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Towards the start of this year, I worked at a brand-new cannabis facility in central California. In the planning phase, the facility had to undergo strict security and facility design tests, inspections, and meet compliance regulations. Once everything passed and the facility began producing, it was difficult to maintain order in the large space. Many rooms were unutilized, and there were not enough security personnel.
These are just some of the problems new facilities must contend with, a challenge for companies just starting out. In order to help these smaller companies, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced the formation of an additional license that would allow a company to lease space inside an existing facility (1).
According to the CDPH, the Type-S license would, “allow for operations similar to a commercial kitchen or agreements in which larger manufacturers offer space and use of equipment to smaller ones.” It is ideal for a small manufacturer to share the space and it ends up symbiotically benefitting everyone.
One of the most important aspects of a cannabis facility is the location. Designing a brand-new cannabis manufacturing facility can take years and millions of dollars. It must not only be located in a legal state, but also in a city that has the approval and support from the local council and law enforcement. Combining facilities with a pre-existing location means skipping the initial headaches and working inside the unused space of an already approved facility.
Type-S license covers the following cannabis manufacturing activities: infusions, packaging and labeling, and extractions with butter or food grade oils (1).
The License S new structure would allow a small manufacturer to benefit from the pre-existing security design. In terms of security regulations in California, surveillance cameras must have a minimum 720-pixel resolution and run a continuously 24/7. They should cover every entrance and exit from both the indoor and outdoor directions. In addition, fencing and gates surrounding growing operations must be monitored to at least 20 feet beyond the perimeter (2).Companies sharing a facility mean sharing the security cost, which can lead to an increase in the budget and therefore more security camera coverage. It’s safer for everyone.
Regulations are enacted to ensure the safety of the business and the employees. It assures products are manufactured with the best possible quality, are uncontaminated, and that employees are working in a safe environment free from toxic exposure.Before legalization took place, black market cannabis facilities were not just unregulated with people doing as they please, but unsafe with harmful working conditions. If building a brand-new manufacturing facility is not in your near future, consider applying for the Type-S license.It’s a win-win for everyone.