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Cannabis Manufacturing

Cannabis manufacturing has become a prominent and vital part of the cannabis industry over the past decade, as consumers shift their demand for cannabis from raw flower and pre-rolls to more sophisticated products such as shatter, edibles, vape cartridges, tinctures, ointments, lotions, hash, and rosin. At the same time, manufacturing operations are more difficult to get approved because of their potential to ignite or explode if solvents are improperly handled. Local building and fire officials in particular enforce strict standards for facility design and equipment installation.

Our consultants are experts at combining regulations with experienced planning, design, and implementation focused on real solutions for your product goals. We can provide you with the guidance and execution you are looking for to get your next venture off the ground.

Cannabis manufacturing

How we can help you

Our cannabis consultants can help you with your project from the very beginning through operation. We excel at strategic planning oriented towards meeting deadlines and getting things done. We provide the following solutions to helping you achieve your goals:

  • Business and operations planning
  • Regulatory Strategy
  • Product planning and implementation
  • Conceptual Site and Facility Design
  • Standard operating procedures
  • Security planning
  • Local permits and state licenses
  • Compliance

Local Approvals

Our cannabis consultants are adept at solving complex issues and providing a clear path through regulations to get your project approved as efficiently as possible. We combine our expertise in cannabis regulations with business, operations, land use, environmental, building, and development regulations to determine the best way to set up your cannabis business. We assist our clients with the following local permits:

  • Land Use Permits
  • Business Licenses
  • Building Permits
  • State Cannabis Licenses

State Cannabis Licenses

The Department of Public Health regulates cannabis manufacturers in California. Obtaining any of the following licenses is possible if you have local approval and submit adequate documentation of your operations, including standard operating procedures:

  • Type 6 – Nonvolatile Manufacturing
  • Type 7 – Volatile Manufacturing
  • Type N – Infusion
  • Type P – Packaging

Environmental Approvals

Unless your manufacturing operation proposes to develop land, you may not need any environmental permits. One exception is that commercial kitchens typically need approval from the Department of Health. Additionally, larger manufacturing facilities that propose a change of use at a facility may require more intense environmental review.

  • Business Entity Formation
  • Seller’s Permit
  • Business and Operations Plan
  • Site/Facilities Plans
  • Land Use Approval
  • Business License
  • Building Permits
  • Certificate of Occupancy
  • Closed-Loop System Certification
  • Security Plan
  • Odor Control Plan
  • Community Relations Plan
  • Standard Operating Policies and Procedures
  • Employee Training Program

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Are You Prepared?

The California Department of Public Health issues cannabis licenses for Volatile and Non-Volatile Extraction, Infusion, and Packaging/Labeling. Our consultants help clients understand how prepared they are for this process by asking the following questions:

  • Have you defined your business goals and are they measurable?
  • Do you have a location selected or are you still looking?
  • Can you self fund or do you have a plan for capitalizing your business?
  • Have you estimated the size and scale of your operation?
  • Have you selected your team who will help you operate?

Permit/License Requirements

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 Certification Security Plan
  • Odor Control Plan
  • Building Permit
  • Land Use Permit
  • Business License
  • Seller’s Permit 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 half-hour consultation

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