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Post-Licensure Compliance Consulting for California Cannabis Businesses

Southern California Cannabis Compliance Advisers

Helping California Cannabis Business Owners Comply With State and Local Regulations

Rules and regulations are necessary considerations for any business owner. For those who wish to own and operate a business in California's commercial cannabis industry, remaining compliant with state and local laws is especially important – the agencies have the ability to look back FIVE YEARS and levy fines and enforcement actions. At Green Wise Consulting (GWC), we provide a full range of consulting services to businesses across the cannabis supply chain, including retailers, cultivators, manufacturers, testing laboratories, distributors, and microbusinesses, as they look to claim a share of this growing market.

Assisting You in Navigating the Complex California Regulatory Framework

If you hope to enter the cannabis industry in California, you will need to obtain licenses at both the local and state level. Doing so requires careful compliance with complicated rules, regulations, and guidelines maintained by various government agencies, bureaus, and other entities. The process of obtaining the necessary permits and licenses is challenging, time-consuming, and expensive, but it can be made much easier with a competent and experienced consultant assisting you each step of the way.

Obtaining your permits, however, is just the first step. In order to keep your license, you will need to actually implement and train your team on the standard operating procedures ("SOPs") put forth in your applications for remaining compliant with all of the applicable requirements after your business launches. It is important to make compliance an integral part of your daily operations.

An Evolving Landscape

While medicinal cannabis has been legal in California since 1996, the commercial cannabis industry was initially created in late 2015 with the enactment of the Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act ("MMRSA") and then expanded into what we know today after adult use was legalized with Prop 64 – The Adult Use Marijuana Act ("AUMA"). The two systems were consolidated into the Medicinal and Adult Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act ("MAUCRSA"). Legacy operators, as well as newcomers, are braving the sea of changing regulations. The BCC was established to legitimize cannabis business ventures and, along with the CDFA and CDPH, to take action against operations that do not comply with the applicable regulations.

Maintaining post-licensure compliance is especially challenging, because the State of California is still in the process of establishing long-term regulatory guidelines. At GWC, we are equipped to help cannabis businesses stay compliant in uncertain times. We can help you develop best practices for record-keeping, staff training, reporting, and audit preparation. Our advisers can also assist you in setting up a compliance team and assigning compliance-related duties to each member of the team.

GWC also offers its clients an ongoing, periodic audit program with unannounced visits to check on the implementation evaluate your company's personnel, equipment, and processes (SOPs) and follow up with summary audit reports and remediation measures. Taking advantage of GWC's audit program may allow your company to correct any matters that need to be addressed prior to being flagged by a regulator – which can avoid costly fines, license suspensions, or even revocation.

With our knowledge of state and local laws, as well as our commitment to remaining fully up-to-date on all applicable changes, you can rely on us to provide sound practical advice on how to stay compliant at all times. Many of our clients have us perform unannounced site checks, complete with follow-up reports and reviews. This allows them to be ready for surprise regulatory inspections in advance.

Schedule an Appointment

If you have questions about post-licensure compliance, contact our office for answers. Call GWC at 323-645-7669 to schedule an initial consultation. Our team serves clients throughout California with offices in Los Angeles, San Diego, and the Bay Area.

GWC is not a law firm and does not provide any legal advice or representation. Green Wise Legal, P.C. is a related entity with overlapping partial common ownership that offers a full range of cannabis business-related legal services.

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