Some of the states that have legalized medicinal and/or recreational use of cannabis also allow the plant to be cultivated. However, there are things a grower should know and do if they plan to grow marijuana in a regulated market and would like to avoid regulatory failure.
These include the following:
- Acquainting themselves with regulatory compliance laws
Before you begin cultivating cannabis, ensure that you understand the laws in your state and are compliant with the regulations. Knowing the law for every process involved, including the safety tests required, will save you money and time.
Additionally, being knowledgeable about the regulations allows conversations with law enforcement, auditors and regulators to be easier. Transparency and mutual education are important, especially in new markets such as marijuana, as they help ensure that miscommunication and regulatory failure is avoided.
State regulations determine how a growing facility will operate, which is why understanding the requirements is crucial. Taking additional steps including carrying out nonregulatory testing will also reduce risk potential.
- Setting up standard operating procedures
Establishing detailed operating procedures is a good way to defend yourself against regulatory failure and legal accusations. These procedures demonstrate how every task is to be performed, be it plant transportation or cutting a clone, as well as the equipment and materials to be used and the purpose, scope and reference documents.
It may be a bit difficult to establish standard operating procedures for a facility that is yet to be built, which is why you are advised to implement general procedures first. It is important to note that these procedures need to be refined as time goes by.
In addition to this, companies should introduce training programs that ensure that employees are up-to-date on current procedures. This information will be useful in decreasing potential economic crop loss from disease risks or pests, and establishes quality in the growing facility.
Experts recommend incorporating an Integrated Pest Management (“IPM”) procedure to avoid economic loss. An IPM includes five major principles. These include identifying possible pests, monitoring plants for pests, establishing action thresholds, implementing control tactics and recording all the results.
- Design your facility to be efficient
Designing a growing facility with compliance and efficiency in mind and establishing your workflow properly significantly decreases cross-contamination risk. Overall, conducting regulatory testing when required, having standard operating procedures and training employees creates an environment for a successful growing facility. These practices are standard for U.S. FDA-regulated environments and big agricultural facilities.
Established cannabis companies such as Sonoma Biologics Corp. have mastered cultivating marijuana in ways that often go beyond the minimum standards stipulated by regulators, and the premium products they make provide vivid testimony to this strict adherence to set standards.
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