Colorado’s Top Cannabis Regulator Reveals His Insight Into The Industry.

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Insight into Cannabis Regulators and compliance within the industry

Link to full interview here — In order to be successful, cannabis companies must traverse a patchwork of state and local regulations while also remaining competitive in a steadily growing marketplace. They frequently have to make complex business decisions, often aimed at achieving compliance while minimizing disruption to their optimal operating procedures. One of the many factors to consider when making … Read More

California Should Follow Colorado’s Lead on Packaging and Labeling

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California's Packaging and Labeling Deadlines Are The Same Mistakes Colorado Used To Make

Earlier this month, the two largest cannabis markets in the country, Colorado and California, underwent some pretty significant regulatory changes. Colorado adopted an entirely new set of packaging and labeling requirements (again!) late last year and expected compliance on July 1, 2018. California required its cannabis products to be tested, packaged, and labeled immediately following its new regulations. These types of … Read More

California regulators coming! Be prepared!

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As California regulators continue to implement its complex system, we are seeing the first real regulatory audits of cannabis businesses. With that in mind, the hard-working folks over at Simplifya are launching a new initiative to help California cannabis businesses (and their brethren across the country) prepare for – and handle – regulatory audits. Starting today, all Simplifya accounts, even … Read More

Confused By California’s Cannabis Regulations? Fear Not!

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If California’s cannabis regulatory landscape has left you confused or frustrated, you are not alone. Thanks to its complex and, at times, contradictory rules, even Simplifya’s compliance experts have found themselves scratching their heads. Fortunately, they’re doing it so that you won’t have to! We built the Simplifya app to help cannabis businesses of all types navigate this bewildering maze … Read More

MAUCRSA drives complex regulatory landscape in California

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Are you wondering why the regulatory landscape for cannabis in California is so complex? Look no further than the Medicinal and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MAUCRSA)! MAUCRSA California first regulated cannabis businesses in 2015 when it enacted the Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MCRSA). Previously, most collectives and nonprofits were operating without much accountability. With MCRSA and … Read More

Avoid those package and labeling blues

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Package and labeling rules got you down? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. Our clients often tell us they’re having trouble making sense of these intricate regulations for the wide variety of cannabis products on the market in California and Colorado. Federal law further complicates matters, as entities growing, manufacturing, and dispensing cannabis and related products can’t simply search for the … Read More

Enforcement on the rise in California

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Roughly two months after the adult-use cannabis market opened in California, regulators have started to ramp up enforcement and perform compliance checks across the state. Officials want to weed out California’s unlicensed cannabis companies. They certainly have their work cut out for them. The California Bureau of Cannabis Control (BCC) sent out more than 900 cease-and-desist letters to unlicensed companies. … Read More

Improving the readability of our audit content

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We recently executed “Operation Easy Read” with the goal of improving the readability of our audit content. “Not written in layperson terms” and “too much legal jargon” were consistent pieces of feedback. We took it upon ourselves to review every question and action item. We forced ourselves to find shorter ways of saying things, remove the legalese, and use simpler … Read More

The importance of compliance in the post-Cole Memo era

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinds Cole Memo

The entire cannabis industry received a bit of a shock on January 4, when U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded the Cole Memo and four other similar memos that had guided Department of Justice enforcement priorities related to cannabis since 2009. These memos had set forth a policy under which the Department would not prioritize enforcement actions against individuals and … Read More

Clarification on SB 17-192 regarding remediation provisions

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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 … Read More

Protecting water rights for hemp farmers

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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 … Read More

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 … Read More

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 … Read More

Independent transporters must have transporter license

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The Marijuana Enforcement Division in Colorado has released an industry bulletin (17-04) to remind stakeholders that as of July 1, 2017, any independent business (that is, not a current licensee transporting its own goods) transporting marijuana between licensed businesses must have a transporter license issued by the MED. Previously, such entities only had to have an occupational license. Now, they must … Read More

Colorado alters retail marijuana sales tax rate

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The “Sustainability of Rural Colorado” bill (SB 17-267) was signed by Governor Hickenlooper on May 30. Under CRS 39-28.8-202(1)(a)(I), the sales tax for retail marijuana products is increasing from 10% to 15%. At the same time, newly added CRS section 39-26-729 exempts those products from the 2.9% tangible personal property tax. Previously, retailers had to collect the tangible personal property tax … Read More