Partially lost in the glare of last week's election results was the successful performance of a number of marijuana-related ballot initiatives. In California, Massachusetts, and Nevada voters approved recreational marijuana ballot measures. In three other states, including Florida, medical marijuana initiatives were approved. The addition of new states to the existing roster of jurisdictions de-criminalizing marijuana has made the questions related to the business aspects of marijuana a much wider-ranging concern. At an event Monday evening, November 14th, the Adam Smith Society's chapter at the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School sought to find some answers.
Smith Soc Wharton hosted a four-person panel discussion on the business aspects of marijuana legalization, as well as the public policy and public health concerns. The panelists were: Marques Moore, the COO of MMJ America, a Colorado marijuana retailer; Christian Sederberger, a partner at Vicente Sederberg LLC, whose practice provides legal advice and assistance to entrepreneurs in the marijuana industry; Corey Welford, VP at CTP Boston, a digital PR and communications agency, who was involved in the anti-marijuana Campaign for a Safe and Healthy Massachusetts; and Ken Sabet, President and CEO of SAM, Smart Approaches to Marijuana.
Bottom photo (from left): Adam Yaari (Wharton chapter leadership), Christian Sederberger, Zoe Hoster (Wharton chapter leadership), Ken Sabet, Marques Moore, Corey Welford.