Cannabis Manufacturing and Testing
Manufacturing has become an integral part of the cannabis industry in recent years, resulting in a variety of products including edibles and tinctures, oils and vape cartridges, capsules, crumbled waxes and shatter, and solvent free concentrates such as hash and rosin. Manufacturing businesses face an even higher level of scrutiny from law enforcement, local governments, and community residents than cultivation because of the volatile solvents often used, the stigma associated with illegal drug labs, potentially higher concentrations of pesticides and other impurities, and food-related regulations. Our consultants can help you avoid or minimize how public comments related to these types of issues may impact your project approvals at the local level, as well as state licensing through the California Department of Public Health.
Cannabis testing labs, though less controversial, also require local and state approvals to operate legally in California. As with other cannabis businesses, receiving local approval can sometimes be difficult if the public is involved and, at minimum will require a significant time commitment to prepare, submit, and track your permit applications. We are experts at processing approvals through local governments and can also assist you with obtaining your license from the California Department of Consumer Affairs.
Strategy and Planning for Manufacturers & Testing Labs
Cannabis manufacturing and testing lab operations that use volatile solvents, complex reagents, and elaborate instrumentation also demand thoughtful planning to be successful, BeGreenLegal can assist these businesses with:
- Business and compliance audits
- Carefully-crafted business plans,
- Entity formation,
- Project programming,
- Site and facilities plans, and
- Strategic licensing compliance guidance.
We can help you streamline your project and work flow so your productivity increases and you spend less time and money obtaining or maintaining approvals. Learn More
Cities and counties must ensure that businesses operating within their jurisdiction meet certain conditions to protect residents and the environment by obtaining a permit, authorization, or other form of approval. Manufacturers and testers looking to start, expand, or sustain a legal cannabis operation will typically need to obtain one or more of the following:
- Land use permits
- Building permits
- Grading permits
- Operator permits
We have been assisting businesses obtain these approvals for years and can provide cost-effective solutions for you. Learn More
Legal cannabis manufacturers and testers are often required to obtain one or more environmental permits as part of a state license, including health department approvals and environmental assessments. If land development is a part of your project, other local and state approvals may also be needed. Additionally, monitoring may be required to ensure permit conditions are met. If your project needs an environmental approval, visit our blog page to learn more or contact us to speak with one of our expert consultants. Learn More
The California Department Public Health (DPH) and Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) are responsible for issuing cannabis manufacturing and testing licenses. Currently the agencies are reviewing the potential impacts associated with these businesses and formulating license requirements, with the expectation that licenses will start being issued in January, 2018. Obtaining a cannabis manufacturing or testing license will first require approval from the city or county in which the operation is located. Our consultants can help with your business goals so you are ready to apply for a license when they are available. Learn More
Cannabis Manufacturers Checklist
Are You Prepared?
The California Department of Public Health will start issuing cannabis licenses for Volatile and Non-Volatile Extraction, Infusion, and Packaging/Labeling in 2018, but how you prepare will greatly affect your success in obtaining one.
- Are you looking for help in defining your business goals?
- Are you trying to find a city or county that will approve your cannabis business?
- Are you looking for a property that will suit your needs, reduce setup costs and streamline
- Would you like some help planning your project and preparing your applications?
- Are you concerned about paying an attorney or consultant a lot of money without seeing
Depending on your license type and situation, you will need the following items:
- Business Entity Formation
- Business & Operations Plan
- Live Scan Background Check Property Deed or Lease Agreement Neighborhood Context Map
- Site/Facilities Plans
- Closed-Loop System Certi cation Security Plan
- Odor Control Plan
- Building Permit (City/County)
- Land Use Permit (City/County)
- Business License (City/County)
- Seller’s Permit (Dept.Taxes & Fees Admin.) Surety Bond ($5,000)
- Labor Peace Agreement (> 20 Employees)
Our consultants can help you save time and money while navigating the process of setting up and operating your cannabis business legally. Contact us today for a free half-hour consultation