If you want to open a medical marijuana dispensary, there are about 60 forms you’ll need to fill out before you even open up shop.

Once that happens, meticulous bookkeeping and hands-on business management will be the key to keeping the Internal Revenue Service at bay and making you federally compliant, said Newton-based attorney Robert Carp.

The process and operation of a medical marijuana dispensary is one riddled with potential mines and traps, said Carp. He’s hoping that enough people will see the nuanced and sometimes confusing state marijuana law and come looking for help, hopefully in his direction.