Integrity Wins in Cannabis Accounting

Katye Maxson-Landis: “I have my ethics attorney on speed dial.”

By Liz Gold
CannaBizCPA.pro

Maxson-Landis

If you’re a CPA looking to get into the cannabis space, Katye Maxson-Landis, CPA, welcomes you. And she wants you to do your research.

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“Welcome to the most interesting accounting you’ll ever do. You can’t say that about accounting that often. This is interesting, thoughtful, investigatory accounting. Welcome to problem-solving like you’ve never seen. Get comfortable with being uncomfortable. Start building your professional network now. You need an ethics attorney. I have my ethics attorney on speed dial. I talk to that guy twice a month about clients.”

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Cannabiz Meets Intellectual Property Protection

Portrait of Carla Quisenberry
Quisenberry

The 4 main areas IP entails.

By Liz Gold
CannaBizCPA.Pro

Why is protecting your intellectual property important to cannabis business owners? Just ask Carla Quisenberry, an attorney with Miller Nash Graham and Dunn in Portland Oregon, about how she counsels her cannabis clients in protecting their IP assets, as well as helps cannabis clients with state licensing issues and related disputes.

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“I have been an intellectual property attorney for a number of years and part of my business is really helping small businesses protect those non-tangible assets like patents and trademarks,” she said. “The cannabis industry has been growing more sophisticated as the years go on here in Oregon and as these businesses are getting more sophisticated they're realizing the importance of these intellectual property assets.
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Why Jax Wheatley Shifted from LBGTQ to Cannabis Clients

Portrait of Jax Wheatley
Wheatley

They charge the same price for a cannabiz as for any other retailer.

By Liz Gold
CannaBizCPA.Pro

Jax Wheatley has a unique accounting firm brand. As owner of Rainbow Tax & Accounting in Milwaukee, Oregon, just south of Portland, their focus for many years had been addressing the unique and special tax needs for the queer and LBGTQ community. But when same-sex marriage became federally legal, the needs of their clients changed (many of their tax issues went away) and Wheatley started looking for a new niche to fill their practice.

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During that time, cannabis was becoming legalized in Oregon and Wheatley went for it.
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[PODCAST] The Cannabis CPA: Sean Robinson

CPA targets fast-growing business sectors facing common problems.

By Liz Gold
CannaBizCPA.Pro

For Sean Robinson, CPA, MBA, and founder of Tebaja Consulting LLC, his company is helping him answer his calling.

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Robinson spent a decade at Citigroup in various roles. During that time, he always had a fondness for his first role, which was managing several teams that supported and expedited the financial close process for private equity funds and venture capital investors.

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iComply Helping Cannabusinesses Stay Ahead of the Curve

Portrait of Mark Slaugh
Slaugh

When white collars and green collars come together.

By Liz Gold
CannaBizCPA.Pro

Mark Slaugh’s company, iComply, is experiencing triple growth year after year. Because as cannabis businesses get more sophisticated, their market’s regulators do as well.

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Through a mix of packages and training, iComply is helping cannabis businesses stay compliant by allowing them to choose a level of protection. This ranges from do-it-yourself compliance guidance to more comprehensive offerings.
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Green Bits: Helping Cannabis Retailers Stay Compliant

Portrait of Ben Curren
Curren

A POS that knows your local laws.

By Liz Gold
CannaBizCPA.Pro

After selling his former company, Outright, to GoDaddy in 2012, Ben Curren stayed at the company for a year and then started considering what he would do next. After listening to cannabis-related news and realizing the inventory problems that were emerging because of compliance, Curren got excited to tackle some of the issues plaguing many cannabis dispensaries.

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As a result, he jumped into the cannabis industry, leveraging his skills and background as an engineer at QuickBooks to create a new technology to help legal cannabis retailers stay compliant.
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[The Cannabis CPA] Laura Durham Finds Her Niche

Required of clients: a legal bank account or detailed cash logs.

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A proponent of marijuana since college, Laura Durham, CPA, went into private industry after a stint at Arthur Andersen. She worked at a beef company, a software company and later at a manufacturing company.

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It was during this time the course of her life changed.

Recently divorced, with primary custody of two children, she found herself overwhelmed by the demands of full-time corporate life. So, when a consultant colleague asked her if she’d consider going out on her own to help cannabusinesses in need, Durham gave it some thought and decided to go for it, launching Kind Accounting out of her home in Loveland, Colorado.

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[The Cannabis CPA] Matt Karnes, Greenwave Consultants

Listen to Karnes discuss the tsunami of institutional investors flooding the market.

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CannaBizCPA.Pro

By 2022, Matthew Karnes, CPA, said he expects every state in the country will have implemented either a medical-only or a fully legal cannabis market to reach $35 billion in retail sales.

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Karnes, who is founder of GreenWave Advisors, talks about his projections for the industry’s growth.

 

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[The Cannabis CPA] Cristina Garza, CannaComply

New accounting tech is at the heart of her practice.

By Liz Gold
CannaBizCPA.Pro

When Cristina Garza launched her cannabis accounting and payroll company, CannaComply, back in 2014, she wanted to make sure she understood the nuances and complexities of the industry.

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A new transplant to Denver, Garza was already running Accountingprose, an accounting company providing bookkeeping, payroll and advisory to small businesses. If you haven’t seen her website you should – she dubs her team “small business superheroes” and calls herself “Chief Number Cruncher” in her email signature.

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[The Cannabis CPA] Alex Glueckler, Silver Leaf CBC

Building an ERP system for cannabis companies.

By Liz Gold
CannaBizCPA.Pro

Alex Glueckler began his career as an accountant at CliftonLarsonAllen. After years in financial leadership positions with large cannabis companies, today he works with Silver Leaf CBC (Cannabis Business Central), an ERP software solution he helped bring to market for the cannabis industry.

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The platform came about when Silverware’s leadership group, Sara Silver and David Thikoll, approached Glueckler about creating a standardized yet adaptable system that could address the specific needs of cannabis companies as they evolve and grow.

 

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Silver Leaf CBC: An ERP Platform for Cannabis Companies

The system offers 6 modules on a Microsoft backbone.

By Liz Gold
CannaBizCPA.Pro

Alex Glueckler began his career as an accountant at CliftonLarsonAllen. After years in financial leadership positions with large cannabis companies, today he works with Silver Leaf CBC (Cannabis Business Central), an ERP software solution he helped bring to market for the cannabis industry.

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The platform came about when Silverware’s leadership group, Sara Silver and David Thikoll, approached Glueckler about creating a standardized yet adaptable system that could address the specific needs of cannabis companies as they evolve and grow.
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Leveling the Playing Field for Cannabis Businesses

Portrait of Brian Whalen
Whalen

Green Bean CFO tackles the common problem of IRS Form 8300.

By Liz Gold
CannaBizCPA.Pro

“A savvy CEO owner knows that a world-class cannabis finance and accounting team is a necessity and a competitive advantage,” writes Brian Whalen, CPA in the opening to his book, “Cannabis Entrepreneurs’ Guide to Accounting, Taxation & Financial Compliance.”

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“There is only one right way to do cannabis accounting,” he writes. “Doing accrual/cost accounting in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) ensures that you pay as little tax as possible, are always state compliant and IRS audit-ready, and have financial statements ready for securing investors and lenders. In addition, performance metrics can be harnessed from your financials and used to set goals for operations and management.”
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[The Cannabis CPA] Sean Robinson, Tebaja Consulting

CPA targets fast-growing business sectors facing common problems.

By Liz Gold
CannaBizCPA.Pro

For Sean Robinson, CPA, MBA, and founder of Tebaja Consulting LLC, his company is helping him answer his calling.

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Robinson spent a decade at Citigroup in various roles. During that time, he always had a fondness for his first role, which was managing several teams that supported and expedited the financial close process for private equity funds and venture capital investors.

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