Have you entered the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario’s (AGCO) lottery to gain one of the 25 coveted winning spots for Ontario cannabis retail? Are you prepared if you are chosen as one of the winners or are asked to apply for a Retail Operators Licence (ROL) and a Retail Store Authorization (RSA) if one of the winners is deemed ineligible? The Expression of Interest to enter the lottery was extremely straight forward to complete. There were few prerequisites to vet the qualifications or abilities of the lottery entrants to be able to complete the subsequent steps, and it appears as though the number of lotter entrants were very high. However, throughout the AGCO website and in their public communications, there are explicit warnings that if you were not prepared to open a … [Read more...] about Ontario Retail: Preparing for Next Steps
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.
With the cannabis industry in full swing, companies are pushing hard to build out their business. To put it bluntly: This means hiring. Unfortunately, most leaders do not realize the herculean effort it takes to hire, and by the time you do, well… It’s called ‘Talent Acquisition’ for a reason. The adage, “If you build it, they will come” does not necessarily stand true. You need to create a purpose for people to join your organization and that takes commitment and work. And from my experience the hardest question most companies and leaders fail to answer is, “Why you?” If you want to land the ‘best of the best’ for your organization here are some key tips: Attraction - Do you have a plan in place to attract key personnel? Or is just another copy and paste post of your job … [Read more...] about The Talent is Winning
Last week, Ontario published Ontario Regulation 468/18, the Retail Cannabis Regulation, which has been widely awaited by people interested in opening cannabis retail stores in Ontario, Canada’s most populous province. The regulation followed a November 14th press release that outlined key parameters of Ontario’s regulatory framework for retail sale of adult-use (recreational) cannabis (you can read our summary of the press release here, which contains high level details about the regulatory and licensing framework for Ontario). The list below contains items highlighted in the November 14th press release and new details brought forward and clarified in the regulation itself: Applications may be submitted starting December 17th and will be submitted online Store operators and their … [Read more...] about Ontario Cannabis Regulation 468/18