The National Association of Cannabis Businesses (NACB) has announced the adoption of national standards for production, process safety controls and storage of cannabis-infused products.

"Cannabis infusions continue to expand in scope and volume with little standardized control,” said Tom Nolasco, director of legal and strategic initiatives at the NACB. “This technical process requires guidance for the safety of consumers and reputation of the industry."

“NACB Standards are designed to protect consumers and demonstrate to regulators and the public that our members operate at the highest levels of ethics and responsibility, especially when it comes to the safety and quality of their products,” added Adrienne Uthe, NACB’s vice president, sales and marketing. “We’ve collaborated with cannabis industry experts, including our members Rebel Coast and Therapy Tonics, to define these best practices for cannabis-infused products. We’re committed to shaping cannabis into a safe, responsible and ethical industry.” 

The NACB has already adopted national standards for packaging and labeling, lab testing, advertising and security. To create each set of standards, the NACB takes input from its members along with government and subject matter experts, in addition to referring to other highly regulated industries. Once drafted and approved by members, the NACB receives feedback that is discussed and considered. After that, the standard may be revised and finally voted on and adopted by NACB members.  

Tom Nolasco leads the NACB’s National Standards initiatives. Nolasco is a 20-year litigator who entered the cannabis industry six years ago through partnership dispute cases. Previously, he served as co-chair of the Dickinson Wright National Cannabis Group. Nolasco has worked with municipal, state and federal legislators, including Representative Ed Perlmutter’s team on the SAFE Act. He is recognized nationally as an expert on medical and recreational cannabis laws on insurance.

Additional NACB Standards adopted and in progress include:

  • Packaging & Labeling
  • Advertising
  • Lab Testing & Product Integrity
  • Security 
  • Hemp (in progress)

Compliance with these standards is required for ongoing membership in the NACB. More information about the NACB and an application for membership are available at NACB.com.

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