Recreational pot use was legalized in Nevada in 2017, and since then, a lot of other legislation has been passed surrounding the industry. The state legislature passed hundreds of regulations for the sale, consumption and cultivation of marijuana. The legislation includes requirements for sanitary usage of pot and hygiene requirements for employees who handle cannabis-related products.
The Nevada Dispensary Association hosted an event on Tuesday to inform marijuana workers about the new legislative requirements for their job. The course was led by an attorney, Amanda Connor, who represents many marijuana businesses throughout the state of Nevada. The course covered personal hygiene requirements for workers and sanitation practices for the facilities where they work.
The Dispensary Association offers courses on a regular basis about marijuana industry best practices and compliance issues in an ongoing effort to promote safer marijuana dispensaries. The regulations in Nevada are some of the strictest in the United States. Nevada regulations surrounding sanitation in the industry are no exception to the state’s legislative severity. Nevada places orderliness and cleanliness as a high priority.
It can be expensive for facilities to comply with sanitation regulations, but the cost of violating the regulations is even higher. Dispensaries may be fined in excess of $10,000, or they might have their licenses suspended. For less severe violations, facilities can avoid fines and penalties if they can demonstrate how to avoid repeating the offenses. There are several tiers of regulation violations, so the fines depend on which tier the violations fall into.
The sanitation and hygiene regulations are regulated by the Department of Taxation. This branch of the government carries out the routine inspections of facilities as required by law twice or more times per year. One inspection is done with prior notice, and one is carried out as a surprise inspection. Facilities are checked every four to six weeks on average.
Sanitation guidelines require hand-washing protocols, clothing guidelines and requirements for the setup and layout of facilities. The regulations for facilities that produce edible cannabis products are stricter than those that don’t.
The rules and tests for marijuana sales are contained in LCB File No. R092-17. This includes rules for potency, heavy metal content, pesticide content, pathogens, microbes and other aspects of the products. The cleanliness of marijuana products must meet guidelines about the trace amounts of these substances. Marijuana edibles must be completely free of some harmful materials.
Businesses often make mistakes related to how often they should document compliance with regulations. The course on Tuesday spent most of its time to this aspect of the topic. Facilities tend to remain very clean, but their documentation practices are not always adequate. In spite of all the strict regulations, most facilities don’t run into many problems with the authorities. This is due partially to the fact that medical marijuana has been available since 2001, and the industry has developed some good business habits.
Nevada cannabis producers and sellers have maintained a desire to have the highest standards in the country for quality and safety. People in the industry genuinely are concerned that everyone remains safe and healthy while using this relatively new product. The thoroughness of the regulation adherence is also somewhat influenced by the gaming industry which is also heavily regulated. The Governor of Nevada has proposed a Cannabis Compliance Board that would be similar to the Nevada Gaming Control Board.
The regulations of the gaming industry serve as a model for the newly emerging cannabis industry. Governor Sisolak wants Nevada to be seen as the utmost example in the world for the production and sale of cannabis products in the same way that they are seen for their top-notch gaming industry. According to the class instructor, the strict regulations should be viewed as beneficial for Nevada pot businesses and consumers. The high standards will create a very good image for the products sold in the state.