how to obtain a license to grow marijuana

The guide includes the application requirements for each class of licence. Health Canada reviews all applications strictly and thoroughly against the application requirements outlined in this guide and the requirements outlined in the Regulations. Licences are only issued once all applicable requirements are met.

We recommend that you be familiar with the knowledge areas outlined in section 5.1 of the Guide. This will help you comply with the requirements of.

User accounts are required for a number of individuals associated with an application. These individuals must create their own individual accounts in the CTLS before an application can be submitted to Health Canada.

With the high number of applications for cannabis licences and the rigorous application review, you should expect that it will take some time for your application to begin active review after it is accepted. Key factors in application processing times are the quality of the application and whether it contains sufficient information and evidence to demonstrate how it meets the security measures, the Good Production Practices, and the record-keeping requirements. You can check the status of your application in your CTLS account at any time.

There are specific actions you should take when applying to Health Canada:

7. Create an application.

Applicants and licence holders are responsible for complying with the Cannabis Act and its Regulations as well as with other federal, provincial and territorial legislation, municipal by-laws and indigenous government legislation that apply.

We encourage prospective applicants to read both the Cannabis Licensing Application Guide and the CTLS Getting Started Guide all the way through before creating an account.

Note: As per step 9 below, security clearances will only be processed following the successful screening of a submitted application.

The information on this page is specific to applications for these licence classes only.

Learn about the classes and subclasses of licences to determine which class your activities of interest fall under.

Depending on the licence type sought, some of these individuals will also be required to apply to Health Canada for a security clearance. Please see the Cannabis Licensing Application Guide for more information.

The guide also gives information on these licence types and the requirements for each.

Once your application has successfully passed the initial screening, Health Canada will conduct an in-depth review of your application as well as extensive security checks on all the people who require security clearances. Health Canada may contact you for more information in some areas of your application.

Note: Questions on the application for a Cannabis Drug Licence may be directed to : [email protected]

The Cannabis Act and its Regulations provide the framework for legal access to cannabis for adults and they control and regulate its production, distribution and sale.

2. Decide on the type of licence to apply for.

For applications for a cultivation, processing or sales for medical purposes licence, a site evidence submission must be received by Health Canada before an application can be considered.

Applicants that are partnerships, cooperatives, and corporations (basically any applicant that is not an individual/sole proprietor) also need to create a corporate profile in CTLS.

The application process for most licence classes, including the information required in an application, is set out in the Cannabis Licensing Application Guide. This document gives guidance to those wishing to apply for these licence classes and subclasses:

Under this framework a person is required to obtain a licence issued by Health Canada to conduct various activities with cannabis.

Please refer to the following pages for information on applying for:

Health Canada has established the Cannabis Tracking and Licensing System as the main way to submit licensing applications. The CTLS Getting Started Guide provides information on the steps you need to take to create an account.

Effective May 8, 2019, Health Canada requires new applicants for cultivation, processing or sales for medical purposes licences to have a fully built site that meets all the requirements of the Cannabis Regulations at the time of their application, as well as satisfying other application criteria.

5. Have associated individuals create accounts in the CTLS.

In developing a site, applicants should consult the relevant federal, provincial, municipal and indigenous government rules, as noted above. In addition, Health Canada provides the following guidance and information to applicants:

Applications can only be submitted when you have included all of the requirements in the application in the CTLS. Once submitted, applications undergo an initial screening for completeness and clarity.

Note: At this time, not all guidance is available online. Electronic versions of the guides can be obtained by contacting [email protected]

The Cannabis Regulations set out requirements that a licence holder must follow to manage their licence, such as when renewing or amending it. There are also notification and reporting requirements that a licence holder must follow to stay compliant and keep their licence. Holders of cultivation, processing and sale for medical purposes licences should refer to the Manage your cannabis licence webpages for information on requirements and processes for:

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) is developing an appellations program for cannabis. Appellations are special names reserved for cannabis:

Pesticide use is enforced by DPR and county agricultural commissioners. Contact your county agricultural commissioner if you have questions about pesticides.

CDFW and Water Board rules prevent:

The cannabis appellations program will:

You can use pesticides on cannabis plants if they meet guidelines set by the Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR). DPR has resources about:

Water permits.

CDFW has profiles of cannabis cultivators who use best practices and tips for managing your cultivation site in a wildlife-friendly way.

All agricultural operations in California are required to get permits and follow rules set by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) and the California Water Boards. These rules help protect water quality and conserve water resources.

Cannabis cultivators must have:

If you want to grow cannabis and sell it in California, you will need a cultivation license. The type of cultivation license you need depends on:

There are different licenses if you:

Appellations are used for other products, too. For example, the wine industry uses appellations to tell consumers which region the grapes were grown and wine was made.

Cultivators grow all of the cannabis plants that are harvested, sold as flower, and made into products. Their operations look like other agricultural operations in California. Cannabis cultivation is a multi-step process that includes:

Cannabis cultivators have a responsibility to protect the environment and be responsible stewards of the land. That’s why it’s important to understand how your operations may impact the environment.

CDFA is working on regulations for the cannabis appellations program. Once they are adopted, CDFA will begin accepting applications to create an Appellation of Origin.

Cultivation licenses.

Use of pesticides.

You may also need to attach the following to support your cannabis licence application:

Your application for a cannabis licence is not an approval to start your business activities relating to cannabis. You can only start to produce cannabis products after you receive licences from both the CRA and Health Canada. For more information on how to register with Health Canada, go to

You do not have to apply for a licence in any of the following situations:

If you will be packaging cannabis products, you must also register for the cannabis stamping regime prior to the sale of any packaged cannabis products.

Even if you have a Health Canada licence, you must apply for a CRA cannabis licence for both medical and non-medical (recreational) purposes.

How to apply for a cannabis licence.

If a change of legal entity occurs (for example, a proprietorship incorporates), you would have to apply for a new licence using Form L300 and your existing cannabis licence would be cancelled.

For a new cannabis licence application, security would be calculated as:

To apply for or renew a cannabis licence, you must meet all of the following conditions:

You must apply for a cannabis licence under the Excise Act, 2001 if you are:

The CRA can suspend or cancel your licence if you no longer meet the conditions to be a licensee. These reasons include but are not limited to:

Upon meeting the eligibility criteria, we will send you a letter to confirm your CRA cannabis licence approval and tell you your new excise duty program account number.

You must tell us immediately if any information you provided in your licence application has changed or is no longer accurate. For the contact information of the regional excise offices, go to Contact Information – Excise Duty, Excise Taxes, Fuel Charge and Air Travellers Security Charge.

The minimum amount of security required for licensees who are only cultivating and/or producing cannabis products would be $5,000. The maximum security amount would be $5 million for cannabis licensees who package cannabis products.

Your licence is valid for a maximum of 2 years. Your licence will not be automatically renewed. To renew your licence, you must apply for a licence renewal no later than 30 days before the expiration date of your current licence. You must continue to meet the requirements of the licence during the period you are licensed.

After you apply for a cannabis licence.

If you have specific questions on how to calculate the security amount, send an email to [email protected] or call 1-866-330-3304 .

[(estimated number of grams of dried cannabis to be sold over the first 12 months x $1 per gram) + (estimated number of milligrams of total THC to be sold over the first 12 months x The information described on this webpage is based on the Excise Act, 2001 and its regulations including proposed amendments under Bill C-97 , Budget Implementation Act, 2019, No. 1..01)] ÷ 12 months.

We will review your application to determine if you are eligible for a cannabis licence based on the information provided on your Form L300. We may contact you if we need more information.

For a renewal application, security would be the highest amount of cannabis duties payable for a calendar month in the previous 12 calendar months.

As a cannabis licensee, you must:

If a licence is not being cancelled at your request, the CRA will send you a written notice at least 90 days before the proposed cancellation date of your licence. You have 90 days from the date of notification to provide the reason why the licence should not be cancelled.

Who should apply for a cannabis licence.