About Brian Ellis

With 6 years' experience in business journalism, Brian is the person we turn to for anything related to the business of cannabis. His news coverage spans topics including marijuana business and finance. Brian's work features on themarijuanapages.com, marijuanareferral.com, , marijuanamerchantaccount.com and marijuanainsuranceagent.com.
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Marijuana Banking Bill Gathering Steam Now Sessions No Longer AG

Federal banking regulations have prevented most banks from taking on the risk (and stacks of paperwork) that it takes to serve cannabis businesses, but the tide may soon change thanks to shake ups in Washington D.C. Cannabis legalization and regulation on the state level continues to rise, and businesses in the industry have been waiting

By |May 24th, 2019|
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Treasury Secretary: Marijuana Banking Issues Must Be Addressed Through Bipartisan Legislation

The only way out is through. Through the Congressional process, that is. That’s the message U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin had for Congress in April when it comes to cannabis banking. Cannabis-related businesses (and often the non-cannabis businesses that work with them) have a difficult time finding banking and financial services. Banks are hesitant to

By |May 9th, 2019|
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Why Cory Booker Declined to Co-Sponsor The New Marijuana Bill

Like all the 2020 Democratic presidential hopefuls, Sen. Cory Booker, D-NJ, is pro-reform when it comes to cannabis. He’s made it a major part of his campaign platform, but his name was notably absent from a recent piece of legislation aimed at protecting states with legal cannabis from federal interference. Booker has been on the

By |April 24th, 2019|
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Congressional Committee Approves Marijuana Banking Bill

Much-needed banking services may soon be available to more cannabis-related businesses in the U.S. than ever before as federal legislation has taken one step closer to passing a marijuana banking bill. Cannabis has been regulated either medically or for adult-use in over 30 states, but much of this billion-dollar industry has to be cash-only due

By |April 9th, 2019|
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Medical Marijuana Banking Bill Passed By West Virginia House

West Virginia took a major step in the fight for banking services for cannabis when the state House of Delegates passed a bill that, if adopted, would provide state protections for banks that take on cannabis-related businesses as customers. What does the bill do? The state would not be able to prohibit or penalize (or

By |March 24th, 2019|
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A 2019 Marijuana Banking Bill Is In The Works: Draft Text Released

In the U.S., cannabis businesses have had very limited access to banking and financial services due to federal prohibition, but that may soon change as a draft bipartisan bill makes its way through the process. There have been such bills put forth that failed, as recently as last year, including an attempt to tie the

By |March 9th, 2019|
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Cannabis Businesses Sending Lobbyists To Capitol Hill In Support Of STATES Act

Humans have a difficult time imagining large numbers, which is why it’s sometimes overwhelming for some to think about the cannabis industry. Without access to financial services in the U.S., legal cannabis brings in $10 billion and 99.9% of those transactions are in cash. Literally, billions of dollars trade hands every year, and there’s no

By |February 24th, 2019|
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Michigan Banks Are Quietly Banking Money For Marijuana Businesses

Michigan’s cannabis industry is blooming, and local banks are beginning to bank cannabis funds to help the industry reach new heights. The State of Michigan has been developing its cannabis regulations for over a decade, starting with legalizing medical cannabis in 2008 and continuing in 2018 by legalizing adult-use cannabis and at-home cultivation. Though acceptance

By |February 9th, 2019|
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Banks Given Green Light To Work With Hemp Producers By Farm Bill

Banks and investment capital finally have an avenue into the hemp industry with a recent change to federal regulation. Shortly before Christmas, the 2018 Congressional Farm Bill was signed into law and has now already taken effect. That bill included provisions that effectively legalize the production of hemp in the U.S. by distinguishing it from

By |January 24th, 2019|