Industry Experts to Discuss Arizona Medical Marijuana Regulations, Threats Against Program

Have questions about the nuances of Arizona’s marijuana dispensary program? Looking for advice that will help you start a successful cannabis business in the state? Want to discuss recent attempts by some Arizona officials to prevent the launch of dispensaries?

A panel of medical marijuana professionals will address all these issues tonight at an event in Phoenix hosted by the National Cannabis Industry Association. The gathering is specifically for cannabis professionals, entrepreneurs and others who are hoping to tap Arizona’s budding MMJ industry.

The panel includes two local lawyers – Lisa Hauser, the principal author of the state’s Medical Marijuana Act, and Ryan Hurley of the Rose Law Group – as well as two consultants, Ean Seeb of Denver Relief Consulting in Colorado and Kris Krane of 4Front Advisors in Arizona. (Hurley, Krane and another executive from Denver Relief will also participate in the upcoming National Marijuana Business Conference held by Medical Marijuana Business Daily.)

The event comes at an ideal time, as locals are hungry for information about everything from starting an MMJ operation to dealing with uncertainty over the future of the state’s cannabis program.

Arizona recently held a lottery to choose applicants that will be able to move forward with the dispensary licensing process. While that represented a huge step forward for medical marijuana in the state, a handful of key public officials – including state Attorney General Tom Horne and Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery – are trying to dismantle the program.

All eyes are now on several lawsuits working their way through the courts. The outcome of these cases, including one filed by White Mountain Health Center against Maricopa County and the Arizona Department of Health Services, will set the future direction of MMJ in the state.

Tonight’s panel discussion starts at 7 p.m. It will be held at The Vig Uptown, 6015 N. 16th Street, in Phoenix. Tickets cost $25 in advance and $40 at the door.