No matter what kind of business you operate, it is vital to be compliant with local law and regulation. Now that the Golden State will legalize recreational Marijuana for adults beginning January 2018, it is essential that your “cannabusiness” operates within the legal and regulatory boundaries as required by the State and The BCC, its newly created bureau handling relevant Regulation.
This can be far easier said than done. Although we all want to comply, do what’s right and expected, the developing marijuana industry is amongst the most challenging markets to comprehend. This was also exemplified during the aftermath of the recreational legalization in Washington State. The Washington Department of Planning and Development (DPD) was handed the job of ensuring businesses complied to local Regulation. Many businesses were researched by the DPD and observed to be “out of compliance,” thereby in violation of requirements set by Regulators. In fact, hundreds of dispensaries where forced to shut down!
How Do I Comply?
Any current business or non-profit engaged in the “Cannaindustry” will need to receive a city license or other city-level proof of local compliance. Therefore, a complying applicant will need to have an address in an area where he or she is allowed to operate. Dispensaries and even delivery services will need a municipality-level permit in order to apply for a State License. The process can appear overwhelming, complicated and bureaucratic, nonetheless, a mandatory process to ensure no law is violated. It is a must to be on-top of the ever-changing and evolving Laws. This can be a challenge as there are various ordinances and requirements set by both City-, County- and State-level agencies and bureaus.
As a Regulatory Authority, our number 1 goal at C.R.A. is to ensure proper compliance for our clients. Unlike most other regulators, we are working and collaborating with the BCC, Department of Health, and other relevant government agencies on a daily basis. The fact that failure to comply is a crime – is a lesson our customers unfortunately often have learned too well.
Unsure about Regulation? Curious about your compliance levels? Reserve an appointment with the C.R.A. through our websites, or give us a call to hear more about how we can help achieve and maintain complete compliance for your organization.