About Cannabis Hill Consulting

What exactly is Cannabis Hill Consulting?

Cannabis Hill Consulting delivers a set of comprehensive consulting services to the cannabis industry  including

  • licensing
  • regulation and compliance
  • cultivation
  • retail operations
  • facility design and construction
  • expansion of existing business

How much does it cost to start a cannabis business?

Depending whether you want to start as a cultivation, dispensary or  manufacturer or with two or more licenses the cost can vary. Depending on the state the cost can vary from $10,000 to $250,000 for application and licensing alone. If you are interested in a specific cost along with more information please call at 530-636-1934 or send an email inquiry to [email protected]

What are the most important factors in considering starting in the cannabis industry?

We recommend to first consider which area of the cannabis industry you are most interested in; cultivation, retail, manufacturing, extraction or any blend of these. Next take into consideration the amount of investment capital you have available to invest and wether or not you want to have partners involved. We can help you understand these and other options to consider. For more information please call at 530-636-1934 or send an email inquiry to [email protected]

What is the best fit as far as being a client of Cannabis Hill Consulting?

We believe the best fit for our company, as the best fit for you and your company would be one built on trust and integrity.  We look for people with experience as an entrepreneurs, the ability to execute step by step plans and access to capital large enough to support their vision. Once we are able to understand your vision, capabilities and capital access, we go to task presenting the potential strategic possibilities and time-frames to complete each of the components and what the financial output will be.

How do I contact Cannabis Hill Consulting?

You can either email us at [email protected] or call 530-636-1934.

How long will it take for me to open a business in the cannabis industry?

This question depends on what type of business you would like to open and the state you are going to be licensed in. We work with companies across the US and can provide more information to you on a phone call. Contact us at  [email protected] or call 530-636-1934.

What does Science say about the medical use of marijuana?

Americans for Safe Access is a non profit organization which provides patients and doctors many resources on the science of marijuana for medical use, including a selection of booklets on the use of marijuana for medical use to treat specific conditions. Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s article at CNN writes an article on why he changed his mind to becoming a strong supporter of marijuana for medical use after researching the issue in depth.

Can Cannabis Hill Consulting help me get a medical marijuana card?

Cannabis Hill Consulting doesn’t sell marijuana nor do we provide services for consumers to acquire a medical marijuana card. We can tell you that the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, NORML, which is a powerful lobby group, provides information on their website which lists which ailments are acceptable based on your state. Here is the site www.NORML.org.

How can I get started in the cannabis industry?

This depends where you (or partners if applicable) would like to enter the industry based on your experience.  Do you enjoy or have experience in cultivation, would you rather start in the retail side of the business or would you rather be involved in the manufacturing side of the business. You may even want to do two of these components simultaneously. If you are unsure, we can assist you in deciding what is best for you and your team after an initial conversation

When calculating costs for my cultivation what costs should I consider?

Costs to consider are lighting, electrical, nutrients and soil, hardware, HVAC units, pumps, plumbing, trays, filters, licensing, vendors and trim machine to name a few. Additionally, you will most likely need to upgrade/increase your power source to support some of these items.

With the expansion of more recreational states will the large players dominate the industry?

As of 2017 there already are some very large companies involved in the cannabis industry.  Some states allow companies to be involved from ‘seed to sale’ and are fully vertically integrated while others limit the licenses any one company can have to three (3). Some states don’t allow a company to be a processor and/or producer simultaneously. These rules allow companies to compete even if they are small in an open market. Boutique type cultivators, retailers and manufactures exist in the majority of the legal states.

Does Cannabis Hill Consulting provide and option to visit my facility in out of state locations?

Our team will travel to your facility and train you and your team, if it is desired. We truly enjoy working with clients and believe that face to face is a great way to train and transfer knowledge and information. After our initial consultation is wrapped up clients have a much stronger understanding of how to approach the business, what is expected and the overarching approach which will be executed, step by step.

Does Cannabis Hill Consulting work with smaller clients which may only require small amounts of consulting at a time?

We understand that some companies may only require specific blocks of time dedicated to specific areas of the cannabis industry. It is with this understanding that we stand by your side. Whether your company is large or small, we will deliver what is needed in order for your company to take advantage of the opportunity and help you become successful.

Can my company and Cannabis Hill Consulting work together legally if we are in different states?

Yes we can because Cannabis Hill Consulting does not buy, sell or distribute product. We offer our clients experience and expertise in the cannabis industry which provides valuable insight based on know how.

Does my state allow me to open a cannabis business here?

Below is a list of States where cannabis sales and production are legal currently. Keep in mind new states are becoming legal more frequently for medicinal and recreational use. Choices of where to start are important and there are other factors to consider in making an educated and informed decision. We can step you through the considerations.

  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • DC (District of Columbia)
  • Delaware
  • Hawaii
  • Illinois
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Montana
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • Oregon
  • Rhode Island
  • Vermont
  • Washington

Does using marijuana lead to harder drugs?

According to the National Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Medicine’s 1999 report, Marijuana and Medicine: Assessing the Science Base:

“There is no conclusive evidence that the drug effects of marijuana are causally linked to the subsequent abuse of other illicit drugs … There is no evidence that marijuana serves as a stepping stone on the basis of its particular physiological effect … Instead, the legal status of marijuana makes it a gateway drug.”

Is marijuana more dangerous than tobacco?

In a word: no. Marijuana is not more dangerous than tobacco. Research has shown that marijuana causes far less harm than tobacco.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, tobacco was responsible for 435,000 deaths in 2000, or nearly 1,200 deaths per day. On the other hand, marijuana has never caused a fatal overdose in more than 5,000 years of recorded use.

It is important to note that the act of smoking anything is harmful to the lungs, and in this regard, marijuana is not completely benign. According to Understanding Marijuana (2002), by Mitch Earleywine, marijuana smokers sometimes exhibit symptoms similar to those experienced by tobacco smokers — coughing, wheezing, and bronchitis.

However, these harms can be minimized by ingesting marijuana orally, with devices known as vaporizers, or by using higher-potency marijuana, which reduces the harms associated with smoking while still delivering marijuana’s medical benefits.

Other research shows that daily marijuana use does not lead to increased rates of respiratory illness, and that smoking both tobacco and marijuana is worse than smoking just one.

Unlike tobacco, research has never shown that marijuana increases rates of lung cancer or other cancers usually associated with cigarette smoking. In a 10-year, 65,000-patient study conducted at the Kaiser-Permanente HMO and published in 1997, cigarette smokers had much higher rates of cancer of the lung, mouth, and throat than non-smokers, but marijuana smokers who didn’t smoke tobacco had no such increase. And in May 2006, Dr. Donald Tashkin of UCLA presented results of a new study showing that even very heavy marijuana smokers had no increased risk of lung cancer.

Has anyone ever died from marijuana?

In all of recorded medical literature, no one has ever died from a marijuana overdose.

In 2001, a detailed examination of the health and psychological effects of marijuana use from the National Drug and Alcohol Centre at the University of New South Wales in Australia noted that marijuana “makes no known contribution to deaths and a minor contribution to morbidity [illness].”

In a 1998 editorial, The Lancet, an esteemed British medical journal, wrote, “On the medical evidence available, moderate indulgence in cannabis has little ill-effect on health.”

Can marijuana cause other life-threatening health problems?

According to the National Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Medicine’s 1999 report, Marijuana and Medicine: Assessing the Science Base, “Epidemiological data indicate that in the general population marijuana use is not associated with increased mortality.”

How much does marijuana prohibition cost?

By adding law enforcement costs and depriving governments of the revenue that could be gained by taxing marijuana sales, prohibition costs U.S. taxpayers $41.8 billion per year, according to a 2007 estimate by public policy researcher Jon B. Gettman, Ph.D. The report, “Lost Taxes and Other Costs of Marijuana Laws,” is based primarily on government estimates of the U.S. marijuana supply, prices, and arrests.

A more conservative 2005 estimate by Harvard University economist Dr. Jeffrey Miron is still staggering at $10-$14 billion per year. See www.prohibitioncosts.org for more information.

Wouldn’t repealing marijuana prohibition make it easier for teens to buy marijuana?

Marijuana prohibition has not prevented a dramatic increase in marijuana use by teenagers. In fact, the overall rate of marijuana use in the U.S. has risen by roughly 4,000% since marijuana was first outlawed in 1937, and independent studies by RAND Europe and the U.S. National Research Council have reported that marijuana prohibition appears to have little or no impact on rates of use.

Prohibition may actually increase teen access to marijuana. Sellers of regulated products like tobacco and alcohol can be fined or lose their licenses if they sell to minors. Prohibition guarantees that marijuana dealers are not subject to any such regulations. Drug dealers don’t ask for ID.

Countries that have reformed their marijuana laws have not seen an increase in teen use. Since Britain ended most marijuana possession arrests in 2004, the rate of marijuana use by 16- to-19-year-olds (the youngest group included in government drug use surveys) has dropped. In the Netherlands, where adults have been allowed to possess and purchase small amounts of marijuana from regulated businesses since 1976, the rate of marijuana use by adults and teens is lower than in the U.S.

For more information, please see:

Effective Arguments for Advocates of Regulating and Taxing Marijuana

Medical Marijuana

People with cancer, glaucoma, AIDS or HIV, Crohn’s disease, hepatitis C, and multiple sclerosis have found relief by using marijuana. Marijuana is also used to treat cachexia, anorexia, and wasting syndrome; severe or chronic pain or nausea; seizure disorders (such as epilepsy); arthritis; migraines; and agitation of Alzheimer’s disease.


Why not wait for more research before making marijuana legally available as a medicine?

There are several reasons:

  1. The federal government is actively blocking research into marijuana’s use as a medicine. In fact, several researchers have filed lawsuits against the federal government, charging it with obstruction for failing to act on an application for approval to grow high-potency, research-grade marijuana at a university facility in Massachusetts. The researchers who filed suit are barred from obtaining research-grade marijuana from other countries, and the poor quality of the federal government’s marijuana makes it unfeasible to use in research; thus, without the ability to grow it for themselves, they are unable to conduct research into marijuana’s medical use.
  2. There already is ample evidence that marijuana has medical uses.
  3. Even if more research was needed, patients using marijuana should not face arrest and imprisonment while waiting for the results of research that tells them what they already know: marijuana has anti-nausea, anti-spasticity, and appetite-stimulating effects, among many others, that lead to a better quality of life for seriously or chronically ill patients.
  4. In thousands of years of recorded use, marijuana has never been known to cause an overdose death. In fact, it is physically impossible to die from an overdose of marijuana. In comparison, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism has reported over 300 deaths per year from accidental alcohol poisoning.
  5. Similarly, long-term marijuana use has never been shown to increase the risk of death or shorten life-expectancy, while the CDC reported in 2004 that excessive alcohol consumption is the third leading cause of death in the U.S., resulting in roughly 76,000 deaths from liver damage, cancers, violence and other causes.

If patients were allowed to use medical marijuana, wouldn’t non-medical use increase too?

According to the National Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Medicine’s 1999 report, Marijuana and Medicine: Assessing the Science Base:

“There is a broad social concern that sanctioning the medical use of marijuana might increase its use among the general population. At this point there are no convincing data to support this concern. The existing data are consistent with the idea that this would not be a problem if the medical use of marijuana were as closely regulated as other medications with abuse potential. … [T]his question is beyond the issues normally considered for medical uses of drugs and should not be a factor in evaluating the therapeutic potential of marijuana or cannabinoids.

“No evidence suggests that the use of opiates or cocaine for medical purposes has increased the perception that their illicit use is safe or acceptable.”

“No evidence suggests that the use of opiates or cocaine for medical purposes has increased the perception that their illicit use is safe or acceptable.”

No. Since the passage of California’s medical marijuana law (Proposition 215) in 1996, marijuana use among youth has declined significantly.

Shouldn’t we go through the FDA approval process instead of passing medical marijuana bills and initiatives?

In its 1999 report on medical marijuana, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) commented on the difficulty of doing marijuana research: “Some drugs, such as marijuana, are labeled as Schedule I in the Controlled Substances Act, and this adds considerable complexity and expense to their clinical evaluation. … In short, development of the marijuana plant is beset by substantial scientific, regulatory, and commercial obstacles and uncertainties.”

As is mentioned by the IOM, the FDA’s bureaucratic approval process would take many years and cost millions — and possibly billions — of dollars. Because the marijuana plant cannot be patented, there is no economic incentive for pharmaceutical companies to invest in getting FDA approval for marijuana. Seriously ill people who find relief through marijuana (and whose doctors approve its use) should not be forced to face arrest while waiting for this process to start or be completed.

What major organizations support medical marijuana?

  • American Medical Association
  • American College of Physicians
  • American Nurses Association
  • American Public Health Association
  • Lymphoma Foundation of America
  • Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
  • Epilepsy Foundation
  • American Academy of HIV Medicine
  • National Multiple Sclerosis Society
  • Episcopal Church
  • Presbyterian Church USA
  • Consumer Reports magazine
  • American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees

And many, many more …

All either support legal access to medical marijuana or have directly acknowledged that marijuana can have legitimate medical uses. (The American Medical Association, formerly opposed to medical marijuana, officially changed its position to neutral in 1997; the AMA endorses a physician’s right to discuss marijuana therapy with patients.)

Setting up & Managing Your Account Access

Once I become a client how do I get access to the information my team will need?

Once your company becomes a client of ours we will provide your team user ID’s and passwords to access the information we will need to share so it is updated in real-time while also providing 128-bit encryption for all of our sensitive information.