At Fincann, we apply our expertise, experience and resources to help you find the best solutions for all your industry-related banking, payment processing and financial services needs, which may include optimizing or re-negotiating some of your current relationships. We are collaborators and facilitators first and foremost, here to find the optimal fit for your business -- not to force you into a solution that may not just right. Your priorities are always first at Fincann.
Why do THC licensees struggle to obtain sustainable cannabis banking solutions?
THC licensees are typically misdescribed as all “plant-touching” operations. However for purposes of banking compliance, ‘plant-touching’ enterprises are only subject to the highest level of internal and banking compliance and reporting protocols (Tier 1*) if they are retail dispensaries and delivery services, cultivators and manufacturers. For example, although licensed test labs and transporters are also considered plant-touching entities, they are subject to much less rigorous compliance requirements (Tier 2* or Tier 3*), depending upon the scope of their interaction with Tier 1 licensees as well as the amount of direct plant-touching revenue they generate, especially cash that they receive from their THC licensed customers and clients.
What to expect when applying for an account through Fincann?
Click here toWhen applying for a compliant bank account, be prepared to undergo a rigorous process of due diligence and reporting, including a mandatory on-site compliance inspection of all THC-licensed facilities. Plan for 1 to 3 months of due diligence and investigations before the account can be approved and opened. The process to apply for one of our cannabis banking solutions generally requires:
Merchant processing for THC licensees: What are the issues?
The Terminated Merchant File is a notorious list that essentially blacklists a terminated merchant and all related company principals from having merchant services for a minimum of five years. Fraudulently disguised direct merchant accounts, such as describing a THC licensee as a flower shop or a management company, are subject to easy detection and termination by the sponsor bank, whether they are conducting credit, pin-based, or pinless debit transactions.
Since any use of the major card brands for cannabis transactions requires at least some element (if not outright) fraud and misrepresentation somewhere if not throughout the payment channel, merchants may be subject to civil or criminal penalties. To date, this has rarely happened, but the risk is real.
Risk of civil or criminal penalties is real if transactions are not settled into a cannabis-friendly and compliant business checking account with full reporting and institutional supervision, as required by federal and state guidelines.
As in the instance of a lawsuit brought by California cannabis delivery platform Eaze vs. DionyMed’s CA subsidiary Herban Industries in 2019, merchants using non-compliant and/or fraudulent payment processing may be subject to civil litigation and substantial damages for unfair competition with merchants who follow the rules.
When any of these solutions are shut down, it is usually without advance notice, resulting in suddenly no longer being able to accept credit card payments as well as funds pending deposit as well as reserve and security deposits being lost or withheld for up to a year.