Events ASA Calendar of Advocacy Events

Jul 11

PFC Cannabis Professional Certification Workshops

  • July 11, 2016 8:00 AM
  • American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA) in Frederick, MD

Patient Focused Certification (PFC) and the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA) will be hosting a PFC Verified Professional (PFCVP) training, July 11 - 15 at A2LA headquarters in Frederick, MD.  This weeklong set of courses will provide a professional credential for individuals working in the cannabis industry as well as an opportunity to receive ISO/IEC 17025 training at this event.

The PFCVP standards 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 PFCVP to prove they have mastered core industry standards, state laws and regulations, and product safety protocols. PFCVP ensures you and/or employer, that you have the skills, expertise and training necessary to meet regulatory requirements. Individuals who successfully complete the PFCVP will also complete the 100 Level of the PFC Auditors Training Program.

This course is a comprehensive look at the Patient Focused Certification program and the foundation of its standards; the American Herbal Products Association's best practices guidelines for cannabis operators and the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia Cannabis Monograph. In this course, you will receive a detailed review of the PFC process and you will also gain critical insight into the interpretation of the requirements of this international standard. This course is designed to familiarize trainees with audit protocols, checklists and documentation audits. This in-person course will be taught using a combination of lecture and hands on exercises.


  • Enhance professional credibility
  • Become expert on AHPA and AHP 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 this training: Regulators, people interested in becoming auditors, companies applying for PFC certification needing to satisfy training requirements, cannabis business professionals, and businesses applying for state licenses.


PFC certification programs are recognized by governments, healthcare professionals and cannabis industry professionals from around the country. 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 hundreds of thousands of medical cannabis providers, patients, caregivers and practitioners.

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.  Additionally, PFC has been awarded a contract with the State of Maryland to train all compliance inspectors for the State’s medical cannabis program.

How to Register

Please choose one of the following discounted packages.  You may also sign up for individual classes by purchasing "a la carte" credits. 

Course Descriptions

Class Schedule


Jul 19

Cannabis Quality- Strategies & Solutions Summit

  • July 19, 2016 12:00 PM
  • Millennium Biltmore Hotel, Los Angeles, CA

Steph and Jahan are both excited to have the opportunity to be speaking at an event like this which presents a great opportunity to communicate with state regulators and so many talented individuals working in medical cannabis.

Cannabis prohibition is almost over. A vast, once-underground cottage industry is professionalizing, and now looking at tens of billions in legal sales nationally.

However, until full federal legalization, much remains murky. State regulations are a Work-In-Progress, changing weekly. Yet the future Rules of the Road are being laid down. Regulators are writing guidelines for how grow, extraction, production and retail operations need to be run, and what testing procedures need to be met in order to maintain licenses. Contaminants are an immediate roadblock. Testing by independent labs becomes critical. The testing labs themselves need to operate by common standards, and be certified. In parallel, testing for potency – the relative percentages of dozens of active, synergistic cannabinoids -- goes to the very heart of the Medical Marijuana value proposition.

Attend the Cannabis Quality Strategies & Solutions Summit to stay on top of the most cutting-edge developments and network with: officials from multiple states, quality operations and testing experts, cannabinoid/biomedical research gurus, policy-makers, leading voices from the movement, and solution providers. This event will raise the discussion to a new level.

Apr 07

National Medical Cannabis Unity Conference 2017

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


Mar 23

National Medical Cannabis Unity Conference 2018

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