By Steve Elliott
It's just two weeks until Massachusetts releases its regulations for medical marijuana, and people interested in getting into the business gathered for a symposium in downtown Boston held by a national cannabis trade association.
Members of the National Cannabis Industry Association educated potential entrepreneurs on Saturday, reports Lynn Jolicoeur at WBUR.
"It's certainly not an easy business to be in," said NCIA Executive Director Aaron Smith. "If somebody thinks they're going to get in this and make a bunch of cash and get out without a lot of headaches, then they're wrong and they need to get involved in something else potentially."
"There's something altruistic in nature in being involved in this industry," agreed Ean Seeb, who runs a medical marijuana dispensary in Denver. "And if you're getting involved in it simply for the money, it's probably the wrong reason to be involved."
"You need to be fully aware of the possible repercussions of what could happen as a result of you being involved in the industry," Seeb said. "On the other side, the number one reason to be involved is because, at least for us, we want to be on the right side of history."
Draft regulations governing medical marijuana will be released by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health at the end of March.