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Consulting Services for California Cannabis Businesses

California Cannabis Business Consulting

Cannabis Business Consultants Representing Clients Throughout California with Offices in Los Angeles, San Diego, and the Bay Area

Green Wise Consulting, LLC (GWC) is a full-service cannabis consulting company. GWC provides customized guidance for entrepreneurs, operators, and those looking to legally operate within the California commercial cannabis industry. GWC consults with cannabis businesses throughout the supply chain in drafting applications, creating and maintaining customized compliant standard operating procedures (SOPs), and managing the complicated, ever-changing regulations set forth by the state and local governments. Whether you are interested in a new startup or have an established cannabis business, our team has the knowledge and industry experience to assist you.

The state of California has long been a national leader in many areas related to social change. In 1996, California was the first State to allow medical marijuana when the voters passed Proposition 215, known as the Compassionate Care Act. In 2015, a trio of bills--AB243, AB266, and SB643, known together as the Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act ("MMRSA")--was enacted establishing a comprehensive regulatory system for the state's medical cannabis industry. The following year, California voters approved the Adult Use of Marijuana Act ("AUMA"), popularly known as Proposition 64 ("Prop 64"). Prop 64 legalized the use of cannabis for adults age 21 and over with sales commencing on January 1, 2018. In June 2017, the MCRSA and AUMA were consolidated by SB94 into the Medicinal and Adult Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act ("MAUCRSA").

Recent studies have shown that over the next few years, the legal commercial cannabis industry is expected to continue to soar, with tax revenues anticipated to exceed $132 billion by 2025 nationwide. With unparalleled potential business opportunities, you need a trusted advisor to assist you in navigating this complex industry. Since 2014, GWC has been working closely with cannabis industry regulators and operators. GWC has a robust working knowledge of the ever-changing cannabis regulations and landscape to be your professional consultant for all your cannabis business needs.

Our Services

At GWC, we offer a full range of services for storefront and delivery retail dispensaries, manufacturers, cultivators, distributors, testing facilities, microbusinesses, and all other ancillary cannabis-related businesses. You can depend on us for guidance with:

Property Due Diligence Assessment and Analysis

Choosing when, where, and how to set up your venture is critical to the success of your business within the California cannabis industry. We will help you identify viable locations and assist you in engaging with the local jurisdiction as it considers cannabis business-related ordinances. The type of cannabis business you wish to operate will affect your choice of location, as will your needs regarding visibility, access to public utilities, and other considerations. Your decision is also likely to be affected by state and local regulations regarding sensitive use buffers, which limit where your business may be located in relationship to schools, parks, libraries, and other "sensitive use" areas.

Application Drafting or Preparation

California law requires dual licensing for cannabis business owners, which means that you must obtain a license at the local level before you can apply for a state license. The process of obtaining all of the necessary state, local, and regulatory permits and licenses can be complicated, time-consuming, and expensive, and it often involves securing approvals from a number of government agencies and entities. At Green Wise Consulting, we are familiar with the regulatory agencies involved in the licensing process, which gives us the ability to help you assemble application packages that are designed to meet each agency's specific requirements. We are strong advocates for our clients, and we have helped dozens of businesses successfully obtain the necessary licenses in many communities throughout California. Our team is ready to put that experience to work for you and your company.

Regulatory and Business Compliance

The cannabis industry in California is tightly controlled by government regulations at the state, county, and local levels. Maintaining compliance with all applicable laws and guidelines is crucial both during the licensing process and once your business has opened. Green Wise Consulting can help you make regulatory compliance part of your standard operating procedures (SOPs). We will assist you in developing and maintaining sound record keeping, recruitment, hiring, reporting, and auditing practices so that your business can always remain in good standing with the Bureau of Cannabis Control, the California Department of Food and Agriculture, the California Department of Public Health, and all other regulatory bodies.

Post Licensure Compliance Consulting

Once you have obtained your initial licenses, you must remain in full compliance with all applicable state, county, and local regulations in order to keep them. Non-compliance could result in the denial of your license renewal and a host of other problems for your business, and government agencies have the authority to look back five years for compliance issues. At GWC, we can help you design, implement, and maintain standard operating procedures (SOPs) that are fully compliant with all applicable rules and regulations. We also offer an Auditing Program that includes unannounced visits and site checks to ensure that your company is prepared for similar inspections from government regulators.

Strategic Business Consulting

The California commercial cannabis industry offers a variety of opportunities for business owners and entrepreneurs, but developing a sustainable cannabis business can be challenging. At GWC, our consultants are experienced, knowledgeable, and well-connected, and we can help you build a successful business. We can assist you with keeping track of municipalities that are or will soon be accepting cannabis business applications, selecting a favorable jurisdiction, estimating your financial and staffing needs, connecting you with investors, and setting up your company's workflow. Our team is equipped to help you develop your business from the ground up.

Though well versed in cannabis law, GWC is not a law firm and does not provide legal guidance or advice. GWC's related entity with some overlapping ownership, Green Wise Legal, P.C., is a full-service cannabis law firm that can offer assistance with legal cannabis matters and other legal considerations.

Call 323-645-7669 to Set Up a Consultation Today

Whether you are new or seasoned in the cannabis industry in California, you do not have to navigate the process alone. Contact our office to learn how Green Wise Consulting can help get your cannabis enterprise moving in the right direction. Call 323-645-7669 for an appointment today. With a presence in Los Angeles, San Diego, and the Bay Area, we serve clients throughout California.

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