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Americans for Safe Access Holding Certification Training Program for the Medical Cannabis Industry

Industry and product safety experts from Americans for Safe Access (ASA) will hold a free online training program on Tuesday, December 13 through December 16, for medical cannabis regulators, growers, manufacturers, and retailers in the Los Angeles area. The training program is designed to educate them on the many components of the medical cannabis industry, such as quality control and regulator inspection preparedness.

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Paul Hyland, Delaware Office of Medical Marijuana:
“I would definitely recommend it to the other state medical marijuana program administrators”
[Cape Gazette]

The Patient Focused Certification (PFC) program is a third-party certification program for the medical cannabis industry that provides tools to promote the adoption of industry safety standards and regulations, from the growth of the cannabis plant to its consumption. PFC standards are based on those issued by the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) and the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia (AHP) Cannabis monograph, making PFC the only training program of its kind.

PFC offers training to state inspectors and holds the first of its kind government contracts for training and education. “I found the class to be helpful to learn about auditing operations and structuring regulatory compliance inspections,” said Paul Hyland, program administrator for the Delaware Office of Medical Marijuana. “I would definitely recommend it to the other state medical marijuana program administrators.”

The four-day training will utilize hands-on exercises to provide a professional credential for professionals working in the cannabis industry. During the training, participants will receive a detailed overview of cannabis as medicine, the history of cannabis laws in the U.S., best security practices for cannabis businesses, and the human body’s endocannabinoid system.

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Dr. Jahan Marcu, Americans for Safe Access:
“Product safety protocols are a part of every legitimate industry”
[Virginia NORML / YouTube]

The course will cover PFC’s National Cannabis Standards in the areas of Cultivation and Processing; Manufacturing, Packaging, Labeling and Holding; Distribution (Dispensing); and Laboratory Operations. Also covered will be pesticide use guidance, sustainability considerations, preparation for internal and external audits, and more.

PFC programs are recognized by governments, healthcare professionals and cannabis industry professionals from around the country and internationally. Involved in medical cannabis education since 2002, PFC staff have trained thousands of medical cannabis providers, patients, caregivers and practitioners.

“Medical cannabis is a safe and effective medicine, but the industry needs clear standards to become transparent, safe, and reliable, just as other industries have done,” explained Dr. Jahan Marcu, chief scientist at ASA. “Americans for Safe Access created the PFC program to bring modern and science-based standards to each sector of the industry–retailers, growers, manufacturers, and testing laboratories. Product safety protocols are a part of every legitimate industry.”

Read more on PFC training here: http://patientfocusedcertification.org

See more on the Los Angeles PFC training sessions here: http://www.safeaccessnow.org/pfcvp_la

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