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.
Yesterday the British Columbia provincial government released its proposed framework for the non-medical (i.e., adult-use) cannabis retail sector. While most of the proposal is in line with previous communications, there are a few points which are disappointing to some. The framework is subject to federal and provincial legislation that still has to be passed. The wholesale distribution will be handled through the provincial Liquor Distribution Branch (LDB), while the Liquor Control and Licensing Branch will do the licensing and monitoring. The province is allowing government-run as well as privately owned non-medical retail cannabis stores. It should be especially noted that, for private retail establishments, the LDB is not capping or limiting the number of licences. It should be … [Read more...] about B.C. Cannabis Private Retail Licensing Guide
After 4 years of operation and nearly 1000 site inspections, Health Canada made an important announcement today regarding 2 targeted changes in the physical security requirement for cannabis for medical purpose. Licensed producers (LPs) will no longer be required to store cannabis in a highly secured physical vault. Instead of a vault, cannabis can now be stored in a secured area with physical barriers that includes an intrusion detection system, 24/7 visual monitoring and recording, recording of the identity of every individual that enters and exits the secured space and access restricted to those whose presence is required by their work responsibilities. Rooms where cannabis are grown no longer need 24/7 video monitoring and recording LPs are no longer required to … [Read more...] about Health Canada Update Summary on Physical Security Requirement for Cannabis for Medical Purposes
Last week our company was invited to participate in a stakeholder meeting with Health Canada in Ottawa along with a select number of other stakeholders. As has always been the theme song with Health Canada in the last six months, the atmosphere was forward-thinking and transparent. The goal of the session was to provide a solid understanding of the proposal, as well as to receive feedback on where there might be gaps in their consultation document titled ‘Proposed Approach to the Regulation of Cannabis’. What was clear from the meeting might best be summarized with a quote from Health Canada, that a “cultural shift needs to happen to support the change in the law”. I believe we are seeing this cultural shift today, and the timing is right for engaging Health Canada in a constructive way … [Read more...] about Update: Cannabis Legalization in Canada
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, I’m writing this article to provide my insights on where cannabis is headed. Because this is a game changer. Many of us knew the changes were coming, but none of us predicted in full how far the government would take this. In short, Canada is creating a whole new framework … [Read more...] about Cannabis in Canada – Sweeping Changes