Events ASA Calendar of Advocacy Events

Feb 07

Philadelphia PFC Verified Professional Training

  • February 07, 2017 8:00 AM
  • Downtown Philadelphia TBD in Philadelphia, PA

Cannabis is the fastest growing industry in the United States, and with this increasingly competitive market and ever changing regulations, it has become essential for regulators, industry workers, and employers to stay up-to-date with the latest best practices.  

In order to help you master industry’s best practices for Cultivation, Manufacturing and Distribution,Patient Focused Certification (PFC) will be hosting a PFC Verified Professional (PFCVP) training, February 7 - 10 in Philadelphia, PA.

What You Will Learn

This 4-day in-person training will be taught using a combination of lecture and hands on exercises to provide a professional credential for regulators and business professionals working in the cannabis industry. During this training, you will receive a detailed overview of Cannabis as medicine including a history of Cannabis in the U.S., best security practices for cannabis businesses, and the human body’s endocannabinoid system. Additionally, this 4-day course will cover PFC’s National Cannabis Standards in the areas of Cultivation and Processing; Manufacturing, Packaging, Labeling and Holding; and Distribution (Dispensing) as well as pesticide use guidance, sustainability considerations, QC/QA & representative sampling protocols, and preparation for internal and external audits.

Why You Should Attend the Training

The National Cannabis Standards, adopted by the PFC program, represent the consensus of the world’s leading experts on cannabis, hemp and botanical product regulations. Having met strict criteria established by the PFC program, individuals can use the PFCVP program to prove they have mastered core industry standards, state laws and regulations, and product safety protocols. PFCVP ensures that you have the skills, expertise and training, necessary to meet regulatory requirements, prepare for internal & external audits, and meet your regulator's rigorous product safety protocols. 

"I found the class to be helpful to learn about auditing operations and structuring regulatory compliance inspections. I would definitely recommend it." 
— Paul Hyland, Program Administrator Delaware Office of Medical Marijuana

Benefits

  • Enhance professional credibility
  • Become expert on AHP and AHPA Guidelines
  • Show patients, health practitioners, and regulators your investment in the well-being of your patients and/consumers
  • Increase on the job confidence
  • Demonstrate your knowledge on industry best practices

Who Should Attend the Training

Businesses that have received or are waiting for State licenses, cannabis business professionals, Regulators, companies applying for PFC certification needing to satisfy training requirements, and people interested in becoming auditors.

Why PFC?

PFC programs are recognized by governments, healthcare professionals and cannabis industry professionals from around the country and internationally. PFC is the nation’s only certification program for the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) guidelines and the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia (AHP) Cannabis monograph. As a leader in medical cannabis education since 2002, PFC staff have trained thousands of medical cannabis providers, patients, caregivers and practitioners.

PFC has been awarded a contract with the State of Maryland to train all compliance inspectors for the State’s medical cannabis program. Additionally, PFC currently holds the first government-issued educational permit from the District of Columbia to provide the required staff trainings for the District’s legal medical cannabis providers.

How to Register

Click Tickets below and choose the package that works best for you.  You may also sign up for individual classes by purchasing "a la carte" credits. Government regulators can register to audit the class for free also by clicking tickets and choosing the regulator option. 

Location

Downtown Philadelphia - Location TBD 

Can't attend in-person? We are now offering these courses online!

If you are interested in attending the classes online, email Tim Murphy at tim@safeaccessnow.org and we will send you instructions and a link to our virtual classroom. The online classes will be live and will not be recorded, so you will need to have a steady internet connection for the duration of the courses you take. 

Course Descriptions

Mar 24

PFC Dispensary Staff Training and Certification

  • March 24, 2017 10:00 AM
  • ASA HQ in Washington, DC

Due to an increased demand for PFC Dispensary Staff Certification and new regulations mandating training requirements, ASA is now hosting in-person PFC Dispensary Staff trainings every week at their headquarters in Washington, DC!

Training Agenda: PFC Dispensary Staff Certification (Full day)

 10-11am:  Core Cannabis Training: Cannabis as Medicine
The course gives participants an overview of the most current cannabis research, how cannabis works in the body, different varieties of cannabis and cannabinoids, and the various cannabis-based pharmaceuticals currently available.
 11am-Noon:  Core Cannabis Training: Cannabis Business Operations
The course teaches how to deliver the best quality of care to customers, how to handle interactions with Federal Law Enforcement, what to do in an emergency situation, and how to ensure the safety of cannabis products.
 Noon-1pm:  Lunch Break
 1pm-2pm:  Core Cannabis Training: Understanding Cannabis Law
The course is an overview of federal cannabis laws, the history of medical cannabis laws, which states have medical cannabis laws, and the conflict between state and federal laws.
 2-4pm:  Core Cannabis Training: State and Local Legal Compliance
These courses are designed to give individuals a comprehensive foundation of knowledge of the laws pertaining to Cannabis businesses, as well as, the regulations that govern day to day operations. The SSCT course is broken into two components: state and local laws & state and local regulations.
 4-6pm:  National Cannabis Standards Training: Distribution Operations
This course is designed to educate industry professionals about the particulars of compliance specific to the AHPA guidelines. In this guide you will learn the skills necessary to implement Best Management Practices relating to the distribution of cannabis and derived products directly to compliant individuals through storefront operations, delivery services, direct-from-garden operations, and growing co-op operations.

 

PFC programs are recognized by governments, healthcare professionals and cannabis industry professionals from around the country and internationally. PFC is the nation’s only certification program for the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) guidelines and the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia (AHP) Cannabis monograph. As a leader in medical cannabis education since 2002, PFC staff have trained thousands of medical cannabis providers, patients, caregivers and practitioners.

"Establishing training guidelines and programs for dispensary staff has clearly become an urgent national priority."
— Daniele Piomelli, PhD, University of California-Irvine, School of Medicine & Editor-in-Chief Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research Journal.

"I found the class to be helpful to learn about auditing operations and structuring regulatory compliance inspections. I would definitely recommend it."
— Paul Hyland, Program Administrator Delaware Office of Medical Marijuana

Space is limited, reserve your seat today!

Apr 07

National Medical Cannabis Unity Conference 2017

  • April 07, 2017 6:00 PM
  • Loews Madison Hotel in Washington, DC

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Mar 23

National Medical Cannabis Unity Conference 2018

  • March 23, 2018 6:00 PM
  • Loews Madison Hotel in Washington, DC

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