Webinar: The Future of Cannabis Cultivation Operations and Costing

Date: 4/8/2022

Time: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. ET

Host: Christopher Marrie, CPA, CCIFP, Principal and Director of HBK Cannabis Solutions and Warren Harasz, VP of Compliance at Cannaspire

As the cannabis industry grows and matures, better practices in operations and costing are necessary to remain competitive, balance quality with compliance needs, and keep your organization ready for long-term objectives such as exits, expansion, and sustained profitability.

In this interactive webinar,Christopher Marrie, CPA, CCIFP, Principal and Director of HBK Cannabis Solutions and Warren Harasz, VP of Compliance at Cannaspire, will discuss best practices that can be implemented now including:

  • How to better identify commonly overlooked cost savings opportunities in your cultivation’s operations.
  • Achieving the goals of product quality and product compliance without sacrificing one for the other.
  • Lowering unexpected tax and compliance risks with better systems and SOPs.
  • Effective and time-efficient costing methods to identify inefficiencies and make better decisions than your competition.

Christopher Marrie, CPA, CCIFP

Principal and Director, HBK Cannabis Solutions

Christopher is a Principal in the Naples, Fla., office of HBK CPAs & Consultants and has been with the firm since 1998. In 2015, Chris led an initiative to establish HBK’s Cannabis Industry Group to provide targeted expertise to cannabis and hemp businesses, including dispensaries, cultivators, manufacturers, labs and ancillary services. Chris and the HBK Cannabis Industry Group are unique in offering an “all-in” team consulting on the key financial issues that challenge cannabis businesses, connecting firms with strategic relationships in banking, insurance and business valuation, and providing back-of-the-house accounting services to ensure compliance with the tax and accounting regulations that govern the cannabis industry. 

Warren Harasz

Vice President of Compliance, Cannaspire

Warren is an experienced cannabis cultivator with over 15 years of experience in everything from Organic Greenhouse and Light-Dep production, to indoor clean-room hydroponic facilities at a commercial scale. He worked for almost 2 years with Big Island Grown in Hawaii, writing their facility SOPs which were used to pass DoH inspection prior to beginning operations. Warren is a gifted technical writer who can capably wade through state legal code, federal regulations like OSHA and GMP, in order to produce compliant, useful documents for business management and operations.Warren is a cannabis business and compliance consultant helping entrepreneurs realize their visions within the legal cannabis industry to make lasting impacts upon the culture at large.

HBK Cannabis Solutions is a dedicated team of cannabis industry subject matter experts within HBK CPAs & Consultants, an Accounting Today Top 100 CPA firm. We were among the first accounting firms to specialize in the cannabis industry and have worked beside entrepreneurs in all industry segments—cultivators, processors, retailers—from single facility to multi-location and integrated operations. We counsel owners, management and investors in multiples states and countries, helping them with key financial activities: from planning start-ups to connecting operators with investment bankers to facilitating M&A; from pre-offering projections, state applications and licensing to management planning and operations. Our cannabis-specific expertise is recognized throughout the industry; we regularly address industry meetings and conferences, and are active in the organizations and associations dedicated to moving the industry forward.

Cannaspire provides the products, services, and consulting you need to succeed in the Cannabis industry. The company was founded in 2018 by leading business, cannabis, and Wall Street veterans with over 80 years of combined experience. Starting as a cannabis security service, Cannaspire expanded its offerings and team to meet the growing needs of the market at large for dispensaries, process-manufacturers, grows, and state & local policymakers. Cannaspire is a Certified Woman-Owned Business and a Proud Member of the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC). We contribute part of our profits to retired military and law enforcement associations.

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