With over a decade of experience in the cannabis industry, iComply CEO and owner Mark Slaugh works in the specialist sector of compliance for the medical, retail, and hemp industries. His expertise regarding cannabis industry development, consulting, and operational compliance gives him unique insight into the industry. Because he has over 17 years of experience in regulations and risk management, he understands the complexities inherent to the cannabis industry. Due to his extensive background and education, Mark knows what it takes to move markets forward at political, policy, and operational levels. He has developed small and large startups, improved existing operations, and has protected some of the top companies in the field.

Helping Operators at Commencement

Helping Operators at Commencement    One of the most common questions we get is “How do I start a cannabis business?”. The answer is often a lot more confusing than it is enlightening because the question itself is a loaded one.  “Starting a cannabis business” is, like any business, not easy. But, in cannabis, this question is also packed full …

Indica vs Sativa – The greatest myth ever made

Indica vs Sativa – The greatest myth ever made The industry is still being educated on Indica vs Sativa, as the science points to no such reality – there is only the reality of active ingredients including cannabinoids and various terpenes that create desired effects including treating particular medical conditions. Nevada is probably the only state to date that got …

iComply Celebrates 10 years!

iComply Celebrates 10 Years!   When I founded iComply 10 years ago in Colorado, I had no idea what would be in store for me and our team on this journey. And what a journey it’s been!   At the time, Colorado had just passed HB1284, publishing the first State regulatory regime for commercial cannabis since before Prohibition in 1937. …

Product Liability in Cannabis

Product Liability in Cannabis In general, defective and dangerous products account for thousands of injuries every year in the U.S. The legal rules concerning who is responsible for defective or dangerous products have been in existence since the industrial revolution with unique differences from ordinary injury law. In fact, the rules in product liability sometimes makes it easier for an …

Due diligence for Suppliers and Cannabis Supply Chain Partners

Due diligence for Suppliers and Cannabis Supply Chain Partners   Between the patchwork quilt of rules and regulations that is the modern cannabis industry, products pass through many hands before being sold to a customer. From sourcing, cultivating, manufacturing, distributing and vending, the relationships between a licensee and their vendors/partners up and down the supply chain is complex and touches …

USA: Compliance Companies vs Attorneys: The Pros & Cons

Originally Published on the Cannabis Law Journal. Click here to view original publication. As trusted advisors in the cannabis industry, attorneys are counted on to provide legal guidance in a heavily regulated environment. Cannabis businesses that fail to retain legal professionals are doomed to fail. Authored By:  Whether we’re discussing exciting new M&A opportunities or emerging markets and applicants hoping …

The Value of Compliance for Publicly Traded Cannabis Companies

The Value of Compliance for Publicly Traded Cannabis Companies When we founded iComply in Colorado in 2011, much was still very unknown about how each State would be treated by the Federal Government regarding cannabusiness. Back then, strict DOJ guidelines controlling investment made out-of-State investment non-existent. However, following the national legalization of Canadian recreational marijuana, publicly traded companies are alive …

The iComply Methodology

iComply Methodology When explaining how iComply works with prospective clients, we demo our service offerings. We discuss how we work to achieve a level of compliance management tailored to our client’s needs and budgets. In every case, we explain the iComply Methodology. We’ve honed in since 2011 and proudly collaborated with our beloved cannabis business owners, managers, and stakeholders to …

The Hidden Costs of Non-Compliance

The Hidden Costs of Non-Compliance Anyone owning and operating a cannabis business knows the value of proactive compliance management as fundamental for successful operations. However, as markets expand and people buy into existing or new cannabis businesses, they need to ask several important questions. One of the most important questions: “What do I know about successor liability?” In many instances, …

Management Value of Compliance

Management Value of Compliance When we ask prospects and operators how they manage compliance, the answer often reveals gaps in compliance management. Many of our clients have discovered or already inherently understand the management value of compliance. However, the cannabis industry at large rarely considers the implications of poor compliance methodologies until it’s too late.  Most operators rely on a …