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Canna Advisors Ranked #1 Cannabis Consulting Company

We’ve been named #1 Cannabis Consulting Firm and were ranked #51 on the Cannabis Business Executive’s annual list of Top Ancillary Cannabis Companies. The list was compiled using reader surveys and research over the span of four months. Westword was quick to point out that Colorado-based companies dominated the list. See the full list.

Maine Works to Regulate Recreational Marijuana Program Despite Setbacks

Founding Partner Diane Czarkowski and David Boyer of the Marijuana Policy Project, discuss Maine’s legislative setbacks and the impact on new industry startups and current dispensary operators and cultivators. The adult-use cannabis program is scheduled to be rolled out by February 2018, but both expect recreational businesses will not be up and running until summer. Read the article here.

What happened to Women Grow? Rapid growth, strategic changes contributed to contraction

What happened to Women Grow? Canna Advisors Founding Partner Diane Czarkowski weighs-in on the company’s initial intentions and where it stands today. The special report from Marijuana Business Daily includes interviews with some of the industry’s leading women cannabis executives who helped start the national entrepreneurial network. You can view the full article here.

Opening the Door to Success: Canna Advisors Offers Five Tips for Maryland Dispensary Winners

Maryland provisional license winners have a condensed window to prepare their retail dispensaries before final site inspections on December 21, 2017. Those who do not pass will be at risk of losing their licenses, as well as years of investment.

Tyler Stratford, Director of Client Operations at Canna Advisors offers these five tips.

  • Mobilize a design team and finish construction. Ensure workflow efficiency and security installation is implemented effectively in both the interior and exterior of the retail space.

  • Hire qualified staff and train them on-site. Provide them with an industry-specific Employee Handbook on your company and the newly regulated cannabis market.
  • Select, train, and implement POS software and cash management workflows well ahead of time, and secure banking relationships. Training should be completed one week prior to opening.
  • Prior to stocking initial inventory, have a soft opening. Invite friends, family, anyone who will give you an honest opinion. Then identify inefficiencies and implement changes so you have mitigated mistakes on opening day.
  • Have a third party audit your compliance before and after you open.

Canna Advisors secured provisional licenses for five licensees as well as the Wellness Institute of Maryland, the first state dispensary to pass inspection and open in early July.

“My advice to licensees is to be on-site. It’s the best way to spot check and learn about your company and business. The arena is ever-changing and you need to know the battleground,” stated Stratford.
With over 70 years of combined regulatory experience, Canna Advisors has played a fundamental role in the opening of the first cannabis businesses across six state markets, including: Alaska, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, Minnesota, and Nevada.

Winning Track Record Continues for Canna Advisors in Pennsylvania

Out of more than 500 applications, Canna Advisors secured three of 27 Pennsylvania provisional dispensary licenses. The firm’s winning history includes dozens of license wins spanning 20 competitive markets.

Canna Advisors continues to set new benchmarks for success with its professional team, offering more than 70 years of combined regulatory experience.

“Our customized application approach and experienced team gives our clients a competitive advantage. We are thrilled to represent these three qualified dispensary license winners as they embody the ethos of what a medical cannabis business should be — one dedicated to serving its community with quality medicine and exceptional customer service,” stated Founding Partner Jay Czarkowski.

Industry Perspective – Banking Burden

In the second episode of Industry Perspective, an innovative new series produced by Green Lion Partners, Founding Partners Diane and Jay Czarkowski discuss the industry’s Banking Burden, alongside Kyle Sherman of Flowhub. Watch the episode here.

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