Cannabis Operating Plans

Cannabis Operations Plans | Cannabis Standard Operating Procedures

cannabis standard operating procedures

Getting Started With Cannabis SOPs

In order to route you to the right cannabis business documents, we first need to know why you need them. Which of these categories describes your project?

Are you looking for docs that will help you get a license, or are you operational and seeking formal SOPs(click here)?

Pre-license Operating Plans

Most US states, as well as all other countries require cannabis business applicants and licensees submit operating plans to prove adequate preparedness for operations.

Pre-license Cannabis Operating Plans (for cultivation, extraction and retail dispensaries) are used for meeting licensing requirements. They describe how you plan to operate, once you are licensed, in accordance with the rules established by your government regulatory agency. They are written in narrative form, as if the regulator is the reader, with a few basic SOPs included. If your application is in a competitive jurisdiction issuing a limited number of licenses, these types of operation plans will need more detail and customization.

These pre-license cannabis operating plans are written for the government regulators, to assure them of the safety and security of 1) the licensee’s building 2) the workers at the business 3) the general public, including minors 4) consumers of the products sold and 5) the environment.
Some of our Pre-license Operating Plans work for all license types, and some are cultivation, extraction, or retail specific. See our list of available cannabis operating plans in the list and/or product images below.

GAP/GACP Cultivation Compliance SOPs

Good Agricultural Practices (GAP), Good Production Practices (GPP) and Good Agricultural and Collection Practices (GACP) are national and international standards for maintaining the quality of farmed plants destined for consumption as foods, medicines or herbal dietary supplements. Recently, cannabis growers have begun to seek this type of compliance certification in order to qualify their crops for use in medicinal products, especially for international export. If the US legalizes medical or recreational cannabis, having this type of certification will become important for all US cannabis producers who operate across state and national borders.

Insurers will generally accept GAP certification and copies of associated records from cannabis producers in order to approve policy coverage. Wholesale buyers will also likely accept GAP certification as a consistent standard for their product quality standards.

If you are seeking formal SOPs for GAP/GPP/GACP Compliance, Contact Us by email.

Cannabis Compliance SOPs for Extraction, Manufacturing and Retail

Several of our operating plans and SOPs can either work for other cannabis license types, or we can write compliance SOPs for you in many cases. We have a Manufacturing Plan that has add-on options for specific types of extraction and formulation.

If you are looking for a Retail Dispensary Plan, click here. If you are looking for Retail Dispensary Procedures, click here.

Cannabis SOPs for Optimizing Operations

As a commercial grower myself, this category of document is near and dear to my heart, but it’s rarely what cannabis operators are seeking. Operational SOPs explain how to grow cannabis plants, step by step, where Compliance SOPs, described above, are about surviving inspections and meeting requirements.

It’s very common for people contacting my website to initially think they need cannabis standard operating procedures, but usually they only need documents to meet compliance standards, which are more like policy documents than they are like instruction manuals.

Contact Jennifer for further discussion if you need a combination of the two, or only SOPs. Otherwise, keep reading…

Here is our current list of cannabis operating plans:

All of our Cannabis Operating Plans are written to represent average industry standards and contain all of the topics we’ve encountered reading various sets of regulations from across the US and the world, with placeholder text that shows standard information you can edit to make your own.

The applicant or licensee who needs standard operating procedures can use these documents to save quite a lot of time and money compared to having them custom written. Rules vary somewhat from one jurisdiction to another, and they also change quite frequently given the infancy of the industry. These cannabis operations plans are templates that still need to be customized and reviewed by a cannabis business expert or compliance attorney before submittal. Otherwise, the licensing process could be significantly delayed.


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