Seeking Professional Advice In The Legal Cannabis Industry
Step 3 – Professional Advice
When I was in middle school, the librarian there was secretary for a couple of groups of professional writers. She introduced me to Ray Bradbury and Richard Matheson, and I became very friendly with them over a period of two years. Both of them were very generous with their time, guidance, and advice.”
– Jonathan Maberry
The all-important question: Where do you look for advice? It’s more a question of, who do you look to that has good advice? This is much easier to find nowadays than it used to be. With the invention of the Internet, and being able to search all over the world without fear, it has made this process far easier. And the biggest thing that has made it much simpler was the legalization of medical marijuana. Or maybe it has made it more confusing. It’s probably a little bit of both.
Back when I needed some counsel to advise me about the medical marijuana caregiver business, there were very few places I felt safe. There is a certain amount of paranoia that comes with stepping into grey areas of the law. I’m sure you have been in a situation of uneasiness before, such as taking a pack of gum from the local grocery store as a kid. You know it’s wrong, but you do it anyway. My uneasiness was searching online for anything related to marijuana. I knew anything could be tracked back to me on whatever subject I was researching, so the last thing I was going to do was leave a trail of bread crumbs for law enforcement. So I asked myself, “Who do I know?” I smirked a little, because I didn’t know anyone. But that’s not entirely true. I knew a couple of guys that were growers. I ran into one of them at our local hydroponic store. This is probably the only place you would run across people in the same business. You wouldn’t share this information with anyone in your personal life of how you know this individual. It was an unspoken code. I asked him if we could meet up for a drink.
That afternoon, I met him at a bar near my house. We started with a little small talk, and then I asked him if he knew of any lawyer he could refer me to. He didn’t, but he did say there were some attorneys advertising on the back of High Times. Back then, they focused on weed, women, and indoor gardening supplies. They also had a section for advertising, toward the last couple of pages, which would display contact information for professionals in marijuana, and other advisors. I know what you’re thinking, because I was thinking the same thing too. This seems like a really sketchy place to find an attorney, but I didn’t have too many options at the time. It was far better than using the Internet or calling some defense attorney out of the blue to see if they’re okay with discussing marijuana. It’s interesting how you start following a road and it eventually leads you to options. Now I had options—whether or not they were the right ones was something I had to figure out. So I decided to pick up the phone. It was difficult. It was kind of like calling a girl or boy for the first time. It’s pretty nerve-racking because you don’t know whether or not they will even remember who you are after you tell them who’s calling. What will you even say when they answer? Once I got over my fear of the phone, I actually found a few that were very easy to talk to.
To be continued…
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