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Therapy Tonics strive for industry compliance as team members travel to Sacramento for an educational CCIA Compliance meetup

Last week, our team took the annual trip out to Sacramento for what was an eye-opening experience in the world of Cannabis Compliance as it pertains to the ever-changing California cannabis industry. The California Cannabis Industry Association hosts an annual conference that invites CCIA members to gather and learn about the most up-to-date compliance policy, and how this policy affects operating processes across the gambit of various cannabis businesses. Cannabis business operators that include cultivators, brands, retail dispensaries, & legal council contractors alike gathered for in-depth discussion and expert paneling, lead by active members of the CCIA. Therapy Tonics team members Executive assistant Bree Hess, Compliance Officer Shane O’Connel, as well as Therapy Tonics CEO & CCIA board member Chris Coggan, were all in attendance for a two-day conference to learn more about how compliance policy directly affects Therapy Tonics strategy for upcoming product launches, facilities requirements, track & trace, as well as their planned marketing initiatives.

“I was lucky enough to get the opportunity to attend the California Cannabis Industry Associations 4th Annual Policy Conference in Sacramento CA. The Conference was filled with some of the most prominent leaders within our industry and their knowledge was priceless! From the panels to the workshops, this was an incredible event, that gave Therapy Tonics the perfect building blocks to move forward and expand within 2019.” — Bree Hess

CCIA (California cannabis industry association) compliance policy meetup Sacramento, Ca March 2019 – Taken by Bree Hess

To many attendees, the highlight of the conference was the CBD and Hemp Workshop that shed light on a sector of the industry that has been unclear mostly until now. According to the panel experts, we can expect the 2018 Farm Bill to officially take effect in early 2020 following the California Lawmakers release of our States Plan pertaining to the Bill. This will allow hemp companies to pick up where they left off in 2018 when sales of CBD products derived from hemp was banned across the state. All while the state of California, aided by the CCIA is implementing more safety standards for the ways in which we test and market these products.

As for recent policy pertaining to the Cannabis industry, Therapy Tonics is fully on-board with the many policies and procedures necessary for expansion and will be implementing procedural changes to some of Therapy Tonics S.O.P’s immediately upon return back to San Diego. One scroll through social media, one would assume that many of the state’s operators have met cannabis compliance with some push-back and confusion, many brands have either not been educated on policy or have simply chosen to ignore the advising of cannabis consults such as the CCIA as it pertains to many practices. Given the often gray nature of the newly established cannabis industry, Chris Coggan & Therapy Tonics team being one of the only boot-strap brands with active leadership in the CCIA has unique position to be able to set an example and to in-practice influence cannabis compliance policy in a productive way that takes in account the concerns of the states many cannabis manufacturing brands, especially as it pertains to edibles manufacturing, labeling, track-&-trace, as well as social media & influencer marketing. CCIA members were able to test and discuss some of Therapy Tonics new & upcoming product formulations that are yet to be released. Conference attendees were all excited for our new product launches as well as the highly anticipated launch of our clothing line The Art Of Infusion, which was originally a concern as to how Cannabis brands can legally provide for-sale merchandise while still maintaining state compliance. The event afforded the team the ability to better understand the legal process in which how policy is affected, and how it should influence compliance procedures, which makes for safer cannabis operations for California communities and cannabis businesses across the board.

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 Uncategorized Comments Off on Therapy Tonics & Provisions in Compliance with California’s Cannabis Testing Regulations Ahead of July 1 Deadline

Therapy Tonics & Provisions in Compliance with California’s Cannabis Testing Regulations Ahead of July 1 Deadline

June 29, 2018

Therapy Tonics & Provisions products are in compliance with California’s new stringent cannabis testing regulations, including new labeling and packaging standards, which are set to go into effect on July 1.

The date was established as the transition period deadline for which all cannabis products sold in California must meet new guidelines to provide adult consumers ages 21-and-older with information such as ingredients and batch numbers among other things.

A leading producer of drinks and tinctures, Therapy Tonics & Provisions offers cannabis products for a variety of discerning taste buds. Compliant beverages include its vanilla caramel cannabis coffee, Indian spiced chai cannabis latte, coconut matcha cannabis tea, cayenne Mexican mocha cannabis milk, semi-sweet cannabis espresso and chamomile mint cannabis luna tea.

With its compliance program firmly in place, Therapy Tonics & Provisions is ready to meet the needs of licensed dispensaries throughout San Diego County and around the Golden State.

“In my capacity as chair for the CCIA’s (California Cannabis Industry Association) manufacturing committee, I am acutely aware of challenges that all cannabis businesses have had to overcome just to meet the state’s emergency regulatory expectations that were released late last year,” said Coggan. “These emergency regulations continue to evolve and change almost weekly. We are anxious to see the adoption of permanent regulations, the first draft of which should be available for public comment in mid-July. Once permanent regulations are in place, the California cannabis industry will be in a better position to more aggressively seek practical regulation and statutory reassessment as a means to normalize our multi-billion-dollar industry and suppress the illicit market.”

That giant step officially begins on Sunday, July 1.