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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Credit Unions Won’t Be Sanctioned For Working With Marijuana Businesses

If you’ve ever wondered what the difference between a bank and a credit union is, you’re about to become much more familiar.  A credit union is a non-profit, money-making cooperative that is owned by its members, who can borrow from the pooled deposits at low interest rates. They’re also watched over by a different agency

By |August 24th, 2019|
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Senate Holds Hearing On Marijuana Business Banking Access

Bipartisan effort for cannabis is growing in Congress as a banking bill is making its way through committees, and it may yet have a hope of passing, but maybe not as much as advocates were hoping. For the last couple of years, bills have been proposed to open up banking for cannabis but have been

By |August 9th, 2019|
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Congressional Bill Filed To Help Small Cannabis Businesses Get SBA Loans

Cannabis-related businesses are at the front of a new industry with plenty of room to grow, but they lack access to some basic tools that start-ups in other industries have. That may soon change. Federal prohibition has prevented the cannabis sector from accessing significant resources. After hearing from industry advocates, U.S. House Small Business Committee

By |July 24th, 2019|
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Banks Taking On Significantly More Cannabis Businesses, Federal Data Reveals

More banks and credit unions are now working with significantly more cannabis-related businesses as of the first quarter of 2019.  A total of 493 banks and 140 credit unions were working with cannabis business customers as of March 2019, according to recent data from the U.S. Treasury Department Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN). That is

By |July 9th, 2019|
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33 Attorneys General Urge Congress To Remove Barriers To Cannabis Banking

Billions of dollars in cash. Not just the number on a bank statement, but literally stacks upon stacks of cash. That’s what a majority of the cannabis industry in the U.S. is working with, but state attorneys general are hoping to change that. Hailing from states and territories across the U.S., 38 attorneys general urged

By |June 24th, 2019|
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Cannabis Banking Bill Advances in California Senate

Where can cannabis businesses put all their cash? Most businesses would go to the bank, but that isn’t an option for this industry. But California may soon have an answer. The California Senate approved Senate Bill 51 in May to get cannabis-related businesses and landlords in the doors (and the vaults) of a trusted financial

By |June 9th, 2019|
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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|