Even though more than half of the states currently permit cannabis for medical or adult use, it remains illegal under federal law. This regulatory contradiction creates a significant problem – inconsistent and disjointed cannabis regulations that severely increase the risks to the health and safety of consumers.
As the number of cannabis users continues to rise, the need for accredited standards and a third-party certification system is essential. An absence of standards in any other industry – pharmaceutical, automobile, tobacco, alcohol is unacceptable. Cannabis is no different.

FOCUS: Foundation of Cannabis Unified Standards is an independent, third-party, 501(c)(3), not-for-profit created to develop cannabis specific standards to answer this unmet need in the marketplace in order to protect public health, consumer safety, and safeguard the environment.

What are Standards

A standard is an agreed upon way of doing things.  It is a pre-determined criteria for a given situation. Standards represent an agreed upon norm to guide our daily lives and help us make informed decisions.  They are not good or bad, but provide a basis to measure and assess activities and things.

“The U.S. Department of Commerce estimates that standards and conformity assessment impact more than 80% of global commodity trade.”*

Standards often takes the form of a reference document which may include specifications, guidelines, conditions or requirements for products, operations, services, methods, personnel, and systems on how to design, operate, manufacture or manage something.  When standards are used consistently and properly they help to ensure quality, safety and efficiency.

We are accustomed to the use of “safety” standards, especially in consumer products.  Such guidelines give us assistance in evaluating and using products.  When we know that an item complies with normal safety standards, we accept than the product has been objectively measured according to agreed upon safety criteria – we are then assured in our use of the product that we are not put at unusual risk.

* United States Department of Commerce, Standards and Competitiveness – Coordinating for Results. Washington, DC May 2004, p1

FOCUS is honored to have been nominated for 6 CannAwards in 2015. We are humbled and grateful to have taken home the awards for Most Influential Organization in the Industry and Most Innovative Service in the Southwest region.

We dedicate these awards to all of the inaugural members of the FOCUS Standards Development Committee and Advisory Council. We could not do what we do without you!


FOCUS offers the Cannabis community the best set of standards for all cannabis operations. These standards provide a uniform, systematic, and predictable methodology to improve products and services in a cost effective and value-enhanced process. Regulators at the Federal and State level appreciate and will adopt these standards. This is the standards system everyone should rely upon.

Stephen Goldner

President, JD RAC Regulatory Affairs Associates

The cannabis industry is one of the fastest growing markets in the U.S.A.
With that growth comes responsibility.
Responsibility to protect:
public health, consumer safety and the environment,
and FOCUS fills that void.
I am confident these Standards will benefit business owners, patients, consumers and regulatory agencies.

Peter Maguire

VP System Applications, Lighthouse Worldwide Solutions

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