The 411 on Shipping ManifestsJared Younker
If you are a distributor or conduct distribution operations through a microbusiness, listen up – the Medicinal and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (“MAUCRSA”) requires that all licensed distributors or microbusinesses that arrange for the transportation of cannabis goods complete a shipping manifest before transporting the goods. Here’s what you need to know.
According to Section 26070 of the Business and Professions Code, shipping manifests must include the following information:
- The name, license number, and premises address for:
- The licensee who possesses the cannabis goods;
- The licensee transporting the cannabis goods; and
- The licensee receiving the cannabis goods
- The name and license number of any licensee involved in the activity or transaction who is not shipping, transporting, or receiving the cannabis goods
- Date and time of activity
- Date and time of departure from the first premises, and the estimated time of departure for subsequent premises if cannabis goods are being shipped from multiple premises in one transport vehicle
- Estimated date and time of arrival at each receiving premises
- Driver license number for any person driving the transport vehicle
- Make, model, and license plate number of transport vehicle
- Name and type of cannabis goods to be transported
- Unique identifier
- Amount of cannabis goods in weight or unit count
There are additional requirements surrounding shipping manifests. The manifest must be completed by the distributor and transmitted in the track and trace system to both the Bureau of Cannabis Control and the receiving licensee. (If the distributor has not yet obtained access to the track and trace system, the licensee shall transmit the manifest to both parties via email –email@example.com.) The same applies for if the receiving licensee has not yet obtained access to the track and trace system.
Additionally, a physical copy of the shipping manifest must be carried in the transport vehicle at all times while transporting cannabis goods, and must be provided to law enforcement and the Department of Consumer Affairs upon request.
Further, upon request, the receiving licensee shall ensure that the cannabis goods received are as described in the shipping manifest, and accept the cannabis goods in the track and trace system. Should there be a discrepancy between the cannabis goods received and the shipping manifest, the receiving licensee shall document the discrepancy in the track and trace system and any other relevant business record.