Cannabis Cultivation Operating Plan


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Cannabis Cultivation Operating Plan | Marijuana Grow Operating Plan

This 35-page Cultivation Operating Plan Template, available for immediate download in Word .doc format, covers industry-standard topics included by states or countries that issue legal cannabis cultivation licenses. It serves as a point of departure for your own customized operations document set. If you are new to the cannabis industry, you will learn many of the common practices involved with running a cultivation facility.

This Cannabis Cultivation Operating Plan includes ​descriptions of Roles and Responsibilities, Staffing and Training Standards, Facility Layout and Description, Cultivation Methods and Standards, Cultivar Choices and their associated Profiles, Plant Production Scheduling, and Appendices containing user tracking logs for Nutrient Application Instances, Pesticide Use, Hazardous Chemical Use, Trimming/Harvest Log, Mechanical Systems Check, and additional Special Tasks Scheduling.

This Cultivation Operations Plan DOES NOT include: Security Systems/Protocols, Waste Management, Inventory Control, Quality Assurance, Record Keeping, Odor Control, or an Employee Handbook. See the Table of Contents below for more information.




All of our plans are integrated, meaning they use the same terminology, job titles, styling and formatting.

Special Note: These documents are intended for projects in the PRE-LICENSE phase of a cannabis business project. They are meant to get you started in satisfying the regulatory requirements of your jurisdiction. They do not serve as employee operating manuals, but they can be used as a point of departure for creating such documents. ​​

Disclaimer: These documents are templates and thus do not specifically address the requirements of your local regulations. They represent the combined industry standards of many different US states. We strongly advise that you consult a cannabis business attorney from your area to finalize these documents in order to ensure a smooth application process. We are not liable for any discrepancies between these documents and the exact requirements of your jurisdiction. ​​

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Staffing and Training Standards
Employee Pre-Employment Screening Methodology
Employee Training Standards and Protocols
Roles and Responsibilities of Cultivation Related Jobs

  • Facilities Manager
  • Facilities Staff
  • Cultivation Manager
  • Cultivation Staff
  • Processing Manager (Trimming or Manufacturing)
  • Processing Staff

Facility Description/Layout
Facility Design Description
Primary Facility Area Descriptions
Cultivation Equipment List and Description (Standard Equipment)
Environmental Settings & Monitoring
Environmental Controls Description
Cultivation Standards
Description of Cultivation Growth Phases
Mechanical Operations Daily Checklist
Cultivation Best Practices and SOPs
Grow Media and Watering Practices
Mother Plant Care
Cloning/Propagation SOP
Pest Management

  • Prevention
  • Monitoring
  • Treatment

Cultivar List and Descriptions
Plant Production Timeline and Schedule
Crop Rotation Schedule

  • Appendix 1 – Trim Log
  • Appendix 2 – Pesticide and Chemical Safety Checklist
  • Appendix 3 – Pesticide Application Log
  • Appendix 4 – Equipment Maintenance List
  • Appendix 5 – Hazardous Chemical List – SDS’s
  • Appendix 6 – Special (Non-Routine) Tasks
  • Appendix 7 – Nutrient Input Use Record
  • Appendix 8 – Transport Manifest


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