MJBizMag April 2022 - 38

Calibrating Quality
Plants at Cresco Labs' cultivation facility
in Kankakee, Illinois, are trained to grow
vertically and reach for the overhead lights.
Courtesy Photo
Creating
E
very state with a legal marijuana
program has a unique regulatory
framework. Navigating those
different rules while still maintaining
quality standards can be a compliance
high-wire act for multistate cannabis
operators.
To ensure products don't run
afoul of state regulators while
simultaneously adhering to internal
quality goals, executives at several
MSOs advise other marijuana
companies to:
38 April 2022 | MJBizMagazine
By Bart Schaneman
Uniformity
Multistate cannabis producers share secrets for streamlining
operations across differing state regulations
* Dedicate an entire team to quality
control and compliance.
* Maintain an in-house testing lab
and test often.
* Develop a library of detailed
standard operating procedures
that serve as a playbook for
working in different markets.
" We have a compliance team that's
dedicated to all things around the legal
side of the language that's embedded in
each state, " said Todd West, executive
vice president of operations at Cresco
Labs, a vertically integrated multistate
cannabis company based in Chicago.
FINGER ON THE PULSE
Knowing the ins and outs of each state's
regulations and following them as they
change is a full-time job.
At New York-based marijuana
MSO Acreage Holdings, Senior Vice
President Ellen Deutsch employs local
regulatory experts in each state to
maintain quality control and quality
assurance. " We monitor everything

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