TENDERWISE : A RESPONSIBLE VENDOR PROGRAM FOR THE CANNABIS INDUSTRY By Nathan Dewey

In Northern Colorado, we have several cannabis dispensaries, cannabis infused-product manufacturing companies, cannabis related businesses and thousands of recreational and medical users, as well as a growing number of tourists coming to “Experience Colorado”. TEAM Wellness & Prevention is proud to announce the official approval, from the Colorado Marijuana Enforcement Division (MED), of TenderWise, our Responsible Vendor Program that we have created for the Cannabis Industry members of the Responsible Association of Retailers (RAR) program.  One of Team’s missions is to promote community responsibility in the recreational use of alcohol and cannabis within our communities through its RAR program. TenderWise is a program that will promote and train our local cannabis industry members in the best ways to sell their products in a safe and responsible way, while keeping it out of the hands of children and doing their best to protect the best interest of their patrons and neighbors. A good example of a way in which we do this already for our alcohol members is by the training we use for the sale and service of alcohol, called TIPs Training. The TIPS training program trains people in the responsible service, sale, and consumption of alcohol, as well as teaches a skills-based program that is meant to prevent intoxication, underage drinking, and drunk driving. There have been programs for of alcohol training for years, however with cannabis it is a different story, and there is a need for such programs in this new industry. TenderWise was created so that we might do the exact same things for our cannabis members.

The cannabis industry, and legalization of cannabis in our state, is something that is still very recent. There are hundreds of laws and regulations that are ever changing, which makes it a difficult landscape for the average owner, manager, seller or producer of cannabis and cannabis infused products to tread, while trying to remain as law-abiding and responsible as possible. There is no “standard” or “universal” training officially set for use in the cannabis industry, as there are established trainings already for the alcohol industry. Therefore, we have taken it upon ourselves, under the curriculum and guidance set forth by the Colorado Medical Enforcement Division (MED) and the Colorado Department of Health and Environment (CDPHE), to write and produce our own Cannabis training program. We had approached a few of the first approved programs in Colorado to cooperate with them and bring them into our community, but we were not able to find a good fit or curriculum. Finally, we decided it was best to do this on our own and really put an emphasis on the prevention and responsibility aspects of what we thought the training should be. For the TIPS program, we have an in-house trainer and we will continue this with our TenderWise program. Colorado state law requires that both alcohol and cannabis trainings be in-house. We have found that with the TIPS training being in-house that we have a higher success rate of passing the training, as well as a higher level of interaction between our RAR program and its alcohol members. We are sure that this will continue with having an in-house trainer for the TenderWise program.

                We will be officially launching the first-ever TenderWise training on May 24th, from 1 pm to 5 pm. If you are interested in becoming responsibly trained in cannabis sales, please follow the link at the bottom of this story to sign-up now. We as well have an online sign up for our regularly scheduled TIPs training classes, as well; follow the link below this story.

Gordon Coombes