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Therapy Tonics & Provisions CEO – Chris Coggan Talks California Cannabis Industry on wsRadio.com

Recorded on 9/14/18 on wsRadio.com – Listen in for an inside perspective into the California cannabis industry as radio host Drew Schlosberg interviews Chris Coggan, CEO of a popular San Diego-based recreational cannabis-infused beverage brand Therapy Tonics & Provisions.

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Talking points

  • The power of dosing in the hands of the consumer
  • Cannabis legalization in California
  • History of Therapy Tonics & Provisions, founded in 2015 specifically for medical marijuana patients
  • Educating the consumer – “everyone has a different relationship with THC”
  • Common myths surrounding the cannabis industry
  • Learning from other recreational “adult use” states, how the southern California market compares and differs
  • Directing policy in the industry and how it affects regulation
  • The underlying illicit cannabis market
  • Breaking down Therapy Tonics & Provisions products
  • Product development, inspirations & complications
  • Phase 2 testing, sourcing & CoA’s
  • Engaging cannabis with healthcare professionals
  • How cannabis is affected on a federal level
  • Looking to the future with Therapy Tonics & Provisions
  • How to support and engage Therapy Tonics & Provisions

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By in Media Comments Off on Permanent Regulations in California’s Cannabis Market are About to be Released

Permanent Regulations in California’s Cannabis Market are About to be Released

California’s licensed cannabis operators are readying themselves for the adoption of permanent regulations, which are expected to be revealed in the next few weeks. For legal operators, finding product in the current emergency regulatory environment has proven to be difficult. The pending release of regulations has culminated in a collective sigh of relief, peppered with a fair bit of trepidation, as the underpinnings of both statutory and regulatory rules evolve into a tangible foundation.

Tangible, however, does not necessarily qualify as practical or even readily achievable.

To qualify the challenges faced in this regulatory environment, a brief history will provide some context. In 1996, Proposition 215 passed, which made medical marijuana accessible to qualified residents of California, while simultaneously promoted California as the leader of state marijuana reform. Fast Forward to 2015. 2015 saw the passage of the Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MCRSA). This created a pathway to regulation, but it was not until a year later when Proposition 64, the Control, Regulate and Tax Adult Use of Marijuana Act passed that the state engaged in the process and began to consider regulation.

Regulators now found themselves working under a tight deadline to regulate a $2B marketplace they did not understand, a market that had self-regulated for almost two decades.

It has been a race to permanent regulations ever since and many problems persist that have no means of a timely resolution. The expectation of permanent regulations is that they will closely mirror the existing emergency regulations, with a few small changes and/or clarifications throughout.

From a cannabis manufacturing perspective, one major change the state is expected to accommodate relates specifically to the way vape cartridges are tested. Currently, as a manufactured product, these cartridges are to be tested in their final packaging. The issue is, these small cartridges are not made to be opened, so pulling samples out of these is not only wasteful but dangerous to the lab technician trying to open the fragile metal and glass cylinders.

The new regulations will also reflect a reversal in original policy as it relates to delivery. This change, implemented at the beginning of June 2018, puts the interests of non-licensed technology companies into a powerful position in California’s cannabis delivery market. This highly contested change reveals the dynamics of an industry that is so large and consequential that the economic ramifications extend far beyond the industry itself. The political influence of ancillary market sectors, from insurers to technology providers, has proven powerful and potentially fractious.

Additionally, several definitions will be refined and perceived loopholes closed, but many of the larger problems that echo across the supply chain are statutory in nature. These issues, revolving around distribution, tax collection, child-resistant packaging and testing validation protocol, will prove the biggest challenges for operators in the near-term. Challenges related to these topics will continue to plague licensed operators and fuel the illicit marketplace which, by some estimates, has tripled in size since January 2018.

The good news, however, is that cannabis industry leaders are working closely with state legislators and regulators to address these challenges. The Bureau of Cannabis Control, the California Department of Public Health and the California Department of Food Safety and Agriculture’s Calcannabis division are working tirelessly with organizations like the California Cannabis Industry Association to push forward towards a normalized market built on practical regulation.

It is an issue that impacts countless small business owners like myself who are eagerly awaiting a firm resolution. A permanent set of regulations will allow for the maturation of the cannabis industry in California, which is the ultimate goal.

Christopher Coggan is CEO of Therapy Tonics & Provisions, Inc. He is chairman of the California Cannabis Industry Association Manufacturing Committee and board member of both the San Diego Cannabis Delivery Alliance and San Diego Cannabis Industry Association. Christopher can be reached at chris@therapytonics.com or 858-864-8959. 

 

 

 

By in Media Comments Off on Marijuana industry gets blunt: Stop using the word ‘pot’

Marijuana industry gets blunt: Stop using the word ‘pot’

He was dressed in a three-piece suit. But Chris Coggan nearly went unnoticed when he dropped by a San Diego city councilor’s office last year to do some lobbying on marijuana laws.

“An aide came to reception and asked, ‘Where’s the pot guy?,’ said Coggan, co-founder of Therapy Tonics & Provisions, a La Jolla cannabis drink company.

“He seemed to be looking for someone in a tie-dyed shirt with a joint stuck behind his ear.”

California voters overwhelming approved the use of recreational marijuana in 2016. And licensed stores in San Diego began selling it on January 1st, generating brisk business.

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By in Media Comments Off on Ease Back into Autumn with These Productivity-Boosting Canna-Products

Ease Back into Autumn with These Productivity-Boosting Canna-Products

As we emerge from the sluggish haze of boredom that is the end of summer, thoughts of crisp fall days and cashmere sweaters dance like the warm hues of autumn leaves we’ve yet to see. To advertisers, school boards, and your employer, it’s fall. To everyone else, it’s 1000 degrees with a debilitating humidity index. Regardless, real pressures of the post-Labor Day world are currently crashing through your inbox at a million emails an hour. Unfortunately, it’s time to switch seasonal gears, recalibrate, and get back to work.

Until fall weather kickstarts a natural pep in your step, try these productivity-boosting cannabis products to get you through the hot, sunny work days ahead. School is in session, work is in session, you might as well enjoy a session of your own.

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By in Media Comments Off on With Legalization Looming, California’s Cannabis Industry Reckons with Proposed Edibles Regulations

With Legalization Looming, California’s Cannabis Industry Reckons with Proposed Edibles Regulations

“The state needs to acknowledge and recognize that marijuana is interesting based on the fact that it affects everybody very differently. Therefore, there isn’t one dose that works for everybody,” says Chris Coogan, CEO of the cannabis drink company Therapy Tonics and Provisions, and founder of the petition to revise these regulations.

 

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