New Zealand Cannabis Application | Template Set for a Cannabis Licence Application
Congratulations for legalising adult-use cannabis! New Zealand is taking a lead in the world towards social justice, economic intelligence, personal freedom, and common sense. That said, the Cannabis Legalisation Bill shows many examples of strict controls and intensive requirements for applicants and licence holders.
This template set contains over 200 pages of compliant procedures for your New Zealand cannabis application. You can save 20% buying the whole set, or you can buy individual templates for NZ$59/page.
Now that the referendum has passed, the Cannabis Regulatory Authority will further define the application process in the coming weeks and months.
We have read the Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill and have identified several operating plans that will be required to apply for and operate a cannabis production business under the new legalisation regime.
NZ Cannabis Licence Application – Template Kit
Here are the specific plans mentioned in the Bill. As of this date, we have not customised them to NZ Cannabis Law, but we are working on it right now! Contact Us for more information.
Application to Grow Cannabis in New Zealand - Getting Started
The referendum is just the first step to a multi-month process of the Cannabis Regulating Authority creating and publishing specific cannabis licence application guidelines.
Applications for Adult-use Cannabis Licences are NOT yet published. We will update this page when they are.
The most current regulatory and legal document we have to draw from for guidance on how to structure a cannabis licence application is here. The Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill dictates that, within 6 months of the passage of the cannabis referendum, the Regulatory Authority must establish a system and national plan for how licences will be granted and regulated. The Bill goes much further in detailing how the regulatory process will work.
Here are some highlights on how the cannabis licence application process will work:
- Micro-cultivation licences will be available that will have less stringent requirements than those meant for medium-sized and large producers.
- The number of available cannabis cultivation licences will be based on meeting a certain pre-determined national production goal of estimated cannabis product demand.
- For non-micro licence cannabis applicants, showing your ability to contribute to the social benefit of the community will increase your standing on your application.
- The Regulatory Authority has a large amount of subjective latitude in judging the worthiness of cannabis cultivation applications and applicants. This opens the door to potential unfairness in the licence application process.
Here is some helpful text from the Bill that includes initial information about cannabis licence application content requirements, beyond applicant eligibility:
(4) The application must also include the following information for each type of licence and, if relevant, authorisations for each class of activity for which an authorisation is sought:
(a) the following information about the proposed location or locations to be used for the activity:
(i) a description:
(ii) the address:
(iii) the geographical co-ordinates:
(iv) a plan or map, if required to identify a location:
(b) the details of the proposed arrangements for physical and procedural security, including containment measures, and the security of staff members, at the proposed location or locations for each type of licence or authorisation for a class of activity sought:
(c) the details of standard operating procedures for each type of licence or authorisation for a class of activity sought, including for—
(i) tracking and recording any starting material, cannabis-based ingredient, or cannabis product:
(ii) securely destroying waste material...
We read the rest of the Bill and found references to a variety of other Cannabis Operations Plans that serious cannabis licence applicants should have:
- Design Plan (You must have a building identified first)
- Security Plan
- Inventory Control Plan
- Waste Disposal Plan
- Recall Plan
- Testing Plan
- Packaging and Labelling Plan
- Quality Assurance Plan
- Record Keeping Plan
We have experience with facility design and cannabis licence applications all over the world, including in Australia, Europe, Canada, Africa and the United States.
Here is some further text from the Bill re: cannabis licence application requirements:
85 Additional criteria for assessing cannabis production licence applications (1) In assessing an application for a cannabis production licence with a cultivation activity authorisation or a micro-cultivation activity authorisation, the Author ity must have regard to the factors set out in subsection (2) or (3) for the activity authorisation sought.
(2) For a cultivation activity authorisation, the factors are the degree to which the application will achieve the following principles:
(a) representing or partnering with communities disproportionately harmed by cannabis, including Māori and people from economically deprived areas:
(b) the generation of social benefit and building of community partnerships by engagement with individuals, whānau, and communities in the design and delivery of their activities:
(c) the promotion of employment opportunities and career pathways in the cannabis industry for Māori and those from economically deprived areas.
(3) For a micro-cultivation activity authorisation, the factors are— (a) the micro-cultivation cap set in accordance with section 22: (b) the geographical spread of existing and prospective micro-cultivators within New Zealand.
(4) In assessing an application for a cannabis production licence with a cultivation activity authorisation or a micro-cultivation activity authorisation, the Authority may have regard to any other factor that supports the Authority in perform ing its functions in accordance with its objectives and the purposes of this Act.
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Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill Part 4 cl 88
86 Authority may assess applications against each other in certain cases (1) The Authority may, at any time, request applications for a cannabis production licence with a cultivation activity authorisation by notice in the Gazette that sets out the date by which applications must be received by the Authority. (2) The Authority may, when assessing applications received during the period between the notice in the Gazette and the closing date for applications, com pare applications against each other when determining—
(a) whether to issue a licence to a particular applicant; or
(b) the annual production cap of a particular applicant, expressed as a percentage of the total annual cultivation cap set under section 22.
Additional criteria for assessing cannabis testing licence applications
87 Additional criteria for assessing cannabis testing licence applications The Authority may only issue a cannabis testing licence to an applicant which meets the standards and requirements for an accredited laboratory prescribed by regulation.
Additional criteria for assessing cannabis distribution licence applications
88 Additional criteria for assessing cannabis distribution licence applications In assessing an application for a cannabis distribution licence, the Authority must—
(a) prioritise, where practicable, not-for-profit applicants that can demonstrate a commitment to delivering social benefit to the community or communities in which the applicant intends to operate:
(b) apply the national plan produced under section 13:
(c) have regard to the contents of any local licensed premises policy: (d) take into account the following factors relating to the proposed location or locations of the premises:
(i) the characteristics of the locality or part of the locality:
(ii) the locations of kindergartens, early childhood centres, schools, tertiary institutions, places of worship, parks, sports facilities, swimming pools, playgrounds, and other community facilities:
(iii) the cumulative effect of the presence or absence of other licensed premises in the same locality:
(iv) whether the amenity and good order of the locality would be likely to be reduced, to more than a minor extent, by the effects of the issue of the licence:
(v) whether the amenity and good order of the locality are already so badly affected by the effects of the issue of existing licences that
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they would be unlikely to be reduced further (or would be likely to be reduced further to only a minor extent) by the effects of the issue of the licence but it is nevertheless desirable not to issue any further licences in the locality:
(e) take into account the following matters:
(i) the days on which and the hours during which the applicant pro poses to sell cannabis:
(ii) the design and layout of any proposed premises:
(iii) whether the applicant has appropriate systems, staff, and training to comply with the law:
(iv) any information received from a regulatory agency or other organisation within the meaning of section 264(6):
(f) take into account any submissions received under section 90.