WORKING THROUGH THE MAZE OF CANNABIS COMPLIANCE AND BUSINESS ISSUES
Stay educated and make wise use of professional services:
Professionals (Attorneys, Accountants, Bookkeepers, Environmental Evaluators, Consultants and Contractors) are all potentially very helpful and may even be necessary in some situations. You can keep costs down and make the best decisions about which professionals you may need if you educate yourself about the rules and be sure to pick professionals who are willing to explain the step by step processes and allow you to participate to the extent feasible. Also, be sure to understand WHAT professional is and is not capable of. Try to have a clear scope of work and expectations. If you hire an environmental consultant who is not a certified third party with the NCRWQCB, that may work out great, but they may not be able to submit as the third party on your behalf (something that is not necessary but may be desirable to you). At the same time, they may have the ability to evaluate a broader range of environmental issues and be able to assist you with aspects of process that a consultant who is a certified 3rd party with the NCRWQCB may not consider as a part of their scope of work. There are also some consultants who are certified with voluntary standards instead of required standards. All may be very helpful and desirable, but just make sure you understand the differences so you know what they can and will do for you. Likewise, some attorneys deal with both the legal and the logistical implementation, others do not. Some accountants are also bookkeepers and some are not. Many professionals are full service and are willing to coordinate with other professionals either that they provide or that you choose, just be clear about the scope of work.