CANNABIS INDUSTRY REPORTS
CANNABIS BUSINESS RESOURCES
The J.Whitney Group believes in transparency and likes to share well researched informational resources and cannabis industry reports with cannabis business clients. Access to information is key in any business, cannabis business included. Here you will find a few in depth cannabis industry reports from the most recent few years providing useful and well composed insights about the cannabis industry from thinkers and scholars we respect in the United States and Canada.
CANNABIS INDUSTRY INSIGHTS
Worry about bad marijuana—not Big Marijuana
By John Hudak and Jonathan Rauch
Published by The Center for Effective Public Management at Brookings Institute
" This paper argues against alarmism. In it, we [John Hudak & Jonathan Rauch, Scholars of Brookings Institute, 2016] try to think through some implications of the corporatization of marijuana. In brief, concluding:
• The marijuana industry will remain a diverse one even as large corporations emerge. The Big Marijuana rubric is more misleading than helpful as a guide to policy because it oversimplifies and stereotypes what is in reality a continuum of business scales and structures.
• Big Tobacco in its notorious heyday is very unlikely to be repeated in the case of marijuana. A more likely commercial and regulatory model is alcohol, which is regulated primarily at the state level, combines mandatory with voluntary measures to police industry conduct, does a credible job of preventing antisocial and abusive commercial behavior, and has proven stable over time and broadly acceptable to the public and the industry.
• Intelligently regulated and managed, Big Marijuana can be part of the solution. Corporatization, though not without its hazards, has considerable upsides. It brings advantages in terms of public accountability and regula- tory compliance, product safety and reliability, market stability, and business professionalism.
• Policy should concern itself with harmful practices, not with industry structure, and it should begin with a pre- sumption of neutrality on issues of corporate size and market structure. Attempts to block corporatization are likely to backfire or fail. For policymakers, the concern should be bad marijuana, not big marijuana."
[Source: Hudak, J., and Rauch, J. (2016) Worry about bad marijuana—not Big Marijuana. Retrieved from The Center for Effective Public Management at Brookings Institute]
Guidance for State Medical Cannabis Testing Programs
Published by The Association of Public Health Laboratories
"Medical cannabis has been approved for use in a number of states but remains outside federal control. As has been reported, the absence of federal guidance when it comes to cannabis testing has led states to develop their own approaches. Since 2014, the Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL) has convened a monthly community of practice call so that member laboratories could share questions, advice, lessons learned and resources. During these calls, a theme emerged where every new participant asked the same questions as others who came before. In order to collect the knowledge being shared, APHL created this guidance document.
The main audience for this document is laboratorians who are being asked to develop new cannabis testing programs. It can also be used to assess existing programs. Other audiences mayinclude state legislators and their staff, state health officials, and those working in the cannabis industry."
[Source: Guidance for State Medical Cannabis Testing Programs.(2016). Retrieved from The Association of Public Health Laboratories]
Navigating Risks on the Road to Cannabis Legalization
Published by Price Waterhouse Cooper, Canada
"With parliamentary decisions moving quickly, there are a number of implementation considerations that need to be addressed. Particular attention must be paid to the areas of public, private and consumerrisk with respect to the legalization of cannabis in Canada. In addition, provinces and territories will need to be mindful of operational risks andopportunities in applying the federal regulation. The top considerations are explored below with the objectives of further stimulating the discussion and broadening awareness of the many issues that will impact stakeholdersacross the ecosystem.
We [Price Waterhouse Cooper, Canada, 2018] explore key areas such as:
Are the timelines for legalization realistic? How will the timelines impact the government’s ability to address policy objectives?
What elements need to be considered to obtain assurance over the seed-to-sale process?
How might the recommended restrictions on marketing
and advertising impact policy objectives and operating models?
What factors should be considered as distribution channelsand pricing are being defined?
What critical policies, programs and communications need to be established for public health and safety?
How can Canada be a global leader in researching the long-term impacts of cannabis use?
What are some of the concerns around the supply of cannabis? How might these concerns and other considerations impact the black market?"
[Source: Navigating Risks on the Road to Cannabis Legalization. (2017) Retrieved from Price Waterhouse Cooper, Canada]
The Elephant in Nevada's Hotel Rooms: Social Consumption of Recreational Marijuana, A Survey of Law, Issues, and Solutions
By Brent Resh, Alysa Grimes, Beatriz Aguirre
Published by Nevada Law Journal Forum
"The consumption of marijuana in a tavern-like setting raises a host of issues and regulatory challenges—several, but not all, of which are analogous to the regulation of alcohol consumption in taverns. What level of government should implement the requirements and regulations that will ultimately govern such marijuana-consumption taverns? Should such establishments be permitted to produce and/or sell marijuana and marijuana products directly to patrons for onsite consumption? If yes, then what limitations and restrictions should be specifically placed on that production and/or sale of marijuana? Should such establishments be permitted to operate as restaurants or entertainment venues? Should they be permitted to sell and serve alcohol in addition to marijuana? How should they be regulated for indoor air quality? Should they be treated the same as alcohol taverns in terms of statutorily imposed or limited liability for the torts of their patrons? How should nuisance complaints (e.g., for odor or noise) by neighbors of such an establishment be addressed? And where should social-consumption establishments be zoned?
Laws, regulations, and ordinances that have already been enacted or proposed in several states offer varying answers to each of these questions regarding marijuana taverns—what this White Paper calls “social-consumption establishments.” A comparison of those answers should prove useful for lawmakers who either are or will be considering similar laws, regulations, or ordinances for their states or local governments. Although this Paper will focus on solutions for Nevada (and for Las Vegas in particular), its analysis should prove useful to any jurisdiction that has already considered, is currently considering, or will at some point consider, a social-consumption industry. A brief summary of the approaches to solving the primary issues impeding a consumption industry follows."
[Source: Resh, B., Grimes, A., and Aguirre, B. (2018).The Elephant in Nevada's Hotel Rooms: Social Consumption of Recreational Marijuana, A Survey of Law, Issues, and Solutions. Retrieved from Nevada Law Journal Forum]
RFID Practical Application In The Marijuana Industry
By Scott Denholm
Published by Franwell (METRC)
Cannabis Industry Practices
"The purpose of this white paper is to define and develop a deeper understanding of the RFID technology, alleviate common misconceptions and explore the benefits and why it was chosen as a positive technology for the marijuana industry.
The advantage of these more “intelligent” systems is that, unlike barcode-based data collection, an RFID system can read the information on a tag without requiring line of sight, without a particular orientation or from short read distances. While looking at these advantages it is important to note the particular application benefits. The Marijuana industry has a fragile product that is highly susceptible to damage, as communicated by several companies and industry organizations.
RFID’s traditional supply chain benefits apply to the Marijuana industry just as any other manufacturing or retail operation including: Improve cycle counting, inventory taking, improve inventory accuracy, improve FIFO, improve check in /out, improve data accuracy, improve disposition, quickly locate missing items.
This means that RFID systems can be largely automated, reducing the necessity of manual scanning for exceptions management. RFID is an excellent business tool that helps manage supply chains, increase margins and profits, and decrease costs."
[Source: Denholm, Scott. RFID Practical Application in The Marijuana Industry. Published by Franwell. Retrieved from METRC