Currently, the regulations are changing to include cannabis for adult use. However, the process has so far remained similar (as of November 2018) for becoming a licensed producer of cannabis for medical purposes and adult use:
- Initial Intake and Screening
- Detailed Review and Initiation of Security Clearance Process
- Issuance of Licence to Produce
- Introductory Inspection
- Pre-Sales Inspection
- Issuance of Licence to Sell
Dig a Little Deeper
Initial Intake and Screening – Health Canada reviews your application for completeness. Your application needs to also include your business plan, your completed Security Clearance Application Form, and record-keeping methods.
Detailed Review and Initiation of Security Clearance Process – Essentially, Health Canada wants to ensure there aren’t any security risks including risk to the public health or risk of diverting product to the illegal market.
Issuance of Licence to Produce – Once Health Canada is satisfied that all requirements have been met, the applicant will be issued a Licence to Produce. However, there are other steps before you can sell.
Introductory Inspection – As part of the licence, producers must notify Health Canada once cultivation has begun to schedule an inspection to ensure that all the terms of the licence are being met.
Pre-Sales Inspection – Before the Licenced Producer can sell the final product, another inspection takes place with Health Canada. This confirms all the points listed in the Introductory Inspection above, but also includes additional points such as proper labelling, packaging, etc.
Issuance of Licence to Sell – If Health Canada is satisfied that all requirements are being met, the licence will be amended to include the activity of sale.
For more: https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/drugs-health-products/medical-use-marijuana/licensed-producers/application-process-becoming-licensed-producer.html
With the legalization of cannabis for adult use, Health Canada introduced micro-cultivation and micro-processing licences to encourage smaller craft growers. Also, the new legislation allows individuals to grow cannabis at home, though the number of plants allowed (including, in some cases, zero) is controlled provincially.