Archive for June, 2015
Within the next five years, the national legal cannabis market will have a worth of at least $10.2 billion — perhaps more, if more states join in legalizing cannabis. It’s no wonder then that so many entrepreneurs have sought to make their mark in the cannabis industry, leading not only to profits but to job creation and ties to community interests. In Colorado alone, for instance, the industry created between 7,500 and 10,000 jobs just in 2014, and more are on the way.
If you are thinking of starting a medical marijuana business, cultivating cannabis, or joining any other part of this rapidly expanding industry, you’ll need to prioritize the following four tasks before licensing a marijuana business.
Prepare for the Application’s Submission
Before you even think about licensing, you’ll need to fill out an application first. In 23 states and the District of Columbia, these applications are primarily for medical marijuana licenses. Just four states (Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, and Washington) have fully legalized cannabis to allow for recreational use, as well. In those four states, there are separate applications for medical and recreational cannabis business licenses.
Familiarize Yourself with the Request for Proposal Format
One of the most important tasks you’ll complete when licensing a marijuana business is writing up your business proposal. This proposal needs to be strong and comprehensive in order to get an approval from the state. If writing isn’t your strong suit, or if you are unsure about the format for the request for proposal (RFP), make sure to work with a cannabis consultant to get some sound advice.
Work with Industry and Out of Industry Experts
If you are filling out your application and developing your cannabis business proposal yourself, you may begin to feel burnt out by these daunting tasks. This, however, is the best time to look into hiring a cannabis consulting firm to help you make sense of the proposals and regulations for licensing a marijuana business. Whether you’re focused on cultivation or wholesale or you’re looking at marketing a retail space, a cannabis consultant can work with you every step of the way. In addition to industry experts, you might also reach out to others in your community who can help with branding, building clientele, and other common business practices.
Develop an Ongoing Plan for Working with Employees, Patients, and the Community
While some communities welcome the opportunity for new businesses to bring revenue to the town or city, others are a bit more resistant to change. You may need to attend town board hearings or work with cannabis consultants to determine where your business would best fit. In addition to working with the community and building a client base, you will also need to hire employees and make sure that they are fully trained. Having reputable and responsible workers means that your business will be less likely to draw scrutiny in your community.
Have more questions about getting a license for your cannabis business? Ask a consultant about what you need to do. The more advice you seek from industry experts, the better chance you’ll have at avoiding some of the pitfalls of the licensing process.
So you have an awesome new business, and you’ve planned every little detail out — down to the last perfectly-placed toilet paper roll holder and conveniently-placed dustbuster hanging on the wall. You know that customers expect cleanliness and organization, and you want to take pride in the business you’re running. But you may not have realized that customers are forming opinions of your business before they even step inside your store.
The truth is, the parking lot outside your business could be suffering — and even putting off customers — and you don’t even know it. The solution, obviously, is to find a trustworthy parking lot and street sweeping service to help you tidy up outside. And if you don’t believe us, here are a few rock-solid reasons why your business could benefit from sweeping services:
1. Streets and parking lots are filled with debris and pollutants — and it’s easy enough to clean them up when you can see the garbage hanging around, but the problem is that a lot of these pollutants are microscopic and can’t be seen. In one fell swoop, power sweeping services are able to pick up both large and microscopic pollutants.
2. Debris tends to collect on streets and in parking lots due to weather conditions — when it’s autumn, leaves pile up on the ground; when it’s winter, road salt and melting snow piles accumulate; in the springtime, heavy rainfall can lead to flooding; and in the summer, chemicals and pesticides used for farming and gardening management tend to make their way into crowded urban areas. Quite simply, it doesn’t matter where you live — every season presents a different reason for needing parking lot cleaning services.
3. Finally, maintaining a clean parking lot goes beyond just giving your business a good aesthetic quality — debris in the streets actually causes a lot of health and environmental risks when it’s not taken care of. When pollutants aren’t cleaned up, they can actually enter the air and pose serious risks to any humans, animals, and plants in the area. Your business can contribute to a healthier environment, one parking lot sweep at a time! Remember that no step is too small when it comes to preserving the health of future generations, and something as small as regular parking lot cleaning can really make a big difference.