Monitoring & Compliance
The City has developed a monitoring and compliance program that each licensee will be subject to. The program was designed to enhance the City’s ability to monitor commercial cannabis facilities in the City in a professional and efficient manner with safety and accountability as a priority.
The City has developed a number of required monitoring and compliance tasks, in accordance with the State of California’s operational regulations and the City of Coalinga’s adopted regulations to ensure that all cannabis operations operating in the City of Coalinga complying with all applicable laws.
All licensed operators shall make and maintain complete, accurate and legible records of the permitted cannabis operation evidencing compliance with the requirements of all state and local regulations which shall be subject to audit. The additional tasks related to this function will include, verifying accounting (audit) and accounting practices, verification of required insurances, permits, indemnification requirements, and investigations related to violations.
Product Tracking (Track & Trace)
The State has developed and began tracking and tracing the products from seed to sale and the City of Coalinga continues to ensure the tracking and tracing all plants and product. This is a very time intensive task which will be conducted at each site on a random basis where the track and trace method, approved by the City, will be verified to ensure product is handled correctly and in compliance with the establish regulations in place. This task also includes verifying state required labeling, dosage, accounting practices and independent testing of product being produced in Coalinga and then distributed to the next licensed processor or retailer. The City will verify the testing of products to ensure that product being grown and manufactured in Coalinga are of the upmost quality and safe to the end user.
Human Resources plays a significant role in confirming the employees within the Commercial Cannabis Industry in Coalinga are working within the requirements of the City of Coalinga and approved state laws. These tasks include registering and re-registering each employee who plans to work in the Cannabis Industry within the City, ensure training processes are to industry standards, monitor employee records, random inspection and verification of employees at each facility, and further ensure compliance with state and local criteria.
The City Police Department will be responsible for permitting the initial employees who will be working in the industry which will be inclusive of a work history report, live scan and subsequent review of said report for any offenses in direct conflict with state and local law. The City will maintain an employee database. The City will then issue a standard Commercial Cannabis Employee Badge that will be required to be issued to all employees in the industry to simplify the verification process.
This section of compliance is related to anticipated code enforcement efforts related with enforcing all of the state and local regulations related the cannabis operations. The City of Coalinga’s Code Enforcement Department and Police Department are expected to experience an impact in services due to these facilities opening from citizen, industry and possible customer complaints that will require a follow up and report.
Operational Requirements of Facility
The monitoring of the operational requirements of the cannabis facilities plays one of the largest role in ensuring that the facilities operating in Coalinga are functioning properly and within the local and state regulatory framework. Several of the compliance measures that will be taken in this section are related to signage, prohibited activities such as consumption of cannabis and alcohol on site, presents of minors, building and fire code compliance, odor control, compliance with various state departments, security compliance (video monitoring), monitoring manifests for distribution, water usage, disposal, and confirming proper safeguards are in place.