Tue - Thu, Jan 5 - 7, 2021
2:00 – 3:30 pm (Eastern Time)
1:00 – 2:30 pm (Central Time)
12:00 – 1:30 pm (Mountain Time)
11:00 – 12:30 pm (Pacific Time)
On September 25, 2019, the U.S. House of Representatives passed, by a vote of 321 to 103 (with 90 Republicans voting in favor of the bill), the Secure and Fair Enforcement Banking Act of 2019 (SAFE Banking Act), H.R. 1595. The SAFE Banking Act represents the first piece of stand-alone cannabis legislation to be voted on in Congress. The legislation, in short, would allow banks to work with cannabis businesses and their service providers without risk of violating federal law.
At the state level, federal and state agencies across law enforcement, food and drug safety, health, agriculture and banking are responding with new policies and regulations. As banks and other financial institutions are gearing up for potential massive involvement in the cannabis industry, it’s critical for banks to understand the challenges and best practices for banking these higher-risk customers.
Join this exciting 3-day online Cannabis symposium to get informed on what you and your institution need to know about the emerging legal cannabis industry.
Cannabis Banking 101: Understanding the Hemp, Marijuana and CBD Business Regulatory Landscape
In just a few years, cannabis has gone from a criminalized drug to a global $150 billion business. Legal marijuana will create a $40 billion boost for the U.S. economy this year alone, with the potential to surpass $100 billion in 2023. With 47 states and the District of Columbia legalizing some form of cannabis, a growing number of financial institutions are choosing to provide banking services to the cannabis industry.
This first of 3 sessions in the symposium will cover:
- Introduction to Cannabis business and regulations
- Cannabis plant overview: The Basics, Differences and Banking Implications of Hemp, Marijuana and CBD
- Marijuana Related Businesses (MRB): Cultivators, processors, testing facilities, packagers, transporters, and dispensaries.
- Business landscape – Global market, industries, growth projections and US context
- Legal & Regulatory landscape – Federal and State Overviews
- Terminology - Let’s speak the same language
Cannabis Banking 201: Key considerations - Making the decision to bank Cannabis businesses
Cannabis banking is working. Currently, 715 banks and credit unions serve the U.S. cannabis industry and every state has at least one financial institution that serves cannabis businesses. This session focuses on the unique challenges and regulatory considerations for banking cannabis-related businesses.
This second part of the symposium will go over:
- Understanding the Opportunities and Risks for banking cannabis, Hemp, and CBS businesses
- Banking strategy: Marketing opportunities, sales, pricing and internal capacity requirements
- McConnell-Wyden Letter to FCA re Hemp Banking
- Top 5 regulatory risks every financial institution must consider
Cannabis Banking 301: Operational Factors - Developing the framework to bank Cannabis businesses
Hear experts describe the building blocks for developing a successful program for banking cannabis-related businesses.
- The five requirements for developing a cannabis-related compliance program.
- Establishing internal alignment
- Practical strategies for managing MRB risk
This final installment in the Symposium will cover insights, challenges and recommendations on:
- Resources and management of…
- SAR filings
- Due diligence
- Training Considerations and Needs assessment (handout/survey)
Dena Somers is a highly regarded bank consultant and compliance attorney. She has provided regulatory compliance and risk management consulting services to financial institutions and companies in highly regulated industries nationwide for more than 20 years. Her areas of expertise include consumer and mortgage lending compliance, Fintech and specialty finance, regulatory compliance training, business strategy and best practice advisement, and corporate governance. Throughout her career, Ms. Somers has advised hundreds of banking and financial institutions— ranging from local community banks to $50 billion financial holding companies— to achieve operational efficiency while ensuring regulatory compliance. Previously, Ms. Somers served as General Counsel to a national mortgage servicing company, Fintech lender, national money service business, and has represented financial institutions in a broad array of complex litigation matters for more than 15 years. Additionally, Ms. Somers is a published author for Lexis Nexis in the areas of Bank Teller training, loan policies, and loan documentation training.
Living Economy is a new breed of holding company that grows businesses with a positive impact on society and the environment. Our aim is to create a resilient, regenerative economy. Our current focus areas are regenerative agriculture, controlled environment agriculture, place based economic development, financial innovation, and new forms of education, media and technology. Cynthia has her Masters Degree from Roskilde University, Copenhagen in Environmental Technological and Socio-Economic Planning. She earned her Bachelors from Wesleyan University.
4.5 CPE Credits & 5.4 AAP Credits