Yesterday, Health Canada announced their proposed new legalization framework for cannabis in Canada – full proposal is found here – and which is now launching Canada to the forefront of the global cannabis market. I’ve seen many regulatory adjustments and changes to cannabis in the last decade, but nothing quite like this. Most of us are still waking up with a “regulatory hangover” and trying to process all of the changes. As the founder and CEO of the world’s largest and most professional cannabis compliance firm (CCI) and also NHP Consulting, I’m writing this article to provide my insights … [Read more...] about New Cannabis Health Products Framework Announced
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY As the CEO of Cannabis Compliance Inc, I am thrilled to announce these changes with regards to the medical cannabis program in Canada. Within the last few days, we have received many readiness letters from Health Canada, which have been a surprising turn of events. Essentially, what all of this means, is that from the time an application is submitted, we could be looking at closer to 6 months before Health Canada is willing to issue a licence for cultivation. Compared to the historical 1.5 to 2 years, this is a game changer. Given that they are going to be reviewing … [Read more...] about Overhauling Cannabis in Canada: Breaking News
The amazing ‘croportunities’ that will be forthcoming as the legalization of Marijuana for recreational use pushes forward in Canada will be monumental. For those seeking to expand their horizons of cultivation, a path to outdoor field grown production may be worth seeking. The latest recommendations released by the Health Canada’s Task Force – A Framework for the Legalization and Regulation of Cannabis in Canada – brought up quite a few interesting points surrounding the cultivation of cannabis. One item that stands out from a Licensed Producer ‘s (LP’s) or applicant’s perspective is … [Read more...] about Outdoor Cannabis Farming in Canada: A New Reality?
Today the federal government task force on marijuana released their report to the public detailing their recommedations for how the new cannabis framework will be created. In short, their proposal is a massive step forward in the cannabis industry – which will undoubtedly fuel investor frenzies to get ahead of this new industry. They proposed the new legislation would be called the Cannabis Control Act. Let me take some time to provide key highlights of the recommendations, after which I’ll provide my comments as to what all of this means, and what I will predict will happen in … [Read more...] about Recreational Cannabis in 2017
This is a topic of high interest to me, as it speaks to the free market access of health products in Canada. On Friday, Health Canada put out a consultation paper outlining their wish list of proposed regulatory changes in Canada. From what I can tell, no one likes this proposal. The proposal came out of left field. I am told that Health Canada had high level briefings with trade associations (including CHFA and CHPC), but this was not what I would call a “consultation”. In a nutshell, the proposal is seeking to combine the regulatory scheme for cosmetics, natural health products and OTC … [Read more...] about Proposed New Changes for NHP’s: Bad Idea?
Good manufacturing practices, GMP for short, are measures and procedures designed to ensure consistent product quality and safety for all facilities manufacturing, processing, packaging, labeling and distributing products. In Canada, GMPs must be followed for all category of products: Drugs, Foods, Natural Health Products, Medical Devices, Cosmetics, Veterinary Products, Radiopharmaceuticals and Biological products. GMPs are similar across product categories, in that they address the following quality standards concerning: Premises, Equipment, Personnel, Sanitation, Raw Material Testing, … [Read more...] about Understanding GMP