“Statutes, and rules in particular, are often ambiguous because they are typically drafted by lawyers who have never worked in the cannabis industry. It may be difficult to get clarification from the promulgating state agency. When in doubt, interpret the rule to protect the health and safety of the public. Then find an attorney who has regulatory experience reading statutes and administrative rules. Look for someone active in their state bar cannabis section if your state bar has one. If your state is operating under new rules or “emergency rules” then they are likely going to change. If there is something in the rules that makes no sense for your business – let your regulatory agency know what it is and why it seems unreasonable. See if your regulatory agency has an industry advisory group that you can join or another formal process for suggesting changes. Be an advocate for your business.” —Allison Ireton, Legal Counsel for Bloom City Club, the first and only female-owned and operated dispensary in Michigan
“One of the primary challenges facing cannabis retailers at every level is packaging. Packaging has to be state-compliant for material composition and child-resistance. We concentrated on passing all of the necessary requirements for compliant packaging when developing our MedTainer product, then started to look at what eventual federal packaging compliance would look like before passing all component mandates. It’s crucial that cannabis companies pay attention to the wide range of compliance regulations in play, and we’ve found that packaging has its own set of guidelines that require close attention.” – Jack Rein, National Services Director at Acology (OTCMKTS: ACOL), a global design, manufacturing, branding, and sale company that developed The Medtainer™, which allows patients to store, grind, and pour a variety of medications.
“Many people will tell you that it is important for someone (typically the inventory control manager or production manager) within your business to know all the laws and regs in your jurisdiction and to own that program. While that is a good start, that is just a start. It is critical in a legal cannabis operation for everyone to know the laws and the specific regulations that the business is working under, as well as their personal responsibility for compliance. When we all know what we can, can’t, should and shouldn’t do, it is much easier for the whole business to stay on the right side of all the rules at all times. And simply put, that is a requirement for long-term success in this industry.” – Adam Jason Cohen, Senior Vice President of Strategy and Business Development at Electrum Partners, an advisory services firm specializing in medical and recreational cannabis and ancillary businesses.
“Compliance with cannabis laws is done on the state level as our dear federal government still hasn’t embraced the benefits provided by this life-changing plant. The biggest hurdle is understanding that in most states, as there are no precedents, the regulations are by definition experimental and always shifting. Hence the ability to adapt to these state regulations has become an asset, from operations to funding. Stay informed: join your local state associations and lobbying groups to stay up to date, but most of all, never assume you’re compliant, be curious and question everything.” – Arnaud Dumas de Rauly, Chief Strategy Officer for The Blinc Group, a distribution-centric vaporizer incubator.
“Every state has unique cannabis laws. We believe that it is imperative that anyone starting or operating a cannabis business should be working to connect with and attending meetings with their local officials so they can fully understand the intricacies surrounding them. Staying in compliance in this regulated business can be tough if you are not staying up to date as regulations are changed and updated constantly.” – Wil Ralston, President of SinglePoint (OTCQB: SING), a publicly-traded cannabis and technology holding company specializing in acquisitions of small to mid-sized companies with an emphasis on mobile technologies and emerging markets.
“Stay diligent with regard to state rulemaking and do not purchase more than 6 months of packaging at any given time. We have been forced to scrap thousands of packages over the years due to the revolving door of legislation and legislators at the Colorado State Capital.” – Erik Knutson, CEO of Keef Brands. Keef Brands specializes in medical cannabis manufacturing consulting services. These services include facility layout & design, equipment specification, standard operating procedures, extraction, compliant packaging design and license application support.