Frequently Asked questions

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Tell me about Merit Method?

Merit Method is your go-to team for compliance and marketing consulting, with a knack for guiding businesses through the regulatory maze in industries such as Cannabis, Psychedelics, and Pharmaceuticals, whether it's across North America or around the globe. We make licensing and marketing easy! 

Our team has been in the industry since 2016 and we have been through multiple regulatory changes while taking various brands to market. This is where we shine!

How is Merit Method different from other consultants?

We're not your average consultants —we specialize in compliance and marketing services within the regulated space. Our mission isn't just to get your company up and running; it's to walk alongside you every step of the way, offering support and guidance.

And guess what? We're the only consulting firm out there offering both Fractional Quality Assurance and Fractional Marketing Services that can be tailored for your business. 

No matter how big or small your project you will get the red carpet treatment every step of the way.

How can Merit Method support my business?

We thrive on diving into the details. We provide licensing support from micro-cultivation licensing to standard processing, analytical testing, GACP/GMP Certifications for Import/Export, marketing and distribution. We are with you every step of the way, making licensing easy. 

Our team can simplify SOPs, support audits and regulatory reporting and everything in between. Think of us as an extension of your brand where we handle all the boring and monotonous details so you don’t have to.

How does Merit Method ensure the success of its clients?

Simply put. Your success is our success.

I represent a legacy brand aiming to transition into the legal market. Can you assist with this process?

We recognize the effort you've put into reaching this stage. Our team excels in using our compliance and marketing expertise to seamlessly integrate legacy brands into legal markets. From brand development and provincial listings to product list shots, sales, and compliant packaging design, we're here to support you every step of the way.

How can you get my product on the market?

We have a long history of launching brands on the legal cannabis market, and our team of marketing and sales experts will guide you through the process to ensure a smooth collaboration and a successful launch.

Can Merit Method help with licensing for new businesses?

You got it! Whether it's helping with micro-cultivation or securing medical sales licenses, we're here to guide new businesses every step of the way through the licensing process. Our goal? To make it as smooth, efficient, and downright simple as possible. Nobody has time for complicated!

What geographic areas does Merit Method serve?

Our focus is on serving clients in Canada, the United States, and Thailand, where we specialize in navigating the unique regulatory and market requirements. Every project is a new adventure for us, and we're dedicated to tailoring our approach to fit your specific needs and challenges.

Does Merit Method offer GACP certifications for the cannabis industry?

We provide GACP certifications for the Cannabis Industry to help get you on your way to exporting to Europe, Australia, New Zealand and more. Our goal is to make sure you feel confident and supported as you navigate these important certifications, making sure every ’t’ is crossed and ‘i’ is dotted. We will hold your hand through the entire process making sure your team is well trained, and your processes meet the requirements.  Once you’re certified, we will work with you on maintaining your certification on an annual basis or as required.

How much does GACP cost?

It varies from site to site, but on average, you should budget anywhere from $10k to $15k.  This includes audit prep, audit support on the day and post audit responses up to receiving the certification.

How long will it take to get GACP certified?

It can take 2-4 months depending on how quickly your team is able to mobilize and complete the tasks.

Does Merit offer GMP certifications for the Cannabis Industry?

We do not offer the certification ourselves, however, we work with various bodies and can coordinate the audit on your behalf, and work with your team to meet the requirements prior to the audit, giving you the best chance for success.

How much will it cost to become GMP certified?

This is a broader question and will all depend on how close your site and processes are to compliance.  However, it can run anywhere from 50k to $125K depending on how much work needs to be done. Our team of GMP experts can advise you on the most cost effective way to complete various tasks in order to keep costs at a minimum.

How long will it take to become GMP certified?

The expected timeline, and again this is dependent on what systems you already have in place, but anywhere from 6 months to a year.

Do you have relationships with processors?

Absolutely, we're here to help you find the perfect processor that suits your needs. With our extensive network and industry connections, we love nothing more than making introductions and helping our clients forge valuable relationships within the industry. Just consider us your personal matchmakers for all things processing-related!

What is a fractional QAP?

Think of it as a part-time QAP dedicated to your license, ensuring you meet all your quality standards, at a fraction of the cost. Our QAPs are health canada approved, and security cleared, making the transition to your license seamless, and allows them to start fairly quickly. Think of us as your quality assurance superhero—here to protect your brand's integrity and smooth out the path to compliance.

What types of Fractional QAP packages do your offer 

We recognize that you may have time and budget restrictions which is why we created packages to suit your needs.  This way you get the quality support you require, at a fraction of the cost, saving you money when and where you need it.

Our fractional QAP services can be offered one, two, or three days a week.  Some clients prefer a hybrid remote/on-site arrangement.  We require the QAP to make occasional site visits as we feel it is very important to build strong relationships with the team.  No matter the service level you need, we can work with you to make sure we’re supporting you the best way we can.

Can you help connect LHs with international buyers?

Absolutely! We’ve been in the industry for over 10 years and have built a robust network of clients and partners around the globe.  We will work with your team on developing a plan for international sales and connect you with prospective buyers, negotiating the best prices on your behalf.

What type of marketing services can Merit Method provide my company?

We're all about offering personalized marketing services tailored to your unique needs. Whether you're a legacy brand venturing into the legal market or starting fresh, we've got you covered. We'll work closely with you to revamp your branding and logo or craft a brand-new compliance visual identity from scratch.

Our support doesn't stop there. We're here to assist you with a wide range of marketing solutions, including digital marketing strategies, print assets, custom packaging, eye-catching retail displays, retail collateral, social media setup, and website solutions. Think of us as your dedicated team, ready to bring your brand vision to life in every way possible