Compliance Agent – Medical Marijuana

by Robin Ann Morris on

Division of Administration 

State of Ohio – Franklin County, OH

$43,410 a year – Full-time, Commission

Conducts and plans investigations & on-site inspections of medical marijuana entity facilities; determines & ensures compliance with statutory & administrative provisions; explains & interprets federal, state, local & departmental statutes/codes/ordinances and policies to business owners/operators; conducts unannounced interviews & inspections; conducts ownership investigations to determine violations of ownership rules under OAC 3796; assists businesses with operating in compliance with all requirements of medical marijuana entity rules and regulations; provides factual information to existing or potential businesses regarding OAC 3796 and applicable departmental policies.

Determines on-view violations &/or non-compliance issues; initiates &/or recommends appropriate corrective measures; conducts interviews (e.g., with convicted felons, permit holders/agents &/or witnesses); conducts research (e.g., reviews & interprets business/operating contracts for compliance; audits & reconciles books & records from permit premises operations; researches governmental records; determines &/or verifies citizenship; obtains certified copies of court records); prepares investigation report; prepares request for citation; takes/attests to affidavits; serves civil subpoenas; maintains evidence; conducts inspections.

Reviews application data (i.e., financial records, complex corporate structures, criminal history reports, lease agreements, managerial agreements, purchase agreements, assets, and ownership documentation); provides factual information to existing or potential businesses regarding OAC 3796 and applicable departmental policies; composes Statements of Deficiency and Notices of Violation for supervisor review; serves civil subpoenas & notices of violation, cease and desist, and other medical marijuana control program orders as needed; maintains accurate records and files and prepares periodic or special reports related to the work performed; monitors changes to existing laws and assesses potential impact on department; reviews independent laboratory testing results.

Reviews change of ownership or location application to ensure compliance of proposed ownership structure or new location with licensure requirements under OAC 3796; makes recommendations pertaining to renewal of MME licenses and changes of ownership/ location; confers with supervisor and legal staff regarding licensing violations; confers with department and legal staff regarding license code interpretation and procedures; receives and responds to telephone and written inquiries from public, applicants and licensees on issues concerning licenses and licensees; establishes and maintains records; receives and processes renewal, transfer of ownership, and change of location applications.

Develops & maintains professional relationship with law enforcement agencies, licensees, general public & government/elected officials; maintains contacts with attorneys & responds to status requests; presents testimony as needed in civil & criminal courts of law, administrative hearings, before boards & commissions; appears at administrative proceedings to provide testimony or reports as required by supervisor or pursuant to subpoena; attends professional training/seminars; conducts field training for new compliance officers; serves on committees.

Operates personal computer &/or mobile device in the course of field and office duties (e.g., develops investigation reports, composes memorandums & correspondence); operates cameras; operates assigned state vehicle in accordance with established rules & regulations to travel to permit sites &/or licensed facilities; completes report of activities at intervals assigned by supervisor. Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications 

12 mos. trg. or 12 mos. exp. in investigative techniques & procedures; 3 mos. exp. in operation of personal computer; valid driver’s license.

-Or 12 mos. trg. or 12 mos. exp. in examining permit applications; 3 mos. exp. in operation of personal computer; valid driver’s license.

-Or equivalent of Minimum Class Qualifications For Employment noted above.

Major Worker Characteristics Knowledge of investigative techniques & procedures; Ohio Revised Codes & regulations & orders of liquor control commission applicable to conducting inspections of liquor permit premises*; rules of evidence*; public relations; interviewing. Skill in use of personal computer; Visio drawing cad program*; computer software installation*; camera (e.g., digital; Polaroid)*; measuring wheel*. Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts & draw valid conclusions; conduct interviews effectively; prepare meaningful, concise & accurate reports; gather, collate & classify data; handle sensitive telephone & face-to-face contacts. (*) Developed after employment.

Supplemental Information The final candidate selected for this position will be required to undergo a criminal background check as well as other investigative reviews. Criminal convictions do not necessarily preclude an applicant from consideration for a position, unless restricted under state or federal law or federal restrictions. An individual assessment of an applicant’s prior criminal convictions will be made before excluding an applicant from consideration.

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Written by: Robin Ann Morris

Founder & CEO at MaryJane Agency, LLC

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