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So you want to start a micro cultivation, standard cultivator or medical facility? Our cannabis licensing guide will help you better understand the starting phases of setting up your licensing with Health Canada for the purpose of recreational or medical cannabis cultivation and sales through the government of Canada.

STEP ONE: Understanding the licensing application variances from Health Canada and what you will be applying for.

4 TYPES OF CANNABIS CULTIVATION LICENSING

Health Canada offers 4 categories for cannabis cultivation in Canada.

  1. STANDARD CULTIVATION

  2. Standard cultivators would be the largest scale cannabis production facilities able to produce plants, seeds or flower for the purpose of sales. Average building sizes are 10,000 square feet and above.

  3. MICRO CULTIVATION

  4. Micro cultivation limits you to 200 m2 or 2,152 square feet in canopy space for cannabis cultivation and permits you to produce plants, seeds, or flower for the purpose of sale. Average building sizes are 6,000 square feet to 8,000 square feet.

  5. NURSERY

  6. The nursery license may be applied as a stand alone or attached to an other license, allowing you canopy space of up to 50 m2 for the purpose of plant or seed production or sales.

  7. MEDICAL (ACMPR)

  8. Medical licensing or (ACMPR) which stands for access to cannabis for medical purpose will allow you to grow a certain number of plants decided by your doctor based on a daily gram prescription. These are relatively easy to obtain, however, you are not legally allowed to sell your cannabis with this license and it is meant only for consumption.

PRODUCE CANNABIS PRODUCTS

You will require additional licensing for the manufacturing of your cannabis products.

  1. STANDARD PROCESSING

  2. This is the largest scaled cannabis product manufacturing license that you can apply for and is needed for a standard cultivation facility in order to produce and manufacture cannabis based products for the purpose of sales or this can be applied for as a stand alone license to only manufacture products from other growers.

  3. MICRO PROCESSING

  4. This is the largest scaled cannabis product manufacturing license that you can apply for and is needed for a standard cultivation facility in order to produce and manufacture cannabis based products for the purpose of sales or this can be applied for as a stand alone license to only manufacture products from other growers.

MEDICAL CANNABIS SALES

Licensing can be issued for the sale of medical cannabis (ACMPR)

  1. SALE FOR MEDICAL PURPOSES

  2. Standard cultivators would be the largest scale cannabis production facilities able to produce plants, seeds or flower for the purpose of sales. Average building sizes are 10,000 square feet and above.

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