How to Find a Good Medical Marijuana Consultant

Written by Small Business Magazine on May 27, 2016. Posted in Investing in the cannabis industry, Marijuana consulting services

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Finding a good marijuana consultant can be difficult. It has been a very popular way to get start a medical marijuana business without having to open an entire dispensary but because of how much easier is it to get started there, it can tend to attract under qualified people. Less than honest people involved in medical marijuana consulting charge a lot of money for information that you could basically find on the Internet. However, there are some great consultants out there that can really help you out, if you know what you are looking for. Here is what you should do if you are looking for someone good in the medical marijuana consulting field.

  1. Review Past Clientele
    A great way to see if a medical marijuana consulting agent is what you are looking for is to look over their past clients. You can ask the consultant themselves about their relationship with each person and if possible, contact them yourself in order to find out what they liked or disliked about working with this particular consultant. Don’t feel bad about doing this- it’s not much different than an employer looking up references for a potential hire. Real client reviews are the best way to find out about someone. You can see what the general consensus is after talking to several of them and comparing their reviews. There is bound to be a common thread through all of them, you’ll just have to pick out what that is.

  2. Consider Niche Cannabis Consultants
    A niche consultant is someone who is involved in medical marijuana consulting but focuses on a specific area rather than everything as a whole. If someone advertises themselves as an expert in all this cannabis related, they probably have a fair amount of knowledge in all areas but may not be helpful in one specific area. If you need consulting on legal issues for example, you could try finding a legal consultant rather than a marketing consultant. They would have done more research, more schooling and placed more focus on the legal side of marijuana in order to make sure that they are able to answer as many questions as possible without giving out false information.

  3. Make a Face to Face Appointment
    Before signing any kind of contract, you need to make sure that you will get good old fashioned face time with the consultant. If you are okay only dealing with the consultant over the Internet or phone, then fine but remember that it is a lot easier to have to be accountable for what you say when you are looking right at a person. A screen gives undue confidence for a lot of people. It’s just better all the way around to be able to sit with someone and see them properly without technology separating the two of you.

  4. Find Out Who They Do Business With
    There could be a conflict of interest if the consultant you are considering is also consulting with your competition. Also, there are some states that limit the amount of business licenses that they give out which means some businesses or consultants can end up spreading themselves too thin trying to work with everyone that contacts them. The main thing however is to make sure you are not doing business with a consultant who is doing business with your competition.

Most consultants do provide quality and valuable information within a reputable service so try not to get paranoid about the consultants that you find; simply be careful and take your time choosing. Every single one you meet is going to tell you than he or he is the best in the business but it’s up to you to weed through and pick the one that is going to be most suitable and beneficial to you. That’s really the key, just because one consultant isn’t what you are looking for, doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be consulting, it just means that they may work better with someone else. Make a list of what you are looking for in your ideal consultant and this will make it a little bit easier for you to decide when you have found someone that will work well with you.

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