Since overhauling the federal cannabis license software course of in Could, Well being Canada accomplished about three-quarters of the eligible high-level evaluations within the licensing queue as of the top of June.

However some trade sources say the regulatory company isn’t transferring quick sufficient.

As of Could 8, Well being Canada began requiring new cannabis cultivation candidates to have a completely constructed website on the time of their software.

Present candidates – those that had not acquired a confirmation-of-readiness letter – had been to be put by means of a high-level overview.

Well being Canada aimed to finish these evaluations by the top of June, the regulator stated on the time.

Latest knowledge reveals the regulator is making vital progress.

By the top of June, 450 high-level evaluations had been full. Well being Canada stated 580 purposes had been eligible for the overview when the adjustments had been made in Could.

A accomplished high-level overview means these candidates acquired a standing replace letter indicating Well being Canada had no issues with what was proposed within the purposes.

As soon as candidates have accomplished websites that meet the regulatory necessities – and website readiness packages have been submitted – the well being division will overview purposes intimately, “in precedence primarily based on the unique software date,” a spokesperson stated.

Trade issues

Some trade sources say the regulator is falling behind.

“Though they’ve nice intentions, it’s clear that Well being Canada doesn’t have the bandwidth to carry out the location audits, to maintain each single cannabis producer in line, and overview new licensing purposes which might be nonetheless pouring in – a minimum of not but,” stated Lucas McCann, chief scientific officer at Toronto-based regulatory consulting agency CannDelta.

Well being Canada stated it hopes the applying overhaul will slash the time it takes to get a cultivation license.

“A part of this modification to the method was Well being Canada promising to submit a high-level overview to all the present candidates on the time of the announcement in Could, but solely about two-thirds of our purchasers have acquired this high-level software overview,” McCann stated.

“This can be a litmus check, which has led to vital doubt that Well being Canada will be capable of meet its new, self-imposed licensing timelines.

“My guess is that they gained’t come shut till early 2020.”

Well being Canada has its palms full.

Prior to now two years, 135 new websites had been licensed to provide cannabis, which is triple the quantity licensed within the earlier 4 years, in keeping with the regulator.

As of June 1, Well being Canada authorized greater than 280 growth amendments, permitting these license holders to broaden manufacturing capability at current websites.

Extra new knowledge

  • Well being Canada stated it has 63 proof packages within the Hashish Monitoring and Licensing System (CTLS) from candidates with absolutely constructed websites.
  • Fifty-nine have been efficiently screened and are below lively overview.
  • As of June 28, 186 websites had a license to domesticate, produce and/or promote cannabis.
  • As of July 5, Well being Canada stated it had acquired 807 purposes within the CTLS for websites looking for cannabis cultivation, processing or sale. Earlier than Could 8, virtually 120 of them acquired a affirmation of readiness letter.
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