2A.II – Business Model
Entity A’s business model encompasses American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) Recommendations to Regulators for Cultivation and Processing Operations, Good Cultivation Practices (GCP) which will ensure the facility’s success growing medical grade marijuana and Standard Operation Procedures (SOPs) that provide direction for every facet of the operation. Entity A has worked closely with the local authorities in City AB where it will build its cultivation facility should it be granted a Level I license. It has gained the support and approval of the mayor of City AB, who has also helped Entity A obtain local approval, and has guided the process through the acquisition of the land where the cultivation facility is in contract for purchase from the local county land bank, Entity AC. Entity A is working closely with the local police department, fire department, board of health and inspectional services departments to ensure our facility is completed and operational within the state’s mandated time frame. Entity A’s business model involves creating a cultivation facility that will be constructed in staged phases in order to grow with the market and avoid overproduction. Additionally, its operations and cultivation methodologies will utilize staggered harvests to avoid the need for seasonal labor and to employ highly trained and well-compensated full time staff, which will bolster the local economy and provide an uninterrupted supply of consistent, high quality medical marijuana to qualifying patients.
Worker Safety: Entity A puts the safety of its employees, customers, facility, and products at the top of its operating priorities. Operational safety is guided by the Operations Director, who will monitor training, employee performance, and the mentoring process. All employees will be taught the safe use of any tools that are a part of their job, and the necessary maintenance of any tool that requires it. The facility will also have all federal and state safety equipment for employees including the proper eye protection, respirators, gloves, steel toed shoes, etc., to ensure operational safety and security. In addition to the necessary wearable safety equipment, there will be emergency eye wash stations, data sheets of all chemicals used in the facility, proper storage of all chemicals and safety equipment, first aid kits placed throughout the facility, and poison control and first responder phone numbers posted throughout the facility. The safety protocols will be modeled off of published OSHA standards for:
- Control of Hazard Energy
- Portable Fire Extinguishers Standards
- Respiratory Protection Standards
- Hand Protection Standards
- Emergency Action Standards
- Workplace Emergencies and Evacuations
In addition to OSHA standards, all federal and state standards will be observed, documented, and incorporated into the facility’s SOPs.