Understanding cannabis license types for growers

On Behalf of | Sep 19, 2022 | Cannabis Law |

The state of California has set two primary classes for cannabis growers in the state, but there are also subsets within licensing structure. Retail sales outlets and other manufacturing operations within the industry are licensed based on what they do, but growers are licensed according to how they will be cultivating cannabis. Potential growers who are applying for legal authorization will need to provide information establishing where the cannabis will be grown and specifics regarding the type of lighting because it affects the type of license that is issued.

Outdoor growers

Outdoor growers are not necessarily applying for a general license to cultivate a crop, but instead are requesting licenses according to their operation method. California cannabis law allows for both individual farmers and corporate farms to hold licenses, but they are restricted only to growing with respect to the what is allowed with the particular type of cultivation license that was issued. The type of license depends on the number of plants and acreage, with several classes of specialty licenses available using these criteria.

Indoor growers

Indoor growing authorization is where the state gets particular with license issuance. Primary information not only includes the exact location but also includes the type of structure that is being used. The indoor growing structures must be authorized as well, and they can include greenhouses, conservatories, and hothouses. The type of construction material should be identified also, as glass and “hoop” houses are also acceptable structures. Additionally, cannabis license requirements also include information identifying the type of lighting being used along with the light reduction schedule.

Major farm operations that are manufacturing from seed growth to retail outlet delivery will need multiple licenses in most cases. Applicants should be prepared to provide detailed information with respect to their production intentions.