Cannabis Consulting in California
California Cannabis California Cannabis Business License Compliance Distributor Adult Use Recreational A Type 11

California Cannabis Business License Compliance Distributor Adult Use Recreational A Type 11, 2018 Local News, Information & Updates

California Cannabis Distributors

Frequently Asked Questions

Can a Distributor Transport Only (Type 13) licensee engage in any other distributor activities?

No, a licensee cannot engage in any other distributor activities.

What are the responsibilities of a cannabis Distributor (type 11)?

  • Transporting cannabis goods
  • arranging for laboratory testing of cannabis goods
  • conducting quality assurance review of cannabis goods
  • ensuring goods comply with all packaging and labeling requirements.
  • Storage of cannabis goods

What different types of Distributor Licenses are there?

Distributor (Type 11) and Distributor Transport Only (Type 13)

Can a Distributor Transport Only (Type 13) licensee transport cannabis goods to a licensed retailer?

No, a Type 13 Distributor licensee cannot transport cannabis goods to a licensed retailer. However, they can transport for immature live plants and seeds from a licensed nursery.

What are the key requirements of Distributors?

  • CDTFA seller's permit
  • Alarm system must be on transport vehicles
  • If they are clearly identified, Medicinal and Adult-use cannabis goods can be transported together
  • Shipping manifest prior to transport must be created

Who can a cannabis Distributor Transport Only (Type 13) transport to?

A distributor can transport cannabis goods to the following parties:
  • licensed cultivators
  • licensed manufacturers
  • licensed distributors

Who can transport cannabis goods?

Only a distributor can transport cannabis goods.

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:

  • A-Type 11 (Adult-Use Recreational Distributor)
  • A-Type 13 (Adult-Use Recreational Distributor Transport Only)
  • M-Type 11 (Medicinal Non-Storefront Distributor)
  • M-Type 13 (Medicinal Distributor Transport Only)


  • Evidence of legal right to occupy and use the proposed premises location.
  • Premises Diagram Form
  • 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 sovereign immunity waiver, 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.
  • Financial Information Form
  • Proof of surety bond in the amount of $5,000, payable to the State of California.
  • Transportation procedures
  • Inventory procedures
  • 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:

  • $1,200: Revenue Up to $500,000
  • $5,000: Revenue between $2 million to $8 million
  • $36,000: Revenue between $8 million to $80 million
  • $125,000: Revenue greater than $8 million
Distributor Transport Only Self-Distribution
  • $500: Revenue Up to $2 million
  • $2,000: Revenue between $2 million to $8 million
Distributor Transport Only
  • $800: Revenue Up to $2 million
  • $2,500: Revenue between $2 million to $8 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 workshops hosted by the Bureau of Cannabis Control investment into a commercial cannabis business purchasing cannabis products on tribal lands Fingerprints licensing and regulating commercial cannabis manufacturers Category II Residual Pesticides Testing packaging and labeling Transition Period Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act of 2015 commercial cannabis manufacturing in California Seller’s permit number sugar sanitary and hazard-free environment Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) transportation and security cannabis event organizer license LICENSE APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS operating premises conditional license an officer or director of a cannabis business The California Department of Public Health's Microbial Impurities Testing (Escherichia coli and Salmonella spp.) CALIFORNIA BUREAU OF CANNABIS CONTROL member manager packaging and labeling requirements 2018 issues labels not be attractive volatile solvent cannabis products in container or wrapper for sale The Bureau of Cannabis Control (BCC) Criminal History payable to the state of California Local Issuing Authority manufacturer's name destruction of cannabis goods 2018 regulations A-license and an M-license for the same commercial cannabis activity equity interest in a commercial cannabis business Transport vehicles alarm system commercial cannabis manufacturing activity medicinal and adult-use cannabis manufacturing emergency regulations vape cartridges entry into the legal, regulated market inhalable cannabis secondary package regulatory framework medicinal and adult use cannabis goods transported together some nutritional facts final form MANUFACTURED CANNABIS SAFETY BRANCH operating procedures must enter certain events Personnel Requirements Local Authorization Butane/Hexane/Propane CDTFA seller’s permit M-license concentrate Manufactured Cannabis Safety Branch (MCSB) CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing contaminant free testing methods license review process packaging product formulation Department of Food and Agriculture’s CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing division property for the commercial cannabis activity regulations for medical and adult-use cannabis in California commercial kitchens loan provided to a commercial cannabis business Live Scans for each owner licensing cannabis third-party testing laboratories evidence of rehabilitation 2018 updates cannabis market tobacco products Heavy Metals Testing cultivation (on an area less than 10,000 square feet) licensed cannabis manufacturers licensed physical location (premises) designated structure quality control product guidelines good manufacturing practices shaped like a human, animal, insect, or fruit exit packaging Premises diagram Category II Residual Solvents and Processing Chemicals Testing supplemental label cannabis training Retailer (Type 10) A-licensees ownership premises is not within a Government persons with a financial interest in the cannabis business Medicinal and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MAUCRSA) Vehicle Requirements California Department of Public Health transport cannabis goods to retailer medicinal and adult-use or both markets MCSB’s temporary license application Premises Diagram remove THC/CBD temporary license no added caffeine public Licensee Lookup Tool state cannabis licensing transportation of cannabis goods contaminants certified by a California-licensed engineer distributors testing lab A-license and an M-license edibles packaging opaque highly-concentrated THC/CBD such as oil, wax and resin definition of owner separate applications online licensing system periods of 90 days extensions track and trace system CO2 and ethanol extractions protocol Proposed Section 40133 Food-grade Butter/Oil CDPH-9041 ANTICIPATED ANNUAL (NONTEMPORARY) LICENSE APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS cannabis sales and/or consumption A-license cannabis adult-use products Business Information consumption of alcohol or tobacco financial interest holder infusion supply chains for medicinal and adult-use cannabis products local jurisdiction’s ordinances and regulations cannabis plants Manufactured Cannabis Licensing System (MCLS) secondary packaging 2018 laws Business Organizational dried flower stickers microbusinesses Non-Storefront Retailer (Type 9) child-resistant outer package finished product convicted of a substantially related crime informational panel Water Activity Testing of Solid or Semi-Solid Edibles amount of THC/CBD per serving and per package Microbusiness 120 days hydrocarbon-based solvents commercial cannabis manufacturing licenses for both medicinal and adult-use cannabis manufacturing at the same premises opaque exit package Conducting quality assurance review of cannabis goods sales of cannabis goods Water/Food-grade Dry Ice Licensee Lookup Tool manufacturers who package for other producers commercial cannabis manufacturers disposal and destruction methods comply with all packaging and labeling requirements edible products security waste disposal Moisture Content Testing local jurisdiction authorization procedures for inventory control Cultivation less than 10,000 BUREAU OF CANNABIS CONTROL transporting cannabis goods scaled to the gross annual revenue of the licensed premises Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) testing laboratories 2018 problems Mechanical 2018 fines shipping manifest annual license application Financial Interest aggregate interest of 20% or more Local Jurisdictions basic nutritional information packaging and labeling requirements for pre-rolls manufacturing (Level 1 manufacturing, Type 6) Cannabinoids Testing transportation 2018 new laws 2018 proposed changes unique ID/batch number 2018 important information cannabis industries limited to a maximum of 1,000 mg per package Manufacturing (non-volatile) THC levels Temporary License Application Information delivery vehicle $3,000 of cannabis goods amount of THC content commercial cannabis activity extraction no infusion of nicotine Bond in the amount of $5,000 Type S share facility space the commercial medicinal and adult-use (recreational) highly-concentrated oils or waxes licensing cannabis distributors medicinal commercial cannabis activity re-sealable California Public Records Act list of artificial food colorings chain of custody identity of the product three cannabis licensing authorities Proposition 65 Microbial Impurities Testing (A. fumigatus, A. flavus, A. niger, A. terreus) CDPH-issued universal symbol 600-foot radius of a school licensing cannabis retailers nonlaboratory quality control licensed cannabis distributors managing member alcoholic beverages hang tag or a peel-back label manufacturing practices Ethanol extracts MCSB disposal at least 20% ownership interest loop system licensing scheme valid waiver exception for testing laboratories Terpenoids Testing Business and Professions Code section 26050.1 Financial information commercial cannabis products sanitary workplaces recordkeeping Form # CDPH-9041 Manufactured Cannabis Safety Branch product as a candy prohibited Industrial Hemp Advisory Board pre-made or purchased at least 99% purity California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Cannabis Manufacturing Temporary event up to 4 days access to the area(s) 100 mg of THC per package Operating Procedures primary panel requirements inventory Licensee Information requiring refrigeration testing of cannabis goods Individual Owner Temporary License Application immature live plants and seeds being transported from a licensed nursery Poison Prevention Packaging Act of 1970 (PPPA) M-licensees licensing cannabis microbusinesses tamper-evident Completed Temporary License Application Form Distributor Transport Only retailers Foreign Material Testing meat and seafood, and other products minimum standards for extraction processes manufacture cannabis products onsite consumption of cannabis goods waste management laws 2018 recent news Retailer (nonstorefront) Local Authorization Attachment manufacturing storage of cannabis goods cannabis cultivation licensing written procedures for inventory control Proposition 64: The Adult Use of Cannabis Act of 2016 Labor peace agreement activity for a period of 120 days limited to a maximum of 10 mg of THC per serving Incorporating THC/CBD concentrates capsules 2,000 mg of THC per package for the medicinal-use market diagram of the business’s layout conducting quality assurance review Distributor transport shares of stock that are less than 5% of the total shares in a publicly traded company Category I Residual Pesticides Testing security and cannabis waste disposal 2018 compliance medicinal and adult-use markets health claims secured area Mycotoxins Testing adult-use commercial cannabis activity allergen information compliance with local jurisdiction manufacturing activities Arranging for laboratory testing Premises Information Temporary Cannabis Event Application Checklist cannabis cartoons premises diagram manufacturing cannabis products evidence of the legal right to occupy the premises no infusion of alcohol public health and safety required limits supply chain compliance with regulations 600 foot radius of a school Carbon Dioxide (CO2) shared-use manufacturing facilities Edibles– Products Physical address Identifying information regulations for medicinal and adult-use cannabis Department of Public Health’s Manufactured Cannabis Safety Branch persons 21 years of age or older Category I Residual Solvents and Processing Chemicals Testing onsite sale and consumption of cannabis goods Track and Trace labeling potentially-hazardous foods health impacts of cannabis disclosure of all criminal convictions cultivation The Manufactured Cannabis Safety Branch (MCSB) government warning statement label ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation child-resistant packaging laboratory quality assurance local jurisdiction’s requirements Homogeneity Testing of Edible Cannabis Products ingredient list motor carrier permit mandated warning statements Medicinal and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act Owner inventory and quality control surety bond paper inserted into the packaging 2018 revisions topicals manned motor vehicle three state cannabis-licensing authorities Percentage of ownership period of 120 days tinctures licensed premises structure and formation documents Department of Consumer Affairs’ Bureau of Cannabis Control amount of sodium carbohydrates and fat per serving Extractions using CO2 sampling standards licensed cannabis cultivators Bond and Insurance Information Licensees local jurisdiction small product packaging 2018 resolutions cannabis waste medicinal and adult-use commercial cannabis activity and more.

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