Process Validation Refresher Part 2: MIPs

July 5th, 2017|0 Comments

Last week we kicked off a two part series on process validation.  It’s a complicated topic that we receive many questions on, so we figured it was about time to revisit the subject.  Last week’s [...]

Process Validation Refresher Part 1: Cultivation

June 29th, 2017|1 Comment

Here at Complia HQ, we get lots of miscellaneous compliance questions from readers in Colorado and from across the country.  We love these questions and are always happy to help (so please keep the questions [...]

MED Industry Bulletin – MIP to MIP Transfers and Changes in Location

June 14th, 2017|0 Comments

The MED recently issued Industry Bulletin 17-03 concerning House Bill 17-1034.  HB 17-1034 included a clause that ensured the bill became effective upon the Governor’s signature.  So while we’ll likely see formal rulemaking around the [...]

New MED Position Statement – Transactions and Limits

May 30th, 2017|0 Comments

Recently the Colorado Marijuana Enforcement Division published a new position statement regarding purchase limits.  As a reminder to our readers, position statements are issued by the MED after someone formally requests clarity on a particular [...]

Keep the Feds Happy – Cole Memo Reminders

May 11th, 2017|0 Comments

Here at Complia HQ, we typically write about issues surrounding the Marijuana Enforcement Division or other Colorado-specific regulatory issues.  While it is absolutely critical to comply with state and local regulations, it’s also important to [...]

Life After 420 – Marijuana Enforcement Division Industry Bulletin

May 3rd, 2017|0 Comments

Shortly before 420, the Marijuana Enforcement Division put out Industry Bulletin 17-02 covering a wide range of topics that often come up around April 20.  We hope all of our readers had a safe and prosperous [...]

New MED Compliance Tips

April 24th, 2017|0 Comments

Back in February, we wrote about the new Compliance Tips section on the MED website.  Our team has continued to monitor this page and recently spotted two new tips that we wanted to bring to [...]

Denver CBD Update

April 13th, 2017|0 Comments

As many of our readers may be aware, the Denver Department of Environmental Health (DEH) issued a bulletin last week regarding CBD products.  CBD has been the center of a great deal of controversy, and [...]

Top 5 Tips for New Marijuana Regulators

April 10th, 2017|0 Comments

With so many new state marijuana markets coming online across the country, we are often laser focused on all of the challenges of building new marijuana businesses from the ground up.  However, it’s important to [...]

Marijuana Sampling Best Practices

April 3rd, 2017|1 Comment

Samples are an important part of the marijuana industry.  There is no better way to understand the quality of a product than by sampling it yourself.  However, if provided improperly, samples can cause some compliance [...]

Marijuana Pesticide and Other Impacts

March 20th, 2017|0 Comments

Since 2015, the intersection of pesticides and cannabis has been a hot button issue.  While the pesticide controversy first emerged in Colorado, a number of other markets across the country have experienced some growing pains [...]

Marijuana Process Validation Update

March 13th, 2017|0 Comments

At the end of January, the MED issued Industry Bulletin 17-01 regarding a change to total yeast and mold testing methodologies.  The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment increased the required incubation time for [...]

Virtual Transfers

March 1st, 2017|0 Comments

Since the launch of the METRC system in 2014, a great deal of confusion has surrounded transferring medical cannabis from an OPC to an unaligned Center or MIP.  Transferring marijuana from an OPC to it’s [...]

MED Compliance Tips – Straight from the Horse’s Mouth!

February 17th, 2017|1 Comment

A few months ago, our team stumbled upon a little known section of the MED website: Compliance Tips.  The MED website can be a bit difficult to navigate, but if you visit the “Licensees” page, [...]

Recordkeeping Best Practices

February 13th, 2017|0 Comments

Running a marijuana business isn’t easy.  Between 208E, ever evolving MED regulation, and a new Attorney General with a poor track record on cannabis, sometimes it can be hard to sleep at night.  To make [...]

Colorado Permitted Economic Interest (PEI) – FAQs

February 6th, 2017|0 Comments

Since the beginning of 2016, the MED has required companies to submit a Permitted Economic Interest Application (PEI) for all individuals that contribute funds or services to a licensed marijuana business if the contribution can [...]

Top 5 Interview Questions to Ask a Marijuana Compliance Officer Candidate

January 30th, 2017|0 Comments

Recently, we were invited to write a piece for our friends over at Marijuana Media regarding interview questions to keep in mind when vetting a compliance officer candidate.  Check out the article here.  We hope [...]

MED Random MJ Testing is Live

January 23rd, 2017|0 Comments

On December 28, 2016, the MED issued Industry Bulletin 16-16 surrounding random testing.  In accordance with M/R 1502 A, the MED has full authority to request that random samples be submitted for testing in the [...]

New MJ Potency Labeling Requirements

January 16th, 2017|0 Comments

Since the inception of the most recent round of MED rule revisions, we’ve written on a number of changes including performance based compensation, the 48 hour rule, signage requirements, and residual solvent cutoff levels.  All [...]

Performance Based Compensation for Marijuana Businesses

January 10th, 2017|3 Comments

In the last few weeks, we’ve written about some of the MED rule changes that take effect January 1, 2017.  These topics have included residual solvent cut off levels, 48 hour rule, and new signage [...]

New MED Signage Requirements Start January 1st

December 19th, 2016|0 Comments

As most of our readers are aware, several new MED rules take effect January 1, 2017.  To date we’ve written about changes to residual solvent cut off levels and the 48 hour rule.  We continue [...]

Denver Marijuana Odor Ordinance Update – Deadline Approaching!

December 12th, 2016|0 Comments

On December 2, the City and County of Denver issued detailed guidelines for the new odor ordinance that impacts most marijuana businesses in Denver.  There is a critical deadline quickly approaching, so we urge you [...]

Marijuana Waste Disposal Best Practices

December 1st, 2016|0 Comments

On November 29, the MED issued a Position Statement regarding marijuana waste disposal.  The statement was issued in response to a question posed by a regulator in Grand County.  In short, the regulator was seeking [...]

MED Renewal Process Update

November 29th, 2016|0 Comments

With the end of November rapidly approaching, many businesses are scrambling to submit license renewals for those licenses that expire December 31, 2016.  There have been two minor (but important) updates to the MED renewal [...]

What Happened to the 48 Hour Rule?!

November 22nd, 2016|3 Comments

Now that Medical Marijuana potency testing is live for harvest batches harvested on or after November 1, 2016 (microbials testing soon to follow), the Marijuana Enforcement Division has made adjustments to the Medical Marijuana Code [...]

Residual Solvents – New Acceptable Limits

November 14th, 2016|2 Comments

As many of you may be aware, the MED recently published its revised rules.  There are a wide range of changes, from ownership rules to packaging and labeling requirements.  Over the course of the next [...]

MED Packaging Clarification

November 8th, 2016|0 Comments

On October 19, the MED issued an important bulletin clarifying some ambiguity in the packaging and labeling rules that took effect October 1.  As many of our readers are aware, several new measures were implemented [...]

Fact Check!

October 25th, 2016|0 Comments

In the heat of the political season, it is no wonder that an evidence based approach to sensible government cannabis policy has taken a backseat in some political contests. Team Complia wants to take a [...]

Medical Flower Testing to Go Live

October 10th, 2016|0 Comments

As we reported at the end of June, medical testing rules that were supposed to take effect July 1 were delayed.  At the end of last week, the MED issued a bulletin updating the industry, [...]

Preview of New Colorado Marijuana Compliance Rules

October 3rd, 2016|0 Comments

As many of our readers are aware, rulemaking has been ongoing in Colorado for the last several weeks.  While the final rules are not yet available, we want to preview some of the changes that [...]

New One Ounce Equivalency Rules

September 20th, 2016|0 Comments

October 1 means big changes for the cannabis industry in Colorado.  We’ve already written about changes surrounding edibles.  Industry participants also need to be aware of changes in retail sales limits. Per industry bulletin 15-12, [...]

Denver Odor Ordinance Update

September 13th, 2016|0 Comments

The City and County of Denver passed an odor ordinance on May 2, 2016.  In order to establish rules for all businesses to follow an Odor Advisory Group was formed.  The group has been working [...]

Proposed Location: Legal Right to Occupy

September 8th, 2016|0 Comments

As regulators in California continue work on developing rules and regulations surrounding the Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MCRSA), it’s also important that existing marijuana businesses in California begin to take proactive steps to [...]

Complia Featured in Cannabis Business Times

September 6th, 2016|1 Comment

We are excited to report that a few weeks ago, the Cannabis Business Times featured an article on Process Validation written by our very own, Ryan Girard.  While we’ve written about process validation in the [...]

Reminder: Marijuana Edible Rule Changes Taking Effect

August 30th, 2016|1 Comment

On October 1, 2016, some major changes will rock the market for marijuana edibles.  While many MIPs have been extremely proactive about preparing for the coming changes, others have been slower to adapt.  As implementation [...]

California Operating Procedures

August 24th, 2016|1 Comment

As regulators in California continue work on developing rules and regulations surrounding the Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MCRSA), it’s also important that existing marijuana businesses in California begin to take proactive steps to [...]

Complia CEO Featured in NCV

August 22nd, 2016|0 Comments

Last week our CEO, Ryan Girard, was featured on New Cannabis Ventures (NCV).  Ryan wrote about the importance of compliance due diligence when evaluating the purchase of a cannabis business.  We are grateful for the opportunity [...]

Edible Shapes: Fact and Fiction

August 17th, 2016|0 Comments

Since the inception of regulated cannabis in Colorado, edible marijuana products have received quite a bit of press.  Most recently, there was quite a stir surrounding Colorado HB 16-1436 which prohibits edibles from taking the [...]

California Licensing Requirements – Seller’s Permit

August 10th, 2016|0 Comments

As regulators in California continue work on developing rules and regulations surrounding the Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MCRSA), it’s also important that existing marijuana businesses in California begin to take proactive steps to [...]

MED Rulemaking 101

August 9th, 2016|0 Comments

Each year, Colorado legislature has the ability to pass laws that impact the cannabis industry. When such laws are passed, regulators are tasked with adding provisions to existing regulations in order to reflect the new [...]

Marijuana Pesticide Update (cont.)

August 3rd, 2016|0 Comments

A few weeks ago, Complia published a blog post about a handful of pesticides the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) determined to contain ingredients that were not disclosed on the label.  Specifically, we encouraged Colorado operators [...]

MED Disciplinary Action

July 18th, 2016|0 Comments

Every enforcement action by the MED in 2015 was queried by industry leading cannabis attorney Sean McAllister of McAllister Law office. The report provides critical insights into what infractions the MED penalizes cannabis operators for [...]

Pesticides Update

July 11th, 2016|1 Comment

As many of our readers are aware, the list of allowed pesticides maintained by the Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA) changes rather frequently.  The CDA is tasked with reviewing pesticides individually to determine if certain [...]

Ownership Reallocation Pro Tips

June 27th, 2016|0 Comments

The intake officers at the Marijuana Enforcement Division do their best to keep the industry informed with changes to the application process and required documents needed to perform a change of ownership (COO) or change [...]

Delayed Medical Testing

June 20th, 2016|0 Comments

Last week, the MED published an industry bulletin surrounding the medical testing regulations we reported on in our last blog post.  In short, the MED has delayed the implementation of medical testing and it appears [...]

Mandatory Testing for Medical Marijuana

June 13th, 2016|0 Comments

Mandatory testing for medical marijuana will begin July 1, 2016 in the State of Colorado.  The testing requirements that are in effect for retail marijuana will be applied to both retail and medical marijuana placing [...]

Pesticides

May 31st, 2016|0 Comments

Anyone with a hand in the world of cannabis can’t help but be aware of the recent pesticide scandals that have dominated headlines.  It’s been a challenging time for both operators and regulators alike as [...]

MED License Renewal Pro Tips

May 23rd, 2016|0 Comments

RENEWALS! As you know, each State Marijuana License renews on an annual basis, but the information and documents required each year vary. Here are a few tips and best practices for submitting your license renewal [...]

MJ Process Validation – A Valuable but Delicate Compliance Asset

May 16th, 2016|2 Comments

Process Validation - A Valuable but Delicate Compliance Asset Thankfully, the updated MED rules published November 30, 2015 finally allow for a somewhat reasonable and straightforward procedure for process validation. Process validation allows licensed cannabis [...]

Updated MED Fees – Permitted Economic Interests & Plant Count

May 6th, 2016|0 Comments

Pursuant to MED emergency rules effective March 24, 2016, many fees have been added and modified to account for modifications in MED rules including the addition of Permitted Economic Interests (PEIs) and modified retail cultivation extended plant count [...]