Pinnacle Consultation’s Fowlkes Returns from Oregon Consults

By |March 17th, 2017|

With stops in St. Helens, Cornelius, South Beach, Hebo, Portland, Dayton and Gaston, Kris Fowlkes, director of commercial operations at Pinnacle Consultation (PinnacleConsultationInc.com), was on the go during a recent ten-day trip to provide that one-on-one personal attention for which Pinnacle Consultation is known. Pinnacle Consultation, a Colorado-based cannabusiness consulting firm, has seen its Oregon client base […]

Security Violations: What to Look For

By |February 27th, 2017|

Security and surveillance system issues are often found during reviews of other non-related infractions. An incident at your dispensary, processing facility or cultivation site can bring a visit from local fire and health inspectors as well as state and federal investigators.  One of the first things they will want to do is review your  surveillance system. The review of […]

Minnesota MMJ Workers Ratify Union Agreement

By |February 24th, 2017|

On Jan. 12 MMJ workers at Minnesota Medical Solutions in South St. Paul (Minn.) ratified a new, three-year union agreement. The workers are represented by United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 1189. Minnesota Medical Solutions is a Vireo Company.

It includes:

annual wage increases for all employees
progression increases
additional pay for new lead positions
premiums when training […]

MED Onsite?

By |February 22nd, 2017|

Compliance violations can devastate a cannabusiness. Penalties range from revocation of licenses to fines. Before the MED pops in on your dispensary, grow, or processing facility, have Pinnacle Consultation perform a compliance audit.

Common violations include:

Failing underage compliance checks
Record-keeping/METRC compliance issues
Inadequate camera coverage
Inadequate security for recording devices
Failing to disclose all […]

Tax Check List

By |February 13th, 2017|

As December 31 fades in the rearview mirror and another year appears in the headlights, it’s time to think ahead to 2017 Tax Season. The Tax Man will be here sooner than you think.

While reviewing year-end financials, keep these things in mind:
Cash
Count your cash

When thinking of the cannabis industry, one thinks of cash. And lots of it, […]

The Tax Man Cometh

By |February 12th, 2017|

The Tax Man cometh, and cometh and cometh. At least that’s how it feels in cannabis Colorado. The Internal Revenue Service is auditing some 30 cannabusiness pioneers for tax years 2014 and 2015 because of the cash nature of the industry.

Uncle Sam has a way of keeping track of drug (expect pharmaceuticals) money with IRS […]

Drug Test Tips

By |February 3rd, 2017|

Marijuana might be legal for medical or recreational consumption in more tha half the United States, but requiring a drug test and terminating an employee because of results is still in the hands of the employer.
Tips for Workers

Know how marijuana works in the body.
Review company policy regarding marijuana use.
Company policies trump personal rights to use.
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Drug Test Tips

By |December 16th, 2016|

Marijuana might be legal for medical or recreational consumption in more than half the United States, but requiring a drug test and terminating an employee because of results is still in the hands of the employer.
Drug Test Tips
Tips for Workers

Know how marijuana works in the body.
Review company policy regarding marijuana use.
Company policies trump personal rights to use.
Consider a […]

Election Day 2016: 420 Ballot Issues

By |November 7th, 2016|

As Election Day 2016 nears, marijuana activists are assuring cannabis gets its day in the sun and on the ballot. And whether you counting 13, 8 0r 5 states, marijuana will be on the ballot this fall.
Election Day 2016
Arizona – The Arizona Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act would legalize the possession of up to one […]

Arizona Congressman Gallego Supports MJ Initiative

By |November 4th, 2016|

Arizona Congressman Ruben Gallego, (D), an Iraq War veteran, said he supports the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol initiative, the state marijuana-legalization initiative. Gallego represents Arizona’s Seventh Congressional District which includes central and south Phoenix as well as western Maricopa County communities.
“I am proud to support this initiative, as it represents a far more sensible approach to marijuana […]