Introducing the Old and Negative Package Reports

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Not long after joining the ranks of Metrc validated integrators earlier this year, we began ideating ways we could make our clients smarter (and more compliant) with their seed-to-sale data. After a couple months of planning, building, and revising, we’re ecstatic to unleash the first two reports in a new module we call “Analytics”.

Old Package Reports and Negative Package Reports keep you on top of your inventory by putting a magnifying glass to two common issues that happen as locations shuffle through tens, hundreds, and thousands of packages. With inventory management being such a big part of compliance, we’ve found the perfect way to help you get to “reconciled” faster.

Package Reports let you:

  • See packages whose amounts have gone negative in the last 24 hours
  • Track packages still labeled as “active” which haven’t been modified in more than 30 days
  • Export CSVs of all inventory at your location that’s gone negative or been untouched for too long
  • Visualize a year’s worth of seed-to-sale data to help you benchmark progress and re-envision your SOPs
  • Tackle inventory reconciliation as a team!

We point out items that need reconciliation faster and easier than you’ve ever been able to before, and with dashboard and email notifications, information is just one click away.

Remember—the more proactive you are, the easier compliance becomes. Give your team the information they need to keep your business covered.

Want to learn more? Email us at sales@simplifya.com.

Clarification on SB 17-192 regarding remediation provisions

Emily GordonCannabis LawLeave a Comment

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The MED has issued a bulletin (17-06) that clarifies recent changes made by SB 17-192 to remediation provisions for retail marijuana that fails initial contaminant testing. The legislation brought more specificity to the existing remediation provisions, and the bulletin clarifies the changes, indicating that licensees with failed contaminant tests can create two new test batches and have them re-tested.

  • If both batches pass, the marijuana can be sold or processed into product.
  • If one or both fail, the marijuana can be processed into concentrate, as long as only the failed marijuana is used in that batch of concentrate. The concentrate must then undergo all normally required testing and be destroyed if it fails contaminant testing.

The bulletin should be used as guidance pending the updating of the Retail Marijuana Code to align with the SB 17-192 language, which is effective August 9th, 2017.

Protecting water rights for hemp farmers

Rick MatsumotoCannabis LawLeave a Comment

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Last week, I got an email blast from Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) and one of the updates was about protecting water rights for hemp farmers. I’ve always been curious about where the hemp and marijuana industries differ and overlap, so I took the click bait. Here’s an excerpt:

A pilot program created by the 2014 Farm Bill granted permission to state Departments of Agriculture to license farmers to grow industrial hemp. The Bureau of Reclamation, however, prohibits the use of federally-controlled water for growing industrial hemp. These conflicting policies create confusion for farmers who grow, or wish to grow, industrial hemp using water from federal reservoirs. The Industrial Hemp Water Rights Act would clarify federal policy, ensuring owners of water rights can use their water, even if it passes through federal facilities, to cultivate industrial hemp.

Colorado’s industrial hemp farmers should not be restricted by over-burdensome federal regulations that don’t respect Colorado’s water laws. This bipartisan legislation recognizes our farmers’ right to access Colorado water and makes sure the federal government cannot interfere with out their operations. Coloradans know how best to manage our state’s water and it is time for the federal government to get out of the way and allow Colorado’s farming operations to succeed.

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Hemp farmers need access to water typically held in reservoirs

First, I think it’s interesting how the current conflict between state and federal positions on marijuana play out. In this case, the federal government is saying that water flowing through a federal reservoir cannot be used for hemp farming because marijuana in the form of hemp is still illegal at the federal level. And yet, hemp farming is legal in Colorado and the hemp farmers own the rights to the water. I don’t think hemp farmers have the influence of other farming groups, but many seem aligned on supporting state’s rights. Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO) and several other western state senators have joined Gardner in this effort.

Second, I think it’s interesting that Gardner (or his copywriter) used such an aggressive tone. The use of phrases like “over-burdensome,” “don’t respect Colorado,” and “get out of the way” show how frustrating it is to work at the intersection of state and federal laws that conflict. I’m going to follow the Industrial Hemp Water Rights Act the same way I follow hockey. Sometimes the fight is more memorable than the outcome of the game!

Recreational pot bill signed by Massachusetts governor

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Legal recreational marijuana in Massachusetts came one step closer to fruition today when governor Charlie Baker signed a bill detailing how the program will be implemented. Retailers should be able to open up shop by July 2018, which is quite a bit later than the start of adult-use programs in other states that approved legalization along with MA last November – Nevada started sales earlier this month, and both Maine and California are scheduled to begin in early 2018.

Some highlights of the law include a 20% tax, an increase over the 12% that was initially approved by voters, and an interesting system by which local cities and towns can ban shops. Only those locations where a majority of voters voted against legalization last November can unilaterally ban stores – if the measure passed in a particular location, then voters must be given a chance to vote on any ban. The law also moves control of the existing medical marijuana program from the Department of Public Health to the newly created 5-person Cannabis Control Commission which will now oversee both the medical and recreational programs.

State medical marijuana programs clear hurdle

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The Rohrabacher-Blumenauer amendment, which prevents the DOJ from using federal funds to interfere with state medical marijuana programs, cleared the first hurdle to being renewed for another year today when it was successfully passed with bipartisan support for fiscal year 2018 by the Senate appropriations committee. Passage of the amendment is a rebuke to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who has repeatedly voiced his opposition to medical marijuana, going so far as to explicitly ask congressional leaders not to renew the amendment in a May 1st letter. The amendment has been renewed by congressional budgetary actions every year since its first passage in 2014.