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Understanding Medical Marijuana Business Laws

The cultivation, manufacture and sale of marijuana is illegal according to Federal law, even in Montana, where the people have passed initiatives allowing for medical marijuana in two separate elections. The key is minimizing the risk, on both state and federal levels. The medical marijuana business industry offers exciting potential for a prosperous business in Montana.

Whether you are interested in starting a dispensary or you have questions about the business you are currently running, it's important that you work with a knowledgeable and seasoned attorney. At Young Law Office PLLC, I offer clients the insight and experience you need to ensure your business is and remains compliant with the ever-changing Montana medical marijuana laws. I am acknowledged as one of the few lawyers who are well-versed in the practice of medical marijuana compliance. I have presented seminars to other lawyers and participated in a panel discussion at the first Montana Medical Marijuana Convention in 2018.

A. Navigating The New Terrain

As a relatively new field with relatively new laws, there are still issues that need to be worked out. Licensure, METRC compliance, inspection preparation and communication with the Department of Public Health and Human Services Marijuana program are vital and are areas with which I can help your business. Compliance can be convoluted for everyone involved, which is why it's important to work with an attorney who has experience in this new practice area.

In addition to criminal liability risks, there are also civil liability risks. If the Department of Public Health and Human Services visits your facility and finds a problem, they could charge you with an administrative misdemeanor. This could lead to a fine, license revocation or even jail time.

Any type of civil noncompliance could result in a state or federal investigation. While the police might not be interested in pursuing legal action against minor issues, those minor infractions could be enough to make them continue to visit your facility on a regular basis.

B. Understanding The Law Is Key To Compliance

The state laws on medical marijuana are constantly changing, expanding and evolving. In order to keep your business safe and successful, you need to work with an attorney who stays informed of all upcoming and potential changes in the cannabis laws to reduce the risk of criminal or civil liability to your business. A critical component to avoiding criminal liability is to have a comprehensive understanding of the laws.

It's also important to understand that Montana laws are specific to Montana - it doesn't matter what other states are doing. I understand that it can be difficult to hear that something you are doing is considered illegal when you meant no harm or malice, but it's critical that you keep your business practice in line with the law, no matter how irrelevant it may seem.

C. Keep Your Business Compliant By Talking To An Attorney

It's always smart to call an attorney even if you just have a few questions. Attorneys are trained in interpreting statutes and the law, and that helps you keep your business compliant and successful.

Call us today at 406-219-8264 to set up an initial consultation. You can also reach me through email.

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