GrowerIQ Can Help You Access Cannabis Funding from the Trade Commissioner Service

Canada to Offer Federal Support for International Cannabis Trade

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Sherry Ellen Slitts
Sherry has been active in the biotechnology industry since 2010. She is experienced in developing quality management systems and documentation for regulatory compliance under GMP guidelines. Her background in microbiology, cell biology, and aseptic processing provide a scientific context for cannabis production methods. Sherry has a passion for plant science, especially in the areas of tissue culture and bioactive compound extraction.

Federal funding and business support is coming to the Canadian cannabis industry!

Cannabis SOPs are all the buzz, as the industry is budding with oppourtunities. In recent news, Marijuana Business Daily reported that the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service (TCS) has decided to offer funding for Canadian medical cannabis firms interested in exploring oversea business opportunities. Their goal is to help Canadian medical cannabis firms with a solid cannabis business plan with Cannabis Standard Operating Procedures in place, to access and research new markets.

Since passage and implementation of the Cannabis Act, Canada has been leading the way in North American cannabis legalization. The Cannabis Act and its regulations are much akin to the European Union’s GMP regulations for pharmaceutical production. Indeed, there is very little gap between the two, which means that Canadian cannabis products are up to par with harmonized pharmaceutical regulations.

While Canadian regulators have primed their cannabis market for the eventuality of international trade, this federal funding from TCS will make it possible for firms to explore this fantastic possibility.

Marijuana Business Daily reports:

TCS can provide services to Canadian companies involved in the medical cannabis industry if they are seeking to do business in jurisdictions that: 1. Are parties to the United Nations Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs 2. Have a legal framework for the medical or scientific use of cannabis

Excitingly, all of the services and support traditionally available from the Trade Commissioner Service will be available to qualifying cannabis firms. This includes networking with foreign partners, access to the Business Development Bank of Canada and Export Development Canada, participation in international trade events, and financial support including grant money.

There are limits on the services and support that TCS provides to the cannabis industry. Their services will not be available for the purpose of lobbying foreign governments to influence their cannabis policies. This assistance also cannot be used in relation to recreational cannabis overseas. All companies must have proper permits and authorizations in order to be considered for aid from TCS.

GrowerIQ's cannabis consultants can help you access sources of funding for your cannabis business.

The Canadian Trade Commissioner Service will only support activities related to medicinal cannabis.

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Despite some caveats, this is very exciting news. Legally exporting medical cannabis is almost unheard of and requires following careful and nuanced legal processes. Having federal support and funding to support such endeavors puts Canada in a unique position. This program also paves the way for the export of hemp and CBD products, which Canada also regulates under the Cannabis Act.

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