CINCINNATI — “Attention, future medical marijuana entrepreneurs.” That’s the start of a radio ad targeting anyone wondering how to cash in on Ohio’s new medical marijuana industry.
“If you have the desire, Chris is ready to teach you his proven five-step formula for starting a successful marijuana business,” the ad continues. The Chris mentioned in the radio spot is Christopher Wright, president of California-based Grow and Grow Rich Academy.
WLWT investigator Todd Dykes spoke to Wright by phone on Thursday, ahead of seminars next week aimed at teaching people about potential business opportunities tied to legal cannabis.
“There’s a lot of ancillary businesses that people can get involved in, such as packaging,” Wright said. “For us, it’s not all about touching the plant. There’s soil. There’s nutrients. There’s a ton of other things that run simultaneously with cannabis.”
Wright said more than 1,000 people in Greater Cincinnati have registered for free two-hour seminars next week. There will be seminars on Thursday, July 26, at 12:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. at the Courtyard by Marriott in Hamilton. The seminars on Friday, July 27, will be held during the same hours at the Holiday Inn Express in Franklin. On Saturday, July 28, seminars will be held at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. at Doubletree Cincinnati near the airport in Hebron.
“The interest is pretty amazing,” he said.
After the free educational meeting, people who remain interested may need to pony up some cash.
“We have a $697 package that introduces them to a three-day workshop,” Wright said. “That workshop then allows them to get more education.”
It’s what comes after the free seminar that has Sandra Guile, of the Better Business Bureau of Cincinnati, offering this advice.
“Go in with an open mind,” Guile said. “Go with what you signed up for originally. That’s that new knowledge, that new research. If they’re asking you to sign financial documents or to commit to something, take a minute and stop and think about it. Take it back home and review it a little bit more. Ask a lot of questions.”
Guile checked with her colleagues at California’s Better Business Bureau, >which said Grow and Grow Rich Academy has an A- rating without any complaints or reviews.
But the company is not accredited by the Better Business Bureau, which means it has not been thoroughly vetted by the bureau.