Frequently Asked Questions
Trichome Consulting Services (TCSI) is a global consulting compliance firm serving North America and the Global Cannabis Industry. TCSI provides a full range of services, including professional consulting, federal licencing, Health Canada communications, ongoing regulatory compliance & operational support, licence amendments, security & site designs, SOP’s, audits, and GPP. The Trichome Consulting Team has extensive expertise liaising with the Cannabis and Controlled Substances Branch of Health Canada at various levels.
The TCSI team has unmatched experience with more than 1000+ commercial and personal (medical & recreational) cannabis licences successfully issued since 2008 (MMAR, MMPR, ACMPR, Cannabis Act). By exceeding our clients’ expectations and succeeding in a variety of regulatory contexts, we hope to “raise the bar” on both historical and contemporary industry norms. TCSI has lived and breathed cannabis operations in Canada for the past 15+ years. The achievement of your Health Canada licence approval is our main goal. Our track record of “compliant” and successful applications—without any refusals to date—is a testament to both our team’s talent and accomplishments as well as to our standing as a consulting firm. To ensure your success, TCSI will guide you through the challenging Health Canada application process and procedures.
"Legacy to legal" means migrating your legacy application to the legal market. One of the benefits of being a legacy applicant is you qualify for the 2-stage review that lets you start applying without a fully built site. In this case, Health Canada will review your licence application on 2 separate occasions. The first in-depth review happens before your site is fully built. When this review is finished, Health Canada will send you a notification and a request to submit your site evidence package. You’ll need to send your site evidence package after building your site. Your application will then undergo a second in-depth review. If you are currently under the old MMAR, MMPR or ACMPR regulations and need to migrate to be current with the new cannabis act regulations, connect with us today for a no-obligation intro call and see how we can help you with your cannabis licencing goals.
Health Canada has established that the CTLS be the primary way to submit an application for cannabis licensing. The first step in creating an application is to set up an individual user account. The Trichome Consulting team of industry experts will help you every step of the way in achieving your licensing goals.
A cannabis production facility is any land or building that is used for processing, testing, packaging, producing, storing, or shipping cannabis.
Cannabis cultivation is the process of growing cannabis which will require 1 of 3 cannabis cultivation licenses (standard, micro or nursery license). Cannabis processing is when you conduct finished product packaging of dried flowers or manufacture and package cannabis-based products (i.e. extracts, edibles, and topicals). If you want to conduct these activities you’ll need to acquire either a standard or micro-processing license under the cannabis act.
A cannabis processing license is similar to a micro-processing license except there is no limit on the amount of cannabis you can handle year to year. The standard processing license allows you to manufacture, distribute and sell unlimited amounts of cannabis. With this license, you can sell cannabis products to other license holders or to provincial/territorial retailers.
Micro-processing includes all of the same activities as standard processing, except on a smaller scale. Processing activities included finished product packaging of dried flower, as well as manufacturing and packaging other cannabis products such as edibles, extracts and topicals. Micro-processing allows for processing of up to 600 kg of dried flower (or the equivalent) annually.
If you want to cultivate cannabis you’ll require either a nursery license, standard cultivation license, or a micro-cultivation license according to the Cannabis Act & Regulations. Any person or business that wants to apply for a license under the Cannabis Act will have to meet the requirements set by Health Canada.
The fees for a cannabis cultivation license vary depending on which class and subclass of license you are seeking, so there are different expectations on what you’ll be expected to pay. In general, Health Canada charges an application screening fee, a security clearance application fee (for any individuals associated with your application), and an annual regulatory fee. Additionally, after the license is approved there will still be a large amount of additional work (i.e. production) to be done before you start seeing profits for your business.
Due to the variety of cannabis cultivation licenses (standard cultivation, micro cultivation, and nursery licenses), any individual or business wanting to grow cannabis can apply. If you want to grow cannabis on a large scale and are a larger business you’ll probably want a standard cultivation license. If you are just getting started as a business, a micro-cultivation license will let you cultivate cannabis as well only on a smaller <200m2 area. Finally, individuals may even consider growing cannabis with a nursery license which allows you to grow cannabis starting materials (e.g. clones, seeds) in a small 50m2 area.
In Canada, CBD products can only be sold to adults over the age of 19 through authorized retail stores or a federally-licensed seller of cannabis for medical purposes. You are required to have a processing license to manufacture any products containing CBD for sale according to Health Canada.
No, the ACMPR license is for personal use only. This license only allows you to cultivate a limited amount of cannabis at home to treat your medical needs. Cannabis cannot be sold to other individuals once produced.
The ACMPR license allows individuals to cultivate a small amount of cannabis at home in order to treat their medical needs. Patients can apply for a personal production license through Health Canada for themselves or someone else under the ACMPR regulation. Cannabis cultivated under an ACMPR license is for personal use only and cannot be sold commercially.
Under the Cannabis Act, Health Canada established a national Cannabis Tracking System, also known as the Cannabis Tracking and Licensing System (CTLS). The system was enacted in order to track high-level movements of cannabis and prevent supply chain diversion and/or inversion. It is also the system applicants should use to apply for a cannabis license.
Health Canada has established that the CTLS be the primary way to submit application for cannabis licensing. The first step in creating an application is to set up an individual user account. The Trichome Consulting team of industry experts will help you with the rest.