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Emergency regulations for cannabis manufacturers

Emergency regulations have been released for cannabis manufacturers from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), which is responsible for licensing and regulating cannabis manufacturing businesses. Here are some of the salient points included in these regulations.
 

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Licenses for cannabis manufacturers

CDPH will issue temporary licenses, valid for 120 days, that will allow a business to engage in commercial cannabis activity. Once the initial 120 days is up, businesses can renew for an additional 90-day period if they've submitted a complete annual license application. 

Businesses can apply for annual licenses starting in December 2017, and this step unsurprisingly requires a lot of details, including information on the business, its owners and its financial interest holders. Additionally, businesses will be required to include information about operating premises as well as procedures for inventory, quality control, transportation, security and waste disposal. 

There are two license categories (A-License, for adult-use, and M-License, for medicinal) and four different types for cannabis manufacturers:

  • Type 7: Extraction using volatile solvents
  • Type 6: Extraction using non-volatile solvents or mechanical method)
  • Type N: Infusions
  • Type P: Packaging and labeling only

Prohibited products

These new regulations also spell out prohibited products.

  • Products cannot be infused with nicotine, alcohol or added caffeine
  • Edibles cannot be shaped like a human, insect, animal or fruit
  • Potentially-hazardous foods, such as meat and seafood (or other products requiring refrigeration) are prohibited for sale as cannabis products
  • Juice and dried meat are allowed, provided they are made in accordance with requirements
  • Perishable ingredients, including eggs and milk, are allowed — again, as long as the final product meets regulations

Packaging regulations

Also, there are packaging regulations that must be adhered to. Cannabis product packages cannot resemble traditional food packages, and edible packages must be opaque. Check here to read more about the packaging and labeling requirements for cannabis products. 

THC limits

Another regulation manufacturers need to keep in mind is that edible cannabis products are limited to 10mg of THC per serving, and 100mg of THC per package. 

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Monica Beyer