Cannabis Distribution Transportation Plan



Cannabis Distribution Plan

This Marijuana Distribution and Transportation Plan is a 33-page document delivered as an editable Word doc, available for immediate download after purchase (you’ll get a download link in your email receipt). It is written with California regulations in mind, but it can be easily modified for any jurisdiction. This Distribution Plan contains industry-standard information that generally only varies slightly from one jurisdiction to another.

This Cannabis Distribution Plan covers the processes through which cannabis is transferred from producers to distributors, including lab testing, tax collection, quality assurance and the associated processes and protocols.

In some jurisdictions, distribution licenses can be obtained along, or in combination with other license types. For cultivators and extractors, obtaining a distribution and/or transportation license is advantageous because this allows you to bypass the extra cost of an intermediary and, in some cases, become responsible for your own lab testing and tax collection.

Historically in legal marijuana jurisdictions, producers communicated directly with retailers, but some states, such as California, placed a distribution system between those two entities, in order to better control tax collection and quality control. This has caused wholesale prices to drop even more than they would have already, making success for producers all the more difficult to obtain.

California created a simpler Distribution Transportation license type to help ease the burden to producers who could could obtain this type of license and continue managing their own products directly to the retail sellers.

Scroll down to see the Table of Contents and sample pages.

All of our cannabis standard operating procedure templates are integrated, meaning they use the same terminology, have the same format and same job titles.

Please contact Jennifer Martin for more information or to get a screenshare document tour before you purchase. 510-418-0454 (HST).

Note: Our templates are suited for businesses in the pre-license phase of a cannabis project. They are intended to get your started in meeting the regulatory requirements of your jurisdiction. 

Disclaimer: This documents is a template and thus does not address the specifics of your regional regulations. It contains the average industry standards of many different states and countries combined. We advise that you consult a cannabis business attorney in order to ensure full compliance with your jurisdiction. We are not liable for any discrepancies between this document and the specific requirements of your regulatory agency. ​​

Table of Contents
Roles and Responsibilities
Chief Compliance Officer
Quality Assurance Officer
Certified Public Accountant
Distribution Manager
Transportation Staff
Inventory Control Manager
Security Manager
Employee Involvement

The Distribution Function
Overview of Distribution
Permitted Activities
Prohibited Activities
Receiving Cannabis Products
Storage of Cannabis Products
Laboratory Testing
Quality Assurance Review (QAR)
Repackaging Cannabis Products
Transporting Products to a Retailer
Required Transport Vehicle Information
Transport Personnel Requirements
Shipping Manifest
Transporting Cannabis Products to a Non-Retail Licensee
Returned Cannabis Products
Collecting and Remitting Taxes
Cultivation Tax
Excise Tax
Sales Tax

Insurance and Bond Requirements
Appendix A
Storage Label Form

Appendix B
Distributor Quality Assurance Checklist

Appendix C
Record of Package Modification Form​​

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This Cannabis/Marijuana Distribution Transportation plan can be used in the following states and countries (with some editing to match your particular situation):

  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • District of Columbia
  • Florida
  • Hawaii
  • Illinois
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Washington
  • West Virginia
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