Changes to Cannabis Licensing Process — May 9, 2019

Changes to Cannabis Licensing Process

May 9, 2019

OTTAWA: Jim Eglinski, Member of Parliament for Yellowhead, wishes to inform constituents that Health Canada is introducing changes to align the approach to cannabis licensing with the approach for other regulated sectors, such as pharmaceuticals.

Effective immediately, this will require new applicants for licences to cultivate cannabis, process cannabis, or sell cannabis for medical purposes to have a fully built site that meets all the requirements of the Cannabis Regulations at the time of their application, as well as satisfying other application criteria.

To support applicants, Health Canada:

  • made available additional guidance on the licence application process and on the regulatory requirements regarding Good Production Practices and physical security measures.
  • is working to establish service standards for the review of applications, which will increase predictability for applicants.
  • will continue to provide enhanced support to Indigenous-affiliated applicants through its Indigenous Navigator Service.
  • will implement additional measures to support applicants applying for a micro-class licence and,
  • will work closely with new and existing licence applicants to ensure that they are aware of the new application requirements.

There are no changes to the regulatory requirements, and Health Canada will continue to inspect all facilities before a licence to sell products to the public is issued.

“New applicants should be aware that these changes are effective immediately,” concluded MP Eglinski.

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