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Understanding the business structure of your cannabis business.

We read with interest this recent blog post from the law firm of Harris Bricken about an investor’s nightmare trying to navigate his investment in a cannabis business. The structure was so crazy it made the attorney's Hall of Shame list.

And you really need to click through and see the pictures of the structure! Crazy, right? 

In our online course we give you a guide that walks you through how to think about your own business structure if you are getting into the cannabis business.

We decide…

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The marijuana business wants you to 'mind your business!'

It’s not easy finding mentorship in the cannabis industry. As one woman we interviewed put it bluntly, “People hold onto information, and won’t share!”. Others have mentioned how hard it is just trying to find information, let alone extracting it from the people who have it. They try to research online, or at the library, but it is very hard to find good books, or articles that really explain things in detail. Much of the material seems regurgitated and borrowed, and then re-parlayed into someth…

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Pain points of the legal cannabis permit process.

Sarah and I have been doing a lot of work breaking down the pain points of the legal cannabis permit process. We have accumulated a list of at least 15 real challenges people face in pursuing a permit, and as we continue to survey those of us working to get legal permits, and think back on our own experiences, we will likely acquire more. We’re not betting gals, but if we had to put money on it, by the end of this week, that list of 15 hard-core challenges will double in size.

Legal cannabis permit pain points

One of those pa…

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My adventures in the real estate marijuana permit process

One aspect that I found really challenging to deal with when it came to real estate, was finding a broker that could help me find a building that qualified for California’s and the city of San Diego’s cannabis rules. 


I reached out to many friends in the commercial real estate world, and they all turned me down because they felt it was an exercise in futility. Landlords did not like dealing with the barely legal cannabis industry, they said. However, one woman said she had some time and could h…

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My marijuana permit challenges in real estate - what you should know.

So you’ve decided to go after a marijuana permit? Welcome to the club!


I went after one in California, and got it in 2018! It was a long, hard road.


One of the hardest parts of the permit process is securing the real estate. Every state has different rules, and some states want the real estate secured before you start the permitting process, and others want you to get the real estate after the permit. 


Either way, getting a landlord to agree to lease to your marijuana business is extremel…

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Getting a marijuana permit is a challenge. Even harder is getting the real estate.

Some days I have to pinch myself. I mean who would have ever thought I’d be in the california cannabis industry -- successfully, no less! It is something that just 5 years ago felt impossible. 


But today, I look back on what I accomplished, and I am amazed at how far I came in a relatively short time. 


And YES, I successfully secured a marijuana permit to operate a legal retail store in San Diego in 2018. 


And then, to the surprise of many, in 2019 I sold it. BUT, it was a great move to…

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Common Themes when Getting a Cannabis Permit

As we have illustrated in previous posts, there are many different licensing schemes that have been rolled out in cities and states across the country.  While some similarities persist across the different jurisdictions, each ordinance is laden with nuances and intricacies that make it unique.  This post will talk about some characteristics that we've seen consistent from one licensing jurisdiction to the next...across the U.S.

Security - you can expect that your licensing body will require you…

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Marijuana Propaganda: Is it legal to grow weed?

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Does anyone remember this Ronald Reagan quote?  

“I now have absolute proof that smoking even one marijuana cigarette is equal in brain damage to being on Bikini Island during an H-bomb blast."

Much has been written about the origin and evolution of the War on Drugs in this country. 
Most people don't realize that the War on Drugs actually dates back to the nineteenth century, when states enacted broad measures to protect consumers from dangerous medicines and poisons. However, there is a…

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More On Dispensary License Costs

More on Dispensary License Costs


If you’ve ever started a business, you know that the first thing you do is research! It can seem like a pain in the neck, but believe me, the more you study, the more prepared you will be.


Today, we’re talking about dispensary license costs again. Specifically city fees. You may want to read how to research what we have previously posted, as essentially this post assumes you know how to find what your city charges for a legal dispensary permit approval.


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Dispensary License Cost - City Fees

Ok, so you’ve decided you want to find out the cost for a dispensary license. 


Great! As all great entrepreneurs know, research is the foundation for everything you do.


Today, I want to talk about those costs, specifically the fees you pay to the City. 


Every city will be different, but believe me, every city charges fees, just like they charge for a business license to operate. The process for establishing a legal dispensary license is usually quite involved, so naturally the city will c…

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