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TheraCann International and Applied DNA Sciences Complete Cannabis Tracking Trial

STONY BROOK, N.Y.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Applied DNA Sciences, Inc. (NASDAQ: APDN, “Applied DNA,” “the Company”) announced today that in conjunction with TheraCann International Benchmark Corporation, it has had early success in the tagging and authentication of legal cannabis and its derivatives in a laboratory pilot. The pilot demonstrated that after a single application of Applied DNA’s molecular taggants to cannabis plants during their growth stage, the taggants are detectable in processed trimmed cannabis, extracted cannabis oils and derivative products later produced from the tagged cannabis plants.

“These early pilot results provide us confidence that our combined expertise will produce a seed-to-sale solution that will provide an unparalleled level of transparency for growers, processors and dispensaries,” said Richard Goodman, President of TheraCann’s Tracking Technology Division. “Our solution will enable all members of the cannabis supply chain to conduct their own testing and prove, with scientific certainty, that their products are originating from their facilities or other legal sources.”

“The ability for our molecular taggants to be detected throughout all points in the legal cannabis supply chain, and for the tagged product(s) to be forensically analyzed, is an important strategic advantage for our platform,” said Gordon Hope, Director of Cannabis Markets at Applied DNA. “We are encouraged by these initial pilot study results, as we expect that our taggants will serve as a unique forensic identifier that becomes part of a blockchain transaction throughout the legal cannabis supply chain.”

In January 2018, Applied DNA and TheraCann announced an initial two-year, $1 million contract for the integration of the Applied DNA’s SigNature® molecular tagging and testing technology into TheraCann’s blockchain-based, seed-to-sale Enterprise Resource Platform (ERP) for legal cannabis operations. Applied DNA will develop the technologies necessary to tag and authenticate legal cannabis throughout the supply chain and seamlessly integrate tagging and authentication data into TheraCann’s ERP and blockchain platform.

This new platform is expected to be the first system of its kind to include molecular track-and-trace built on a powerful blockchain backbone for the management and tracking of legal cannabis and derivative products within the industry. Whereas broader and expanded testing is still to be performed, this is a significant milestone toward the eventual commercialization of the combined cannabis system.

About Applied DNA Sciences

Applied DNA is a provider of molecular technologies that enable supply chain security, anti-counterfeiting and anti-theft technology, product genotyping and DNA mass production for diagnostics and therapeutics. The Company makes life real and safe by providing innovative, molecular-based technology solutions and services that can help protect products, brands, entire supply chains, and intellectual property of companies, governments and consumers from theft, counterfeiting, fraud and diversion.

The proprietary DNA-based CertainT® platform can be used to identify, tag, test, and track products, to help assure authenticity, origin, traceability, sustainability and quality of products. SigNature® DNA describes the core technology ingredient that is at the heart of a family of uncopyable, security and authentication solutions such as SigNature®T and fiberTyping®, targeted towards textiles and apparel, BackTrac® and DNAnet®, for anti-theft and loss prevention, and digitalDNA®, providing powerful track-and-trace. All provide a forensic chain of evidence and can be used to prosecute perpetrators. Applied DNA Sciences is also engaged in the large-scale production of specific DNA sequences using the polymerase chain reaction.

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About TheraCann International Benchmark Corporation

Founded in 2004, TheraCann International Benchmark Corporation offers a one-stop, full-service solution for the International cannabis marketplace. TheraCann provides business, technology and industry experts who apply advanced technology and help clients design, build and run their cannabis businesses. With nearly 5 million square feet of cannabis operations under management and the successful launch of groundbreaking Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software, Aeroponic cultivation systems and patented genetic tracking and diversion prevention systems, TheraCann provides cannabis-related businesses with solutions to fit their regulatory requirements.

More information about TheraCann is available at www.theracanncorp.com. Follow TheraCann on Twitter and LinkedIn.

Forward-Looking Statements

The statements made by Applied DNA in this press release may be “forward-looking” in nature within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements describe Applied DNA’s future plans, projections, strategies and expectations, and are based on assumptions and involve a number of risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond the control of Applied DNA. Actual results could differ materially from those projected due to our short operating history, limited financial resources, limited market acceptance, shifting enforcement priorities of US federal laws relating to cannabis, market competition and various other factors detailed from time to time in Applied DNA’s SEC reports and filings, including our Annual Report on Form 10-K filed on December 28, 2017, which is available at www.sec.gov. Applied DNA undertakes no obligation to update publicly any forward-looking statements to reflect new information, events or circumstances after the date hereof to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events, unless otherwise required by law.

Security Updates from the Health Canada for existing and potential Licenced Producers

On January 25, 2018, Health Canada updated the security requirements for Licenced Producers under the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (ACMPR). This amendment to the regulations makes substantive changes to the storage area(s) for current licensed producers and applicants, including re-classification of which was previously the ‘vault’.  As per the Security Directive the vault is now generically defined to be a ‘secure rooms or areas’. There are also impacts on the requirement for cameras within controlled areas such as grow rooms.

For the “secure room” the minimum requirements are as follows:

  • The security that was previously required for the VAULT by way of intrusion system and sensors is to be maintained. This includes full and detailed video surveillance that works in all conditions, and access control for all entry/exit points that logs and records all person(s).
  • The secure room is no longer required to have ‘free and clear’ space on all sides and ceiling as per the regulations but needs to be physically built to prevent unauthorized entry through the entry/exit points and walls/ceiling/floor, as well as allow ‘good production practices’ for a clean zone.
  • The secure room must be constructed in a manner that allows for ‘good business practices’ for the cleanliness and ability to sterilize the area.
  • Either the RPIC or A/RPIC must be present when work is conducted in secure areas. Only person(s) required to be in the storage area(s) for their work are allowed.
  • The new regulations specifically removes the requirement for 24/7 visual monitoring/recording.

Although HC has reduced the requirement for security, there are additional considerations that must be reviewed at time of construction:

  • Insurance underwriters have strongly signalled that they will adopt the model used for the jewellery industry. This means the higher the value or risk area or history of the site/business, the higher the insurance premiums will be. Premium are, in part, linked to the sophistication of the security system and the ability of the business to protect itself against disruption or theft.

HC has yet to determine the “standard” physical requirements of the storage room(s), but it is clear that the materials used must prevent unauthorized entry through the doors, walls, ceiling or floor. This will require the room(s) to be constructed of a hardened material and the doors and door frames of commercial grade steel at a minimum.

MYM Nutraceuticals to develop the cannabis “gold standard” for product testing process and technology in Canada

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada / TheNewswire / April 5, 2017MYM Nutraceuticals Inc. (CSE : MYM ) (OTC:MYMMS)(FRA:OMY), (the “Company” or “ MYM ”) is looking to lead the Canadian market by establishing the gold standard in quality assurance testing of its cannabis products. MYM has hired TheraCann Canada to implement its full suite of services including ISO 17025(2005) compliance to ensure repeatable and reliable data stands behind each product label. TheraCann Canada is also providing TheraCannSYSTEM software to MYM which directly captures all testing and analysis data to better control regulatory compliance concerns and future audits by Health Canada.

With the recent announcement that the Canadian Provinces to be able to decide how cannabis will be distributed within their borders, the federal government will oversee all medical and recreational marijuana cultivation. MYM is planning to jump ahead of the curve on future legislation to focus on in-house quality assurance testing laboratories and analytics.

Brent McNiven, President of, TheraCann Canada commented:   With the recent flurry of dangerous recalls in the Canadian market due, in part, to a lack of tighter government control on standards, we expect Health Canada will finally be moving to a stronger and more regulated testing procedure in advance of recreational legalization. TheraCann’s “gold standard” process build on ISO 17025 (2005) will meet or exceed all future regulations and ensure MYM is ready to excel in this rapidly expanding market.

Jonathan Fiteni, MYM CEO, commented :   MYM is looking to build the industry standard in all-inclusive cannabis facilities to meet the demands of the Canadian consumer. With the anticipated start of recreational legalization coming online in the summer of 2018, MYM will be positioned to provide the safest products in the market.

ABOUT MYM

MYM Nutraceuticals Inc. (CSE:MYM)(OTC:MYMMS)(FRA:OMY) is a public company trading on the Canadian Stock Exchange whose primary focus is developing high-end organic medicinal marijuana supplements and topical products. MYM also has an interest in the development of high-density farming facilities and technologies that allow MYM to expand its brand into the global market.

ABOUT THERACANN CANADA

TheraCann Canada Benchmark Corporation offers a one-stop, full-service solution for the Canadian cannabis marketplace. From regulatory applications, planning, facility design, cultivation, marketing and communications, TheraCann provides cannabis-related businesses with solutions to fit their regulatory requirements. TheraCann Canada is subsidiary of TheraCann International Benchmark Corporation. More information about TheraCann is available at www.theracanncorp.com.

 

Health Canada Marijuana Testing: Transparency or Hypocrisy?

Testing procedures

A report published by the Globe and Mail this week once again called into question the ethical and practical standards to which Health Canada operates their medical cannabis testing programs. During a random screening by Health Canada, the Toronto based Licensed Producer, Mettrum Ltd. was found to be using the pesticides Myclobutanil and Pyrethrin. Myclobutanil is deemed so dangerous that Washington, Colorado and Oregon all moved very quickly to ban its use in cannabis grow operations due to potentially fatal hydrogen cyanide emissions when heated. Though Mettrum issued a recall on November 1st, the public and consumers were never informed of the findings by the company or Health Canada.

This is not the first time that Health Canada has withheld information from the public on the use of dangerous chemicals in tested cannabis. In September of this year a Globe investigation revealed that nearly 60% of samples tested in unlicensed Vancouver dispensaries in 2015 also contained pesticides, fecal bacteria, yeast and mold, and were not safe for human consumption. Despite the legal vacuum in which these dispensaries operate, it was nevertheless surprising that Health Canada did not act to protect Canadian citizens from harm. Now that they have once again failed to act in the best interests of the people they are sworn to protect, hard questions need to be asked of the decision makers who are putting large swaths of our populous at risk of disease or death.

There are hundreds of ACMPR applicants currently held up in the licensing process with Health Canada. Many of these newer applicants recognize the need for the highest quality ISO 17025 testing standards for cannabis, but are languishing – some for years – in the Health Canada queue. The government appears to be protecting existing LP’s from the legal consequences of using illegal and dangerous substances in their cultivation practices, while simultaneously excluding higher quality competition.  At best this is a double standard, and at worst it brings the entire ACMPR mechanism into disrepute and smells of willful blindness. This is a critical period of rapid expansion for this industry and as companies work towards legitimacy they should not be let down by the very mechanism which governs them.

It is time to reexamine the process from within. Health Canada and the LP’s it regulates must begin to operate in a transparent manner, with the safety of the Canadian public being the highest priority. This requires not only full public disclosure when cannabis containing hazardous substances are released to the public, but testing programs that identify these substances before they are released. The following protocols and principals should be adopted by all LP’s and strictly enforced by Health Canada:

  • ISO17025(2005) laboratory data must be the standard to which all testing laboratories are held.
  • At the present time, LP’s are permitted to submit samples to a variety of unaccredited 3rd party Mom and Pop labs, and cherry pick the results that are most favorable. This practice is dangerous and must stop.
  • Health Canada must act in the best interests of the Canadian public, and not be seen as acting in concert with the largest producers to conceal the presence of toxic substances in the cannabis they sell.
  • Whenever Health Canada finds instances of contaminated cannabis being released to the Canadian public, be it through an LP or otherwise, this information must be disclosed immediately and not years later through a freedom of information act order.

Health Canada Meets Federal Court Deadline!

HC-signature v2On August 11 Health Canada (HC) announced that they will meet the court imposed August 24 2016 deadline for revising the Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations (MMPR) . The regulations are now called the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (ACMPR). These new regulations will replace the MMPR as of August 24, 2016, and are being implemented as a result of the Federal Court ruling in the case of Allard v. Canada. Health Canada has issued a fact sheet – http://news.gc.ca/web/article-en.do?nid=1110409 – with the complete set of regulations to be published on the HC website August 24, 2016.

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TheraCann completes Zenalytic Laboratories!

Zen_Labs_logoTheraCann International Corporation (formerly Benchmark Labs) is happy to announce that it has has completed the plan, design, implementation, and training of the core staff  of Zenalytic Laboratories (Zen Labs) that includes the installation, training and support of the TheraCann BenchmarkSYSTEM secure Web based software.

Zen Labs is currently conducting water and soil ISO 17025(2005) analysis while it waits for Health Canada approval for it to also then possess, analyze, transport and destroy medical marijuana.

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