Processing

In order to process cannabis and create a finished cannabis product licensed for sale in Canada, an individual or corporation must apply for a processing license.

Cannabis Products refer to any “finished cannabis product” packaged and labelled in accordance with the regulations and affixed with an Excise stamp. A cannabis product without these features will not be legal for sale to consumers. All cannabis processors must employ the services of an experienced Quality Assurance (QA) person with the qualifications necessary to ensure the safety and quality of the cannabis. The QA person is responsible for ensuring that all cannabis products are handled in accordance with the Good Production Practices in part 5, and packaged in accordance with the requirements of Part 7 of the Cannabis Regulations.

In order to sell your finished cannabis products directly to medical cannabis users you will require a medical sales license in addition to your processing license. A licensed processor can sell their finished Cannabis Products to authorized provincial distribution bodies that will stock the retail stores in each province.

License applications will be submitted to Health Canada through the Cannabis Tracking and Licensing System (CTLS). Stringent requirements are placed on prospective applicants, such as the Security Clearances for all key personnel, a detailed site survey, and an organizational security plan. Licenses are only issued once it has been determined that all information submitted demonstrates compliance with the Cannabis Act.

Micro-processing licenses are available to individuals and corporations interested in processing a smaller amount of cannabis. The physical security requirements for micro-processors are less than for standard processors but they are limited in the amount of cannabis they can work with.

Standard processing licenses are available to individuals and corporations interested in processing a larger amount of cannabis. The physical security requirements for micro-processors are more than for micro-processors and are not limited in the amount of cannabis they can work with.

dicentra has many years of experience in Health Canada licensing and compliance. We are committed to helping our clients expand product lines and grow their business. We are able to assist with everything from the business plan, to the organizational security plan and facility design. Contact us for more information on opportunities available to licensed processors.