California Cannabis Regulatory Resources
We have gathered up a tremendous collection of California cannabis regulatory resources for your use. An overview of licensing requirements:
Temporary License – Allows for Operations while Annual license Application is Pending • A temporary license allows a business to engage in commercial cannabis activity for a period of 120 days. • The Bureau can only issue a temporary license if the applicant has a valid license, permit, or other authorization issued by the local jurisdiction in which the applicant is operating.
Annual Licenses • All commercial cannabis activity shall be conducted between licensees. • There is no specific number limit to the licenses that may be held by an applicant. There is no restriction on the types of cannabis licenses a person can hold, except a person who holds a testing laboratory license is prohibited from licensure for any other commercial activity.An annual license issued by the Bureau is valid for 12 months from the date of issuance and may be renewed annually.
Ownership • An owner is a person who: holds at least 20 percent aggregate ownership interest in a commercial cannabis business; is a chief executive officer or member of the board of directors of a non-profit; or will be participating in the direction, control, or management of the entity applying for licensure. • owners must submit fingerprints, information regarding any criminal convictions, and disclose whether they have a financial interest in any other commercial cannabis business licensed under MAuCrsA.
Priority licensing • Priority application review will be provided for annual licenses only. • To be eligible for priority licensing, an applicant must be able to demonstrate that the business was in operation and in good standing with the local jurisdiction by September 1, 2016.
Local Compliance Verification • If the applicant provides a local license, permit, or other authorization, the Bureau will contact the local jurisdiction to verify the information and will allow at least 10 days for the jurisdiction to respond before issuing the license unless a response is received from the local jurisdiction sooner. • If an applicant for an annual license does not provide a local license, permit, or other authorization, the Bureau will contact the local jurisdiction to verify that issuing the license would not violate a local ordinance or regulation. After 60 days, if there is no acknowledgment by the local jurisdiction, the Bureau shall presume the applicant is in compliance and may issue a license.
Premises requirements • Applicants must identify the designated structure(s) and real property under the control of the applicant or licensee where commercial cannabis activity will take place. • each license must have a separately licensed premises, unless all of the following requirements are met: A licensee holds both an M-license and A-license for the identical type of commercial cannabis activity; The licensee holding both licenses is identical in name, business formation, and ownership; The licensee only conducts one type of commercial cannabis activity on the premises; All cannabis and cannabis products are clearly marked with an “M” or “A”; and records are kept separately for each license and clearly indicate the records are related to the M-license or A-license. • security measures are required at licensed premises.
Security Measures include – employee badges, designated limited-access areas, and security personnel. 24-hour video surveillance for areas containing cannabis and cannabis products as well as all entryways and exits. retailers must also have video surveillance in point-of-sale areas and security personnel. Alarm systems, commercial grade locks, and secure storage of cannabis and cannabis products. • All employees of the licensee must be at least 21 years old.
Cannabis Waste • Cannabis waste must be contained in a secured waste receptacle or secured area on the licensed premises. • licensees may not sell cannabis waste and must comply with all applicable waste management laws.
Labor Peace Agreement • Applicants for a license with more than 20 employees must either: (1) attest that they have entered into a labor peace agreement and that they will abide by the terms of the agreement, and provide a copy of the agreement to the Bureau, or (2) provide a notarized statement indicating the applicant will enter into and abide by the terms of the labor peace agreement