What type of finished product are you looking to process?
Health Canada introduced several new classes of cannabis cultivation licenses with the Cannabis Act. The standard processing license is one of those updates. It pairs nicely with a standard cultivation license, allowing holders the ability to transform their plant material into other types of finished products.
The standard processing licence does not come with the same restriction on a maximum of 600kg of dried product. All activities under this license must be conducted indoors - our facility designers are on hand to assist. Our Master Grower's proven high-density grow method will form part of the cultivation planning process we undertake with you. This will be crucial to ensure that you're prepared for the volume of material flowing into the processing section.
Health Canada wants to differentiate security requirements between a smaller micro processor compared to a standard license. Standard license holders face more complex security and staffing requirements. Currently in Canada, license holders are permitted to produce finished product in the form of oil extraction. Expanded finished products like edibles or infusions are on the way. These nuances can be complex. Don't risk your license. We can assist with an appropriate processing and facility plan.
Your Partner Master Grower, Shlomo Booklin
GrowerIQ's Master Grower, Shlomo Booklin, has worked as Head Grower for some of Canada's leading cannabis cultivation operations, such as Tilray and MedReleaf. Having managed the production of over 100 million plants, he has refined his growing techniques and trained others in the industry on how to produce safe for consumer, high-quality, cost-effective products. Unlike some other consulting firms, GrowerIQ brings you deep industry experience. Shlomo's 30+ years of commercial growing experience means that our experts will help craft your application submission taking into account what actually works in practice.
What should I expect during the standard processing license application process?
Health Canada wants to ensure that you've thought out every aspect of your business, and included those plans in your application. This includes obvious areas like your physical security, cultivation, and production plans, but also extends to business organizational structure, key investors, and your facility's Standard Operating Procedures. Ensuring that your standard processing application contains the requisite level of detail is one way to help the application process flow smoothly. The experts at GrowerIQ inform our planning process with actual comments received from Health Canada's review of previous applications.
The standard processing license also includes provisions around enhanced security like visual monitoring devices and intrusion detection. Beyond physical security, you'll also need to identify on your application specific individuals who fill roles for Head of Security, and a Quality Assurance Person, or QAP. A Master Grower is not required for the standard processing license.
A significant change to the application process occurred in May 2019. Now, Health Canada requires you to have a fully-built out facility before they will review your application.
Don't know where to begin? We can simplify the process.
The standard processing license class has more stringent security requirements (for example video monitoring), and personnel requirements. In exchange, you do not have any limits on material you can process.
Let's discuss your project in order to determine which of the license classes best supports you. Nothing is more frustrating than spending time and money pursuing a class of license, only to find that it doesn't meet your long-term needs.
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