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The ACMPR, which stand for Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulation is a result of the Allard v Canada case that ruled the former regulations, the Marijuana for Medical Purposes Regulations (MMPR) infringed on Canadian patient’s right to reasonable access to medical cannabis. The ACMPR not only allows Canadian patients to register and obtain their medical marijuana from Health Canada approved Licensed Producers, but it also enables Canadians the option to grow a limited amount of cannabis for themselves, or designate someone to grow/ produce their medical marijuana for them.
Healthcare Practitioners still operate as gate-keepers under the ACMPR, as patients must obtain a prescription for medical cannabis to register with a Licensed Producer, or register with Health Canada for a personal production license.
In regards to cannabis testing, Health Canada recognizes that licensed producers may either conduct in-house testing or rely on third-party to perform testing of dried marijuana for microbial and chemical contaminants and to determine percentages of delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CDB). If testing is conducted by a third party (one who holds a valid license under the Narcotic Control Regulations or the MMPR), it remains the licensed producer’s responsibility to ensure that the analytical testing methods used by the third party laboratories are conducted using validated methods.
The Licensed Producer is responsible for demonstrating that the methods used for the analytical testing were validated before being used. The results of validation studies should be documented and maintained. Appropriate reference standards and controls should be included in each testing protocol, and licensed producers must keep records summarizing testing protocols followed and detailed testing results for each batch or lot of cannabis. Synfine-standards suite of tests provides consumers, produces and retailers with accurate and essential information about the quality and safety of their cannabis products. It includes determining the 95 pesticides (as per Health Canada Mandate); mycotoxins, terpenes, heavy metals, residual solvents and gender of the given cannabis plant.
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