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

Finding suppliers for your cannabis business

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marijuana suppliers

Finding the right products to sell at your store or to use in infused goods and edibles you’re planning to make requires careful considerations of price, quality, and logistics. However, did you know there’s also a regulatory component to product sourcing cannabis entrepreneurs must maneuver, too? If you’ve followed our earlier blog posts in this series, you know cannabis entrepreneurs … Read More

Say What?! How Cannabis Business Employees Communicate With the Community

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Budtenders seminar

Budtenders at licensed cannabis dispensaries are in a role similar to other retail jobs. You are expected to have knowledge of the products, awareness of what’s new and what’s on special, and the ability to communicate that info to inquiring customers. But there are some aspects of the job that are unlike many others. In addition to facing background checks … Read More

Applying for business licenses

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sample business licenses

Starting a business means dealing with red tape to get off the ground. However, if you’re starting a cannabis business, you will need to apply for and obtain the proper business licenses. Everyone in this industry will need at least one state license to operate. To add complexity, most cities and counties also have separate licensing processes in place for … Read More

Automated SOPs make compliance a breeze

Lindsay GardnerCompliance, New FeaturesLeave a Comment


Good news, everyone! Simplifya now offers templates for state-required Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) in California! Not only that, we offer a variety of additional SOPs that cover best practices for many different license types. You may be wondering, “Why do I need SOPs from Simplifya if I already have my own?” Simply put, ours will provide you with peace of … Read More

Finding property for a cannabis business

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You have a passion for cannabis. You see the industry’s potential to grow. What you once thought as far fetched – owning a legal cannabis business – now seems like a fulfilling, rewarding venture. You’ve decided to start a marijuana concern of your own. But what are the necessary steps involved with getting one off the ground? Over the course … Read More

Regulators reveal most common compliance issues, part 2

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compliance issues with pesticides

If you’re keeping up with our blog, then you already read Regulators reveal most common compliance issues, part 1. Here’s part 2! Coincidentally, here’s another article about how the Bureau of Cannabis Control (BCC) is ramping up enforcement efforts to squash unlicensed cannabis businesses. But the Bureau isn’t only looking for unlicensed businesses. They are dropping in on those who have … 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

Regulators reveal most common compliance issues, part 1

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compliance issues

Compliance issues are common in California’s newly regulated cannabis industry, which is no surprise given the complexity of the state’s regulatory landscape. Enforcement has been ramping up after the state’s emergency regulations went into effect on January 1, with regulators assailing unlicensed cannabis businesses and conducting inspections of those that have received licenses to make sure they are complying with … 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