A few articles ago we discussed what GMP means for cannabis. In this article we take a deeper dive into the problems solved by GMP.
By understanding the problems faced by places where GMP certification is not available we can see just how valuable this certification is to individual companies and the industry as a whole.
One of the main reasons a GMP certification may not be available is lack of cannabis legislation. For example the U.S. or Nigeria where there is no federally mandated medicinal or recreational marijuana program. Examining the problems sheds light on the benefits.
The Main Problem
Keeping the main thing – the main thing is something we learned about in legal training for courtroom trials. It means staying focused on the objective. There’s one main objective in cannabis right now. . . building a regulated industry for medical and recreational use. In places where regulation guides the industry participants, Germany, Canada, Columbia, to name a few, GMP certification can work. GMP can only set the industry standard where there are regulations for cannabis participants.
A Lack of Education
The second problem we’re encountering is a lack of education. This problem in part stems from the lack of regulations. Education requires solid foundations and framework in order to be studied and understood, without regulation a lack of education will follow.
In places without access to GMP certified products their main problem is quality control or rather the lack of quality control. There’s no way to know what’s in the flower without testing. A GMP certification can guarantee testing throughout the cycle as part of a standard operating procedure. Want to know the product’s quality? You’ve got the GMP guarantee.
Consistency is of extreme importance in the area of medicinal cannabis. Prescriptions and treatments require attention to detail. Cannabis comes in many strains and varieties. There are new genetics developing all the time. GMP certifications smooth these difficulties out by setting standards allowing for consistent quality product time and time again.
While GMP standards are more general and it is left up to the cultivator the methods, a GMP certification does set an overall general standard.
Safety is one of the important aspects of a GMP certification as it addresses the people as well as the environment. At a minimum having some safety standards prevents accidents. Safety is well. . .safety.
Presentation says a lot. As a growing industry cannabis is doing pretty well. But there’s still that perception. As Joe Ori Esq. says “ 100 years of prohibition won’t go away overnight.” For cannabis to overcome past perception it has to present itself well. Brands must be stylish and welcoming. And they must reassure the consumer they are not getting bunk. GMP certification is fashionable. You want those products to have a label of some certainty.
In addition, GMP certification means cannabis is an industry. Without a GMP certification for cannabis there’s no general standards-a bunch of hooligans. GMP says cannabis is a legit industry with regulations.
To conclude; GMP certification gives us certainty a product has met a certain level of standard. The certification solves the problems facing underregulated markets. It even saves lives.