CEO and owner of iComply, Mark works in the specialist sector of compliance for the medical, retail, and hemp industries and has over 8 years’ experience in cannabis industry development, consulting, and operational compliance and over 17 years’ experience in regulations and risk management. Due to his extensive background and education, Mark knows what it takes to
move markets forward at political, policy, and operational levels. He has developed small and large startups, improved existing operations, and has protected some of the top companies in the field.
iComply provides operational compliance services and validation of cultivations, manufacturing and processing, and dispensing facilities since 2011 and iComply consults for a variety of communities, organizations, and governments. Engaging in legacy projects over the long-term, iComply builds trusted relationships to ensure industry integrity, standards, regulations, and best practices are implemented and adhered to within organizations.
Most recently, Mark was responsible for crafting the regulations for the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and implementing the licensing and regulatory regime with their Department of Health. The effect of which was the creation of the first free-market-model regulation in Spanish and the fastest implementation of licensing to date – in less than 90 days from publishing regulations to the first cultivation license being issued.
Mr. Slaugh has been instrumental in setting standards for cannabis in Colorado having lobbied at the legislature on behalf of associations. He helped found and grow the CSMCC - a grassroots, volunteer organization representing patients and business owners’ rights in Colorado Springs. He later served as the Executive Director for the Cannabis Business Alliance (CBA) – one of the oldest industry associations in Colorado.
He also helped lead the way for adult-use marijuana in Colorado as the Southern Colorado Regional Coordinator for the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol (Amendment 64) helping securing victories in the most conservative Cities and Counties in Colorado. He subsequently helped implement the will of voters working on complex, nuanced, and challenging regulatory issues side by side with State Regulators – serving annually on eight rulemaking committees to develop policy and regulation in the areas of taxation, edibles safety, responsible vendor training, recording keeping, administration enforcement and discipline, distribution and transportation, and multiple other topics. Mr. Slaugh also serves as an ambassador for the National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA) and as a Minority Business Council Member for the largest industry group in the world with over 1400 members. He has spoken at each NCIA National Summit leading panel discussions and participating in topics ranging from industry training, standard operating procedures, and infused products manufacturing to laboratory testing safety and regulation.
As a first-generation Brazilian American, Mr. Slaugh is fueled by a passion for social justice in reforming cannabis policy internationally. By influencing and improving laws, regulation, and public policy in the marijuana industry, and through iComply’s efforts to create integrity, excellence, and transparency in the budding business, Mark’s passion makes a real difference in the way the world views, works with, and treats marijuana and its patients, business owners, and users.