The Great GMP Debate–What Actually Counts as Certified Medical Cannabis Around the World
There has been a marked change in the world of cannabis over the last 24 months. Namely the entire market, no matter where it exists, is getting far more certified and regulated. The days of bootleg product may not be entirely over, but at this point the writing is on the wall. Just about everywhere.
What that level of regulation has to be, however is far from homogenized—even in regions like Europe. In the United States, because reform has come state by state, there is no national regulating mandate (so state regulations vary widely). Indeed, in the aftermath of federal reform in the United States, there will also be a period where state markets recognize mutual certification standards.
As a result of the 2018 Farm Bill, hemp crops in the U.S. are being brought more or less to a national standard as well as national regulations.
But that is just the tip of the iceberg.
The International Market Is Moving to GMP – But Whose Counts?
In Europe, the discussion of equalizing standards is two-fold and already very much in the room. Here is why.
While the EU-GMP standard is supposed to be uniform and accepted by states across the