First, the consultant must have product and industry knowledge including how marijuana is grown, cultivated, harvested, cured and processed. The consultant must also know how:
- Marijuana is infused into food and beverages.
- Marijuana should be packaged, labeled, transported and sold at a retail level.
- Wholesale and retail product should be recalled and accounted for.
- Marijuana should be destroyed if over-produced, contaminated or recalled.
There are a few other specific requirements for the marijuana consultant. He or she must have expertise in estimating product usage and consumption, have knowledge of the “infrastructure to test marijuana to ensure product quality, content, ingredients and consumer safety considerations and have a strong understanding of state, local or federal government processes and procedures.
Board spokesman Mikhail Carpenter told CNN: “Ideally, we would like one person who has all those characteristics.” A person with a criminal record would not be immediately disqualified from consideration for the contract, John Farley, procurement director with the Liquor Control Board, said in an article published on Politico.com. A pot conviction is probably fine, Farley said.
The state would prefer awarding a single contract, but Farley said the final contract may go to a team of people with expertise in each of areas needed to do the job.
About 100 people turned out last week at the Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center for an information session on submitting proposals, according to an article published by The News Tribune.
Terry Dean Schmidt, president of Management Concepts International of Seattle, told The News Tribune the he expects to bid for the overall contract.
“We’re going to be competitive,” Schmidt said, adding that he expects 50 people or groups to apply.
“If the state gets it right, just right, there will be worldwide acclaim,” he said. “If they get wrong, they’re a joke in Jay Leno’s monologue.”