CHICAGO - For $350 this Saturday, interested parties will be welcomed into the Midwest CannaBusiness Symposium & Networking Reception, put on by the National Cannabis Industry Association at the downtown Embassy Suites. With the legalization of medical marijuana this year in Illinois, a whole new, smooth industry is about to open up statewide.
There will be a panel with pot experts on Dispensary, Cultivation, and Infused Product Operations, as well Support & Services for the Emerging Cannabis Industry - all in the name of helping medically-challenged Illinoisans that seek relief through cannabis treatment.
After a keynote presentation at lunch, another panel on State Policy and Governmental Relations will feature four experts, including the sponsor and main cannabis advocate in the Illinois House, State Rep. Lou Lang (D-Chicago).
What kind of restrictions can employers legally demand on their employees? Should there be a minimum age range on who can ingest pot - medical or otherwise? And then there are practical issues that are rarely brought up as a state considers legalizing - in distribution, quality control and finances.
For instance, in Colorado, Democrat Rep. Ed Perlmutter wants to make the banking industry more pot-friendly by immunizing banks from prosecution by federal authorities if they handle money from marijuana businesses operating in compliance with their state laws.
Because marijuana is illegal under federal law, business owners find that they can’t open a checking account at a national bank, or qualify to accept credit card payments.