For many i502 business owners, it’s been an uphill battle to get fair (and easy) access to the Federal Banking system. As a result, i502 businesses have gotten creative in their approaches to managing money. In some cases, this puts them at odd with the Feds, with the Banks, and with consumers. It’s a no win situation that needs to change.
In the old MMJ days, it wasn’t uncommon for MMJ dispensaries to be shuttling around garbage bags of cash in their trunk. Thankfully, now most i502 retailers have access to basic banking and credit unions that suppor – on premise ATMs, and even some basic debit transactions (with usual ATM-like fees per transaction). Most transactions are still cash and the vast majority of retail shops only accept cash.
One improvement over the past year or so were changes that allow 3rd party security and armored truck companies to pickup and transport cash from retail shops to their place of deposit.
Another recent development here in Washington state is a push by state legislators to block i502 businesses from doing transactions using Bitcoin. This news just broke in the past 2 weeks. Senate Bill 5264 effectively bans Bitcoin from being used in i502. I’ve seen a few “automatic” menu/ordering kiosks at a few retail shops that appear to take Bitcoin. I have not tried to conduct a transaction using Bitcoin. Read more on this issue here: http://www.geekwire.com/2017/washington-state-legislators-look-ban-bitcoin-pot-business/
Because I’m not an i502 business owner, I’m less up on how well (or poorly) the insurance companies do with underwriting i502 businesses. I know that Lloyds of London was a highly used insurance underwriter, but I also heard that they were getting out of the industry. I would be curious to hear from i502 business owners on your experience in securing and paying for insurance.
We live in uncertain times. I feel for each and every legitimate business owner working so hard to realize their dreams in legal cannabis. Onward we fight.