More than 100 people interested in the business of legal cannabis attended a Press Herald event convened to help those budding entrepreneurs understand the state’s medical marijuana industry.
Providing expert advice were panelists Patricia Rosi, CEO of the Wellness Connection, a network of marijuana dispensaries; Peter Mourmouras, founder of Tax Doctor in Old Orchard Beach, an accountant who provides services to about 200 businesses involved in the legal cannabis industry; Catherine Lewis, board chair of the Medical Marijuana Caregivers of Maine; and Sen. Eric Brakey, chair of the legislative committee crafting reforms in the state’s medical marijuana industry. The discussion was moderated by Penelope Overton, the Press Herald reporter who covers marijuana news.
Among the takeaways:
• All the panelists agree there is enormous opportunity for growth within the medical marijuana industry in Maine, especially along its supply chain. While most of the discussion centers on dispensaries and caregivers, Mourmouras noted there is a growing need for other skilled professionals, including HVAC technicians, security, real estate agents, lawyers and lobbyists, accountants, consultants, software designers, packaging managers and more.
• Lewis said her