Mark Slaugh

Policy and Compliance Expert - iComply CEO

Cannabis Business Alliance

iComply is one of the oldest and most trusted brands in compliance since 2011. Specialists in operations, METRC, auditing, SOPs, & training

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Biography

CEO - Mark Slaugh

Mr. Slaugh has more than six years of experience in the cannabis industry development, consulting and compliance business, having founded iComply in 2011. Through his expertise, he has a successful startup providing valued services to clients on starting operations, production, manufacturing, and retail management as well as compliance consulting, training, and certification. Additionally, he served as the Colorado Springs Medical Cannabis Council (CSMCC) industry membership and executive director and as the Southern Colorado Regional Coordinator for the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol (Amendment 64) working on complex, nuanced, and challenging regulatory issues.

He has played a pivotal role in the creation of Colorado’s Cannabis Industry as he worked to craft Colorado’s public policy around marijuana in both the legislature and through rulemaking groups focused on multiple topics including recording keeping, administration, discipline, edibles safety, responsible vendor training, taxation, and compliance. He currently serves as the Executive Director for one of the oldest Colorado Industry Organizations: the Cannabis Business Alliance. Mr. Slaugh has spoken at numerous public testimonies for Colorado legislation and rulemaking as well as local governments like Denver, Colorado Springs, Pueblo, Palmer Lake, and Manitou Springs.

Mr. Slaugh also serves as an ambassador for the National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA) and as a Minority Business Council Member for the largest industry group in the world with over 900 members. He has spoken at each NCIA National Summit leading panel discussions and participating in topics ranging from industry training, standard operating procedures, and infused products manufacturing to laboratory testing safety and regulation.

As a first-generation Brazilian American, Mr. Slaugh carries a passion for social justice by reforming draconian and failed drug policy. By influencing and improving laws, regulation, and public policy in the marijuana industry, and through iComply’s efforts to create integrity, excellence, and transparency in the budding business, Mark’s passion makes a real difference in the way the world views, works with, and treats marijuana and its users.

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7/18/2017 5:28:48 PM,
Mark Slaugh replied:
My reaction is that PNC is overreacting. It is possible they felt the pressure from regulators, but having held these accounts for years, they have a history that would likely reflect small dollar donations that pose a small risk. If the bank were to instill a compliance program for marijuana related businesses (MRB's) they could mitigate this regulatory risk with the Feds. As long as the business is ancillary, it should be insulated from the RICO act and money laundering. Indeed, the definition of an MRB often only extends to the direct-plant businesses and can vary from bank to bank to also encompass ancillary companies. Or, now, non-profit advocacy organizations. Banks are by nature, risk adverse, so I'm not shocked - though it is a bummer for the organizations affected and the movement overall.
1/19/2017 4:36:43 PM,
Mark Slaugh replied:
Most seed-to-sale companies out there pride themselves on compliance. In our experience, seed-to-sale providers generally cover around 10% to 20% of operational compliance needs.

Certainly, the biggest risk is inventory tracking accuracies including the qualification of sales, customers, and the upload of that information accurately into other systems. In Colorado, the Regualtions mandate that operators have back up systems for METRC tracking in the event of an outage and this is the responsibility of the licensee, not the Seed-to-sale company.

Beyond that, purchase limitations, labeling, and equivalency standards would be the biggest concerns to try and mitigate. A good back up system should integrate these compliance considerations and be trained among staff members.

Beyond that, there's the 80% to 90% of compliance that most people think they have covered that becomes more difficult to pay attention to when a company's seed to sale system goes down.

Where do cannabis clubs exist in the US today?

Where do cannabis clubs exist in the US today? For states where adult use of cannabis is approved, are cannabis clubs regulated at the state or local level?

7/8/2016 6:25:24 PM,
Mark Slaugh replied:

Hey Mr. Tran,

So far, cannabis clubs have only been codified in local regulation in a few cities in Colorado and implicitly statewide here and in Washington for municipalities and counties that have no expressly prohibited or regulated social clubs or lounges. I tried to have the State define a social club and exempt it from the Colorado Clean Indoor Air Act in 2012 and, currently, there is no Statewide regulation of clubs or lounges in CO or WA. 

Depending on where and how you plan on opening a club will determine many of the aspects of legality as to whether the club will exist for any prolonged period of time and the risks involved with providing that kind of space.

 

Mark