- Published on Thursday, 26 January 2012
- Written by THCbiz Staff
WASHINGTON D.C. — Today, in anticipation of providing sick residents of Washington D.C. with medical marijuana by summer 2012, a local law firm announced an unprecedented organizing opportunity for medical marijuana advocates seeking to offer safe access to the cannabis to qualifying patients.
The Washington DC Medical Marijuana Symposium will be the first time applicants for medical marijuana dispensary and cultivation center permits in the District gather in person to discuss best practices and challenges that come with providing cannabis under the new program. Most of the businesses and individuals who submitted the 45 applications are expected to be in attendance.
It has been nearly 14 years since the residents of the District voted overwhelmingly to allow for safe access to cannabis for sick individuals. Under the D.C. law, doctors will write medical marijuana recommendations for patients who suffer from painful and debilitating health conditions such as cancer, multiple sclerosis, HIV/AIDS, glaucoma, or are undergoing certain treatments such as chemotherapy. Regulation and oversight under the program will be among the strictest in the country.
“This symposium is a business planning opportunity for professionals committed to helping the sick residents of the District have safe access to the medicine they deserve,” said Jason Klein, attorney and organizer of the symposium. “These businesses will be under a microscope,” he added, saying that “compassion drives them, but compliance will keep their doors open.”
The symposium is a private event and will be held on February 2nd, 2012 at the Hyatt Regency – Capitol Hill in Washington DC. Speakers and topics for discussion will include:
• Jason Klein, Esq. discussing compliance and regulations the District law;
• Steve Cromwell, CPA (Cromwell and Associates, LLC) discussing IRS strategies, best practices, and audit preparation
• Kobie Flowers, Esq. (The Flowers Law Firm) discussing federal criminal law and how to prepare and protect yourself from scrutiny from federal law enforcement.
• Margarita Dilone (Crystal Insurance Agency) discussing insurance coverage and protecting your investment