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
On November 14th, 2018, the Ontario government released a widely-awaited synopsis of their regulations for sale of recreational (adult-use) cannabis in the province. The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) will oversee distribution and retail sale of recreational cannabis in Ontario, a market set in Canada’s most populous province. Prospective applicants for store licences have been eager for details on the framework. Notably, but not surprisingly, illegal cannabis retailers who operated after October 17, 2018 will not be permitted to apply for licences to sell recreational cannabis in Ontario. Other items highlighted in the press release are: Applications may be submitted starting December 17th and will be submitted online. Store ownership is limited to 75 stores … [Read more...] about Ontario Retail Announcement
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