Lawyers, CPAs team up to host marijuana business seminar

Budding marijuana businesses face changing rules and financial difficulties stemming from the plant’s federal status as an illegal drug. Resources open to other new businesses, such as Washington Small Business Development Centers, get federal funding and therefore can’t advise the marijuana industry. But resources are growing for marijuana entrepreneurs.

Bellingham legal pot experts are teaming up to host a seminar titled Strategies for Operating and Financing a Successful Marijuana Business, at 3 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 24, at the Chrysalis Inn in Bellingham.

The two-hour seminar will cover changes legal changes—including the recently passed Cannabis Patient Protection Act and Marijuana Market Reform Bill— licensing requirements, how to comply with city and county regulations, financing and valuation strategies, and federal and state taxation.

Lawyers Heather Wolf and Simon Brownlie, and accountants Wendy Wixson and Dean Guske, will speak at the event. They have all been advising marijuana businesses since legalization, according to a press release from the group.

Space is limited and the seminar’s hosts advice advance registration.

To learn more or register, go to

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