I would have been stuck with a pointless building.
I had secured the medical marijuana dispensary business license and the license to sell locally. I checked all the laws around what products I could sell, amounts, promotions, etc. I felt confident that I could move onto the next step. I had the money so all I needed was the building and I could move on towards more fun things like hiring budtenders, talking to a grower and setting up my store. Finding a building was difficult. I kept checking business for sale and looking on zillow. At last I thought I had the perfect place. I was about to go under contract when I decided that I better hire a medical marijuana consulting service. I thought there would be some unforeseen obstacles since I was dealing with medical cannabis. Thank goodness I hired a woman sooner rather than later. Immediately she told me to stop going forward on the building I was going to put an offer on. I didn’t see that there are local zoning laws. I can’t set up a medical marijuana dispensary right near a school. The cannabis consultant checked the distance and I was much too close. I would have been stuck with a pointless building. Thanks to her I dodged that bullet. She actually had contacts in the business world and was able to hear about places going for sale before they were posted. I was able to swoop in on a building before it went to market. It is a much better place than what I was looking at before.