants and seeds being transported from a licensed nursery MANUFACTURED CANNABIS SAFETY BRANCH CO2 and ethanol extractions manufacturing activities 2021 proposed changes Department of Consumer Affairs’ Bureau of Cannabis Control re-sealable Water Activity Testing of Solid or Semi-Solid Edibles security Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act of 2015 M-licensees government warning statement label Microbial Impurities Testing (Escherichia coli and Salmonella spp.) licensed premises Department of Food and Agriculture’s CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing division Arranging for laboratory testing commercial cannabis manufacturing activity for a period of 120 days member manager requiring refrigeration stickers 2021 fines Cultivation less than 10,000 Microbial Impurities Testing (A. fumigatus, A. flavus, A. niger, A. terreus) Category I Residual Solvents and Processing Chemicals Testing transport cannabis goods to retailer 2021 revisions health impacts of cannabis certified by a California-licensed engineer Mechanical pre-made or purchased transportation and security distributors regulations for medical and adult-use cannabis in California onsite consumption of cannabis goods an officer or director of a cannabis business testing lab hang tag or a peel-back label entry into the legal, regulated market 2,000 mg of THC per package for the medicinal-use market 2021 important information manufacture cannabis products opaque exit package cultivation (on an area less than 10,000 square feet) transporting cannabis goods highly-concentrated oils or waxes local jurisdiction’s requirements amount of sodium Financial Interest commercial kitchens Extractions using CO2 licensing scheme Proposed Section 40133 product guidelines Conducting quality assurance review of cannabis goods property for the commercial cannabis activity contaminant free medicinal and adult use cannabis goods transported together Business and Professions Code section 26050.1 Live Scans for each owner amount of THC content sanitary and hazard-free environment packaging supplemental label The Bureau of Cannabis Control (BCC) comply with all packaging and labeling requirements three cannabis licensing authorities Identifying information must enter certain events Distributor Transport Only limited to a maximum of 10 mg of THC per serving aggregate interest of 20% or more no infusion of alcohol loop system structure and formation documents licensed physical location (premises) Individual Owner Medicinal and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MAUCRSA) consumption of alcohol or tobacco and more.

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