For all the manufacturers in the cannabis industry – you’ve seen this rush before, so buckle your seat belt, because here we go again. Every company wants their new class products (extracts, edibles, and topicals) to be the first on store shelves by the end of this year. But, are you sacrificing quality in order to gain speed? It’s no secret that vapes (and their major concerns around consumer safety) are in the hot seat. The pressure is on for manufacturers to deliver a safe and reliable product in anticipation of December 2019, when sales in Canada will commence. Before we dive a little deeper into the specifics around vape development practices needed for ensuring the safety of end-users, ask yourself these three simple questions: Am I confident that my product is defect-proof? … [Read more...] about Don’t Let THIS Blow Up In Your Face
Have you heard the word? Have you heard the new “buzzword”? PCP (also known as Preventive Control Plan) is swiftly making its way around the cannabis industry, and for good reason. It’s a critical component that all licensed processors of edibles and extracts must be mindful of and adhere to – which is especially true since cannabis legalization 2.0 (coming into effect on October 17th) is right around the corner. Let’s now take a closer look at the PCP and its significance to you and the success of your operation. What is a PCP? Preventive Control Plans are very detailed analyses, plans and records that your organization must prepare. The new regulations require that licensed processors have a fully implemented and written PCP for all edible cannabis or cannabis extracts being … [Read more...] about PCP – The New “Buzzword”
One of Health Canada’s mandates in the legalization of cannabis is protecting the health of young people by restricting their access to cannabis products. The promotional sections of the Cannabis Act contain some specific restrictions to support this goal: Advertisements containing depictions of characters and animals and those that evoke glamour, vitality, risk, and daring, all of which could be considered appealing to youth are expressly prohibited. Subdivision A of Canada’s Cannabis Act, which lays out expectations for cannabis promotions, also contains a broader and less well-defined prohibition on all promotional materials that “could be appealing to young persons.” It includes a similar, broad prohibition on any product that has “an appearance, shape, or other sensory attribute” that … [Read more...] about Keeping Cannabis In Adult Hands: Health Canada’s Policy On Appeal To Youth
The prevalence of cannabis odour has been a concern for municipalities and their residents. Metro Vancouver has seen an influx of complaints and has moved to address this issue. Odour is one of the top municipal concerns when new licence applicants are trying to get a jurisdiction on board with their build plans, as such, odour control is often included in the applicant’s presentations to municipalities, and is also often the subject of spirited Q&A sessions with the public. Terpenes, the aromatic component of cannabis that connoisseurs appreciate - can also get a cannabis company in trouble. Odour control is a regulatory requirement Cannabis Regulations have always included the requirement to ensure odour doesn’t escape the facility. Section 85 of the Regulations states … [Read more...] about What’s That Smell?
Cannabis contains several phytocannabinoid compounds, including the well-known THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol), CBD (cannabidiol), and non-cannabinoid compounds, such as terpenoids and flavonoids. While structurally similar to THC, CBD is a non-intoxicating phytocannabinoid. CBD has been studied for its therapeutic treatment potential for neuropathic pain, cancer pain, multiple sclerosis, inflammation, and more.1-5 CBD’s regulatory status in Canada is the subject of much interest and debate, and there are differences between expectations and what ultimately came to pass. In November 2017, Health Canada published a consultation paper Proposed Approach to the Regulation of Cannabis, forecasting various supply chains for CBD-rich products. The document implied that CBD would be … [Read more...] about CBD in Consumer Products
On July 3, 2019, the government of Ontario announced plans to open 50 new cannabis retail stores across Ontario. The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) will hold a lottery on August 20, 2019 for 42 of the locations. The remaining eight stores will be allocated on a first come, first served basis to First Nations Reserves that have received Band Council approval in a process separate from the lottery. The announcement comes after the Ontario Minister of Finance, Vic Fedeli, presented the 2019/20 provincial budget last April offering an insight into a pre-qualification process that would allow the government of Ontario to take a “market-oriented approach, which will allow private-sector business to build a safe and convenient retail system to combat the illegal … [Read more...] about Government of Ontario Announces 50 New Cannabis Retail Stores