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Highly Functional Stoner

In a brainstorming session at NW Cannabis Club in Portland Oregon, MJ Consulting President Michael Davis and 2 fellow marketing collaborators coined the term Hf.S as an awarded title to individuals that possess the ability to function adequately in the business world. This because like it or not the business world will control this industry. And when they do it will be at their terms. So to maintain our control we have developed the title and award of Hf.S – Highly Functional Stoner. Some individuals possess the ability to consume cannabis all day and still accomplish their work tasks at an acceptable level. We are not advocating that these persons could not be judged to be “under the influence” from a legal standpoint but rather they can and do complete detailed tasks in a manner deemed successful. As such we are taking no legal responsibility for others actions but rather they should be deemed Highly Functional Stoners that can understand and follow directions. This title will identify someone immediately to persons in “The World” that we can and do function very well in their realm. The implications can be numerous but everyone needs money to not only survive but also flourish and prosper. The Pacific Northwest Cannabis Industry Leaders Group – www.PNWCIL.com would oversee the qualifications and awarding of this honorary title with all the subsequent benefits of being a “Highly Functional Stoner”. Application for consideration of Hf.S title are being taken now. Click the button below to submit...

MJ Mike’s – The Coffee Shop

Oregonians love their coffee and why wouldn’t they. Portland was declared the Number One “Best Coffee City” by Time Magazine the last 2 years. I couldn’t believe that it beat out Seattle really. I thought I was a coffee connoisseur when I was back in Texas. I knew what a good cup of coffee was. When I moved here and found the roasters I’ve met and doing business with I see now why Portland is Number One. MJ Mikes has developed a relationship with two major coffee roasters here in the Portland, Oregon area to provide an exclusive private labeled brand. This private labeled brand is either branded with the MJ Mikes logo or your own exclusive brand for your cannabis store. The coffee is roasted, and if ground then either infused with cannabis oil extract or not and then packaged here as our private labeled coffee ready for sale. Own Your Own Coffee Bar! Typically, starting a coffee shop or pop up cafe is cost prohibitive. But not with MJ Consulting! We help place a customized coffee bar in your medical marijuana dispensary or recreational cannabis store. Learn more by visiting MJ Mike’s Coffee Shop or calling us...
Finding Real Estate for a Dispensary

Finding Real Estate for a Dispensary

By Kerry Blasdel Note: This is the second in a two-part column on real estate issues for existing MMJ businesses. The hunt for MMJ dispensary and recreational retail real estate can be difficult, complex, and time consuming. It is more burdensome to find and pre-qualify property in the MMJ industry than in almost any other commercial industry, due to many restrictions imposed by both local and state governments. Often, MMJ business owners state that “it took forever to find a building.” Business owners start out their search being picky about a location, but soon find out there is no way to be picky and must accept the locations that are offered. Be prepared for this possibility. 1. Pre-Qualifying a Location After you have chosen a geographic area, be aware that both the state and local jurisdiction have current laws in effect which allow your business. This all comes down to one word: Zoning! Go to the local Planning Department and understand the local land use laws (aka zoning) . Usually you will find only a few zones in which your business would be allowed. See where they exist on the zoning map, and narrow your search to these areas only. No other areas are even worth looking at. Next, if the jurisdiction requires this, you must identify nearby ‘sensitive use locations’ and be certain distances away from them. These may include schools, churches, recovery or addiction centers, other dispensaries, public parks, etc. These sensitive use parameters often knock out good locations, so be prepared. 2. Pre- Qualifying a Property Within the designated zones, find available properties and property types....

Is Section 280E Unconstitutional?

There is also a case to be made that the application of Section 280E against cannabis businesses violates the 10th Amendment to the U.S.  Constitution. The legal state approved cannabis businesses are being targeted by the federal government for excessive taxation. By definition the 10th Amendment specifically mentions the federal government possesses only those powers delegated to it by the Constitution. All remaining powers are reserved for the states or the people. This aspect can and should be adjudicated in a court of law as 280E applied to cannabis operations is unconstitutional. Further, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that the federal government has a right to regulate and criminalize the sale and use of marijuana, even when a state’s laws permit marijuana to be used for medical purposes. For example, in Gonzales vs. Raich, 2005 where California had passed a law legalizing marijuana for medical use, the Supreme Court held that the Commerce Clause gave Congress authority to prohibit the local cultivation and use of marijuana, despite state law to the contrary. In the 1981 case Edmondson vs. Commissioner a drug dealer was busted, and then audited. The IRS wanted to tax him on the unreported income from his drug-related activities. He countered that, if he was to be taxed on the income, then he should be allowed to deduct his expenses, including travel expenses, and the purchase of an accurate scale. The Tax Court allowed the deductions. So in 1982 Congress passed Section 280E of the IRS Code which states: No deduction or credit shall be allowed for any amount paid or incurred during the taxable year in...