Wellness Canada is taking measures to combat extended wait occasions for analysis licenses following admitting it was obtaining challenges processing applicants.

A July short article from CTV News highlighted Wellness Canada’s processing troubles. It revealed that about 250 applicants have been at present in the queue for analysis licenses and only 65 new licenses had been authorized given that recreational cannabis was legalized when the Cannabis Act passed in October, 2018.

Wellness Canada told CTV it was obtaining “challenges in processing occasions for new analysis license applications” as it transitions hundreds of authorized analysis licenses from the Narcotics Manage Regulations to the Cannabis Act.

Science Mag reports that researchers are frustrated by the extended wait occasions for licenses.

Aurora Cannabis’ Chief Science Officer Jonathan Web page told the magazine that Wellness Canada’s licensing technique is swamped, and analysis does not seem to be a priority.

University of Lethbridge plant geneticist Igor Kovalchuk noted that the licensing method became bogged down given that recreational cannabis was legalized, which developed a surge in applicants not only for analysis licenses, but also for increasing, packaging and promoting.

Improvements coming

Considering that CTV’s short article, although, Wellness Canada seems to be far more proactive towards approving analysis license applications, according to Science Mag. 

The agency now announces weekly the quantity of new analysis permits granted, and says 45 licenses have been granted given that the short article was published, with 15 of them issued the week ending on August 16. That brings the total to 113 licenses issued given that legalization.

A Wellness Canada spokesperson told Science Mag the agency is also boosting its staff functioning on cannabis license applications to 140 and expects the weekly quantity of licenses granted to develop in the coming weeks.

What could aid is a new protocol to classify applicants primarily based on threat, which would enable smaller sized projects that use significantly less cannabis to get an expedited critique.

The agency hopes to quickly approve analysis licenses for a single project in 45 days and multi-project licenses in 180 days.

A analysis license makes it possible for the possession, transportation and chemical alteration of the cannabis plant, which would otherwise be illegal beneath the Cannabis Act.

Analysis license applicants should show how considerably cannabis they program to use, submit floor plans that meet safety specifications, and offer you a program on how they will destroy the unused cannabis at the finish of the project, which needs two witnesses to make sure it is carried out.