US: "Compliance in cannabis can be a painstaking task"

Compliance in the cannabis industry presents a different challenge in every state, with almost countless regulations and considerations waiting to upend operators and those who work to ensure them along the entire supply chain — licensing, equipment testing, distribution and retail sales, packaging, and label requirements, and rigorous track and trace programs.

“The level of granularity is unparalleled, especially considering its specific use,” said David Vaillencourt, a regulatory policy and standards expert who serves as CEO of the GMP Collective, a consultant to cannabis producers across the supply chain. “And labels are so confusing; what you’re required to put on in a packaging in Florida is much different than Illinois, is much different than Massachusetts.”

With so many complexities to being in compliance in the cannabis industries in the dozens-and-counting adult-use and medical-use states, the risks of being out of compliance are real and potentially bad for a business.

Stewart described “a more aggressive stance” from state regulators against non-compliant cannabis companies.

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