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The legal cannabis industry is no place for the faint of heart. California’s process for obtaining a license has proven to not only be difficult, but nearly impossible for entrepreneurs that have a lack of capital. This, along with many other factors has been a primary topic of conversation over the inaugural year of recreational cannabis sales. The other consistent topic of conversation relates to cannabis delivery service regulations. With public opinion playing a largely influential part in the revision of cannabis regulations, cannabis delivery services have an opportunity to capitalize on a massive opportunity. The BCC final regulations have been published, leaving no excuse for non-compliant behavior.
If you’re one of the lucky individuals who have the privilege of operating one of these businesses, you’ll want to make sure that you do the following in order to stay compliant and run a successful California cannabis delivery service.
Secure enterprise-level network capabilities.
Building out your wireless network infrastructure is a big part of establishing fluid day-to-day operations. Network bandwidth for wifi options should exceed minimum requirements to ensure that sales can be consistently handled. Residential wifi should be given a second thought as delivery service point-of-sale systems need to have a strong and established connection. This works twofold: a) cannabis software is oftentimes cloud-based, making it possible for sales to be made where there is internet and b) cannabis sales need to be reported to METRC as they happen.
To reduce the possibilities of there being costly errors in operations, enterprise-level bandwidth and wifi connectivity is a must-have. When considering the number of wireless items such as printers, computers, tablets, and cell phones that all connect to wifi and are used to keep important compliance documents, it is clear that this is a vital part of day-to-day operations. Slow internet could be the difference between satisfactory customer service which leads to consumer loyalty and disappointing hickups in operations.
Ask these questions when building out your wireless infrastructure:
– How many devices can connect to the wireless internet
-What is the minimum bandwidth that is needed to run an operation successfully?
– Is there a possibility for scaling? If so, what internet will be needed at that point?
– When are sales going to be processed, how many, and how are these going to be reported to METRC?
Establish eCommerce & protect your business data.
The advantages of having an eCommerce website far outweigh any costs that are associated with the development of a fully customized website. Today, eCommerce accounts for a large portion of sales that are made in almost all established industries. Having a website allows for online orders to be placed in an efficient manner while organizing your patient data in a singular database.
Patient data is an accumulation of years’ hard work and dedication to a craft of transparent business operations. Protecting this data is critical and should be at the forefront of nearly all conversations that pertain to eCommerce and business operations. Consider the options that are available to protect the data that you collect. WebJoint uses Amazon Web Services (AWS) as host servers with 256-bit encryption to provide optimal data safety.
Consider these questions to ask about eCommerce:
– Do I own my data?
– How is my business data protected?
– What is the guaranteed uptime of the servers my business infrastructure is on?
– Is my data used by a third-party to re-market to consumers?
Automate delivery management.
Automatic delivery management for your cannabis delivery service can make a world of difference in the way that you process orders. Automatic dispatching cannabis software such as Tookan give you the ability to turn your delivery service into an uber-style business model. With features such as two-way communication between consumer and driver and live GPS tracking available on any wireless device, Tookan effectively establishes a new-standard level of transparency with your customers and the Bureau of Cannabis Control.
Delivery management systems such as Tookan act as an added bonus for the end-user experience while providing a modern way of managing what was previously overcomplicated.
The only all-in-one solution for cannabis delivery services.
Proper establishment of your business infrastructure includes choosing a point-of-sale to process orders as they come in. Point-of-sale systems should be able to do more than just that and go right into managing inventory, processing payments, providing live METRC reporting, and automating delivery dispatch. WebJoint is the only point-of-sale for cannabis delivery services that offers an all-in-one suite and can send delivery service clients sales.
Hire an in-house compliance officer.
There’s no question that hiring an in-house compliance officer is a new standard for cannabis operators that look forward to long-term success. Compliance violations can total to immense amounts of losses and damage the ability to service delivery service clients. Violations come in a multiplicity of different shapes and levels of seriousness so establishing a solid foundation of compliance from the get-go is mandatory.
Compliance officers should be capable of adjusting day-to-day operations to fit the mold of requirements set forth in the BCC’s final regulations. This includes but is not limited to regulations regarding METRC reporting, inventory reconciliation, record retention, and delivery driver tracking.