Closing the cannabis investigation gap

March 13, 2020

GLOBALG.A.P., a leader in certifying responsible agriculture, has selected ADAS (an RSK company) to lead a project assessing the interest in a responsible agriculture standard for the cannabis sector. The project, which started in January 2020, reviews the regulatory frameworks that control cannabis use issues in key countries around the world and across four main areas of the

  • production and consumption of cannabidiol (CBD)
  • use of recreational cannabis; medicinal cannabis
  • use of cannabis for the production of seed
  • fibres that can be used for applications ranging from bioplastics and textiles to construction materials.

Cannabis has been a highly controversial plant for many years, but the legislative framework policing it is changing; recreational use is now legal in countries such as Canada and regulations permitting medicinal use are increasing in countries such as the UK. In many countries, CBD is a booming product for the health and well-being market. Cannabis can no longer be ignored or treated only as an illicit substance; although staying on top of the legislation for how it can be grown and used in countries around the world is a challenge.

GLOBALG.A.P. is working with stakeholders to consider developing a standard aimed at the agricultural producer level of the cannabis sector. To help support GLOBALG.A.P.’s research and investigation into the potential uses and benefits of a standard, ADAS will lead market analysis.

The project will enable GLOBALG.A.P. to gain an understanding of what the market expects from a cannabis standard at the agricultural level and thus to design an industry-leading relevant standard. ADAS, because of its independence and objectivity regarding cannabis issues, is a natural partner. Although the development of the cannabis market is in a relatively early stage, ADAS will share the results of the investigation with GLOBALG.A.P. and offer market perspectives from a wide range of stakeholders across key potential countries that could benefit from a potential future standard.

“We were delighted to be selected by GLOBALG.A.P., a well-respected organisation in the development and ownership of standards, to deliver a project that requires an independent mindset and knowledge of agriculture and standards in the rapidly expanding cannabis sector,” said Dr Colin Morgan, Business Development Director at ADAS. “The cannabis sector is fascinating and confusing, and everyone in the sector is learning every day.”

ADAS Business Development Director Colin Morgan

Colin Morgan

“Even the word cannabis is used interchangeably with terms such as hemp, so we wanted to bring clarity to an area of analysis that could contribute to the development of standards in the sector and drive trust and confidence in the entire cannabis value chain across a range of applications. In the UK, for instance, we have seen a massive increase in the use of CBD, but consumers are not always clearly aware of the origins, traceability and production methods of the products they are consuming.

“However, standards such as those from GLOBALG.A.P. could be used by the cannabis value chain to support trust building, if that is what the market is looking for. ADAS brings its extensive connections with a range of cannabis value chains to the research. We can provide GLOBALG.A.P. with fundamental insights into the views of the sector.”

For more information, please contact Colin Morgan.