Weed Wonks Podcast: Metrc Chief Strategy Officer Lewis Koski

Earlier this year, Germany became the first European country to legalize cannabis for adult use, sparking excitement across the continent and around the cannabis world. The latest episode of our Weed Wonks podcast examines what legal marijuana will look like in Europe’s largest economy and how it will compare to the U.S.

Strategies 64 partner Jordan Wellington hosts Metrc Chief Strategy Officer and former Colorado cannabis regulator Lewis Koski to discuss insights he gained from a recent trip to Germany. They look at some of its unique features, such as cannabis cultivation clubs, and what the country can learn from—and teach—other jurisdictions. They also look back at the early days of legalization in Colorado, where both of them held positions in the Marijuana Enforcement Division of the state Department of Revenue.

Weed Wonks Podcast: Tax Attorney Nick Richards of Greenspoon Marder LLP

In the latest episode of Weed Wonks, Strategies 64’s Jordan Wellington talks to tax attorney Nick Richards, partner and co-chair of the Cannabis Law practice at Greenspoon Marder LLP, about how tax policy affects the future of cannabis.

The promise of marijuana tax revenue was a key selling point for legalization, and it continues to be a major policy issue for the regulated cannabis industry. It is also a pain point for many businesses, as well as the consumers they serve. Jordan and Nick take a deep dive into the tax policies surrounding cannabis and what a lack of federal guidance has meant for the cannabis industry.

The Weed Wonks podcast is produced by Strategies 64 in conjunction with our partners at Rootwurks.

Strategies 64 leaders to speak at AICPA & CIMA Cannabis Industry Conference

Join Strategies 64 partners Christian Sederberg and Jordan Wellington at the AICPA & CIMA Cannabis Industry Conference August 12–14 in Denver and Aurora, Colorado (along with the option to participate online). Christian and Jordan will be featured on a panel titled, “High Stakes: Accounting for the Shifting Cannabis Landscape,” where they will discuss regulatory issues in states with emerging and mature cannabis markets.

The conference will address a variety of issues with implications for accounting professionals serving legal cannabis businesses, including 280E litigation and the potential impact of DEA rescheduling. Senior IRS Counsel will also be on hand to discuss tax challenges for cannabis businesses.

The Association for International Certified Professional Accountants (AICPA) and the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) have helped shape the accounting profession for over a century. They came together as AICPA & CIMA to forge a powerful international alliance that promotes accounting and finance in every corner of the world, according to their website.

Registration for the conference is now open online.

Weed Wonks Podcast: Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commissioner Kimberly Roy

The latest episode of Weed Wonks features Kimberly Roy of the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission. Strategies 64’s Jordan Wellington talks with her about efforts to expand access to veterans and more broadly educate consumers about cannabis and related issues, such as the dangers of cannabis-impaired driving.

They discuss why it is important to be honest about the risks and take an evidence-based approach, without creating undue burdens on businesses and consumers. They also discuss cannabis testing, recent state-issued pardons for cannabis offenses, putting a stop to “the wild west of host community agreements,” and steps the commonwealth is taking to “level the playing field” for legal cannabis.

The Weed Wonks podcast is produced by Strategies 64 in conjunction with our partners at Rootwurks.

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