By Shaun McGowan, Quality & Regulatory Consultant Cannabis Compliance Inc. Becoming a Licenced Producer (LP) has its challenges to say the least. One challenge, and a major component of the licencing process, is getting through Health Canada’s rigorous Introductory and Pre-Sales Inspections. Both inspections must be successfully passed in order for the LP to produce and sell cannabis and maintaining a Compliance rating with Health Canada should be a number one priority. An LP should prepare for each ‘big day’ by identifying gaps and putting corrective actions in place at their site prior to the inspection. But if you haven’t done it before, how do you reduce the risk of failure? Introductory Inspection Mock Audit: So, your LP has received its cultivation licence and now you … [Read more...] about Mock Audit: The Inspection Before the Inspection
by Lindsay Bowman, Quality & Regulatory Consultant Prior to 2013, the requirement for “Quality Assurance” for medical marihuana did not exist. To be honest, when I told friends and family that my job title was Quality Assurance Person (QAP) for medical marihuana, they thought I was making a joke. Yet 5 years later I can reflect back and see how far we have come. I began working in the cannabis industry as a QAP for a Licensed Producer (LP) in Canada that received their cultivation licence in 2013. At this time, the regulations governing us were the Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations (MMPR), now the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (ACMPR). For large scale medical marihuana production, the MMPR first introduced Quality Assurance (QA) requirements, and … [Read more...] about Budding Quality in Budding Industry
By Michael Elkin As a Canadian living and working in California for the last three months, I can say that California and Canada are each unique markets. Comparing the two markets is challenging at best. On the one hand, Canada that has been operating in the medical cannabis market for the last 5 years. As of today, Canada has 101 licensed producers at various stages in their businesses. Canada is also heading for recreational legalization later this year. Then you have California. As of January 1, 2018, California has opened the legal recreational framework to coincide with the existing medical landscape that has already been operating in the state for roughly 20 years. California, having a similarpopulation as Canada, has roughly 68 thousand cultivators that operate in the … [Read more...] about California and Canada: Emerging Synergies
By Shannon Kloet, Director of Training Services Cannabis Compliance Inc. Cannabis Compliance Inc (CCI) is proud to announce its inaugural launch of its own proprietary workforce development programs in Canada. According to Forbes, cannabis is the fastest growing job category in North America – but from what we’ve seen in the last several years in Canada, the emerging workforce doesn’t have the skill set to transition into the cannabis sector. Our courses have been developed “by industry, for industry” with the help of licensed producers across Canada. For those looking to secure employment in this booming industry, enrollment in CCI’s courses is a sure path to success. Our programs are unique. We began development in mid-2017 and followed the “dacum” process (rough acronym for … [Read more...] about CCI Launches Workforce Development Courses in Canada
The last four years have been a whirlwind for the cannabis sector; especially for me. There has never been a birth of an industry quite like cannabis. Maybe in 2030 when magic mushrooms finally get decriminalized. But even when (if?) that happens, it won’t have the medicinal backing that cannabis has today. Cannabis has been the long-awaited ingredient that has been banned for rather uncertain reasons, despite its commong use. This article is my personal musings in the space, please interpret them as such. I remember in 2013 when one of the first LP’s (then a client of NHP Consulting my other firm) approached me about helping them with a cannabis licence. We weren’t ready, we declined the project. Over the following six months, and after they were one of the first companies to achieve a … [Read more...] about Cannabis Races
CANNABIS COMPLIANCE INC. (CCI) announces successful retail licence for its client National Access Cannabis (NAC) and gears up for private retail consulting.
TORONTO, Feb. 21, 2018 /CNW/ - CANNABIS COMPLIANCE INC. (CCI) of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, is pleased to announce the conditional acceptance for securing cannabis retail licence in Manitoba for National Access Cannabis (NAC). "We are excited for our client, National Access Cannabis, for their success in the RFP process thus far to operate cannabis retail stores in Manitoba," says Brian Wagner, CEO and Founder of CCI. "NAC is an established organization with an excellent senior team driving their success. We are privileged to support them in executing their plan to deliver secure, safe and responsible access to legal cannabis." Mark Goliger, CEO of National Access Cannabis said, "We'd like to thank the team at Cannabis Compliance Inc. for their assistance in executing this … [Read more...] about CANNABIS COMPLIANCE INC. (CCI) announces successful retail licence for its client National Access Cannabis (NAC) and gears up for private retail consulting.