Industry mistakes have caused many to throw in the towel. While the regulatory system is intended to embrace already existing businesses the reality is that constant changing regulations and unchartered territory have caused millions to be lost.
And though the cannabis industry is expected to reach 50 billion dollars within our lifetime easily, millions have been lost in this time of great regulatory shift.
A great amount of this loss comes from inexperienced money trying to enter the cannabis market. In loss of product, lack of security, or failure to plan properly, inexperience causes many to forget that at the end of the day we are dealing with a perishable product, one whose expiration date can change depending on packaging and storage.
Much like improperly storing or curing wine, cannabis can also be spoiled and result in fortunes lost.
Industry aficionados with nothing to learn often have the biggest risk and the smallest amount of experience in regulated markets.
Fringe and grey regulations have allowed many operators to skim off the top, maintain two set of books and pay little to no taxes, while forbidding wealth accumulation.
This formula has encouraged a false economy limiting banking coming in from an otherwise illegal market.
This industry shift to regulatory market has not yet negatively affected the rate of cannabis in the ever-prolific black market.
Over burdensome taxes & regulations & law enforcements failure to recognize the industry as lawful has led black market cannabis to sell for a fraction of what the taxed & regulated market is able to bring the product to market.
Regulators should embrace black market producers & aid these operators into compliance.
Top Industry DO's
✅MANAGE YOUR BRAND:
The IP, your image, Trademarks and Branding create your image make sure it can be defended
✅TRACK & TRACE COMPLIANCE:
Ensuring seamless transfer of industry requires effective integration with the state. Prepare and embrace this process and work with the state to effectuate compliance and proper understanding to such with your team
Having template approved contracts for your agents to use as standard operations will ensure your agents don't agree to unfriendly terms on companies behalf
✅MAINTAINING GOOD RELATIONS:
Having friendly neighbors, government, both local and state is the best way to ensure smooth operations
Top Industry DON'Ts
Transportation paper work not in Vehicle
Failure to Keep Track of Deadline
DBA (Doing Business As) an entity without a filed DBA can mean disaster
❌DOING BUSINESS WITH UNLICENSED OPERATORS:
Just as your permit can expire, so can any other business that is licensed that you do business with, make sure they are all current
Edie has an immense understanding of Cannabis Law and she did a great job for me and got my case dismissed. After several hearings Edie was able to get my case dismissed. She filed motions in a timely manner and did not let the government push us around. At the time I felt I was targeted because I was sick and defenseless.
E.D. Lerman has been a patient advocate licensed to practice law in the state of California since 2006. She has represented and continues to represent lawyers, doctors, patients, collectives, cooperatives, and brick & mortar dispensaries in both civil, criminal and administrative courts. E.D. has been advising agencies, operators and individuals on the subject of medical cannabis helping them navigate the very confusing and ever changing laws.
E.D. is admitted to practice law both federally and in California. In 2012 she was admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of U.S. in Washington DC. E.D. has never lost a medical cannabis trial.
Kali S. Perkins knew her passion and calling to become and attorney and practice in the cannabis realm at a young age. Kali earned her JD from the University of San Francisco School of Law in 2005, and thereafter, spent time working as a public defender and as an associate attorney at a criminal defense firm, where she represented a vast array of clients in a wide range of criminal cases.
Kali received the honor of opening her own practice, at the legendary Pier 5 law offices, in January of 2009. There she enjoyed the opportunity of working alongside her mentor, J. Tony Serra, from whom she learned a great deal about the practice of law, and how to be an effective and successful “semantic warrior.”
Subsequently, Kali opened her own marijuana defense firm: Green
Street Law Group, where she specialized in cannabis defense cases,
medical marijuana affirmative defense cases, and Rastafarian religious defense cases. Beyond her work in criminal cannabis defense cases, Kali also offered consultations for clients looking to start a medical marijuana entity, advising clients on the law and their rights, in an effort to avoid a criminal case.
She has represented clients all over California and the U.S, with great
success. Kali has been admitted to Practice Pro Hac Vice in the Northern District of California, Eastern District of California, Western District of Washington, Eastern District of South Dakota, North Carolina State, and New Jersey State. She has published numerous chapters in the CEB Manual for attorneys dealing with scientific evidence in drug cases.
She also wholeheartedly enjoyed her role teaching medical marijuana
patients about the law at Oaksterdam University. In 2015 Kali became a mother, and made the tough decision in late 2016 to step away from the practice of law in order to focus on raising her family. Kali now has a son and a daughter, and has enjoyed the last few years solely focused on raising her children.
Now ready to jump back into her role as an attorney and advocate in the new world of regulated, recreational cannabis, Kali is excited to use her knowledge and experience to assist clients in all types of matters.
I am a Ugandan trained lawyer with 7 years of experience, knowledgeable in Land law, Oil & Gas law, Human rights, Administrative law processes, legislative lobbying and legal research. After relocating to the United states in 2018 I joined the Emerald Law group as a regulatory and compliance consultant in the Cannabis Industry.
Using my vast experience in land law, legal research, administrative law processes and human rights, I help our clients navigate the ever-shifting ground of both local and state regulations that govern the cannabis Industry.
I help clients Identify the right properties for their cannabis cultivation, retail and distribution projects by taking on a hands-on approach which begins with visiting the proposed sites and preparing didactic property evaluation reports aligned with the clients interests offering evidence based recommendations for the best kind of permit type in the industry.
I also work closely with the team in preparing different cannabis business permit applications, corporation formation, drafting leases, and the day-to-day dealings with the state licensing departments like the Bureau Of Cannabis Control & CalCannabis under the California Department Of Food And Agriculture, Department Of Fish And Wildlife and the California State Water Board.
Given the complexities in the industry, clients will from time to time be issued Notices of Violation and will need operational permit maintenance and review. Part of my work is to help clients with such matters from a regulatory perspective leading them on a path of compliance in the cannabis industry.
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