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What Is a Cashless ATM and How Does It Work?

By |April 14th, 2022|

Cashless ATMs have proven to be a practical payment method for marijuana retailers that don’t have access to traditional banking services. Many cannabis dispensaries struggle to open normal bank accounts due to federal cannabis prohibition meaning customers cannot use debit and credit cards as a payment method in the traditional way. To circumvent this problem,

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Cryptocurrency Provides a Promising Solution to the Cannabis Banking Issue

By |March 16th, 2022|

Processing payments is a major headache for state-licensed canna-businesses. Since banking regulations fall under federal law and cannabis remains prohibited at the federal level, most banks and financial institutions are hesitant to provide their services in case they fall afoul of the Department of Justice. This means many marijuana retailers have to either accept cash

  • SAFE Banking Act Advanced by House as Part of America Competes Act

SAFE Banking Act Advanced by House as Part of America Competes Act

By |February 23rd, 2022|

In a now familiar move, the US House of Representatives voted for legislation containing provisions that would shield financial institutions servicing state-legal marijuana businesses from federal interference. The House-approved America COMPETES Act of 2022, which includes provisions of the Secure and Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Banking Act, means the marijuana banking reform measure has now cleared

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Are ACH Transfers the Alternative to Cashless ATMs the Cannabis Industry Is Looking For?

By |February 10th, 2022|

Processing payments is a persistent challenge for marijuana retailers. Federal cannabis prohibition means banks are unwilling to service dispensaries which has led to many operating on a cash-only basis. Not only is this inconvenient for customers, it also puts cannabis dispensaries at greater risk of burglary, which drives up insurance costs. What’s more, dealing primarily

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What to Expect for Cannabis Banking in 2022

By |January 26th, 2022|

The US cannabis industry continues to grow rapidly, with sales topping $26 billion last year and projected to almost double to $50 billion by 2026, according to Forbes. Marijuana is big business now, and it got to this point despite being largely underserved by banks and other financial institutions due to federal cannabis prohibition. But

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Visa’s Warning About Cashless ATMs and What It Means for the Cannabis Industry

By |January 10th, 2022|

Owing to marijuana’s federally illegal status, most banks are unwilling to work with cannabis businesses for fear of federal government reprisals. This means that many marijuana retailers operate on a cash-only basis. This not only increases a business’ operating costs, it also increases the risk of robberies. As a result, many dispensaries have turned to

  • Marijuana Banking Removed from Defense Spending Bill

Marijuana Banking Removed from Defense Spending Bill

By |December 22nd, 2021|

A bicameral conference committee removed provisions from a defense spending bill that would have afforded protections to financial institutions that service state-legal marijuana businesses. The House included the Secure and Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Banking Act as an amendment in its version of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which it passed in September. This marked

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What Merchant Options Are Available for Cannabis Businesses?

By |December 14th, 2021|

The federal prohibition of cannabis makes payment processing more complicated than in traditional retail industries. This is because financial service providers are reluctant to work with marijuana businesses, even in states where cannabis is legal, for fear of federal reprisals. The consequences of this for cannabis retailers are significant. Consumers generally prefer to pay by