The Proposed Regulations Amending the Cannabis Regulations have certainly provided a stir and the assessment for Proposed QAP requirements is just another on the list of items for licence holders to consider. The Quality Assurance Person (QAP) is the heart of any site - they’re the people who release the product, manage the QMS and answer to Health Canada. In these new proposed regulations, your QAP and their responsibilities in plant, are going to be scrutinized even more, so it’s best to be aware of the proposed requirements and ensure your QAP is up to date. Depending on your product types, your QAP may need more qualifications and in all cases, will have more authorities and responsibilities. Section 19(1) has been added to the proposed regulations to state that the QAP requires … [Read more...] about The New and Improved QAP
GPP (Good Production Practices) are getting a make over the in Proposed Regulations Amending the Cannabis Regulations. Many might think the main change in the regulations is about the allowance for edibles and extracts. However, when you dig deeper and do a side-by side comparison of the amended sections of the regulations, it’s clear that GPP is going to be kicked up a notch, and it will affect all licence holders – both cultivators, and processors. Health Canada has already given a summary of the proposed GPP changes in their document, so those won’t be rehashed. However, the one major theme in the GPP changes appears to be one of RISK. The word “risk” is entirely absent from Part 5 (GPP) of the existing regulations, yet in the proposed regulations the word is mentioned numerous … [Read more...] about The ‘Risk’ in the Proposed Regulations
Canada has proposed a full prohibition on manufacturing edible cannabis in a facility that is manufacturing conventional (non-cannabis) products. It is proposed that manufacturing could be at the same site, but not the same building. This proposal could be one of the costliest declarations to industry yet. The requirement to build a separate physical building with infrastructure, systems and personnel to support it will be cost prohibitive, especially for small players in the industry. It certainly derails industry plans to add cannabis lines to existing, sometimes underutilized food manufacturing sites and takes small bakeries out of play completely. The RIAS (Regulatory Impact Analysis Statement) is an estimate of the costs and benefits in financial terms, to the changes that are … [Read more...] about Exploring the Second Building Requirement for Edible Cannabis Manufacturing.
I’ve had the opportunity to attend several cannabis conferences and expos in the United States over the last year and many people who came by to talk to me would ask if they’re allowed to sell cannabidiol (CBD) products, both within and outside their home state. The move recently to approve GW Pharma’s Epidiolex®, in the U.S. is a significant one as it is an admission by the U.S. FDA that cannabis has medical value. On September 27, 2018, the Department of Justice and Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) placed Epidiolex® on schedule V of the Controlled Substances Act, the least restrictive schedule of the CSA. This class is for medications with lower abuse potential. By classifying Epidiolex® as a schedule V drug, it will be made appropriately available to the public for medical use. All … [Read more...] about CBD in the USA
The Manager of the Production Program must be conscious of the time it takes to complete tasks related to the production of cannabis. There are many production tasks that require a lot of time for staff to complete such as the number of cuttings required, the cutting of the roots, the transplanting of these cuttings to containers for the vegetative stage and the growing time it takes to achieve the size of plant you desire to have in the vegetative stage. Transplanting from container at various stages of the flowering process, the time required for the cultivar to flower, harvest and drying and packaging time. Equally important is sanitization of the vegetative, flowering, trimming and drying room. All these considerations must work together to achieve Plant production success. A … [Read more...] about Managing a Production Program- Keeping up with the times
Brian Wagner, CEO, Cannabis Compliance Inc. October 17, 2018 Today marks the end of cannabis prohibition in Canada, a milestone many of us never believed would happen. Especially for our international readers, the concept of full legalization has seemed like a pipe dream. I think I speak for most Canadians when I say we’re not quite sure how we got here; and we’re also not sure where it’s going. But it certainly makes for interesting stories to tell. By comparison, I can’t imagine what life was like during alcohol prohibition. Being told by your government that drinking alcohol was morally corrupt, being penalized for partaking. When alcohol prohibition ended, newspaper headlines were plastered with words such as “rejoice” and “finally”. I’ve spoken to a few of my elderly neighbours … [Read more...] about The End of Prohibition