Treasurer Chiang, Cannabis Banking Working Group Met After Trump Administration Signals Marijuana Crackdown
OAKLAND – State Treasurer John Chiang and the Cannabis Banking Working Group met on March 27 in Oakland to discuss solutions that provide greater access to banking to California’s future $7 billion legal cannabis industry.
The conflicts between state and federal laws have forced cannabis firms to deal almost entirely in cash, creating a rich environment for violent crimes, money laundering and other illegal activity.
California has eight months to come up with a plan before recreational marijuana businesses can operate legally under voter-approved Proposition 64.
Finding innovative solutions to the banking dilemma has become even more urgent in recent weeks after the Trump administration signaled it could crackdown on states where recreational use of marijuana is legal.
The Cannabis Banking Working Group heard from: Larry Thacker, Chief Executive Officer of Caliva; John Vardaman, former Assistant Deputy Chief for Policy, Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering at U.S. Department of Justice and current Executive Vice President & General Counsel of Hypur, Inc.; Russell Rosendal, President and Chief Executive Officer of Salal Credit Union; Andrew Freedman, former Director of Colorado Governor’s Office of Marijuana Coordination and current Partner and Co-Founder at Freedman & Koski; Lewis Koski, former Deputy Senior Director of Enforcement at the Colorado Department of Revenue and current Partner and Co-Founder of Freedman & Koski.
For more information, please visit www.treasurer.ca.gov/cbwg.