Industry Overview and Dynamics:
Marijuana versus Industrial Hemp:
- Within Colorado, a plant of the genus Cannabis, and any part of the plant, whether growing or not, with a delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) concentration of greater than 0.3% on a dry weight basis is “Marijuana.”*
- “Industrial Hemp” is a plant of the genus Cannabis, and any part of the plant, whether growing or not, with a delta-9 THC concentration of no more than 0.3% on a dry weight basis.
* It is generally agreed that THC at a level of 1% is considered the threshold for marijuana to have “some” intoxicating effects. THC content in marijuana that is grown today may be as high as 25% to 30%. So even though the plants look alike, and share the same genus, they are dramatically different plants.
“Marijuana” – $1 Billion Industry within Colorado Alone
- In spite of the fact that medical marijuana has been legalized within approximately two dozen states, marijuana is still a federally legislated schedule one drug – meaning that it has no medicinal value and is highly prone to abuse.
- The federal stance is keeping bankers, insurers, researchers, and national consulting and auditing companies out of the industry.
- Experts that serve the food and pharmaceutical industries, for instance, are in short supply in the marijuana industry.
- Additionally, individual states are developing their own rules making for an overly complex and highly regulated market.
- Only legal within the State of Colorado since 2014
- Over 2,500 documented uses for Industrial Hemp
- For the time being, there is much less regulation (orders of magnitude less than marijuana).
- With the introduction of Colorado Certified Seed (seed that is expected to produce THC concentrations of less than 0.3%, in fully mature plants, across all geographic regions of the state), the industry is expected to grow exponentially within the next few years.
In Spite Of The Upsides, The Barriers To Entering And Sustaining The Cannabis Industry Are Significant
- The lack of banking and insurance options are serious impediments and not for everyone.
- The lack of national consulting, auditing, and research is making the communication of industry best practices more difficult than it normally would be.
- The federal stance has artificially reduced access to regulatory, research, and business experts needed to properly support and develop the industry.
Regardless Of How You Feel About Cannabis
- It is here, and it is BIG BUSINESS. Cannabis is available to thousands of users and with impacts on local municipalities. It is changing the very fabric of society. Because of the lack of regulatory and business support services available to the industry today, the need for regulatory expertise and business consultation has never been greater.
- CRS was created to help fill this void. We seek to influence the industry by promoting industry-wide cannabis compliance, transparency, product efficacy, responsible sales and distribution, and public health and safety practices and standards.
- We consider ourselves to be industry middle partners, working with the government on one side, and industry practitioners on the other, to promote the responsible advancement of the industry.
Our Business Approach
- Our business approach is to develop and use high quality Cannabis training programs, and valued after-training services, to attract and partner with leading companies within the ENTIRE CANNABIS INDUSTRY.
- We strive to become valued and trusted extensions of our clients’ regulatory compliance and operational management teams.
- We seek to develop true long-term partnerships by relentlessly focusing on, and positively impacting, our clients’ bottom line.
Our Training Philosophy:
- We develop exceptional training programs that are an important element of regulatory compliance and operational excellence.
- Cannabis Regulatory Solutions training programs utilize Six Sigma and ISO Quality fundamentals. We combine tried and proven techniques utilizing professionally prepared lectures and online student handouts, topic-specific checklists, and process flow diagrams with clear instruction and practical advice. All of our training efforts incorporate comprehension exams and course evaluations to measure on-going effectiveness.
- We prepare job candidates for positions within Colorado’s $1 Billion cannabis industry through our certification training programs. We help candidates obtain the occupational support badge required to work in the industry. We work directly with cannabis staffing agencies and cannabis businesses owners in job placement opportunities across the state.
- Whatever your cannabis industry goals and aspirations, there is much to learn. We have a passion, and a knack, for helping you succeed.
Our Cost Structure:
Our pricing is reflective of the value that our training and consulting services provide. We strive to ensure that our services are never a primary cost driver!
We offer simple and guaranteed cost competitive pricing for all your initial, re-certification, turnover, and new employee training needs and budgets
Our consulting services utilize:
- An open book cost sharing approach for the development of mutual trust
- Mutual sharing of risks and rewards for long-term relationship building
Our Bottom Line:
We have the industry expertise, professional network, formal education, and tried and proven systems to move your Cannabis business aspirations in the right direction. Enjoy your visit to our website. Call us today for a free consultation!
Cannabis Regulatory Solutions is your Partner in Cannabis Compliance
About Ren Gobris
Cannabis Regulatory Solutions was established by Ren Gobris, Founder and Owner, in October 2015. Cannabis Regulatory Solutions’ mission is to, “Provide exceptional cannabis regulatory training and consulting services to the dynamic and fast growing cannabis industry.”
Ren has over 30 years of experience working as a leader in international manufacturing, supply chain management, and security system solutions, with special focus on regulatory affairs.
Through his extensive career as an international security industry executive, Ren has become a global expert in the development, manufacture, and distribution of proprietary security staining devices, DNA marking, and GPS/Cellular tracking technologies for the protection of cash, pharmaceuticals, and other high value assets.
Ren is a proven and accomplished leader with expertise in directing managerial and technical personnel through highly technical and regulated environments in the realization of revenue growth and robust EBITDA performance. He has a strong business acumen with a solid history of achievement that includes million dollar contract negotiations, six-figure inventory reduction, production start-up, the acquisition and folding in of competitive corporations, success in product development, international business development, exceptional safety, health, and environmental achievements, and skill in organizational-wide strategic planning, corporate culture development and change, and cultivating world class teams.
Ren is successful in providing superior security products and unrivaled customer satisfaction to the world’s top banks, cash in transit companies, and other high end companies throughout the US, Canada, Mexico, Costa Rica, Brazil, Australia, and Western Europe. Moreover, he has extensive experience and expertise in working with a host of governmental bodies to obtain regulatory exemptions for the reduction of regulatory burden and the creation of strategic competitive advantage. These governmental bodies include the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF), The Department of Transportation (DOT), The Department of State – International Traffic In Arms Regulations (ITAR), The Department of Commerce – Export Administration Regulations (EAR), The U.S. Treasury’s Bureau of Engraving and Printing, and several other foreign governments and central banks.
Ren has an undergraduate degree in Industrial Safety Management from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania, an MBA from Mercer University, and a Six Sigma Green Belt Certification obtained through Villanova University.