Marijuana 101: Businesses owners hosting pot class

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by JAKE WHITTENBERG / KING 5 NEWS

KREM.com

Posted on March 4, 2014 at 9:36 PM

Updated Tuesday, Mar 4 at 10:42 PM

With Washington State preparing to enter uncharted territory by issuing first ever recreational Marijuana licenses, one group is educating the public about how to be successful.

The Coalition for Cannabis Standards & Ethics is hosting a series of classes starting in April, to teach growers, processors and users about the reality of owning a business.

"There is a lot of bad information out there," says John Davis, long time businessman and medical marijuana dispensary owner. "We've fought the gorilla war, and we knows what works and what doesn't."

Davis will teach one class about how to navigate the permitting process and how to work with a bank.

"You can do it, but its a skill and that can be taught," he says.

Classes are open to the public and begin April 5 with "Processing Facilities and Cannabis Infused Production under 502." The cost for the three courses is $250.

Davis also hopes to learn from early success found in Colorado, where marijuana businesses report long lines and big money during the opening days of recreational marijuana sales.

While Davis sees success long term, he says Washington State could get off to a rocky start.

"We need better infrastructure and more experience," he says. "We're going to have to go in and make some changes.  But eventually you are going to have legitimacy."

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