Monitoring and Compliance for Commercial Cannabis Operations

After carefully going through the City’s recently adopted ordinances and the Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act, the City has developed a monitoring and compliance program that each lincensee will wbe 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 MCRSA and Ordinance 786, that are necessary to ensure that all medical marijuana operations operating in the City of Coalinga complying with all applicable laws.

Record Keeping

All licensed operators shall make and maintain complete, accurate and legible records of the permitted Marijuana Operations evidencing compliance with the requirements of MCRSA and Ordinance No. 786 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 and Trace)

Since the State has not developed and/or begun tracking and tracing the products from seed to sale, the local jurisdiction is responsible for tracking and tracing all plants and product. This is a very time intensive task which will be conducted at each commercial marijuana 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 distributed to dispensaries. The City will provide random testing of product to ensure that product being grown and manufactured in Coalinga are of the upmost quality and safe to the end user. 

Employee/Human Resources

Human Resources plays a significant role in confirming the employees within the Commercial Medical Marijuana Industry in Coalinga are working within the requirements of the City of Coalinga and MCRSA. These tasks include registering and re-registering each employee who plans to work in the Commercial Medical Marijuana 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 registering 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 MCRSA. The City will maintain an employee database. The City will then issue a standard Commercial Medical Marijuana Employee Badge that will be required to be issued to all employees in the industry to simplify the verification process.

Community Support

This section if the Ordinance is related to anticipated code enforcement efforts related with enforcing all of the state and local regulations related the future marijuana 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. At this time staff is unsure of the expected impact but as the annual regulatory registration fee is developed, the City will take caution to ensure the City recovers its costs for enforcement.

Operational Requirements of Facility

The monitoring of the operational requirements of the commercial medical marijuana 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 marijuana and alcohol on site, presents of minors, building and fire code compliance, odor control, compliance with department of public health, security compliance (video monitoring), monitoring manifests for deliveries and transports, water usage, disposal, and confirming proper safeguards for type 2 manufacturing facilities (volatile).