The Bureau of Cannabis Control (BCC) is the lead agency in developing regulations for medical and adult-use cannabis in California. BCC is responsible for licensing retailers, distributors, testing labs and microbusinesses. What Types of Testing, Retailer, Distributor Licenses are Available?
Type 9–Non-Storefront Retailer
The regulations and their summaries can be viewed by clicking the following links:
Type 9-Non-Storefront Retailer
(b) A complete application for a Type 9-Non-Storefront Retailer license shall include all the information required in an application for a Type 10-Retailer license.
(c) A Type 9-Non-Storefront Retailer licensee shall comply with all the requirements applicable to Type 10-Retailer licensees, except for those provisions related to public access to the premises.
(d) The licensed premises of a Type 9-Non-Storefront Retailer licensee shall be closed to the public.
(a) In order to hold a microbusiness license, a licensee must engage in at least three (3) of the following commercial cannabis activities: cultivation, manufacturing, distribution, and retail sale.
(b) An applicant for a Type 12-Microbusiness license shall indicate on the application for licensure which commercial cannabis activities the applicant intends to engage in.
(c) An application for a Type 12-Microbusiness license shall include:
(1)For an application indicating that the applicant intends to engage in cultivation under the Type 12-Microbusiness license all the required information under sections 5002, 5501, 5502 and 5503 of this division.
Type 11–Distributor – Self-Distribution – Distributor Transport Only License
A distributor transport only licensee shall be authorized to engage in the transport of cannabis goods between licensees.
A distributor transport only licensee shall not be authorized to transport cannabis goods to the premises of a retailer, except for when the licensee is transporting only immature plants and seeds from a licensed nursery to a licensed retailer.
The licensing fee for a distributor transport only license will be based in part upon whether the licensee intends to transport only cannabis goods that the licensee has cultivated or manufactured (self-distribution), or whether the licensee intends to transport cannabis goods cultivated or manufactured by other licensees.
A distributor Transport-Only license – A distributor can choose to be a Transport Only Distributor, which transports only its own cannabis and cannabis products, or transports for other licensees, but does not perform any of the other functions of a distributor. Transportation to retail licensees is prohibited by this type of license, unless the licensees are transporting immature plants and seeds from a nursery to a retailer.
Arrange for testing, check for appropriate packaging and labeling, collect taxes, transport cannabis and cannabis products, and may act as a wholesaler. All transportation shall be conducted by distributor licensees and their direct employees.
Cannabis and cannabis products must pass through a distributor prior to being sold to customers at a retail establishment.
Distributors must arrange for the laboratory testing and quality assurance for cannabis and cannabis products.
Distributors may package and label cannabis (dried flower) but may not package cannabis products pursuant to the distributor license.
Type 8–Testing. Testing laboratory license – Test cannabis and cannabis products.
Provisional Testing laboratory license • Testing laboratories that meet all other requirements, but are awaiting Iso (the joint technical committee of the International organization for standardization and the International electrotechnical Commission) 17025 accreditation may obtain a provisional license.