Regulatory Compliance & Self-Audit Consulting Services
Compliance can often be a moving target for businesses within the highly regulated cannabis industry. Laws and regulations are continually being amended and implemented to meet the needs of this developing market. Regulatory injunctions, delays in processing, failed laboratory tests, and negative consumer reviews can all spell serious trouble for profitable operations within this sector. Implementing compliance strategies based on industry best practices and developed by experts can take some of the guesswork out of this process and eliminate issues before they arise.
CannaBeSecure offers a full range of regulatory compliance consulting services for businesses at all stages of operation. These include startups in the process of applying for business licenses as well as licensed facilities within the legal cannabis industry, including but not limited to cultivation, manufacturing, retail dispensaries, delivery services, wholesalers, and distributors. We also service the legal hemp and CBD industry, and psilocybin sales in regions where these markets are emerging.
Partnering with experienced industry experts means staying ahead of the latest regulations while seamlessly running operations. Our compliance professionals are prepared to keep your team up to date on industry best practices and operating procedures, product remediation and problem mitigation strategies, employee training, banking and tax code, as well as in-house testing and self-audits to create robust records of compliance for auditors and business owners alike. Don’t allow compliance to become an obstacle to your business’s success. Allow our team to streamline your operations and secure your profits!
Business License Application Services
For startups, our team can help win highly sought-after cannabis business licenses by providing application materials crafted around the guidelines of state legal code, which demonstrate that the business owner is prepared to begin compliant operation. This includes a business operation plan (as required by most license applications) designed to meet the standards of Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) in cultivation, Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) in manufacturing facilities, and Good Retail Practices (GRP) for dispensaries, deliveries, distribution, and wholesale facilities. These operational plans will also include Quality Assurance and Quality Control (QAQC) procedures for maintaining product safety and consumer standards, while passing third-party testing and mitigating potential threats to product quality.
A business license application is essentially a compliance document. The team at CannaBeSecure will position your company to meet regulatory demands and demonstrate to state licensing authorities that your business is prepared for smooth, compliant operation with no interruptions to production beginning day one.
Hazard Analysis Critical Control Plan (HACCP)
Our team also provides Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) consulting and training for companies already well into operation. We can help train your employees to perform these hazard analyses and identify controls points within production, as well as suggesting protocols for the mitigation and remediation of issues in order to maintain consistent product quality while passing rigorous third-party testing standards. This includes the development and implementation of employee training schedules, in-house testing and auditing, including record keeping and documentation which demonstrate to inspectors that the business owner has maintained a record of compliance. We also provide troubleshooting consultations for any operational issues which may occur that could potentially threaten compliant operations. Our team can analyze your business’s operations, identify key risks to production, and ensure that your company is ready to meet and pass all state guidelines without costly delays in operation.
SOPs & Employee Training
CannaBeSecure provides employee training materials, handbooks, and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) including in-person or virtual employee training seminars to ensure your company is ready to meet compliance demands. These materials can be tailored to your specific business needs, and our compliance experts are prepared to tackle all aspects of cannabis business regulation, including but not limited to:
- Integrated pest management (IPM)
- Supplier approval
- Packaging and labeling
- Allergen management (edibles)
- Nutrition labeling (edibles)
- Document control systems
- Records management systems
- Receiving, storing, shipping
- Customer and consumer complaints
- Product defense
- Crisis management
- Business continuity plans
- Research and development function
- Equipment specifications and commissioning
- Product specifications
- Environmental monitoring
- Lab testing (in house)
- Regulatory visits, audits and product testing (outside certified lab)
- Hazardous materials
- Water safety and quality
- Compressed air and gas safety
- Employee training materials and handbooks
Banking and Tax Compliance
The regulations surrounding cannabis banking and transactions can present some of the largest headaches for operators within the cannabis industry. Due to the level of risk and regulatory scrutiny this industry incurs, the standards for tracking, monitoring, and recording fiscal transactions often go far beyond what is required in other sectors. The experts at CannaBeSecure will assist your business in implementing the latest seed-to-sale tracking software, POS systems, employee time tracking, and inventory management systems. Our compliance team also works together with our security experts, whose robust experience in the cannabis industry will ensure that your market data, sales information, and compliance records are all protected through the latest data security measures. Our secure network gives our clients access to experienced, industry-leading experts in cannabis banking, secure cash transport, and tax code to guarantee that they account for all transactions without any unaccounted-for revenue or diverted inventory.
If your company is preparing to change ownership, our team can perform an analysis of your facilities’ operation to determine if they meet all state standards and guidelines for GMP, GAP, or GRP in accordance with your license type. We can provide due diligence for potential buyers which demonstrates that their purchase is a smart choice, and which facilitates a smooth transition in operations. When you are ready for an exit strategy, our team is there to help ensure that the legacy of your business continues to impress both regulators and consumers.
The CannaBeSecure team is prepared to handle all business models and scales, from microbusiness cultivation to advanced class-one, division-one extraction spaces with laboratory-grade equipment and manufacturing processes, and even statewide dispensary and delivery services. Let us be your partners in securing your business success!