An attorney with teeth
To the feds, marijuana is still a Schedule I controlled substance, as illegal to traffic in as heroin or cocaine. Legal cultivation and sale are governed by state laws, which vary wildly, notes attorney Khurshid Khoja with Greenbridge Corporate Counsel in San Francisco. To sell medical cannabis in California, for example, you must belong to not-for-profit collective or a co-op of qualified patients that have a doctor's recommendation. In Colorado you can sell medical cannabis for profit, but you must grow at least 70 percent of it yourself. Some states allow you to advertise, some don't. Some have strict regulatory environments, others are more relaxed. Bottom line: You'll want to consult a sativa-savvy legal eagle to sort out all the rules.