The U.S. Attorney for Colorado, Bob Troyer, telegraphed his intention to scrutinize state-licensed cannabis operations in recent interviews with the Associated Press (AP) and Denver Post. The October 4 AP interview clearly warns Colorado licensees that they are in Troyer’s crosshairs:
“If somebody is licensed by this state, should they feel at increased risk of federal prosecution now?” Troyer said in an interview with The Associated Press. “Yes. They should. We do a public safety analysis, not an analysis of whether someone has a piece of paper from the state.”
Of course, federal prosecution against marijuana infractions is nothing new. Ever since Colorado and others started to make the sale and use of marijuana legal at the state level, federal authorities generally pursued cases against black market cannabis operations that are out of compliance with state regulations. Troyer’s predecessor followed such a course, which helped to create a thriving legal market for cannabis sellers and users in Colorado.
The state’s licensed cannabis businesses can no longer count on such an approach from federal prosecutors. In particular, Troyer promises to investigate licensees marijuana disposal records, according to the AP. He also wants to ensure dispensaries refrain from any vaping devices that may appeal to people younger than 21.
A broader federal crackdown against other business activities by state licensees may be at hand. Troyer told the AP: “You can do plenty of harm to the community and still be in compliance with state law because those laws have a lot of loopholes and they’re very permissive.”
Simplifya’s tips to prevent a cannabis crackdown
Troyer’s public statements make it evident that Colorado’s licensed marijuana businesses need to take extraordinary steps to avoid costly federal prosecution. What can you do to protect your business, employees, and customers?
First, we strongly suggest you follow Colorado’s regulations exactly as they are written. The regulations may be confusing at times, but Simplifya makes it easy for you to know where you stand from a compliance standpoint. To see how easy Simplifya makes complicated compliance matters, get a demo!
We have content to ensure your packages, labels, advertisements, required filings, track-and-trace entries, security, inventory requirements, and logistics meet the state’s standards. Better yet, we provide you with simple, plain-English steps to take if our system determines you are out of compliance with any state regulations.
In addition, you also need to avoid any action that may harm the community. For instance, you should always alert local law enforcement when anyone loiters on your premises. You should also go a step further and work to develop positive relationships with your local law enforcement officers by looking for ways to cooperate.
Sometimes, your local officers may view legal cannabis operations as more of a nuisance and not a community benefit. If that’s the case, there are other concrete steps you can take to avoid federal scrutiny:
- Avoid selling any technically compliant products that could be loosely characterized as attractive to children;
- Never give medical advice to your patients or customers;
- Always log each sale you make to every customer and take extra care not to exceed daily limits to individual customers;
- Dispose of any products that don’t follow package and labeling requirements; and
- Follow required waste disposal procedures and procure product from licensed cultivators and manufacturers.
If you’re left with more questions than answers, you’re not alone. Which is why we’re here to help you on your compliance journey. Our promise is to make it as easy as we can for you. See what we can do you for you today by signing up for a demo today!