WASHINGTON DC – Legalization is coming. Time to air-lock the doors. Marijuana and hemp cultivators and manufacturers are preparing to compete when legal changes clear the way for national and global THC and CBD sales by making big investments in technology such as microbial monitoring and airflow analysis (and air-locking doors).
The pricey prep work mirrors the kinds of safety protocols required of anyone making products consumed by the public.
And what’s coming is called GMP, short for Good Manufacturing Practice, a lengthy set of cleanliness and safety protocols required of all kinds of manufacturers making consumer packaged goods, from commercial bread factories to pharmaceutical firms making high-tech medical treatments and devices.
The rules – often called cGMP, with the “c” meaning “current” because the regulations change over time – aren’t cheap or simple.