Cannabis Trichomes Overview

If you have an interest in cannabis plants, you will probably have heard of trichomes. Those who buy cannabis buds regularly or grow their own realize that these are very important parts of the plant. Take a closer look at any flowering plant and you’ll see thousands of tiny crystalized dots covering the buds and…

Non-Cannabis Companies & Worker Protections

Non-cannabis-businesses that still maintain workplace drug-testing policies may be struggling to comply with complex state and local cannabis laws while also finding that more workers are testing positive for cannabis. Although all cannabis use is still illegal under federal law, many states have legalized medical and recreational use, and more states are adding workplace protections….

Minor & Novel Cannabinoids Introduction

In our rapid advance in cannabis science through recent years with the easing of restrictions on handling and experimenting with cannabis and cannabinoids via legalization and regulation efforts across the country. We have discovered and re-discovered cannabinoids that hold potential for great advancement in cannabis chemistry and potential for many beneficial health and wellness benefits…

Cannabis 2022 Laws & Workplace Impact

Growing acceptance of cannabis use in recent years has led to the proliferation of state laws legalizing medical and recreational cannabis consumption, as well as a push for employment protections for off-duty use. Here’s what non-cannabis industry employers need to know about evolving cannabis laws and their impact on the workplace. As more and more…

Cannabis Product Metadata

Once you’ve settled on the right inventory management solution for your store, it’s time to set up your products in the system. This process can vary slightly depending on the program your system uses, but typically, you’ll have the option of either importing product info directly from an Excel/CSV file or entering the information manually….

Inventory Accuracy & Cannabis Product Auditing

Even with an integrated, compliant inventory and Point-of-Sale (POS) system in place, you’ll still need to conduct regular inventory audits to ensure that the amount of merchandise you have in your system is consistent with what you actually have in your store (try out our METRC cannabis tracking training). Why is this important? Here are…

Cannabis Product Inventory Management

Ask any successful retailer what the key to a healthy, profitable business is and they’ll tell you: proper inventory management. Without it, sales suffer, customer satisfaction tanks and your bottom line takes a serious hit. Cannabis retail is no different. In fact, in our industry, inventory control is not only inextricably linked to profitability ($$$),…

Cannabis Dispensary Standard Operating Procedures (SOP’s)

How to Determine Valid Identification

Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) are the documents, protocols, systems, and procedures that your cannabis dispensary should have in place to manage day-to-day operations. SOPs help dispensaries in many ways: From optimizing proper employee management systems such as dispensary payroll and onboarding to ensuring compliance with regulations are consistently met, and more. What are the top dispensary…

Social Consumption & Cannabis Hospitality

In the ever-evolving and fiercely competitive cannabis industry, consumption lounges (aka. social or smoking lounges) are generating a big BUZZ (see our MED “Colorado Marijuana Hospitality Certification”). Innovators and proponents for their legalization see it as a prime opportunity to better compete in a saturated market, attract new customers and GROW market share. Opponents throw…

Re-Think Cannabis Compliance & Violations

Compliance is a top challenge in the cannabis industry for a reason. Seemingly unattainable due to ever-changing laws and regulations, compliance with a bevy of rules requires expertise and resources some businesses may not possess. Regardless of the legislative complexities and the struggle to stay up to date, your business is required to adhere to…

Cannabis Industry Safety & Preventing OSHA Citations

The rapid legalization of cannabis has been encouraging industry growth and has attracted more attention from federal regulatory bodies such as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Following a number of incidents and near misses, cannabis facilities have been increasingly frequented by OSHA visits, leading to a spike in citations and fines. A review…

Robbery Preparedness Guide

It is common knowledge that cannabis businesses have issues with traditional banks, which already makes them targets, but robbers also look for easy getaway potential, employees working alone, and businesses that are isolated (check out our “Robbery Awareness” training here). No one wants to think about robberies and burglaries, but they are a reality for…

Cannabis Delivery Business Operations

Ready or not, on-demand delivery is quickly becoming the future of cannabis retail. According to New Frontier Data’s report, “2021 U.S. Cannabis Consumer Evolution,” delivery demand has increased by more than 87% since 2018 and grew by 25% in the past year alone. Although certain states have adopted restrictive cannabis delivery laws in the past,…

Safe Cannabis Industry Workplaces (OSHA, etc.)

Creating a comprehensive safety culture is the number-one way to reduce injuries and illnesses, and their associated costs. But building such a culture is not a “flavor of the month” program or an overnight process (check out our “Cannabis Worker Safety Certification” to establish a safety-first culture). Instead, it is a multi-year, top-management commitment that…

[NEW] U.S. Cannabis Law History “Freshly Released”

The new training is finally here, and the big day has finally come! We just finished releasing our latest and greatest training called the United States Cannabis Laws History (check it out here)… 🥳 This training module will be included in a new certification that we’re working to get accredited in a specific cannabis jurisdiction (we’ll…

Cannabis Industry Fire Safety

The cannabis industry has gone through a rapid expansion and with the expansion comes an increase in cultivation as well as extraction facilities. But, as with any industrial process, production comes with an assortment of hazards. The NFPA Standards Council has approved the development of NFPA 420 (Fire Protection of Cannabis Growing and Processing Facilities…