Canada’s Proposed Requirements for Cultivation, Processing, and Federal Sale Licences

Article by Health Canada

Infographic: Supply chain for the commercial production and sale of cannabis Download the alternative format (PDF format, 1.2 MB, 1 page) Organization: Health Canada Date published: 2017 Proposed Federal Licences. Proposed requirements for cultivation, processing, and federal sale licences

Location

Indoor
  • Cultivation Licences (Standard, Micro, Nursery, Hemp)
  • Processing Licences (Standard, Micro)
  • Federal Sale Licences -Medical and Non-medical (cannabis on-site, no cannabis on-site)
Outdoor
  • Cultivation Licences (Standard, Micro, Nursery, Hemp)

Physical Security

Perimeter of the Site
  • Physical barriers (for example, walls or fences with secured entry points) to prevent unauthorized access
    • Cultivation Licences (Standard, Micro, Nursery)
    • Processing Licences (Standard, Micro)
    • Federal Sale Licences -Medical and Non-medical (Cannabis on-site)
  • Visual monitoring, keep recording for 1 year
    • Cultivation Licences (Standard)
    • Processing Licences (Standard)
    • Federal Sale Licences -Medical and Non-medical (Cannabis on-site)
  • Alarm or other intrusion detection system
    • Cultivation Licences (Standard)
    • Processing Licences (Standard)
    • Federal Sale Licences -Medical and Non-medical (Cannabis on-site)
Indoor areas on-site where cannabis is present, excluding growing areas
  • Physical barriers to prevent unauthorized access
    • Cultivation Licences (Standard, Micro, Nursery)
    • Processing Licences (Standard, Micro)
    • Federal Sale Licences -Medical and Non-medical (Cannabis on-site)
  • Visual monitoring, keep recording for 1 year
    • Cultivation Licences (Standard)
    • Processing Licences (Standard)
    • Federal Sale Licences -Medical and Non-medical (Cannabis on-site)
  • Alarm or other intrusion detection system
    • Cultivation Licences (Standard)
    • Processing Licences (Standard)
    • Federal Sale Licences – Medical and Non-medical (Cannabis on-site)
  • Access restricted to employees to perform job duties (e.g., key card, key)
    • Cultivation Licences (Standard, Micro, Nursery)
    • Processing Licences (Standard)
    • Federal Sale Licences -Medical and Non-medical (Cannabis on-site)
Additional requirements for areas where cannabis is stored
  • Identity recorded of every person entering or exiting the area
    • Standard Cultivation Licences
    • Standard Processing Licences
    • Federal Sale Licences -Medical and Non-medical (Cannabis on-site)

Personnel Security Clearance

  • Specified employees must hold a valid security clearance
    • Cultivation Licences (Standard, Micro, Nursery)
    • Processing Licences (Standard, Micro)
    • Federal Sale Licences -Medical and Non-medical (cannabis on-site, no cannabis on-site)

Good Production Practices

  • Clean equipment
    • Cultivation Licences (Standard, Micro, Nursery, Hemp)
    • Processing Licences (Standard, Micro)
  • Sanitation of indoor areas
    • Cultivation Licences (Standard, Micro, Nursery)
    • Processing Licences (Standard, Micro)
  • Analytical Testing (microbial, contamination, heavy metals, pesticides, THC, CBD) (limited requirements for hemp)
    • All cannabis will be tested prior to processing, packaging, and sale
    • Processing Licences (Standard, Micro)
  • Quality Assurance Person
    • Processing Licences (Standard, Micro)

Reporting and Record Keeping

  • Maintain records and report information that, for example, demonstrates compliance with good production practices and describes product recall activities and adverse effects.
    • Cultivation Licences (Standard, Micro, Nursery, Hemp)
    • Processing Licences (Standard, Micro)
    • Federal Sale Licences -Medical and Non-medical (cannabis on-site, no cannabis on-site)

Cannabis Tracking System

  • Report information with respect to production levels, inventory amounts, and sales volume
    • Cultivation Licences (Standard, Micro, Nursery, Hemp)
    • Processing Licences (Standard, Micro)
    • Federal Sale Licences -Medical and Non-medical (cannabis on-site, no cannabis on-site)

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Infographic: Supply chain for the commercial production and sale of cannabis

Proposed Federal Licences

What licences do I need?

  1. Cultivation – Sell to: other licenced cultivators or processors; Authorized researchers (NOTE: Certain plant parts such as non-viable seeds and fibre can be sold to anyone.)
    • Standard Cultivation LicenceLarge-scale growers of cannabis
      • Cultivate any variety of cannabis
      • Produce cannabis seeds, cannabis plants, fresh and dried cannabis
    • Micro-Cultivation LicenceSmall-scale growers of cannabis
      • Same activities as standard cultivation licence holders but on a smaller scale
    • Nursery LicenceGrowers of starting materials
      • Cultivate any variety of cannabis
      • Produce seeds and seedlings (including clones)
    • Industrial Hemp Licence
      • Cultivate approved varieties of industrial hemp (containing 0.3% THC or less)
      • Sell whole plant
  2. Processing – Sell to: Other licensed cultivators or processors; Federal sale license holders; P/T authorized sellers; Authorized researchers
    • Standard Processing Licence
      • Large scale production of cannabis products (e.g., cannabis oil)
      • Packaging and labelling products for sale to the public
    • Micro-processing Licence
      • Same activities as a Standard Processing Licence holder, but on a smaller scale
  3. Sale to the Public
    • Authorized Provincial and Territorial (P/T) Sale–Sell to adults
      • Sell tested, labelled and packaged cannabis products
      • Details to be set by individual P/Ts
    • Federal Sale Licence (Medical)–Sell to registered persons
      • Sell tested, labelled and packaged cannabis products to registered clients by phone, or online with secure home delivery
    • Federal Sale Licence (Non-Medical)–Sell to adults
      • Sell tested, labelled and packaged cannabis products by phone, or online with secure home delivery in P/Ts without authorized sale system

Other federal authorizations

  • Analytical Testing Licence
  • Research Authorization
  • Import and Export Permit

Additional Notes:

  • All federal licence holders can conduct related activities such as: possession, transportation, storage, destruction, and intra-industry sales.
  • Individuals or organizations may hold one or multiple classes of licences, with some exceptions:
    • A federal licence is required to obtain an import/export permit (for scientific or medical purposes, or in respect of industrial hemp)

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