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High Compliance provides compliance, technical, litigation support, and advocacy services for hemp and cannabis-related businesses facing pesticide, chemical, and product regulatory challenges. Our team features seasoned pesticides, toxic chemicals, air and water experts armed with substantial public and private sector experience. As former senior officials and attorneys at the US EPA, private practitioners, technical experts, and state and federal government relations and public affairs specialists, we have over 100 years of unparalleled experience and expertise with federal and state environmental laws. This team understands the intricacies of federal and state government regulatory agencies’ work based upon first-hand knowledge.

Among the group are experts in federal and state pesticide and agricultural programs as well as related operations including the lab sampling and analysis, rulemaking, voluntary disclosure, suspension and debarment authorities, negotiation, litigation, and building political capital. We have the experience to efficiently analyze and resolve your regulatory issues, help you come into compliance quickly, keep you abreast of continuously evolving state and federal laws, and at the lowest cost possible while limiting the chances of a costly business disruption.

High Compliance and its strategic partners can provide broader and deeper support than the typical environmental services consulting firm. We offer a large firm’s depth of knowledge and experience and a small firm’s cost-structure and flexibility to assist our clients in efficiently and timely achieving their business goals. The breadth of our experience addresses the wide array of issues affecting legal (and unlawful) hemp and cannabis business activities beyond environmental matters.

As the cannabis industry continues to blossom, companies that provide technological-based solutions and innovations to cultivation, harvesting, processing, extraction, delivery, and sales are increasingly entering the marketplace.  In the midst of an ever-evolving regulatory landscape, we aim to provide cannabis technology companies with guidance as they design and roll out products that meet health, environmental and consumer protection standards and the needs of their partners – be they growers, scientists, or patients/users. We also aim to provide these companies and investors with guidance with respect to investments, acquisitions, and technology transfers – at home and abroad. Indeed, as regulations and market needs continue to differ widely amongst jurisdictions the world over, we are excited by the potential for international ventures that can leverage these differences to create better products for industry players and consumers, and aim to provide our clients with the tools and guidance they need to navigate these waters.

Why Audit Now?

Importance of Evaluating Your Environmental Compliance Immediately

The hemp and cannabis industry is quickly evolving into a highly regulated industry similar to mass scale agricultural and food processing operations. Growers, suppliers, processors, and retailers must come to terms with a new, complex set of statutory and regulatory authorities affecting their businesses including often poorly understood federal and state environmental requirements.

This is particularly true regarding the sale and use of pesticides and the sale of products with pesticide residues. Multi-year data indicate that pesticide misuse is widespread in the hemp and cannabis industry. Pesticide residues on retail hemp and cannabis products are often found at levels exceeding the allowable levels on any agricultural product. These trends invite if not demand federal and/or state pesticide oversight with compliance monitoring, inspections, lab testing and enforcement actions.

However, environmental compliance efforts must not end there. As the hemp and cannabis industry goes industrial in the United States and joins mainstream consumer products, indoor and outdoor grow operations and downstream operations now face the challenging myriad of federal and state environmental regulations for pesticides as well as those for air, water, waste, and emergency planning. Failure to comply with these overlapping regulations can be devastating to hemp and cannabis related businesses and their owners, workers, and customers with significant financial costs in addition to serious harm to human health and the environment. The severe consequences of noncompliance with these laws include the traditional administrative, civil, and/or criminal enforcement actions at the federal and state levels. However, there are many other enforcement-driven consequences that the hemp and cannabis industry must be aware of to minimize its risk.

How We Can Help

However, environmental compliance efforts must not end there. As the cannabis industry goes industrial in the United States and joins mainstream consumer products, indoor and outdoor grow operations and downstream operations now face the challenging myriad of federal and state environmental regulations for pesticides as well as those for air, water, waste, and emergency planning. Failure to comply with these overlapping regulations can be devastating to cannabis related businesses and their owners, workers, and customers with significant financial costs in addition to serious harm to human health and the environment. The severe consequences of noncompliance with these laws include the traditional administrative, civil, and/or criminal enforcement actions at the federal and state levels. However, there are many other enforcement-driven consequences that the cannabis industry must be aware of to minimize its risk.

Reflecting our decades of service with federal and state regulatory and enforcement agencies, we have an innovative and entrepreneurial approach to environmental compliance services, underpinned by the highest professional and ethical standards of our experienced and qualified team. This combination of stature and experience coupled with a regulator’s view of the client’s requirements, allows High Compliance to provide unique insights and solutions in today’s constantly changing yet heavily regulated cannabis markets. Our advice is timely, objective, nimble, and real because it’s based upon actual experience in the agricultural and industrial sectors in which you operate.

High Compliance provides “one-stop shopping” compliance and advocacy services for cannabis businesses from the grower to the downstream retailer facing federal and state environmental challenges. We advocate for our clients before federal, state and local regulators, office holders and legislators. Our expertise includes compliance, enforcement, and permitting programs as well as related operations including laboratory matters, facility inspections, operation audits, and security. We efficiently analyze and resolve your compliance issues, help you come into compliance quickly, and keep you abreast of continuously evolving laws while limiting the risk of a costly business disruption.

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