A licensed facility is a manufacturing or cultivation space where a cannabis company holds a license to operate in their state’s medical or recreational marijuana industry. Every state and county regulates licenses and determines the requirements for them. A licensed facility agrees to abide by the laws and regulations decided by the local county in the state in which the cannabis business operates. Licensed facilities must agree to transparent laboratory testing of all products, taxation, and product tracking from seed to sale.

Unlicensed facilities pose a risk to the population by distributing products that have not been tested or approved and are breaking state laws by operating. Unlicensed facilities may distribute products that could contain microbials, molds, pesticides, solvents, and other hazardous materials. You should always purchase cannabis products from a licensed facility to make sure you are buying a safe product that has been tested.