The legalization of marijuana is just around the corner.
The market has been projected to be worth more than $10 billion. For some, that suggests the marijuana industry is going to be a gold rush – that is until you look inside.
It is a labyrinth of rules, regulations, background checks, banks that won’t give you an account, a reliance on investors and there are no guarantees you’ll get a license. The government won’t be propping you up; in fact it will be watching you very closely to ensure your products meet exacting standards and that everything you do conforms to the law.
There are, however, entrepreneurs who think it’s worth the risk. And risk is the operative word. Just because marijuana and the production of it will become legal in Canada, it doesn’t mean it’s legal anywhere else except Uruguay. The United States has already stated that if you work in or invest in marijuana you could be banned from entry to the US for life.
We invited medical marijuana entrepreneur Justin Dhaliwal to join us for a Conversation That Matters about the process, the risks and the benefits of obtaining a license to produce cannabis.
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