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Canadian cannabis licensing

Find the right Canadian cannabis license for your situation and goals!

Which cannabis license is right for you?

Unsure which cannabis licensing path is right for you? Learn more about each below!

Each license serves a different function for different business goals, so knowing which cannabis licensing path to take is critical to your success. Ask us which license(s) you need and we can help with your applications!

MICRO-CULTIVATION LICENSE

This license authorizes a growing area of 2150 square feet excluding access area. The micro-cultivation license is quicker to prepare and 50% less in professional fees.

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Important To Note!

This license would authorize the micro licensee to grow indoors, greenhouse, or outdoors. A micro-processing licence can be applied for on the same physical site.

STANDARD CULTIVATION LICENSE

The license would authorize the large scale cannabis growing and harvesting cannabis either indoor, greenhouse or outdoor and for the intra sale of cannabis to other cultivators, processors, and the provincial government.

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Important To Note!

There are no limitations on production capacity for this license. A standard processing for extraction of cannabis derivatives can also be applied for on the same physical site.

MICRO-PROCESSING LICENSE

This license category is limited to 600 kg per annum. The license authorizes the same activities as that of a Standard Processing License but on a smaller scale. The micro processing is quicker to prepare and 50% less in professional fees than the standard license.

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Important To Note!

A Micro-Cultivation License is allowed on the same site as the Micro-Processing License and the 600 kg per annum extraction capacity can be exceeded with this additional license.

STANDARD PROCESSING LICENSE

Authorized activities would include manufacturing and processing of cannabis oil and derivatives. There is no limitation on processing capacity.

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Important To Note!

A license for standard processing would also authorize related activities including possession, transportation, research and development, storage, destruction, and the intra-industry sale of cannabis to other federal license holders or provincially or territorially authorized sellers.

NURSERY LICENSE

This license will authorize the small scale nursery limited to 538 square feet (50 square metres) excluding the access area.

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Important To Note!

This license would authorize the licensee to sell cannabis plant starting materials such as clones and seeds to other cultivators, processors, and licensees.

Medical vs Recreational

The Cannabis Act read with the Cannabis Regulations became new law on October 17, 2018 and  provides in addition to the sale of Cannabis for medical purposes, the sale and distribution of Cannabis  concentrates for recreational purposes through the provincial outlets. 

The new Canadian Cannabis licensing system allows for micro and standard cultivation, and processing licenses to sell in both the medical and recreational markets if they elect such activities in Health Canada's on line application process.

The major difference between medical and recreational is that Cannabis for medical purposes is sold directly to patients but Cannabis for the recreational market is sold though Provincial Government outlets and licensed dispensaries.  Another significant difference is the provision of micro licenses providing opportunity for small business. There is no  import or export of cannabis in the recreational  market.

Medical producers will continue to have the ability to import and export Cannabis and Cannabis products through a permit system managed by Health Canada.

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