As a regulatory consultant to the cannabis industry and state regulatory bodies (PA,OH, FL, WA, WVA, CA, NJ, NY, DC, ) I provide advice regarding new regulations, especially in the areas of testing, quality control, labeling, and dispensing.
In New Jersey, I have spent the last few years, advising DOH and now CRC about the major revisions to their testing program. Up until recently, NJ relied on the state environmental lab (PHEL) to provide testing services to the ATCs. The services were limited to testing as an audit function and not as a QC function. I also was instrumental in selecting Maryland’s testing regulations for the interim 12 months until NJ can finalize their own permanent regulations. Additionally, from learned experiences in Maryland, we convinced CRC to require full ISO 17025 accreditation as a condition of licensure (MD allows a 12 month provisional period to receive accreditation while open for business).
I regularly lecture and speak at workshops, conferences, and cannabis classes in the US and internationally. I helped develop a full two year associates degree in cannabis science and business for a MD community college. I am a guest lecturer and a student mentor for the U. of MD pharmacy school’s masters program for cannabis science and therapeutics. I have lectured on the subject of testing at Rowan U., Northern Michigan U, and Medgar Evers College, (MEC) a CUNY in Brooklyn NY. Next year, I will join MEC as an adjunct professor teaching an elective course on testing. I also sit on the board of Americans for Safe Access (ASA) for their Patient Focused Certification (PFC) where we are charged with reviewing the audits conducted under this program. I also belong to the Food and Drug Law Institute (FDLI) and am the current chair of their cannabis subcommittee.
In the industry, I have prepared the chemistry, manufacturing, and labeling sections for cultivation, processing, and retail licenses in several states and DC. I have also advised license holders on a variety of issues regarding both scientific and regulatory matters.
Karen Adamsbaum, CIC
Karen is a partner of the John Morgan McLachlan Agency, Inc. which offers commercial lines, personal lines, excess & surplus / specialty insurance, claims management, strategic partnerships and member solutions.
Karen joined the John Morgan McLachlan Agency in 2010. She has over 17 years of management and hands-on experience in all phases of Risk Management, Operations, Finance, Marketing and Technology.
When working with a client her goal is to provide the best Risk Management solution that will meet their needs. In 2012 she received the professional CIC designation as Certified Insurance Counselor, and is currently studying to obtain her AAI (Accredited Advisor of Insurance), and AAIM ( Accredited Advisor of Insurance Management). Her views on educating others about insurance whether they are her clients or not, is important. The platforms in which she educates others is LinkedIn, YouTube and has a podcast called “Risk Intelligence” which can be found on iTunes, Spotify, Google and AnchorFM.
Karen is currently a member of the District XIII Ethics Committee, serves as a Board of Director for the Metropolitan Builders and Contractors Association, as well as very active in several community focus groups. Her other interests include playing golf, guitar, traveling and long distance road biking. She has been married for 27 years to her husband David.