Judy Steele, Author at Accela

Posts by Judy Steele

Actionable Insights Feed Civic Transformation

Judy Steele
cannabis grower with computer
This is the third and final issue of a three-part blog series reflecting on the findings from recent regulatory cannabis program audits (respectfully anonymized in our discussion below) to infer their long-term management and scalability needs. Previous posts, on Digitalization and Security and Enabling Civic Partnership are available now. As a new and controversial regulatory program, many Councils, Boards and Legislatures have had one specific mandate for their Cannabis programs: that regulation be responsive and adaptive. As the industry, public consumption, and local, state and national policies evolve, regulatory programs’ purposes and priorities often need to be revisited. This requires information on program performance, industry needs,… Continue reading
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Integrated Civic Partnership Builds Capacity

Judy Steele
woman cannabis grower
This is the second issue of a three-part blog series reflecting on the findings from recent cannabis program audits about the long-term management and scalability challenges of regulatory cannabis programs. All audits are anonymized. You can read the first post, on takeaways regarding digitalization and data security here. Getting a business license from a city, county and/or state to operate a cannabis business does not mean that doors open the next day. Like all companies, a cannabis business must meet various fire, building construction, health and other safety requirements, requiring the intervention of an intricate network of functionalities across state and local jurisdictions. This complete review process helps agencies make informed decisions and assures that only qualified applicants are operating licensed cannabis businesses…. Continue reading
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The State of Cannabis Regulation

Judy Steele
Editor’s Note: This blog was first published in The Accela Cannabis Regulation Newsletter, that seeks to inform regulators of the many industry and legislative  changes across North America. Questions and notes may be directed to [email protected] Legalization unfolds in many ways when states are first faced with this new market. Often, regulations change rapidly as the regulatory framework is planned and put into place. As we’ve seen, there isn’t one solution that works for everyone. Cannabis regulation is consistently controversial across all levels of government and the lack of federal oversight seems to add to those complications. Uncertainty also remains as jurisdictions continue to be faced with the growing support from constituents regarding legalization and the ability to implement a regulatory framework that supports the competing demands of a new industry…. Continue reading
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