Setting the Gold Leaf Standard

The Gold Leaf Standard for Marijuana Horticulture has been developed by industry experts to ensure rigorous and detailed, yet easy to understand, operational controls are available to manage product integrity, quality, safety and legality. First published in 2016 it is now in its 3rd. issue and well established as defined by many leading marijuana producers.

It provides a framework to manage operational controls and criteria in the marijuana growing, manufacturing, processing and packing industry.

Welcome to The Gold Leaf Standard in Cannabis Consulting

Protocols, Security, Compliance, Education, Facility Design

What is The Gold Leaf Standard ?

A framework of internationally recognized protocols developed by industry experts to offer the ultimate in risk management for your facility and crop

Safety and Compliance

Operational and auditing controls to manage product safety, integrity, legality and quality. CHA and FDA accredited products with international acceptance in horticultural production facilities

Why engage with The Gold Leaf Standard ?

Worldwide expertise providing  the highest standards of operation to give the ultimate in customer and market confidence

Welcome to The Gold Leaf Standard in Cannabis Consulting

Why Use Our Standard?

Independent, Unbiased, Validification

Customer Confidence

The Gold Leaf Standard will ensure your customers have confidence in your production programs and supply chain management.

Worldwide Expertise

All our audits are carried out by a global network of highly trained certification bodies and training partners.

Achievable And Cost Effective

Global recognition reduces the need for duplicate audits.


We have an established, highly experienced Gold Leaf Standard Technical Team that provides support and is available to answer any technical questions and provide on site training for your staff.

Welcome to The Gold Leaf Standard in Cannabis Consulting

Standards of Performance

Certification and Verification

The Gold Leaf Standard third party certification and validation is the highest quality system to ensure your facility and operational services have been reviewed and evaluated by our experienced team of independent industry experts to meet with and exceed current federal legislative requirements.

Site Validation

Our team works with government approved methodologies and protocols to assist you in maintaining the highest possible standards of operation and safety requirements for Licensed Producers under the current ACMPR.

Security of Process

Having the Gold Leaf Standard enables you to position your brand should it need to defend itself against potential testing issues and product recall. Assisting in compliance of the most stringent laboratory requirements, your brand will be recognized by the consumer as having been cultivated and harvested with the utmost of care and attention given to providing a vibrant ,active, product that is clear of harmful pesticides, residues and bio-burden.

The Gold Leaf Standard Focuses On:

The importance of management commitment
Hazard Analysis based safety programs

Quality Management systems

Auditing good manufacturing processes – it is not just a paperwork audit!
Developing systems to reduce exposure to contamination
Auditing areas which often have the highest rate of product recalls and withdrawals, such as pesticides, chemical residues, labeling and packing
Ensuring consistency of the audit process
Providing a “Gold Leaf Standard” that is portable enough to allow Additional Modules to be added to reduce audit burden.
Promoting greater resilience, transparency, and traceability in the supply chain

Prescribers, patients, consumers, and producers need to be assured their product is free from pesticide residues, chemical contaminants, and bioburden

In a recent report from a leading legal company, one of the latest Government Task Force recommendations focused on the establishment of safe and responsible production systems for Licensed Producers under the CTLS in Canada and internationally recognized requirements for those clients outside of Canada.

The recommendations stipulated that the government’s principal interest should be to establish an “effective, accountable, and transparent system” for regulatory oversight of the cannabis supply chain emphasizing the protection of health and safety.

In a market that is growing exponentially, Standards of Production have to be maintained at the highest level to ensure that not just the product quality is at its highest but also, in order to provide that quality, the cleanliness and quality of growing environment and worker safety is also addressed.

Necessary training, instruction, education, and levels of performance in all aspects of the cultivation process should be observed.

The Gold Leaf Standard offers guidance and direction from achieving the best building maintenance practices to protective equipment usage, prevention of workplace injury, chemical usage and beyond.

By incorporating the Gold Leaf Standard into your Standards of Operation, you provide an extra layer of quality assurance and security, allowing your consumers to be assured of your commitment to provide the purest product possible.

The Gold Leaf Standard

is Divided into Seven Sections


Consistent product safety is the responsibility of everyone within the company, however, the starting point for an effective marijuana safety plan is the commitment of senior management to the implementation of the Gold Leaf Standard and continual development. This includes providing adequate resources, effective communication, system reviews, actions taken and opportunities for improvement.


With the implementation of legalizing recreational marijuana, a new standard of production has to be implemented in the license producers in the ACMPR to ensure product purity and consistent quality.


This section sets out the requirements for the management of plant safety and quality. This includes requirements for product specifications, supplier approval, traceability, and the management of incidents and product recalls.


This section sets out expectations for the production environment including the layout and maintenance of the buildings and equipment, cleaning, pest control, waste management and foreign body controls.


The requirements for product design and development stage including allergen management, product and ingredient provenance, product packaging and product inspection and testing.


The establishment and maintenance of safe process controls, weight/volume control and equipment calibration, and ensures the documented “Gold Leaf Standard “plan is put into practice.


This section sets out the standards needed for staff training, protective clothing, and personal hygiene

Our Leadership Team




Our Leadership Team



Ph.D Juris D.

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