Marijuana Consultants Offer Advice To Potential Pot Dealers

Apr 21, 2014
Originally published on April 21, 2014 9:11 am

The Northwest’s budding marijuana industry means opportunity for pot consultants.

Several are offering workshops in the coming months on how to comply with new laws in Oregon and Washington.

One website promises to help you "Open a weed store in Oregon." As it turns out, doing that involves a lot of paperwork.

"It is tedious and boring and it's a pain in the butt," admits F. Thurston Pearson, founder of a Portland marijuana consulting firm called the Green Rush Advisory Group.

He has clients who want to sell recreational marijuana in Washington and medical marijuana in Oregon. But he says once the initial excitement dies down, pot entrepreneurs find themselves face-to-face with dozens of pages of rules and regulations.

Pearson started his firm when one friend got halfway through the application process and "just gave up."

Green Rush plans a series of workshops in Portland next month to help prospective pot dealers comply with an Oregon dispensary law that just took effect.

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