Colorado Responsible Vendor Training During Covid-19 And Beyond

Covid-19 and Responsible Vendor Training:

Industrial Hemp Compliance Training

Students in training

Covid-19 has turned the world upside down.  With the nationwide death toll surpassing 240,000, nearly 2,500 from Colorado, the need for social distancing, wearing PPE, limiting group gatherings, and maintaining proper facility and personal hygiene has arguably never been greater.

Despite these circumstances however, some Colorado marijuana businesses wishing to maintain Responsible Vendor designation continue to seek out live and in-person training events.  Often these events make proper social distancing all but impossible.

The state recommends limiting gatherings to 10 or fewer people with constant 6 feet separation being maintained between attendees.  And, some municipalities with known high case levels of Covid-19 have implemented even more restrictive measures.

The reasons leading to poor social distancing during in-person training are many.  They range from the small physical size of many business establishments, to the desire to avoid additional costs associated with conducting multiple smaller (and therefore better social distanced) training events.  The elimination of hassles associated with scheduling multiple events, and the need to oftentimes close the business for training, are other factors businesses consider in determining the size of live onsite training.

A practical solution to the Responsible Vendor Training social distancing dilemma is to choose a training provider that offers live interactive Zoom, Go-To-Meeting, Free Conference Call, or similar instructor-led conference call training.  An even better solution is to choose a training provider that offers a fully interactive online training program.  Online training enables employees to take courses when, and where they want, according to the needs and timelines of the business establishment.

But while online training solutions may better enable marijuana businesses to responsibly social distance to control the spread of Covid-19 today, they fall short of addressing many of the commonly heard criticisms of the program.   The purpose of this article is to highlight some of those criticisms and to begin a discussion toward correcting them.  At Cannabis Regulatory Solutions (CRS), we believe there is a better way.Continue reading

How To Choose a Superior Training Provider

So, you’re looking for a high-quality training provider.  With so many to choose from, how do you pick the best?  

Almost all providers strive to meet the minimum core curriculum requirements.  But all too often, that’s where the similarities among individual providers begin and end.  Here’s a guide for how to find those that offer much greater value.Continue reading

Colorado Marijuana Packaging & Labeling Rules: What’s Coming?

Flowchart of new packaging and labeling rule.

Flowchart of new packaging and labeling rule.

As a Colorado cannabis industry regulatory trainer and compliance consultant, I hear a lot of complaints.  Topping the list are that Colorado's marijuana regulations are ever-changing and overly complex.  As written, many rules appear to be subject to interpretation, and the Marijuana Enforcement Division (MED) is slow to respond to an ever increasing number of industry inquiries.

Well, I take a different view.  I believe that the MED has been outstanding in keeping up with industry growth and innovation.  Who could have predicted with the initial passage of Colorado's cannabis legislation, the staggering expansion of the industry, let alone the constant flood of new products and production processes available today?  What's more is that few should complain.  If the Federal Government had their way, there would be no marijuana industry.

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Safety Posters for the Cannabis Industry

 

Safety Poster

Add Safety Posters to your Compliance Program

 

 

As a Regulatory Compliance Professional with over 35 years of general industry experience, I have had the opportunity to review many Safety and Health Programs.   And, as a Cannabis Industry Consultant, I have visited many marijuana cultivation facilities and dispensaries.  These are exciting times in the Cannabis industry because, as we’ve heard many times, the industry is in its infancy.  It certainly is.  Particularly in the area of Safety and Health Awareness.  This is very evident by the near total lack of cannabis industry focused Safety and Health Posters being used within the industry today.

 

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Hickenlooper Tells NPR, Compliance Is Key to Keeping the Feds Out of Your Marijuana Business

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GOV Hickenlooper speaks with NPR about Session’s announcement and Colorado Cannabis

 

Attorney General Jeff Sessions sent a shot across the bow of the US Cannabis Industry on January 4, 2018, by rescinding an Obama-era policy that paved the way for legalized marijuana to flourish in states across the country.

This move creates new confusion about enforcement and use across the US, including here in Colorado. While much is being said about Session’s big step backward, Governor Hickenlooper was clear about how to keep the Fed’s out of your marijuana business when he spoke with National Public Radios’, Ari Shapiro after the Sessions announcement. “Make sure that you comply with every (marijuana) regulation that we have, and really focus on doing this (growing and selling marijuana) the right way.”

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M403 Proposed Rule Change

M403 Proposed Rule ChangeMedical Marijuana Sales General Limitations – M403 Proposed Rule Change.

Cannabis Regulatory Solutions wants to affirm that the MED has proposed (1) broadening the definition of “Medical Marijuana” to specifically include Medical Marijuana Concentrate (see definitions) and (2) removing the confusing statement about “medical marijuana equivalents” contained within the existing Rule M403.

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MED Orders Special Testing

Special Microbial Contaminant Testing - Yeast and Mold

The Colorado Marijuana Enforcement Division (MED) has ordered a special microbial contaminant testing alert.  The alert affects all Retail Marijuana Cultivation (RMC) Licensees, and Retail Marijuana Manufacturing Facilities (RMPMF).  The alert was posted through a January 30, 2017 industry bulletin.   This action is being taken due to new data regarding the effectiveness of 3M Total Yeast and Mold Petrifilms in Marijuana.   To see the complete bulletin, click on the hyperlink at the end of this article.

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Marijuana Packaging & Labeling

Marijuana Packaging & Labeling

3d Qr Packaging Label

Cannabis Regulatory Solutions is pleased to announce the offering of a new Marijuana Packaging & Labeling training program.  The program is designed to provide Colorado’s marijuana businesses with the regulatory knowledge to comply with changing marijuana packaging and labeling requirements.    The mandatory compliance of these regulations occurs on October 1, 2016.  So, now is the opportune time for the industry to learn, and to prepare for, the changes that are on the horizon.

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How To Land Marijuana Industry Jobs

Finding Employment In The Marijuana IndustryMarijuana Industry Jobs are in high demand.  According to the Colorado Marijuana Enforcement Division (MED), as of June 1, 2016 there were 2,691 licensed marijuana businesses in Colorado representing approximately 18,000 jobs.  The first quarter sales of marijuana in Colorado alone exceeded $270 million.  That’s a lot of job opportunities in this new and booming industry.  Could one of them be right for you?

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