California Cannabis Business License Compliance Distributor Transport Only Adult Use Recreational A Type 13, 2020 Relevant News, Events, Information & Updates

California Cannabis Distributors

Frequently Asked Questions

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

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

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

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 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 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

What different types of Distributor Licenses are there?

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

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 2020 problems Ethanol Premises Diagram Manufactured Cannabis Safety Branch Retailer (Type 10) medicinal and adult-use markets Transition Period labels not be attractive Water Activity Testing of Solid or Semi-Solid Edibles operating premises regulatory framework cultivation (on an area less than 10,000 square feet) medicinal and adult-use cannabis manufacturing access to the area(s) local jurisdiction Terpenoids Testing Bond in the amount of $5,000 Microbial Impurities Testing (Escherichia coli and Salmonella spp.) Category II Residual Solvents and Processing Chemicals Testing Financial information paper inserted into the packaging persons 21 years of age or older nonlaboratory quality control medicinal commercial cannabis activity Manufactured Cannabis Safety Branch (MCSB) THC levels licensed premises edible products Microbusiness comply with all packaging and labeling requirements Cannabis Manufacturing temporary license security and cannabis waste disposal procedures for inventory control The California Department of Public Health's limited to a maximum of 10 mg of THC per serving product formulation Completed Temporary License Application Form child-resistant packaging supply chain retailers government warning statement label child-resistant outer package waste management laws required limits Local Authorization product as a candy prohibited period of 120 days periods of 90 days extensions licensing cannabis distributors infusion Butane/Hexane/Propane opaque exit package amount of THC content 120 days exit packaging activity for a period of 120 days amount of THC/CBD per serving and per package transport cannabis goods to retailer local jurisdiction’s requirements an officer or director of a cannabis business regulations for medicinal and adult-use cannabis Department of Public Health’s Manufactured Cannabis Safety Branch cannabis products in container or wrapper for sale Category I Residual Solvents and Processing Chemicals Testing waste disposal inhalable cannabis Extractions using CO2 manufacturing security 2020 recent news persons with a financial interest in the cannabis business loan provided to a commercial cannabis business ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation tamper-evident at least 99% purity surety bond scaled to the gross annual revenue of the licensed premises Personnel Requirements Local Jurisdictions recordkeeping licensed cannabis manufacturers Seller’s permit number evidence of the legal right to occupy the premises Business and Professions Code section 26050.1 the commercial medicinal and adult-use (recreational) Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act of 2015 tobacco products informational panel secondary package hydrocarbon-based solvents licensing cannabis microbusinesses stickers written procedures for inventory control aggregate interest of 20% or more equity interest in a commercial cannabis business Homogeneity Testing of Edible Cannabis Products transportation of cannabis goods cannabis plants volatile solvent manufacturers who package for other producers unique ID/batch number Cultivation less than 10,000 licensing scheme Local Issuing Authority licensed cannabis distributors Category II Residual Pesticides Testing consumption of alcohol or tobacco 2020 compliance delivery vehicle $3,000 of cannabis goods 600-foot radius of a school Moisture Content Testing Operating Procedures Category I Residual Pesticides Testing payable to the state of California pre-made or purchased inventory and quality control quality control manufacturing (Level 1 manufacturing, Type 6) three cannabis licensing authorities sugar manufacturing practices identity of the product health claims cannabis market destruction of cannabis goods track and trace system valid waiver local jurisdiction’s ordinances and regulations extraction 2020 important information diagram of the business’s layout no infusion of nicotine hang tag or a peel-back label purchasing cannabis products on tribal lands BUREAU OF CANNABIS CONTROL evidence of rehabilitation re-sealable licenses for both medicinal and adult-use cannabis manufacturing at the same premises Proposed Section 40133 manufacturing activities immature live plants and seeds being transported from a licensed nursery minimum standards for extraction processes convicted of a substantially related crime potentially-hazardous foods ownership premises is not within a Government MCSB state cannabis licensing Transport vehicles alarm system certified by a California-licensed engineer compliance with regulations 2020 new laws Medicinal and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act financial interest holder compliance with local jurisdiction LICENSE APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS edibles packaging opaque license review process operating procedures CO2 and ethanol extractions designated structure storage of cannabis goods cannabis training Fingerprints 100 mg of THC per package Industrial Hemp Advisory Board sampling standards Mycotoxins Testing commercial cannabis manufacturers public Licensee Lookup Tool disposal and destruction methods Temporary License Application California Public Records Act CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing Food-grade Butter/Oil 2020 updates Non-Storefront Retailer (Type 9) conditional license contaminants testing of cannabis goods 2020 proposed changes Business Information Poison Prevention Packaging Act of 1970 (PPPA) highly-concentrated THC/CBD such as oil, wax and resin primary panel requirements onsite consumption of cannabis goods 600 foot radius of a school capsules 2020 regulations Local Authorization Attachment Manufactured Cannabis Licensing System (MCLS) testing lab local jurisdiction authorization Vehicle Requirements no added caffeine online licensing system licensing cannabis retailers cannabis waste testing methods Medicinal and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MAUCRSA) vape cartridges Premises Information CDPH-issued universal symbol transportation and security medicinal and adult-use commercial cannabis activity three state cannabis-licensing authorities laboratory quality assurance Percentage of ownership commercial cannabis products medicinal and adult-use or both markets requiring refrigeration Application Checklist Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) at least 20% ownership interest licensed physical location (premises) motor carrier permit loop system A-license and an M-license for the same commercial cannabis activity remove THC/CBD exception for testing laboratories member manager transporting cannabis goods some nutritional facts CDPH-9041 cannabis event organizer license Labor peace agreement regulations for medical and adult-use cannabis in California managing member commercial cannabis manufacturing in California finished product Department of Consumer Affairs’ Bureau of Cannabis Control meat and seafood, and other products packaging and labeling transportation microbusinesses Heavy Metals Testing Cannabinoids Testing Conducting quality assurance review of cannabis goods California Department of Public Health structure and formation documents licensing cannabis third-party testing laboratories 2,000 mg of THC per package for the medicinal-use market shared-use manufacturing facilities investment into a commercial cannabis business Licensee Information shares of stock that are less than 5% of the total shares in a publicly traded company annual license application manufacture cannabis products contaminant free sanitary workplaces dried flower inventory must enter certain events commercial cannabis manufacturing activity The Bureau of Cannabis Control (BCC) product guidelines list of artificial food colorings M-licensees commercial kitchens CDTFA seller’s permit cannabis cartoons A-license and an M-license amount of sodium A-licensees Identifying information Carbon Dioxide (CO2) supply chains for medicinal and adult-use cannabis products Retailer (nonstorefront) disclosure of all criminal convictions MANUFACTURED CANNABIS SAFETY BRANCH Temporary event up to 4 days Mechanical cannabis sales and/or consumption separate applications emergency regulations Live Scans for each owner mandated warning statements allergen information commercial cannabis activity manned motor vehicle Type S share facility space manufacturing cannabis products Temporary License Application Information Owner packaging final form cannabis adult-use products supplemental label Bond and Insurance Information onsite sale and consumption of cannabis goods Track and Trace MCSB’s temporary license application cultivation Licensees chain of custody 2020 revisions disposal commercial cannabis manufacturing carbohydrates and fat per serving Criminal History Form # CDPH-9041 2020 issues Financial Interest packaging and labeling requirements Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) protocol M-license The Manufactured Cannabis Safety Branch (MCSB) shipping manifest Department of Food and Agriculture’s CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing division cannabis cultivation licensing Proposition 65 Foreign Material Testing shaped like a human, animal, insect, or fruit Physical address 2020 fines adult-use commercial cannabis activity Manufacturing (non-volatile) medicinal and adult use cannabis goods transported together testing laboratories licensing and regulating commercial cannabis manufacturers secondary packaging conducting quality assurance review packaging and labeling requirements for pre-rolls Individual Owner no infusion of alcohol Business Organizational A-license licensed cannabis cultivators good manufacturing practices workshops hosted by the Bureau of Cannabis Control definition of owner secured area premises diagram 2020 laws tinctures California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Proposition 64: The Adult Use of Cannabis Act of 2016 Temporary Cannabis Event 2020 resolutions entry into the legal, regulated market Distributor Transport Only concentrate ingredient list Incorporating THC/CBD concentrates cannabis industries limited to a maximum of 1,000 mg per package sales of cannabis goods small product packaging Arranging for laboratory testing Water/Food-grade Dry Ice Licensee Lookup Tool property for the commercial cannabis activity Microbial Impurities Testing (A. fumigatus, A. flavus, A. niger, A. terreus) alcoholic beverages manufacturer's name public health and safety highly-concentrated oils or waxes Distributor transport health impacts of cannabis basic nutritional information extracts labeling Edibles– Products topicals ANTICIPATED ANNUAL (NONTEMPORARY) LICENSE APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS CALIFORNIA BUREAU OF CANNABIS CONTROL Premises diagram distributors sanitary and hazard-free environment and more.

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