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Processing Cannabis License

Trimming, cutting, drying, extracting, manufacturing, packaging, labeling cannabis products are activities that require a processing cannabis license.  There are two types of processing licenses:  standard processing and micro-processing.

Standard Processing

This license allows the extraction, manufacturing, labeling, packaging, of finished products of various
formats (by late 2019 this will include food formats in both solid and liquid formats). More than 600kg
of dried flower can be processed. A Quality Assurance Person (QAP) with robust qualifications must be
determined and details added to the cannabis license application before submission. A cannabis duty
license from the Canada Revenue Agency must be obtained before the packaging begins as a special
stamp must be applied to all packaged cannabis.


Similar to standard processing except limitation of 600kg or less of dried flower. Same personnel as
standard processor including QAP is required. Standard and micro-processors can sell to provincial and territorial wholesale cannabis distributors.

Our solution to obtain a processing cannabis license:

  1. 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.
  2. 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)
  3. Upon electronic submission we will notify you of your application ID.
  4. 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.
  5. A video and photo site evidence package will be submitted sometime after confirmation of readiness email is received and the facility is fully built.
  6. 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.