Under the Cannabis Regulations effective October 17, 2018 producing dried, fresh, plants and seeds falls under the cultivation cannabis license. There are three sub-classes of cultivation licenses. These include standard cultivation, micro-cultivation and nursery.
Large sites that exceed 2150 sq.ft. (200 m2) to produce fresh and dried plants and seeds either indoor
or outdoor. To maximize operating efficiency and profit, these facilities are typically over 10, 000 sq. ft. Given the additional requirements for operational and security procedures as well on-site resources (including a RPIC, Head of security, master grower and Quality Assurance Person) it is recommended that such sites plan to maximize their grow space and reduce their cost per gram as there is no limit to the size of standard cultivator. There are also vertical integration opportunities and the respective licenses must be obtained such as for manufacturing, packaging, labeling and extracting, selling for medical purposes, analytical testing, and product development.
Limited to 200m2 (approximately 2000 sq.ft) of total indoor or outdoor grow space (including vertical
grow space) a micro cultivator can produce dried or fresh cannabis plants and seed. Personnel required on-site include a master grower, RPIC and Head of Security. The security measures are less stringent than a standard cultivator. Vertical integration opportunities to manufacture at a small scale (micro), sell, test, and research are available under this license.
Further limitation of growing space 50 m2(approximately 500 sq ft) and not hold more than
5kg of flowering head, either indoor or outdoor. Within 30 days of harvesting, these lowering heads must be destroyed. Obtaining a nursery license would be of value for genetic diversification creating variety of plants that can produce different levels of THC and CBD.
Our Solution to obtain your cannabis license:
- Collect all pertinent information regarding site including but not limited to location, owners and personnel, site and zoning surveys, security pre-clearance that may have been conducted. We will send you a comprehensive checklist detailing all the initial information we need to screen for and begin work on the license.
- We will prepare the application package which including setting up all relevant personnel in the Cannabis License Tracking System (CTLS), collect site details and activities, file notice to municipality, police (or RCMP), local fire authority (if applicable based on license), floor plan, threat risk assessment report, security system design and master plan, all applicable Standard Operating procedures relevant to meeting, if applicable, Good Product Practices and Security Procedures. (Note: this list is not exhaustive and requirements will vary depending license type)
- Upon electronic submission we will notify you of your application ID.
- We will respond to Request for More Information (RMI) notices during application screening, review and pre-licensing stages keeping you fully engaged through this process which may included clarification or additional information that Health Canada is requesting.
- A video and photo site evidence package will be submitted sometime after confirmation of readiness email is received and the facility is fully built.
- If an on-site pre-license inspection by Health Canada is required we will notify you. It is highly recommended we be on-site during this pre-inspection so we can answer technical questions related to the application and the site, if they arise, and to ensure communication with the inspector remains within the scope of the inspection.
Our cannabis license team includes a former Director of Quality and QAPs at a licensed producer and obtained Canada’s first license to produce cannabis, having worked on over 50 licensed producer applications with first hand operational experience and knowledge in preparing cannabis license applications.