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We Support Licensed Operations & Government Regulators With Regulatory Services That Utilize Unified Cannabis Standards From "Seed-To-Sale" & Custom-Build Compliant Industry Solutions

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Leverage Our Subject Matter Experts (SMEs), Instructional Design Team & Custom Cannabis Regulatory Solution(s)

Behind each of our custom-built solution(s) is a team of expert consultants and industry advisors ready to help cannabis thrive. Whether it’s new laws in cannabis, industry compliance, or Responsible Vendor Training (RVT) insight, our custom solutions will support your stakeholders.

As a boutique cannabis consulting provider, we’re on a mission to provide you with a tailored business solution that meets your goals. Our cannabis consultation services consider profitability ($$$), social equity, and environmental sustainability to help your cannabis company grow.

We confidentially serve a wide variety of clients ranging from individuals just beginning their journey with cannabis to government regulators creating legal frameworks and Multi-State Operators (MSO’s) that are publicly traded to help them fulfill their goals and succeed in the industry.

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Regulatory Support

Reduce Operational Costs & Compliance Oversight Burdens As Both Licensed Operators & Gov't Regulators Increasingly Rely On Independent Authorized Training Providers That Support Industry Practices.

Retail Cannabis

Develop detailed standards to guide the safe and productive operation of cannabis retail stores and medical cannabis dispensaries. The standard requires the retail or dispensary operation to demonstrate management responsibility, including facets of worker training, worker practices, cleaning and sanitation, and many more operational standards.

Cannabis Cultivation

Cannabis cultivation is one of the fastest growing agricultural sectors in the world today that also involves a combination of farming and science. Cultivation standards covers all aspects of cannabis cultivation, from production plan to harvest practices. The audit process includes detailed criteria in sixteen categories to guide cultivation operations.

Cannabis Extractions

Cannabis extraction produces a range of concentrated products such as hash oil, shatter and wax. Extraction can also isolate specific cannabis compounds for medicine and research. Extraction standards provide detailed guidance on critical processes such as product purity, safety and traceability. Ensuring a product that is consumer-trusted.

Infused Products

Cannabis-infused product standards detail a full range of food and sanitation criteria along with guidelines for manufacturing, storage, processing, product safety, hazard analysis, equipment, testing and other vital aspects. Edibles, salves, beverages and tinctures can be infused with cannabis compounds to produce a wide range of products.

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Security Standards

This FOCUS standard draws on the expertise of law enforcement, security experts, dispensary operators and regulators to define the security guidelines for all aspects of a cannabis operation. It begins with risk assessment and includes requirements for alarm systems, video surveillance, transportation security, and background checks.

Laboratory Operation

Cannabis laboratory standards bring scientific, technical, government and industry experts together to define the rigid requirements for testing and laboratory management. Consumers, regulators, medical professionals and researchers can now access certified specifications to validate product safety, compliance and accuracy for a standardized product.

Packaging & Labeling

Cannabis packaging and labeling standards define the requirements using existing nutraceutical, dietary supplement, and over-the counter standards as a baseline and pharmaceutical specifications as necessary. The development committee adds industry knowledge and state-by-state requirements to the standard to assure consistent and understandable labels .

Environment Sustainability

Cannabis industry sustainability standards set guidelines for environmental concerns such as ecosystem management, water use, energy use, chemical elimination, carbon footprint reduction, recycling and waste management. Sustainability extends viability, employees, community and crisis planning and other factors that contribute to long-term success.

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Mandatory Responsible Vendor Programmatic Requirements...

Cannabis Compliance Training Guidance

As regulations continue to evolve, cannabis-specific Responsible Vendor Training (RVT) programs for licensed industry operators are commonly required by government regulators designed to protect consumers and establish industrial operating standards.

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Employee Education License Application Requirements...

Employee Training Plan Development

Every cannabis application has employee education and training plan requirements that ensure compliance before licenses are awarded (IF you win a high-competitive license) so incorporating external training providers (like us) is needed for workforce development.

Turn-Key Application Writing That Wins Biz Licenses...

License Application Writing Services

Cannabis licensing is complicated and each jurisdiction comes with different regulations whether it is for a license type or local laws that are vital for winning applications to meet gov’t regulatory frameworks, licensing processes, etc. every step from “Seed-to-Sale”.

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Deliver Standardized Training and/or Custom-Develop Programs...

Instructional Design & eLearning Solutions

We do “all things eLearning” in the cannabis industry to create custom solutions – from implementing Educational-Technology (Ed-Tech) solutions to developing customized compliance programs via our Instructional Design (ID) – to server as your “1-Stop Shop”.

Cannabis Industry Regulatory Compliance More "Fun" Than Ever Before...

Date: May 22, 2024
From the desk of Evan Erickson

At Green CulturED, as your comprehensive eLearning solution provider, we are dedicated to enhancing understanding within the cannabis industry.

This article is crafted to provide informed insights, educational content, and diverse perspectives, empowering participants to make well-informed decisions regarding the regulatory environment.

We believe that a thorough grasp of the standards being set, the processes involved in their establishment, and the expertise driving these developments is essential.

Our eLearning platform delivers this critical knowledge, offering a complete suite of educational resources designed to demystify the standards and procedures that shape the future of cannabis regulation.

Voluntary Consensus Standards & Regulatory Bodies

In the cannabis industry, the concept of voluntary consensus is crucial for developing standards that shape regulation and practice.

Voluntary consensus involves stakeholders from various facets of the industry collaborating to create widely recognized standards.

These standards are integral to the cannabis sector, often serving as the foundation for or being directly referenced in global regulations.

Prominent organizations such as ISO, ANSI, British Standards Institute, Standards Council of Canada, and ASTM International are known for their role in establishing these voluntary consensus standards.

Defined by federal laws, these standards are crafted by voluntary consensus standards bodies – groups that are recognized domestically and internationally for their systematic procedures in standard development.

These procedures dictate how standards are created, who participates in the development process, and the entities eligible to implement these standards.

In the rapidly evolving cannabis industry, staying abreast of these standards is essential.

They ensure product safety, consistency, and regulatory compliance, fostering trust and reliability across all touchpoints of the industry.

A voluntary consensus standards body is defined by the following attributes:

Voluntary consensus standards are critically important as there are federal laws in place that mandate all federal agencies use technical standards developed by voluntary consensus standards bodies, as opposed to government-unique standards.

This requirement was established as Public Law 104-113, as cited in the National Technology and Transfer Act of 1995 and related OMB Circular A-119.

Unified Cannabis Industry Standards Development

At Green CulturED, our team of cannabis industry experts from across the nation, along with our specialized staff, have developed a series of Recommendations for Regulators within the cannabis sector.

These guidelines are modeled after national standards used in the nutraceutical and botanical fields but include specific provisions for cannabis to safeguard the integrity, quality, purity, and consistency of hemp and cannabis products.

This comprehensive set of recommendations outlines a robust framework for cannabis standards and quality assurances that span from seed to consumption.

Our aim is to equip industry regulators and professionals with the knowledge and tools needed to uphold the highest standards of safety and efficacy in the cannabis industry.

Custom Regulatory Project Engagements

Partnering with Green CulturED for compliance oversight transforms us into an extension of your team, bridging the knowledge gap between the cannabis industry and regulatory agencies.

This collaboration significantly reduces the financial and staffing strain on regulators. Green CulturED actively works with regulators and industry trade groups nationwide, facilitating the ongoing and dynamic development of regulations and standards for medical cannabis, adult-use cannabis, and the hemp industry.

We provide regulatory bodies with access to some of the top technical experts in the field, ensuring delivery of consistent and high-integrity services.

This partnership boosts confidence among patients, healthcare providers, and regulators in the safety and quality of products, affirming that all participants in the program adhere to the most stringent safety and quality standards available.

Third-Party Certification Benefits for Regulators and Consumers

To alleviate the cost and operational challenges faced by regulatory oversight agencies, there is a growing reliance on independent third-party certifications of compliance to bolster enforcement and monitoring activities.

Such certifications confirm adherence to legislative requirements and industry standards, showcasing overall performance against established benchmarks.

Green CulturED functions as this independent third-party, rigorously reviewing and certifying the quality of cultivation and manufacturing processes for cannabis products, as well as management processes for services.

This certification confirms that products and services meet stringent standards for safety, quality, purity, and performance, allowing regulatory bodies to concentrate on crafting overarching policy and technical requirements.

Compliance is validated through the issuance of a third-party certificate and the addition of our seal of approval on product or service labels.

In the constantly evolving landscape of cannabis and hemp product oversight, Green CulturED ensures continuous compliance by verifying adherence to state and local laws, alongside industry standards.

Our comprehensive approach includes staff training, annual and unannounced inspections, and product testing, maintaining the integrity and reliability of our certification process, akin to nationally recognized programs like GAP, GMP, GLP, and ISO.

Types of Certification Offered

Green CulturED certification is accessible to eligible hemp and cannabis companies operating in states that have enacted medical and/or adult-use cannabis laws.

This certification is designed to highlight the commitment of cannabis companies to quality as they provide patients with hemp, cannabis, and derivative products.

Green CulturED offers a range of certification options, from single discipline to multiple disciplines, accommodating various company needs.

All our certifications confirm adherence to local and state regulations as well as industry-specific guidelines.

Certain certification areas may require additional training or compliance measures, particularly for companies involved in manufacturing or laboratory testing operations.

This ensures that all aspects of the operation meet the highest standards for quality and safety, underlining our commitment to excellence in the cannabis industry

Multiple Discipline Certification

For companies engaged in multiple industry operations or those that are vertically integrated, Green CulturED provides multi-discipline certifications.

This certification option allows businesses involved in cultivation, manufacturing, and/or distribution to achieve a unified Green CulturED seal of approval.

This seal represents their commitment to safety across all operational disciplines.

To maintain the highest standards of integrity and safety, Green CulturED upholds a policy where independent laboratory testing services cannot be combined with other operational certifications.

This ensures that our certified laboratories provide unbiased product safety verification.

If a laboratory certified by Green CulturED wishes to obtain certification in an additional discipline, it must not use its facility to meet the testing requirements for that secondary discipline.

This separation preserves the impartiality and reliability of the testing process, reinforcing our commitment to excellence and safety in every aspect of the cannabis industry.

Pre-licensing Certification

Companies interested in joining Green CulturED but not yet licensed to cultivate cannabis or hemp can start their certification journey through our pre-licensing program.

This process begins with an audit before license approval is granted. To secure pre-licensing certification, Green CulturED auditors will perform a thorough review of all the company’s proposed SOPs and employee manuals.

The company must demonstrate that all staff listed in the application have completed Green CulturED training successfully.

Our auditors will compile a comprehensive audit report for the company, detailing any necessary corrective actions for the SOPs to align with Green CulturED’s standards.

All recommended changes must be effectively implemented before receiving final approval from our auditors.

Once these steps are completed, Green CulturED will issue a letter of intent, certifying that the company’s documentation meets all relevant local and state regulations as well as industry guidelines.

Companies engaged in this pre-licensing initiative are subject to a strict timeline to complete their certification process once their license is issued.

Process for Certification
Green CulturED offers a confidential and comprehensive certification process tailored to support cannabis and hemp businesses at every step:
Preliminary Assessment

Companies seeking certification with Green CulturED may opt for a preliminary assessment of their operations.

This preliminary step allows us to identify any potential weaknesses in the company’s management systems early in the process.

Conducting a preliminary assessment offers significant advantages: it provides companies with ample time to address deficiencies before the formal audits commence, and it aids our team in efficiently planning the certification process.

The scope of the preliminary assessment can be customized according to the needs of the company, ranging from a simple document review to a comprehensive assessment that includes on-site operational observation.

While this initial assessment is optional, it is highly recommended.

It can be a strategic move, potentially saving time and resources by pinpointing and rectifying issues early, thus mitigating the need for costly follow-up actions during the mandatory audits.

Documentation Assessment

The Green CulturED Independent Auditor(s) assigned to your company will collect all relevant local and state licensing documents, as well as management system documents and manuals.

These documents will undergo a thorough review to ensure they meet all local and state regulatory requirements and Green CulturED standards.

Essential documentation should include, at a minimum:

Should the documentation fail to meet the required standards, the deficiencies will be outlined in an audit report.

The company will then be required to take corrective action before certification can be awarded.

Once Green CulturED is satisfied that the documented management systems are up to standard, a facility audit will be scheduled.

Training Audit

Green CulturED assigns auditors who will conduct an exhaustive on-site assessment of the training operations at your facility.

Prior to their arrival, an audit agenda will be prepared for the licensee, including a detailed daily schedule and any accommodation requests.

It is the responsibility of our auditors to ensure that the company’s management systems meet all applicable standards.

Upon arrival, Green CulturED auditors will hold an introductory meeting and then proceed with a comprehensive facility walk-through.

This includes observing operational activities to verify that the procedures documented during the initial audit have been properly implemented.

Our auditors are authorized to take samples for laboratory testing (where regulations permit), conduct confidential interviews with employees, inspect documents and records, observe work processes, and examine equipment.

The goal of the facility audit is to confirm technical competency through a review of statements, documented procedures, records, and written policies.

If any deficiencies are identified during the audit, our auditors will highlight these to the licensee and document them as required or suggested corrective actions in the audit report, depending on the severity.

The report will detail each deficiency, correlate it to specific standards or policies, and outline the necessary corrective actions to address the issue.

Additionally, Green CulturED audit reports include a recommended timeline for achieving certification, which may vary based on the nature and extent of the required corrective actions.

Exit Meeting

Upon completing the on-site audit, Green CulturED’s assigned auditors will conduct an exit meeting with the company’s management or the designated primary contact person, and regulators as applicable.

During this meeting, a summary review of the facility audit will be presented. Any deficiencies identified during the audit will be discussed in detail at this time.

These deficiencies, along with the corresponding corrective actions, will also be included in the final facility audit report provided to the company.

This ensures transparency and clarity on all audit findings and the steps needed to address them.

Corrective Action

All Green CulturED applicants with identified deficiencies during the audit process will be allotted a reasonable timeframe to undertake the necessary corrective actions.

It is mandatory for these actions to be verified and approved by the assigned Green CulturED auditor(s) before any certification can be granted.

The response to the corrective action must include objective evidence that the required changes have been effectively completed.

Depending on the nature of the deficiency, Green CulturED may require a follow-up on-site facility audit that focuses specifically on the areas of concern.

Certification will not be awarded until all identified deficiencies have been comprehensively and satisfactorily corrected, ensuring compliance and quality standards are fully met.

Final Review, Report, and Appeal Process

Within 10 business days following the facility audit – if no deficiencies are found – or upon verification of completed corrective actions, Green CulturED will issue a confidential report along with a certification decision.

This report may be shared with regulators if required. All relevant documentation will then be reviewed by Green CulturED’s Review Board, which assesses the application materials and audit documentation before making a final decision on certification.

If the Review Board approves certification, the company will be notified immediately, and the appropriate certification materials will be issued.

However, if certification is denied, the company may file an appeal within 10 business days of receiving the decision.

An Appeal Board, comprising at least three members from the Green CulturED Review Board, will handle the appeal.

Each member of the Appeal Board will have sufficient knowledge and expertise in the relevant disciplines to review materials, reports, and deliver an impartial decision.

The Appeal Board will consist of a minimum of three and a maximum of seven members, ensuring a thorough and fair review process.

Annual Audit Reports

Once certification is granted, Green CulturED initiates a review period during which the certified company may undergo random and unannounced audits, as well as product testing.

An annual surveillance audit is required to renew certification. These follow-up audits might involve the submission of documents and/or an on-site visit.

Consumers, healthcare providers, stakeholders, and regulators can submit complaints regarding a certified company directly to Green CulturED.

We maintain a comprehensive record of all such complaints.

Depending on the severity or frequency of these complaints, they may prompt unannounced inspections to ensure compliance and address any issues promptly.

Should circumstances arise that necessitate the suspension of certification, Green CulturED will promptly inform the relevant regulatory bodies, maintaining transparency and accountability throughout the process.

Ongoing Review and Complaint Resolution

Throughout the certification period, Green CulturED’s assigned auditors and staff will continually monitor certified operations.

Should there be any changes in laws or regulations, or if updated standards are released by regulatory bodies, a review audit may be required.

Green CulturED will inform certified companies of any such updates and provide detailed instructions on the actions required to comply, including specific deadlines for compliance.

Additionally, if third-party complaints arise that necessitate an investigation, or if a significant volume of complaints is received, a review audit may be initiated.

Green CulturED is committed to thoroughly evaluating and responding to all third-party complaints to ascertain their validity and seriousness.

Certified companies are obliged to address these complaints within five business days of being notified by a Green CulturED auditor or staff member.

When necessary, immediate corrective actions will be mandated to ensure ongoing compliance and integrity of the certification.