Women Grow live at MJBizCon with Dispensary Permits

Watch Leah Heise, the CEO of  Women Grow Interview Sara Gullickson with Dispensary Permits on How to Start a Medical Marijuana Business, Apply for a Permit, and How to Get Involved in the Industry.

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Posted by Women Grow on Thursday, November 17, 2016

Scottsdale Medical Marijuana Certification Setting Up Alternative Medicine Fair

 – A Scottsdale Medical Marijuana Certification Center is setting up for a fair this weekend to spread the word about alternative medicine.

“Green Star Doctors” is opening its doors for a free event called “Indica-Life” on Saturday. It is an effort to share alternative healing methods with patients.

The center will have Chiropractors and holistic medicine practitioners, along with artwork, speakers, and livemusic from the Phoenix Afro-Beat Orchestra. No marijuana or alcohol will be at the event.

“I have a lot of different patients that are in pain, and I notice they could use healing methods that maybe they’re not aware of,” said Liz Valentine with Green Star Doctors. “I know how much they need just more options. Something that less invasive. No pills, no surgery, no shots.”

The event happens at Green Star Doctors, south of Scottsdale and Thomas, from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and it is open to all ages.

 

Source: http://www.fox10phoenix.com/news/arizona-news/251579427-story

Marijuana public hearing brings out-of-state concerns

Sara Gullickson is a marijuana regulatory and industry consultant in Arizona.

CREDIT BOBBY AMPEZZAN / ARKANSAS PUBLIC MEDIA

 

Sara Gullickson flew in from Arizona to voice her concerns at the Medical Marijuana Commission’s first public hearing today in Little Rock.

“I really, really strongly urge Arkansas to consider for the dispensaries running a merit based program instead of a lottery based program. Lottery based programs definitely breed litigation, program delays, and really don’t set the state up for success.”

This public hearing, more than the commission meetings to date inside the Alcoholic Beverage Control Division conference room on the 5th floor of 1515 W. 7th St., revealed the diversity of business interests in the nascent enterprise. Nic Easley, a partner at Comprehensive Cannabis Consulting, flew in from Denver to urge the commission to consider pesticide regulation — and a range of other matters that may have seemedfar afield to many in the audience.

Nic Easley of 3C consulting in Denver warns the commission to consider pesticide use thresholds.

CREDIT BOBBY AMPEZZAN / ARKANSAS PUBLIC MEDIA

The five medical marijuana commissioners sat inside the lecture hall at the Bowen School of Law in Little Rock and said nothing. This was strictly an opportunity for the public to voice its concerns and suggestions, and about 200 showed up. Many were lawyers. Some, like Arkansans Melissa Fults, Gene Remley and Storm Nolan, have had their eyes on the prize for a while.

Dozens of emails have already come into the commission and the Department of Finance and Administration that largely coordinates its efforts. Many, like Gullickson, abjure the commission’s decision to pick the 32 dispensary licenses by lottery (an application process that includes background checks, a four-figure fee and appropriate paperwork precede entry into the lottery).

“I’ve been in the industry for seven years,” Gullickson said after, “and I’ve seen a lot of programs that weren’t set up for success, so the entrepreneurs sitting in that room deserve the fair chance of putting their best foot forward, and for the state to pick the best candidates. In any other business venture you can pick, it would never go to a lottery.”

Other concerns from the public hearing ranged from how far marijuana farms must be set back from schools or other public buildings, to how tall before considering plants “mature” to how to even obtain the seeds legally. In light of these concerns, Alisha Whitmore’s query seemed far ranging, even sociological.

“Will the commission consider awarding merit points for minority owned cultivation centers with the goal of trying to increase job availability in the minority areas?” she asked.

Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration lawyer Joel DiPippa (foreground) and marijuana amendment author David Couch (background, blue-checked shirt).

CREDIT BOBBY AMPEZZAN / ARKANSAS PUBLIC MEDIA

African Americans suffer a higher percentage of the qualifying conditions than do other races, she pointed out.

And, “this will help with the economic stimulus.”

According to the commission’s own timeline, a finalized version of the commission’s rules and regulations for medical marijuana licensing is expected in May.

This story is produced by Arkansas Public Media. What’s that? APM is a nonprofit journalism project for all of Arkansas and a collaboration among public media in the state. We’re funded in part through a grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, with the support of partner stations KUAR, KUAF, KASU and KTXK. And, we hope, from you! You can learn more and support Arkansas Public Media’s reporting at arkansaspublicmedia.org. Arkansas Public Media is Natural State news with context.

 

Source: http://arkansaspublicmedia.org/post/marijuana-public-hearing-brings-out-state-concerns

The Future of the Marijuana Industry

Ask The Thought Leaders: Where Will the Marijuana Industry be in 2030?

The future of marijuana is a heated topic.

Those who are pro-marijuana, highlight things like the medical benefits and potential government tax revenue while those who are against it highlight the potential  risks for children and the potential to lead them into more serious drugs.

While the debates go on, we wanted to find out where the industry was headed. So we asked the question:

Where will the weed industry be in 2030?

Take a look at what we learned…

Jake Browne, Cannabis Critic for The Denver Post & Founder of The Grow-Off


“By 2030, smokeable marijuana will be a novelty as scientists will have created special blends of cannabinoids like THC and CBD, along with the associated terpenes that give cannabis its flavor, that precisely mimic the flower. You want Sour Diesel? There’s a vape pen for that. Not only will these synthetic strains be custom made to treat individual disorders, but they’ll also continue to create certain moods in users, not unlike Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World. Instead of a glass of wine after work, someone might take a couple puffs of Relax before making dinner. The social aspect of gathering with friends to share a joint will be gone, with a more individual experience becoming the norm.”

Sara Gullickson,Founder & CEO of Dispensary Permits


“If the industry continues to grow like weeds, we will see marijuana removed as a schedule 1 drug which will ignite a major shift in Marijuana’s social and cultural narrative. The reference to WEED will be forgotten and it will instead be referred to as cannabis and given the clout (not street cred) it deserves. Once the Federal Government accepts marijuana, we will see opiate deaths reduce substantially. Marijuana will evolve into an Exit Drug, not a Gateway drug, and will be wildly accepted for its medicinal and wellness properties. It will become a standard household item, and not just another highly profitable tax generator. Most importantly, we, collectively, as industry activists, business professionals, politicians, patients, responsible humans, will take the stigma out of a plant that has been used for hundreds of years and has helped millions of people with dozens of medical conditions and/or ailments.”

Craig McLane, Owner of Vaped.com


“The most significant change in the weed industry in 2030 is that it will be legal in all of North America and Europe. The greater public acceptance of cannabis will heighten the current trend of consuming concentrates in preference to flower. As the legal landscape changes big business will become far more involved and inevitably dominate most growing, processing, distribution channels for the weed industry. This will have the benefit of lowering consumer prices and improving the quality of the final product through increased regulation. The big business dominance will drastically alter the community aspects of the current cannabis culture and as a result the anti establishment segment of the community will deepen. This will result in a small but strong home grower segment which will continue to push for personal freedoms related to cannabis.”

Alex Milligan, Co-founder and CMO at Nugg & NuggMD


“The cannabis industry in 2030 is going to look dramatically different than today. At Nugg, we predict: 

  1. Cannabis will be commoditized — mass production will have caused prices to decrease, large brands will be in perfect competition; a dedicated niche for specialty, artisan brands will flourish.
  2. National legalization and an acute distinction between recreational and medical marijuana; scientific research will have proven widespread medical benefits of cannabis. 
  3. Cannabis mega-brands will exist on a global scale, as U.S. legalization will encourage other countries to follow suit. 
  4. Hyper-personalized administration — AI, machine learning, and bio-sensors will come together to customize one’s medical cannabis regimen for maximum physiological benefit.
  5. Robotics and ag-tech will revolutionize how cannabis is grown & distributed, achieving economies of scale at rapid pace.
  6. Robotics (drones, automated delivery fleets) will cause home-delivery to be the primary method by which consumers acquire cannabis.”

Niki Romo, Creative Director for KronicSites


“As we continue to see the legalization of Marijuana grow in each state, there is no doubt that entrepreneurs, investors and venture capitalists are eager to break into the Cannabis industry and start new businesses. However, traditional marketing and advertising will still remain one of the biggest challenges for start-ups. So, I predict B2C companies like dispensaries and delivery services, are going to attract customers and increase revenue through mobile apps. 

Approximately, 90% of push notifications and SMS messages are read within the first 3 mins which is significantly higher than emails which could take up to 7 hours to be read. Not to mention, businesses who want to offer loyalty programs can also do so through an app. Plus, since mobile users tend to never lose their phone it’s a more reliable way to retain customers, build new relationships and directly communicate with consumers.”

Jake Heimark, CEO at Plus


“Over the next 15 years, the cannabis industry will split between medical and recreational. There will be a small number of cannabis derived medicines that have passed FDA drug trials by large pharmaceutical companies. There will also be a large number of recreational companies selling cannabis and cannabis derivatives in a highly regulated environment (similar to alcohol distribution). Major pharmaceutical companies will have interests in the medical offerings. Major food, tobacco and alcohol producers will have interests in the recreational market. Most of the market by volume will be recreational, but there will be very high margins on the medical side of the market. Hopefully, there will be quality, large, institution led research backing the current medical claims of cannabis (it appears to help with seizures and some forms of cancer). Hopefully, there will be clear federal regulations prohibiting the recreational from making pseudomedical and nutraceutical claims without drug trials.”

Jay Currie, Author of Start & Run a Marijuana Dispensary or Pot Shop


“By 2030 the legal marijuana industry will have gone from a novelty to a mature agricultural and retail business. I expect the production side will be dominated by a few very large, multi-jurisdictional, factory growers producing marijuana on an industrial scale – think Budwiser or Coors. There will be room for more artisanal growers but the bulk of the industry will be on a very large scale. 

On the retail side traditional retail outlets – Walmart, Costco, 7-11 – will likely sell pre-packaged marijuana in smokable and edible forms. Again, this is where the bulk of retail sales will occur. Boutique retailers and local chains of pot stores will compete for specific sectors of the business. 

The price of ordinary marijuana will fall steadily as greater efficiencies are achieved in growing and distribution. Tax and banking law will be changed to reflect the reality of legal marijuana.” 

Source: http://www.futureofeverything.io/2017/03/03/ask-thought-leaders-will-marijuana-industry-2030/

 

 

 

 

Entrepreneur of the Week: Sara Gullickson

Each week we highlight entrepreneur’s in the cannabis industry so our viewers can learn who is behind the team of the upcoming and leading businesses, organizations and non-profits in the industry.

This week we would like to introduce Sara Gullickson. Sarah is the Executive Director of DispensaryPermits.com as well as a national leader in the medical marijuana consulting industry. As an influential woman in the cannabis reform movement, Sara has a vision for the medical marijuana industry of wellness and accessibility. It is with this vision, that she has passionately guided clients through every step of the medical marijuana process.

From application processes to logistics and cultivation practices, Sara has successfully advised numerous groups in eleven states’ medical cannabis processes over the last seven years. Combined with nearly a decade of experience executing online and traditional marketing campaigns, Gullickson has used her comprehensive knowledge to assist and consult on successful applications across the United States and currently is working with applicants in Michigan, California, Pennsylvania, Florida and Arkansas.

In our interview we asked Sara a variety of questions sharing about her experiences, she had some insightful information and advice to share with each of you.

Please share with our viewers, a little about DispensaryPermits.com.

DispensaryPermits.com offers consulting services with hands on support for medical marijuana entrepreneurs. Whether you are looking to break into the industry or you have previous experience with owning or operating a dispensary, cultivation, manufacturing or testing facility; our custom crafted solutions provide support and guidance for both novice and expert medical marijuana entrepreneurs. As one of the longest standing medical marijuana consulting firms, we have developing strategies to guide our clients through state regulated medical marijuana application processes.

Can you please share some advice that has influenced your entrepreneurial journey?

The industry isn’t for the faint of heart. It’s for fighters and strategists that have a passion for the plant and the process.

How do you stay balanced? Any hobbies outside your work?

Yes, of course. While I was a young entrepreneur, I feared missing out. I wanted to take on every project and it was hard for me to sit a process out. Now that I have been in the industry almost 7 years, I have come to understand that this is a real career, a real business, something that has longevity. With that in mind, I recently have allowed myself to nurture my curious side. I love traveling and exploring other countries. Though I don’t teach, I am a certified yoga instructor, and I enjoy reading, relaxing, family, friends, hiking, running, and my pugs!

What is the best piece of advice you can give to others looking to launch a company in the cannabis industry?

In my opinion, this question is asked too frequently. If you want anything in life, how do you get it? For me, I go for it, and I don’t stop until I’ve turned some heads and made significant progress. The cannabis industry is the same. Others should first ask themselves, what they are passionate about, and then determine how they can apply that to the fastest growing industry in the U.S. Everything is doable. I have some total rockstar friends in the industry, we all have similar stories.

Is there anything that surprised you about being an entrepreneur in the cannabis industry?

In the beginning, it was very shocking to me how unethical people can be. I’ve been through the ringer in this industry which hasn’t stopped me, it has only made me stronger. The most important lesson I’ve learned is that there is only one me. People can take ideas, concepts, knock you off or tear you down, but in the end, no one has the style, grace, or skill set I do. I might not be for everyone, but it only takes one. When business vision, ideals, morals and ethics align, the sky is the limit.

 

Source: https://www.directcannabisnetwork.com/entrepreneur-week-sara-gullickson/ 

Marimeds Gullickson to discuss “choosing the right investor” at women grow leadership summit, May 15

Sara Gullickson, VP of Marketing for MariMed Advisors (a subsidiary of Worlds Online) (OTCQB: WORX) and co-chair of the Phoenix Chapter of Women Grow, has been selected as one of 125 female marijuana business executives to attend the first annual Women Grow Leadership Summit, May 15-18 at the Edwards, Colorado Lodge & Spa at Cordillera.

Women Grow is a national network supporting women entrepreneurs in the cannabis industry. Gullickson will be speaking on “Choosing the Right Investor for You” as part of a three-member panel that includes representatives from Dutchess Capital and CannLabs. The first of its kind Leadership Summit is designed to bring entrepreneurial executives together for peer-to-peer learning, networking, leadership skill building and to develop a greater understanding of the national cannabis industry and issues surrounding it.

“Women Grow has become a catalyst to empower women to take leadership roles in the legal cannabis industry as both entrepreneurs and vocal advocates for legalization and fair policy,” stated Gullickson. “I’m honored to have the opportunity to participate in the event and panel at the Leadership Summit, as it is a powerful resource that will help executives collectively develop strong relationships and hone business skills to grow the industry and better advocate for favorable policy at the local, state, and national levels.”
Gullickson, also Executive Director of MariMed subsidiary DispensaryPermits.com, has four years of experience as a leader in the medical marijuana (MMJ) industry and has successfully assisted medical marijuana clients in eight states, including Ill., Nev., and N.Y., through the medical marijuana license application process, laying out every aspect of their business strategy from identifying locations all the way through developing product and tracking customer results. Visit MariMed Advisors at Booth # D311 at Marijuana Business Daily’s Marijuana Business Conference and Expo, May 19-21, Hilton, Expo Center, Chicago and hear Ms. Gullickson speak on “Tapping Big New Medical Marijuana Markets: NV, IL and NY” on May 20, 3 pm.
Source: http://money.cnn.com/news/newsfeeds/articles/marketwire/1194534.htm

Dispensary Permits clients granted multiple Maryland dispensary licenses

National marijuana consulting agency, Dispensary Permits broadens license acquisition success to ten states, solidifying its role as one of the longest standing firms in the industry.

Baltimore, MD — Dispensary Permits, a national marijuana consulting agency, announced today that they successfully obtained multiple dispensary licenses in Maryland. The established firm has a proven track record in cannabis operations with license acquisitions in ten states.

“Maryland was one of the most challenging applications that we have worked on to date. It demanded attention to detail, requiring clear and concise messaging to over 180 questions. It’s exciting that the industry continues to raise the bar and favor the players that truly understand the industry and its operations,” – Sara Gullickson, agency founder and licensing expert

As one of the longest standing consulting firms in the industry, Dispensary Permits extensive experience allows them to guide clients through the rigorous licensing application process and give them a competitive edge.

“Maryland was one of the most challenging applications that we have worked on to date. It demanded attention to detail, requiring clear and concise messaging to over 180 questions. It’s exciting that the industry continues to raise the bar and favor the players that truly understand the industry and its operations,” said agency founder and licensing expert Sara Gullickson.

The Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission announced 102 preliminary licensees out of more than 800 dispensary applications on December 9, 2016.

“We are ecstatic to have assisted our clients in another medical state process with successful results and look forward to seeing those business plans become a reality,” said Gullickson.

For more information or to set up an appointment with Dispensary Permits please visit DispensaryPermits.com or call 602-621-0648.

About DispensaryPermits.com

DispensaryPermits.com offers seed to sale consulting services with hands on support to medical marijuana entrepreneurs. For those looking to break into the industry or those who have previous experience with owning or operating a dispensary, cultivation, manufacturing or testing facility, DispensaryPermits.com can create custom crafted solutions to provide support and guidance for both novice and expert medical marijuana entrepreneurs.

As one of the longest standing medical marijuana consulting firms, DispensaryPermits.com has developed strategies to guide clients through state regulated medical marijuana application processes.

For more information or to set up an appointment with Dispensary Permits please visit DispensaryPermits.com, email info@dispensarypermits.com, or call 602-621-0648.

 

Source: http://weediabuzz.com/dispensary-permits-clients-granted-multiple-maryland-dispensary-licenses/

Recreational Marijuana Goes Up In Smoke In Arizona

More than half of Arizona said no to recreational marijuana, with 980,822 voting against Proposition 205 and 899,605 voting for it.

Business leaders, many of whom led the charge against the initiative, were pleased with the results.

“Employers can breathe a sigh of relief that they will continue to be able to maintain the drug-free workplace policies they have in place currently,” said Garrick Taylor, senior vice president of government relations and communications for the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry. “The chamber had deep concerns over Proposition 205’s effect on employers’ ability to keep marijuana out of the workplace, so we are very pleased to see the initiative fail. It was a hard fought campaign.”

Cathi Herrod, president of Center for Arizona Policy, said this is a victory for Arizona families.

““I said it early on and yesterday Arizona voters showed they are smarter than the marijuana monopoly. Marijuana marketers did their best to dress up Prop 205,” Herrod said in a prepared statement. “But selling it as an education funding and neighborhood safety measure stretched the limits of creativity and credibility.”

Of the five states with recreational marijuana on their ballots, Arizona was the only state where it didn’t pass. California, Maine, Massachusetts and Nevada legalized recreational marijuana use, setting the stage for Arizona to follow in the future.

It’s not over, said Sara Gullickson, CEO of DispensaryPermits.com, one of Arizona’s cannabis business entrepreneurs.

“I believe we will see 45 to 50 states with either medical or recreational programs in the next four to seven years,” she said in a prepared statement.

“While its unfortunate Prop 205 did not pass, Arizona has a very strong medical program serving about 100,000 patients in need,” Gullickson said. “Arizona’s time will come for full legalization. Our community will not stop educating and informing Arizona residents of the benefits of Marijuana. Arizona’s Medical Marijuana program is recognized Nationally and has been one of the industry leaders.”

By: Angela Gonzales

Source: http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/news/2016/11/09/recreational-marijuana-goes-up-in-smoke-in-arizona.html

Cannabusiness entrepreneurs’ take over south loop hotel

The marijuana leaves adorning banners and paraphernalia were mostly subtle as men and women in suits, sport coats and dressy jeans  browsed the nearly 200 booths showcasing everything one might need for a legal marijuana business. There’s the investment bankers with cash at the ready.

The custom vault company that’s opened its business beyond pharmacies and banks.

The insurance agency focused on legal pot, the software developers that want to track marijuana from “seed to sale” and the scientists who want to regulate the testing of marijuana products so it’s dispensed as precisely as possible to seriously ill people.

More than 2,000 people descended on the Hilton Chicago in the South Loop for the three-day Marijuana Business Conference and Expo.

And it was a decidedly professional crowd inside the storied hotel that regularly hosts politicians and more mainstream business conferences.

But the marijuana conference this week fit right in.

“It’s a much more serious,” said Alex Thiersch, whose Salveo Capital was among the exhibitors. He described the atmosphere as “button down” and said more “sophisticated” entrepreneurs are getting into the game.

Of course, Illinois isn’t a state that allows for recreational marijuana, and its medical marijuana program is tightly regulated. That was evident in how exhibitors presented their wares.

The many grow lights that promise to help your plants thrive shone over colorful flowers. And the containers to store marijuana displayed jelly beans.

The normalcy surprised Audrey So, who was with her husband representing Illinois Cannabis Research Labs, which has applied to open a lab in Northbrook that would test marijuana and its products.

“It’s your mom and dad,” she said of the people in the crowd. “It’s interesting how legitimate this all is.”

The legal marijuana market is booming, said Chris Walsh, the managing editor of Marijuana Business Daily.

Sales this year are estimated to be $3 billion nationwide, he said, noting a majority of that is from medical marijuana. By 2019, it could be as high as $8 billion, he said.

Walsh said Illinois could be a “huge” market if new conditions are approved.

At a panel about emerging markets, Sara Gullickson, vice president of sales and marketing for MariMed Advisors, said there are opportunities in Illinois and other states.

But Adam Bierman, founder of MedMen, was less optimistic. There are only 2,300 registered patients and a looming expiration date for the pilot program unless a bill allowing for an extension passes the Illinois General Assembly.

It will take the state legalizing taxed and regulated recreational marijuana for the cash to flow, he said.

Illinois is “not really up to create revenue anytime soon,” he said.

Despite some concerns, it was evident at the convention that people aren’t shying away from the industry.

At an “investor pitch slam,” startup companies pitched their product to seasoned marijuana investors.

One man pitched a portable machine that can test marijuana for potency. Another pitched a testing lab.

And one man sought $5.2 million for his Colorado marijuana farm and some of his edible, marijuana-infused products, including a chocolate to “heighten arousal.”

Though real investors heard the spiels, the pitches were a mock exercises to show “cannabusiness entrepreneurs” what to expect and how to do it.

Source:  http://chicago.suntimes.com/business/7/71/623694/marijuana-cannabis-business-entrepreneurs-chicago

CDC Weighs in on Edibles, High-Profile CA Raid + More Lawsuits on Horizon

The Center for Disease Control issues what could prove to be an influential statement on marijuana edibles, a business run by a board member of California’s main cannabis industry association is raided, and lawsuit activity ramps up.

Here’s a closer look at several notable developments in the marijuana industry over the past week.

CDC Weighs In

Another federal agency is wading into the ongoing debate over cannabis industry regulations: the U.S. Center for Disease Control. And with that entrance comes another likely indicator of how future states will regulate edibles companies when it comes to labeling and dosages.

In a statement released this week, the CDC broke down the factors that led to the death of an exchange student who visited Colorado from Wyoming last March, consumed a cookie with 65 milligrams of THC, and subsequently jumped off a hotel balcony to his death.

The CDC didn’t assign blame to anyone in the incident. But it did conclude that the occurrence warrants consideration by regulators in states where marijuana may be made legal in the future, which could lead to the replication of rules that Colorado adopted after the man’s death. It also suggested that edibles companies should be required to pay for more precise warning labels on their products.

The agency lauded Colorado for passing a requirement that edibles products either contain only 10 milligrams apiece, or be clearly labeled with 10 milligram servings.

That position, said two industry consultants, will almost certainly play a role in future laws governing the marijuana trade.

“I would say definitely,” said Matt Karnes, managing partner at GreenWave Advisors. “Regulators are going to look to Colorado as the bellwether, and it’s not just in this regard with edibles, but also with everything else. That would expand to lab testing and what Colorado’s doing on every other type of regulatory oversight.”

Sara Gullickson, a consultant with MariMed Advisors, said proper dosing should be a concern for all edibles companies, whether they’re producing for medical customers or recreational.

“Even good news or bad news is progression. The more people we can have looking at this, then the more quality control we can get for the products,” Gullickson said. “The way that we’re going is everything is getting stricter, and it is an issue that edibles aren’t dosed properly.”

California Raiding

One way in which the cannabis industry is unique: Law enforcement actions against a company often don’t indicate a death knell for the business.

That very well may be the case for Lakisha Jenkins, a board member and former president of the California Cannabis Industry Association (CCIA) who owns three stores, one of which was raided by city police in Merced late last week. The cops claimed that the shop, Kiona’s Farm’acy, was violating a local ban on MMJ dispensaries.

It’s not a dispensary, Jenkins said, but a holistic health center that sells more than 500 herbs, teas and other treatments, along with cannabis. The State Board of Equalization reportedly contacted police on suspicion that Jenkins evaded taxes, a charge she denies, saying the business is exempt from state and federal taxes because it operates as a non-profit.
While a raid in another industry would likely spell doom for a company, many dispensaries and MMJ businesses that have been targeted by law enforcement in this manner eventually reopened, and often charges are not even filed. So Jenkins’ professional reputation might not be in any real danger.

“Some of the biggest, most notable people, from (Harborside Health Center co-founder) Steve DeAngelo on down, have had run-ins, if not arrests or convictions, with the authorities,” said James Slatic, another CCIA board member and the CEO of MedWest, a San Diego extraction company. “It’s like that line from The Godfather, ‘This is the business we have chosen.’ It comes with the slings and arrows with the lack of banking and 280E and everything else.”

Slatic noted that major dispensaries such as Berkeley Patients Group and Harborside have been fighting court battles for years.

Legal disputes between dispensaries and police will persist until California lawmakers pass definitive laws governing the MMJ industry, Jenkins said. Her business operates well within the bounds of state and local laws and should be considered a model for other California companies that sell medical cannabis rather than a public nuisance, she said.

“California needs to get its house in order,” she told Marijuana Business Daily. “Our particular business model is built off the attorney general’s guidelines, and we have an optimal business model according to these guidelines.”

California lawmakers are again trying to craft laws governing the state’s medical marijuana industry. Still, California has tried time and again to pass a regulatory framework for the industry, but has failed year after year. Which means raids like these may not stop any time soon.

So Sue Me

With great success comes…a host of lawsuits?

That’s increasingly the case in states that implement medical marijuana programs these days, with more companies filing – or threatening to file – suit over the application process.

That’s been the case in Massachusetts, Illinois and Nevada, where multiple suits were filed after license winners were announced. Some companies argued that the licensing process was corrupt or unfair, or that their applications weren’t properly considered, and so on.

Even in Florida, which hasn’t even legalized a full regular MMJ system, there seem to be indicators that legal action may be forthcoming once the state announces the winners of its five CBD licenses.

Observers expect the same outcome in New York, which is expected to announce its five licensees today.

And this week, a Nevada dispensary went on record saying that it’s considering filing suit against Clark County because regulators have allegedly been stalling its opening – highlighting the increasingly litigious nature of the industry in general.

There are some common threads in states that have seen these lawsuits: there are only a limited number of business permits available, there’s a good amount of competition for the licenses, and a lot of money is spent preparing in the application phase.

As the industry grows and starts to resemble traditional sectors, lawsuits will certainly become even more common.

Source: http://mjbizdaily.com/week-in-review-cdc-weighs-in-on-edibles-high-profile-ca-raid-more-lawsuits-on-horizon/