Are Ancillary Cannabis Professionals Being Targeted by Law Enforcement?
A recent spate of prosecutions targeting cannabis lawyers and other “ancillary” professional service providers is causing anxiety within cannabis business communities around the US. Who are these “ancillary” professionals and what do they do? Ancillary refers to any business related to the cannabis industry that does not directly “touch” the plant. For example, cannabis-related businesses that don’t buy, sell, grow or produce marijuana — such as technology companies or equipment manufacturers — are considered ancillary. Some also consider business service providers who support the successful, legal operation of cannabis businesses to be ancillary as well. Ancillary professional service providers can include lawyers, CPAs, payroll services, armored car services, etc.
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