California Cannabis Consulting
California Cannabis Microbusinesses

Permit Licensing Law & Compliance for California Cannabis Microbusinesses, 2019 Essential News, 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 microbusinesses deliver cannabis goods?

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

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.

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 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.

Are Microbusinesses required to identify their business organizational structure?

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

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

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