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Research & Development

(R & D) License

R & D is a program required for any new industry that is creating new products. According to the ACMPR license, to conduct R & D a company had to apply for Dealer’s License under the Narcotic Control Regulations, but with the new Cannabis Regulations (2018) that designation has been done away with.

Cannabis license holders can conduct R & D activities within their authorized licensed activities (live plants, fresh and dried plant material, seeds, oil).

If you wish to conduct R & D activities outside of these authorizations, then a research license is required. For example, if you want to initiate research and development to create a unique finished product or for a recipe for the best tasting brownies, you’ll require a research license (until edibles is added to the Cannabis Regulations in October 2019).

This license will allow you to sell cannabis plants or seeds to a holder of a cultivation license, research license and cannabis drug license.

Canwis cannabis consultants’ skill set to prepare a compliant application:

  • Facility design

  • Site and physical Security design

  • Federal Acts and Regulations

  • Municipal requirements

  • Cultivation of cannabis

  • Inventory control software

  • Standard Operating Procedures, batch records and in-process quality control logs

  • Cannabis compliance

  • Submit application within Health Canada’s Cannabis Tracking and Licensing System (CTLS)

A research and development licence permits (but is not limited to):

(1) performing in vitro and in vivo studies;

(2) working with plant genetics to hybridize or genetically modify cultivars that can assist with certain types of illnesses;

(3) determining phytocannabinoid pathways and how interactions occur with different types of illnesses;

(4) developing novel cultivars;

(5) getting into the market of synthetic cannabinoids;

(6) operating with health care practitioners and perform clinical trials2;

(7) being able to tie into all other licence classes on the same site, giving the holder flexibility, among other testers of this class, in the competitive market;

(8) directing towards higher level scientific individuals, including health care, pharmacy, biochemistry individuals and more.