Submission Of The Canadian Association Of Medical Cannabis Dispensaries To The BC Cannabis Legalization And Regulation Secretariat November 1, 2017 A “Made In BC” Solution for Cannabis Regulation Established in 2010, the Canadian Association of Medical Dispensaries (CAMCD), is a non-profit, trade organization representing over 60 medical cannabis dispensaries in Canada. Member dispensaries provide […]
The Canadian Association of Medical Cannabis Dispensaries issued its official response to the Standing Committee on Public Health regarding Bill C-45 also known as “the Cannabis Act”.
While there are many issues to discuss with government regarding the Cannabis Act, CAMCD felt that the priority must be to ensure that storefront dispensaries are included in the new regulated regime to ensure no adverse impact to public health (continuity of access) and to the thousands of jobs currently maintained within the cannabis economy. Without inclusion in the new regulated environment there CAMCD feels there is no point in addressing other subjects related to distribution.
Lobbying by special interest groups intended to discredit dispensary services and ban them from the future regulated cannabis distribution economy has been ongoing for some time now. CAMCD hopes that submissions like these can help educate lawmakers and public policy groups and provide them with an evidence based approach to why existing dispensaries should have a place in the new regulatory framework.
Blocked from the federal medical marijuana testing system, dispensaries are creating their own
VANCOUVER— The Canadian Association of Medical Cannabis Dispensaries (CAMCD) is moving to set up testing standards and protocols to ensure the safety of the cannabis member dispensaries are selling.
Association President Jeremy Jacob says, “We believe consumers should be empowered to make educated choices about the cannabis products they buy, so we are moving to set up a rigorous, independent and transparent cannabis testing system.”
CAMCD promotes a regulated community-based approach to cannabis access with member dispensaries across Canada serving over 150,000 consumers.
Store front cannabis dispensaries are not allowed to test their product through federally licensed laboratories. Jacob says CAMCD is setting up its own testing standards after federally licensed medical marijuana producers recalled cannabis contaminated with the chemicals bifenazate and myclobutanil in November and December 2016, and were slow to inform the public.
“Dispensary clients need to know the product is free of contaminants. Consumers should be able to see testing results,” says Jacob. “Some of our member dispensaries are already testing their product privately, but we need a system where all are able to test their product, the labs are independent, and the consumer can rely on the results.”
The CAMCD board has created a working group with dispensary owners, cannabis producers, processors, and lab owners, to create guidelines and structure for the testing program. The board wants the system to be in place by May 2017.
Association President Jeremy Jacob will be available for questions today at 4:30 PST
Jeremy Jacob (604) 317-5759
Guest Speaker: Michael Davis
Michael Davis, Former Director Of Communications for Attorney General of Canada, Judy Raybould Wilson, provided Strategic Communications for the Federal Task Force On Legalization. He is now the President of Public Relations firm Public Affair.
Michael will give us an insider perspective on the sentiment in Ottawa with regard to Cannabis Legalization and specifically dispensaries. He will walk us through the timeline of Federal Legislation and also provide us with some general strategic recommendations. Don’t miss this opportunity!
Networking Begins At 6:30pm
Meeting Begins At 7:00pm
Our newsletter for the Summer of 2015 includes updates from CAMCD, as well as information and event listings pertinent to medical cannabis dispensaries. If you aren’t on our e-mail list, you can find the newsletter HERE
Our newsletter for the Spring of 2015 includes updates from CAMCD, as well as information and event listings pertinent to medical cannabis dispensaries. If you aren’t on our e-mail list, you can find the newsletter HERE
Our newsletter for the fall of 2014 includes updates from CAMCD, as well as information and event listings pertinent to medical cannabis dispensaries. If you aren’t on our e-mail list, you can find the newsletter here.
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