* A buddy of mine told me the other day that he’s leaving politics and going to work for a medical marijuana-related company. A childhood friend, a family farmer, asked me recently about opportunities for him in the med-mar business.
I told my buddy to be very careful and told my childhood friend that this would be big business with huge startup costs and possible federal prison risks, so he might wanna think again.
* Even so, a new industry is being created here in Illinois, and the National Cannabis Industry Association is holding a big conference in Chicago billed as “the first comprehensive marijuana business symposium ever conducted in the Midwest.”
* This is serious stuff…
This day-long educational program will be a unique opportunity to glean information from cannabusiness professionals and experts in the fields of regulatory models, operations, and ancillary businesses.
* One of the speakers…
Partner, Canna Law Group
Regarded as one of Washington State’s premier cannabis business attorneys, Hilary helps cannabis companies of all sizes with everything from corporate structure and intellectual property protection to branding, licensing, and medical cannabis law. Hilary’s primary focus is helping cannabis businesses navigate the increasingly confusing and murky legal climate surrounding Washington State medical and recreational cannabis laws. She has represented clients struggling with a host of common problems in the industry, from business license denials, revocations, and injunctions to land-use disputes and moratoria on cannabis businesses.
Industries need lawyers and lobbyists, and CPAs…
Bridge West, CPAs is currently the pre-eminent accounting firm serving the cannabis industry in the United States, and internationally.
Founded by two CPAs in California and Colorado with decades of experience in this field, Bridge West intends to create affiliated offices in every major city and state which has legalized cannabis use.
* But this is not a good thing…
Chicago’s first medical marijuana clinic, Good Intentions LLC, opened its doors to a string of new patients Wednesday in Wicker Park.
The clinic, strategically opened near the Kennedy Expressway and adjacent to two other medical facilities on Ashland Avenue, accepted its first patients at 10 a.m.; by mid-morning, DNAinfo Chicago reported more than 30 patients had already visited.
“We’ll be informing people about the Illinois medical marijuana program,” Good Intentions owner and registered nurse Tammy Jacobi told Fox Chicago. “We’re going to be establishing relationships with our doctor. We’re encouraging patients to contact primary doctors first but we want people to know that we’re here, they can talk to us, find out if medical marijuana may be right for them.”
The new law requires that patients have an “existing relationship” with a doctor before they can get medical marijuana, so this looks like a way to establish that relationship.
* Some folks weren’t all that happy with what the clinic was offering…
On Wednesday, the clinic charged some people a $99 fee for an individual care plan that would later be formulated. […]
Stuart Bander, 50, who said he’s been suffering from multiple sclerosis for 20 years, was disappointed with the staff’s answers to his questions about the law.
“I know more than they do,” he said. “They’re doing nothing.”
A $99 fee up front to establish a care plan that isn’t yet formulated?
* The state is apparently looking into it…
Just before the clinic closed for the day Wednesday, two men who said they were from the state medical board showed up and met privately with Murray.
When asked about the meeting, a spokeswoman for the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, Susan Hofer, said she could not confirm that anyone from the department had been to the office.
Hofer said that because rules for the “prior relationship” with the doctor who helps a patient qualify to receive medical marijuana haven’t been established yet, nobody can say whether what’s going on at this clinic would qualify as a prior relationship when the law goes into effect.
I called Ms. Hofer today. By law, she could neither confirm nor deny that there is any sort of investigation.
But, Hofer said, “The law is very explicit that your personal physician… would be the one who certifies that you’re eligible,” adding, “The people who are eligible for medical marijuana are already under the treatment of a doctor.”
No rules have been written yet, Hofer stressed, but “from the perspective of our Department, a doctor-patient relationship would have already been developed because the patient already had the disease that would have qualified him or her for medical marijuana. If you had that, why would you need to go to another clinic?”
It’s probably best to shy away from such places. Save your money.