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2018 announcements

A Message for Cannabis Manufacturers

Temporary License Extensions:
Temporary licenses for cannabis manufacturing that were issued with an effective date of January 1, 2018 will expire on April 30, 2018. Temporary licenses may be extended for 90-day periods if the licensee submits a complete annual license application before the expiration date.

No extensions will be granted to temporary licensees who do not submit an annual license application prior to the expiration date on their license. If a manufacturer’s temporary license expires, the business will be required to cease operations until an annual license has been issued, as operating a commercial cannabis business without an active state license is a violation of the law.

Live Scan Requirement:
One of the requirements for the annual license application is that Live Scan fingerprinting be completed for each person who qualifies as an “owner” of the business. The ‘Request for Live Scan’ form needed for this process is currently unavailable.

Applicants can bypass the required Live Scan fields on the licensing system at this time in order to complete the remainder of the annual license application. Completion of the annual license application will begin the review process and qualify a temporary license holder for an extension, but a final determination on licensure cannot be made until the Live Scan form is available and submitted for each owner.

Accessing the Annual License Application:
The annual license application is available through an online system accessible on our website: Resources will be available soon to help licensees complete the application, including an annual license checklist and a list of the required descriptions of procedures/standard operating procedures.

We will notify all licensees and stakeholders who have signed up for our mailing list when the ‘Request for Live Scan’ form is available.

If you have any questions about this notification or any other requirements, please feel free to reach out to us:

Manufactured Cannabis Safety Branch
California Department of Public Health