Local Look

A New Beginning
Jennifer Rosenthal Iverson, Esq.

Jennifer is a local cannabis and criminal defense attorney and Vice President of MCCIA. The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and does not reflect an official position of the Association.

July 1 marked the beginning of new and exciting times at both the State and local levels.  The most impactful regulations facing operators are the testing and packaging requirements.  These requirements have had a substantial effect on the market. Across the state dispensaries and retail facilities are experiencing the fall out of the supply chain.

The County of Monterey is gearing up on enforcement for all cannabis operators.  As indicated in the County’s recent memorandum released June 29th, in order to remain in good standing you must submit your conditional use permit application by August 1, 2018.  If you do not submit your conditional use permit application you will not be able to continue cultivating on site.  Further, the County is conducting both canopy audits and inspections for building code violations. Any building code violations found on site could have a substantial negative impact on the operator’s ability to continue cultivating and moving forward through the regulatory scheme.  If you are conducting structural improvements to buildings and greenhouses it is critical to go through the required permitting process.

In addition, the County and State will be issuing enforcement actions against all entities that are currently operating with over 25 employees and do not have a permitted public water system. If you are operating with more than 25 employees it is critical to start the process of the State Public WAater System application.  The process alone can take up to 6 months and your conditional use permit application will not be deemed completed until you have submitted your application.

First Look at California’s Proposed Final Marijuana Regs

California regulators released the first draft of permanent adult-use and medical marijuana regulations on last Friday, July 13, starting the clock on a process of hearings and public comment that will end later this year with a final set of rules governing the nascent industry. The proposed rules are contained in 315 pages of documents issued by the Bureau of Cannabis Control, the Department of Food and Agriculture and the Department of Public Health.

The changes that were most apparent were:
  • Deliveries anywhere as the new language will allow licensed marijuana deliveries in any city or county in the state, even those that ban retail outlets, processing and cultivation. The provisions are similar to legislation, now shelved, that would have barred local governments from stopping state-regulated companies from delivering to their residents. That bill drew opposition from cities and counties, which argued that local control is a key tenet of Proposition 64, the 2016 voter initiative legalizing recreational marijuana. Companies including WeDrop Cannabis Delivery, CannaWagon and Weedmaps lobbied for the bill.
  • Advertising restrictions are expanded the rules expand restrictions on marijuana advertising that might appeal to children, such as the use of inflatables, toys and cartoon characters. Additionally, outdoor advertising must be affixed to a building or a “permanent structure.” That would appear to bar roving billboards attached to trucks or truck trailers. As for billboards, “it would depend on the billboard,” said Bureau of Cannabis Control spokesman Alex Traverso. “We’d have to look it at case-by-case.” The bureau’s proposal also offers guidance for how advertisers can show that 71.6 percent of their audience is 21 years old or older.
  • Attention events-holders changes will require cannabis event-holders to provide more details about where licensed retailers will be set up, where attendees can light up or consume marijuana and where sales will occur. Cannabis-focused events have proven challenging for organizers working under the state’s emergency regulations. Organizers of the Chalice Festival sued the Bureau of Cannabis Control and the city of Victorville in June after they declined to issue permits for the event planned for the San Bernardino County fairgrounds this month.

View the proposed text of regulations by clicking here.

Distributing the highest quality cannabis throughout California

Regulatory compliance and accountability is the “What” we do; but it’s really the “Why” we do and “How” we do distribution that sets FlorX apart. FlorX is the distribution arm of Grupo Flor and its run by cannabis retail veterans, supply chain logistics experts and straight-up process nerds who combined efforts create a killer distribution service with one singular goal: reduce back-end hassles so shop owners can focus on the front of shop.

“FlorX is paving the way with cannabis distribution by embracing forward looking supply chain strategies. The team at FlorX is obsessed with procuring quality product and delivering world class customer service.  The team at FlorX is also very focused on compliance to local and state regulations. This has allowed FlorX to be there for dispensaries when others were not prepared, said Steve Podell, President of Distribution.

OPEN JOB FAIR – July 28, 2018

Grupo Flor is looking to hire for a number of positions in cannabis dispensary retail operations, as well as cannabis manufacturing. Positions are varied and diverse–more information on specific positions to come. Interested parties are encouraged to attend the Job Fair at the location/time below:

DATE: Saturday, July 28, 2018
TIME: 9-4pm
LOCATION: 514 Work St. Salinas, California 93901

QUALIFICATIONS:
● Age 21+
● Professional appearance and demeanor
● Experience in and knowledge of the cannabis industry preferred
● Authenticity – we care about the people with whom we work and the communities in which we live. We believe that clear communication builds a better world than suspicion, and that transparency is the key to building trust and confidence in all that we do.
● Resourcefulness – we seek individuals that are adaptive and creative, finding joy in connecting assets and ideas in novel ways that are not immediately apparent to others.
● Innovation – we seek individuals that are excited to not only work in a new industry, but to create one.

COMPENSATION
● Competitive salary
● Health insurance
● Opportunity to work with an exciting, quickly-growing start-up in an emerging industry

PLEASE BRING 3 COPIES OF YOUR RESUME TO THE JOB FAIR

ABOUT GRUPO FLOR
Grupo Flor is an ecosystem of cannabis companies based in Salinas, California that supports the entire supply chain of cannabis production, from real estate leasing and equipment financing to sound product manufacturing and retail operations. Grupo Flor seeks to elevate and legitimize the cannabis industry by pioneering a new business ecosystem of global companies and brands, and works to build leading cannabis
companies that shape the future of the industry.

Grupo Flor is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Furthermore, Grupo Flor is passionate about our local community and economy, and building an exciting future for both. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. Diverse applicants are encouraged to apply.

Human Resources Manager

JOB DESCRIPTION

The Human Resources Manager will be responsible for building and managing Grupo Flor’s Human Resources department, including maintaining personnel-related data, administering payroll and benefits, spearheading recruitment strategies and programs, developing safety programs and procedures, creating employment training programs, overseeing general office administration, and more. The Human Resources Manager will play a key role in building and maintaining Grupo Flor’s culture and human resources capital, as well as ensuring an organized and efficient work environment.

This is an exciting opportunity to develop and build a new department in a quickly-
growing start-up of an emerging industry.

QUALIFICATIONS:

● Bachelor’s degree or the equivalent in experience. Masters or other advanced degree preferred.
● SHRM certification a plus
● 6-8 years of experience working in a management-level role in human resources
● In-depth knowledge of human resources and organizational behavior processes and best practices
● Ability to use and manage Google Suites
● Strong ability in using MS Office (MS Excel and MS Powerpoint, in particular)
● Experience with HR databases and HRIS systems
● Outstanding communication and interpersonal skills
● Ability to handle data with confidentiality
● Good organizational and time management skills
● Experience managing human resources programs in a variety of industries, including agriculture and manufacturing
● Authenticity – we care about the people with whom we work and the communities in which we live. We believe that clear communication builds a better world than suspicion, and that transparency is the key to building trust and confidence in all that we do.
● Resourcefulness – we seek individuals that are adaptive and creative, finding joy in connecting assets and ideas in novel ways that are not immediately apparent to others.
● Innovation – we seek individuals that are excited to not only work in a new industry, but to create one.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

● Maintain records of personnel-related data (payroll, personal information, leaves, turnover rates etc.) to ensure all employment requirements are met
● Administer payroll and benefits for all Grupo Flor employees
● Coordinate human resources trainings, programs and seminars for all Grupo Flor employees
● Ensure that safety-related programs and processes are in place
● Support the recruitment/hiring process by sourcing candidates, performing background checks, assisting in shortlisting, issuing employment contracts etc.
● Facilitate culture-building and human resources capital development
● Oversee general office administration for two administrative offices
● Coordinate with other departments to ensure administrative efficiency

COMPENSATION

● Very competitive salary and commission structure
● Health insurance
● Unlimited sick and vacation days
● Opportunity to work with an exciting, quickly-growing start-up in an emerging industry

ABOUT GRUPO FLOR

Grupo Flor is an ecosystem of cannabis companies based in Salinas, California that supports the entire supply chain of cannabis production, from real estate leasing and equipment financing to sound product manufacturing and retail operations. Grupo Flor seeks to elevate and legitimize the cannabis industry by pioneering a new business ecosystem of global companies and brands, and works to build leading cannabis companies that shape the future of the industry. For more information, visit our website here.

Grupo Flor is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Furthermore, Grupo Flor is passionate about our local community and economy, and building an exciting future for both. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. Diverse applicants are encouraged to apply.

To apply, send resumes and all relevant information to hr@grupoflor.com

Assistant Controller

JOB DESCRIPTION

The Assistant Controller will assist in preparing statements that follow all regulatory and accounting guidelines under the supervision of a controller. This position will be responsible for identifying and preventing discrepancies, and helping set up control systems.

An effective assistant controller has good knowledge of accounting principles, must be organized professionals with a great eye for detail, and must be reliable and able to carry out tasks autonomously and collaboratively.

The goal is to contribute to keep the accounting and financial processes of the company
up to standard, and ensure accurate financial reporting and control.

QUALIFICATIONS:

● Support most aspects of accounting management (billing, tax forms, reporting, etc.)
● Maintain the integrity of accounting information in Quickbooks Enterprises.
● Understand complex transaction and compose Journal Entries to capture transaction detail.
● Assist in the formulation of internal controls and policies to comply with legislation and established best practices
● Assist in the preparation of financial statements in compliance with official guidelines and requirements
● Manage journal entries, invoices etc. and reconcile accounts for the monthly or annual closing
● Assist in the preparation of budgets or forecasts
● Participate in preparation for the annual audit
● Help in development of reports for management or regulatory bodies
● Review the company’s accounting information to identify and resolve inaccuracies or imbalances
● Utilize accounting IT system to facilitate processes and maintain records
● Solid knowledge of GAAP (Generally Accepted Accounting Principles) and regulations
● Solid understanding of debits and credits
● Excellent knowledge of accounting and financial processes (budgeting, financial closure, reporting etc.)
● Understanding of data analysis and forecasting
● Ability to analyze financial situations, put in a framework and solve for solutions and answers with a methodical systematic approach
● Working knowledge of MS Office (especially excel) and accounting software (e.g. SAP)
● Well-organized with ability to prioritize
● Very good communication and interpersonal skills
● Attention to detail and problem-solving ability
● Ability to work well under stress
● Ability to help manage a diverse accounting team
● Dedicated to meeting deadlines and putting in extra time when necessary
● Authenticity – we care about the people with whom we work and the communities in which we live. We believe that clear communication builds a better world than suspicion, and that transparency is the key to building trust and confidence in all that we do.
● Resourcefulness – we seek individuals that are adaptive and creative, finding joy in connecting assets and ideas in novel ways that are not immediately apparent to others.
● Innovation – we seek individuals that are excited to not only work in a new industry, but to create one.

COMPENSATION

● Very competitive salary and commission structure
● Health insurance
● Unlimited sick and vacation days
● Opportunity to work with an exciting, quickly-growing start-up in an emerging industry

ABOUT GRUPO FLOR

Grupo Flor is an ecosystem of cannabis companies based in Salinas, California that supports the entire supply chain of cannabis production, from real estate leasing and equipment financing to sound product manufacturing and retail operations. Grupo Flor seeks to elevate and legitimize the cannabis industry by pioneering a new business ecosystem of global companies and brands, and works to build leading cannabis companies that shape the future of the industry. For more information, visit our website here.

Grupo Flor is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Furthermore, Grupo Flor is passionate about our local community and economy, and building an exciting future for both. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. Diverse applicants are encouraged to apply.

To apply, send resumes and all relevant information to hr@grupoflor.com

Interview with Top Hat Flor Nursery

FarmX had a chance to catch up with Parker Barrie & Greg Brodick, longtime friends and business partners at Top Hat Flor Nursery.
Where did Top Hat Nursery get its beginnings?
Parker: I started the Top Hat brand in 2014 when I started foreseeing the movement toward cannabis branding. As a boutique flower cultivator, I never envisioned myself operating a commercial nursery. However, Greg and I had worked together on other projects and he often talked about wanting to run a nursery. Both of us had played around with breeding and we were both in possession of very high quality and unique cannabis varieties. When we met the founding members of Grupo Flor in the spring of 2017, they were very inspired by the nursery business structure and all that it had to offer the industry. We shook hands on a partnership agreement and started Top Hat Flor Nursery about a year ago.
Did you ever imagine growing to over 25,000 square feet?
Parker: I have been cultivating cannabis for many years and every year seems to get bigger. At first 25,000 sq ft seemed daunting but it’s just like any other expansion, we just got in there and faced the challenge. The learning curve of scaling to this size has been exciting and inspiring. Both Greg and I love what we do. We love cultivating cannabis and all the challenges it presents. We very quickly outgrew the 25,000 sq ft space we initially built out. Just this week we began construction on an additional 25,000 sq ft.
What are some of the challenges you’ve faced being a startup in the cannabis industry?
Greg: Cloning is on the scale we do it we really have to is about being able to manage all the elements that come with an indoor greenhouse in Salinas. We want to offer the cleanest and highest quality teens and quality well rooted clones and the labor for teens is really intensive and maintaining our standards in the greenhouse because at any given point we have 10,000 – 12,000 teens in the nursery that need to be cared for and we appreciate the automation but we’re really particular about our plants.
What advice would you give anyone starting a cannabis nursery?
Parker: I think the biggest surprise I’ve encountered so far is underestimating the labor demand of a nursery. I can run the same square footage under flower cultivation with half the crew we have for the nursery. Producing high quality clones and teens is not a simple task and requires daily grind and an extreme level of plant maintenance and management to keep it all operating. I have always maintained personal nurseries for all my cultivating. It’s the highest maintenance of all cultivation. The mothers are our Queens and are pampered like royalty. The clone room is an always evolving environment of 20,000 infant cuttings completely dependent on perfection and is consistently challenging. Then, once they’re potted, every single teen in the entire facility is topped, watered and fed, and spread out to promote plant structure. We maintain a rigorous pest management program. As Greg can attest, the inventory management can be mind-boggling. Every time a plant is moved it has to be tracked to perfection. The entire operation depends on plants rotating out the door and consistent sales. If a customer is delayed on picking up their order, or sales are slow for even a week, the entire facility becomes log-jammed, sometimes all the way back to the clone room. All the while everything continues to grow. The larger the plants, the more maintenance they require. It’ll make your head spin.
My advice to someone who wants to start a nursery is this: if you love what you do, you never work a day in your life.
Greg: I would recommend building a foundation and creating systems that help your entire operation to run smoother. You’ve got to have a solid infractures in your physical nursery and in your business. Parker and I have focused a lot on both as well as ensuring we find the right people.

JOB FAIR – July 14, 2018 

Dispensary Retail and Manufacturing

Grupo Flor is looking to hire for a number of positions in cannabis dispensary retail operations, as well as cannabis manufacturing. Positions are varied and diverse–more information on specific positions to come. Interested parties are encouraged to send their resume to jobs@grupoflor.com. Qualified individuals will be invited to attend a day-long job fair hosted by Grupo Flor.

QUALIFICATIONS:
● Age 21+
● Professional appearance and demeanor
● Experience in and knowledge of the cannabis industry preferred
● Authenticity – we care about the people with whom we work and the communities in which we live. We believe that clear communication builds a better world than suspicion, and that transparency is the key to building trust and confidence in all that we do.
● Resourcefulness – we seek individuals that are adaptive and creative, finding joy in connecting assets and ideas in novel ways that are not immediately apparent to others.
● Innovation – we seek individuals that are excited to not only work in a new industry, but to create one.

COMPENSATION
● Competitive salary
● Health insurance
● Opportunity to work with an exciting, quickly-growing start-up in an emerging industry

ABOUT GRUPO FLOR
Grupo Flor is an ecosystem of cannabis companies based in Salinas, California that supports the entire supply chain of cannabis production, from real estate leasing and equipment financing to sound product manufacturing and retail operations. Grupo Flor seeks to elevate and legitimize the cannabis
industry by pioneering a new business ecosystem of global companies and brands, and works to build leading cannabis companies that shape the future of the industry.

Grupo Flor is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Furthermore, Grupo Flor is passionate about our local community and economy, and building an exciting future for both. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment
without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. Diverse applicants are encouraged to apply.

To apply, send resumes and all relevant information to jobs@grupoflor.com

Sales Development Representative – San Francisco/North Bay

POSITION

Sales Development Representative – San Francisco/North Bay

JOB DESCRIPTION

Flor X Distribution is a fully-licensed distribution company based in California that distributes cannabis products to various dispensaries throughout the state. This position offers an exciting opportunity to join a fast-paced, growing start-up in an emerging industry as a Sales Development Representative.

The Sales Development Representative, a full-time exempt position, will work to cultivate relationships with various cannabis dispensaries throughout California to educate dispensary owners, consumers and budtenders on our portfolio of brands and products.  Specifically, the sales development representative will be responsible for:

  • Meeting sales goals and company objectives through securing sales of wholesale cannabis products to dispensaries throughout San Francisco/North Bay
  • Managing a defined territory to obtain cannabis market share through developing strong relationships
  • Prospecting a specified territory to develop new clients and relationships
  • Maintaining current clients and account activity
  • Working with the management team to stay up-to-date on cannabis products and market trends
  • Maintaining consumer contact information and presenting analysis of sales to management for review
  • Working independently, yet cooperatively, with the company and team goals and directives
  • Adhering to all regulatory guidelines and company policy related to state licensing and safety
  • Maintenance and care of samples and displays

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Age 21+
  • Professional appearance and demeanor
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office and Google Suite
  • Must be able to work extensively in San Francisco/North Bay
  • Valid driver’s license and good driving record
  • Reliable personal transportation
  • Commission-based sales experience preferred
  • Experience in and knowledge of the cannabis industry preferred
  • Strong relationships with dispensaries in Northern California preferred
  • Authenticity – we care about the people with whom we work and the communities in which we live. We believe that clear communication builds a better world than suspicion, and that transparency is the key to building trust and confidence in all that we do.
  • Resourcefulness – we seek individuals that are adaptive and creative, finding joy in connecting assets and ideas in novel ways that are not immediately apparent to others.
  • Innovation – we seek individuals that are excited to not only work in a new industry, but to create one.

 COMPENSATION

  • Very competitive salary and commission structure
  • Health insurance
  • Unlimited sick and vacation days
  • Monthly stipend to purchase lunch and/or gifts for cannabis dispensary contacts
  • Opportunity to work with an exciting, quickly-growing start-up in an emerging industry

ABOUT GRUPO FLOR

Flor X Distribution is affiliated with Grupo Flor, an ecosystem of cannabis companies based in Salinas, California that supports the entire supply chain of cannabis production, from real estate leasing and equipment financing to sound product manufacturing and retail operations.  Grupo Flor seeks to elevate and legitimize the cannabis industry by pioneering a new business ecosystem of global companies and brands, and works to build leading cannabis companies that shape the future of the industry.  For more information, visit our website here.

Grupo Flor is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.  Furthermore, Grupo Flor is passionate about our local community and economy, and building an exciting future for both.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.  Diverse applicants are encouraged to apply.

To apply, send resumes and all relevant information to hr@grupoflor.com

Sales Development Representative – Sacramento

POSITION

Sales Development Representative – Sacramento

JOB DESCRIPTION

Flor X Distribution is a fully-licensed distribution company based in California that distributes cannabis products to various dispensaries throughout the state. This position offers an exciting opportunity to join a fast-paced, growing start-up in an emerging industry as a Sales Development Representative.

The Sales Development Representative, a full-time exempt position, will work to cultivate relationships with various cannabis dispensaries throughout California to educate dispensary owners, consumers and budtenders on our portfolio of brands and products.  Specifically, the sales development representative will be responsible for:

  • Meeting sales goals and company objectives through securing sales of wholesale cannabis products to dispensaries throughout Sacramento
  • Managing a defined territory to obtain cannabis market share through developing strong relationships
  • Prospecting a specified territory to develop new clients and relationships
  • Maintaining current clients and account activity
  • Working with the management team to stay up-to-date on cannabis products and market trends
  • Maintaining consumer contact information and presenting analysis of sales to management for review
  • Working independently, yet cooperatively, with the company and team goals and directives
  • Adhering to all regulatory guidelines and company policy related to state licensing and safety
  • Maintenance and care of samples and displays

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Age 21+
  • Professional appearance and demeanor
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office and Google Suite
  • Must be able to work extensively in Sacramento
  • Valid driver’s license and good driving record
  • Reliable personal transportation
  • Commission-based sales experience preferred
  • Experience in and knowledge of the cannabis industry preferred
  • Strong relationships with dispensaries in Northern California preferred
  • Authenticity – we care about the people with whom we work and the communities in which we live. We believe that clear communication builds a better world than suspicion, and that transparency is the key to building trust and confidence in all that we do.
  • Resourcefulness – we seek individuals that are adaptive and creative, finding joy in connecting assets and ideas in novel ways that are not immediately apparent to others.
  • Innovation – we seek individuals that are excited to not only work in a new industry, but to create one.

COMPENSATION

  • Very competitive salary and commission structure
  • Health insurance
  • Unlimited sick and vacation days
  • Monthly stipend to purchase lunch and/or gifts for cannabis dispensary contacts
  • Opportunity to work with an exciting, quickly-growing start-up in an emerging industry

ABOUT GRUPO FLOR

Flor X Distribution is affiliated with Grupo Flor, an ecosystem of cannabis companies based in Salinas, California that supports the entire supply chain of cannabis production, from real estate leasing and equipment financing to sound product manufacturing and retail operations.  Grupo Flor seeks to elevate and legitimize the cannabis industry by pioneering a new business ecosystem of global companies and brands, and works to build leading cannabis companies that shape the future of the industry.  For more information, visit our website here.

Grupo Flor is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.  Furthermore, Grupo Flor is passionate about our local community and economy, and building an exciting future for both.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.  Diverse applicants are encouraged to apply.

To apply, send resumes and all relevant information to hr@grupoflor.com