Cannabis

At Price Kong, our goal is to provide the highest quality and most valuable service to this emerging industry.

Soon after Arizona’s medical cannabis law was made effective in 2011, Price Kong began providing audit, tax, and consulting services to businesses awarded a license, and the subsequent approvals to operate. No other accounting firm in Arizona has served cannabis businesses longer than Price Kong.

What Sets Us Apart in this Industry?

Experience and commitment to the industry! Since 2011, Price Kong has led the efforts of Arizona accounting firms and Arizona CPAs servicing this new and growing industry. Our professionals have spent 1,000s of hours collectively researching and studying this industry, and the complexities inherent to it. We have proprietary models, strategies, and processes that we have implemented at dozens of cannabis businesses that save them time and money.

It’s extremely important to keep current on industry-specific laws and regulations and network with lawyers dedicated to serving this industry. Price Kong has an exceptional network of professionals dedicated to serving cannabis businesses.

We currently serve cannabis clients in Arizona, California, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Colorado, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Massachusetts, and Arkansas.

Our Cannabis Team Leaders

Ross Dietrich, CPA – Managing Partner

Ross serves as the attest partner on all cannabis engagements and is recognized as an expert in the Industry.  Ross received his accounting degree from the University of Michigan in 1997, and is a member of the Arizona Society of CPAs and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Ross has over 20 years’ of audit experience in public accounting with specializations in for-profit, governmental and non-profit accounting and auditing. He has worked closely with the Arizona Auditor General’s Office and performed numerous financial statement audits, employee benefit plan audits, and single audits during his career.

Ross is an active participant of many local professional organizations that support the cannabis industry, and is the firm’s resident expert in cannabis tax compliance matters.

Ross Dietrich, CPA

Managing Partner

Troy Griffith, CPA – Senior Manager, Audit

Troy has been working in public accounting since 2009 and received his CPA license in 2013. His previous experience includes working for BDO in Anchorage, Alaska, where he led audits of numerous for-profit and non-profit businesses. Troy has been at Price Kong since 2014 and led the development of the firm’s audit methodology for cannabis businesses. Troy is heavily involved in substantially all of the firm’s cannabis company audits and has an intricate understanding of dispensary operations, controls, and metrics.

As senior manager, Troy ensures audits are completed in accordance with required auditing standards and the unique state compliance regulations. Troy also consults with cannabis and hemp companies on potential M&A transactions, IFRS reporting, due diligence requests, and operational controls.

Troy Griffith, CPA

Senior Manager, Audit

John Terry, CPA – Senior Consulting Manager

John is a 19-year experienced CPA and begin in the cannabis industry in November 2016, and spent almost exclusively the next 14 months studying and learning the industry inside and out.  During this time, John also served as interim Controller for one of the largest multi-state cannabis operators, headquartered in Tempe, AZ.  Prior to this, John spend 14 years in ‘big-4’ public accounting, and two years as Corporate Controller of a large publically-traded media company.  Since late 2016, John has designed custom accounting processes and industry specific work-arounds to effectively apply and scale stringent public company controls and reporting to cannabis businesses.  John has helped dozens of cannabis businesses improve their accounting and reporting.  In early 2019, John wrote a series of articles published in the January, February, and March issues of Marijuana Venture Magazine, explaining nine tips and tricks that every cannabis business owner should know about accounting and reporting in this industry.

John Terry, CPA

Senior Consulting Manager

Melissa Harrington, Tax Supervisor

Melissa begin in public accounting in 2005 and joined Price Kong in 2015. Since then, Melissa has devoted hundreds of hours of study and research into the tax, accounting, and reporting matters and complexities facing companies in the cannabis/hemp industry. Today, she works almost exclusively in this industry, and is widely recognized (in Arizona and beyond) as a subject matter expert in cannabis business tax compliance, tax strategy, tax advisory, mergers & acquisitions, consolidations, and business formation. Prior to joining Price Kong, Melissa’s personal study of the medicinal benefits of cannabis begin in 2003, soon after she lost her father to cancer. In addition, the medicinal benefits of cannabis was the topic of her Master’s thesis, and a White Paper subsequently published in a school periodical. Melissa is a member of several local and national cannabis/hemp industry groups, and a regular participant at state and national industry conferences.

Melissa Harrington

Tax Supervisor