Cannabis Risk Management Framework

Protect Your Company from Compliance Enforcement Actions

Protect Your Company from Compliance Enforcement Actions

Compliance enforcement actions have long been used by regulators to push a licensee to comply and when severe enough, can be detrimental to the future success of a business. Commercial cannabis businesses may suffer disruptions in supply chain, loss of reputation and revenue among other things. A formalized risk program denotes a commitment to compliance and is strong evidence that the company did everything it could do to prevent non-compliance.

Compliance & Risk Management: Two Functions, One Strategy

Compliance & Risk Management: Two Functions, One Strategy

Compliance and risk management are two distinct functions that should be unified by one risk management strategy. A risk-based approach is a common risk management strategy in highly-regulated industries that optimally facilitates compliance while also mitigating other risks. A properly implemented risk-based approach creates a broader level of protection for the business, employees, and investors from reputational, administrative, civil, and criminal penalties.

3 Key Lessons From the First Cannabis Banking Enforcement Action

3 Key Lessons From the First Cannabis Banking Enforcement Action

In what appears to be the first penalty levied against a financial institution banking commercial cannabis businesses, Live Life Federal Credit Union has entered into an administrative order with the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) for failures related to its cannabis banking program. As Live Life Federal Credit Union emerges from this administrative order, and more lessons are learned, cannabis bankers will be more empowered to make the appropriate risk-based decisions when it comes to managing their MRB portfolios.

Risk Management Makes Your Business More Valuable

Risk Management Makes Your Business More Valuable

In highly regulated industries like cannabis, it is important to demonstrate your ability to manage the identified risks as they change over time. Take two investment options that are similar in every way except risk management: an investor would choose the company that can distinctly demonstrate their ability to manage their risks into the future. An investor values risk management because it increases confidence in realizing the future revenue stream.

K.I.S.S. Your Risk Profile

K.I.S.S. Your Risk Profile

Implementing a risk profile does not have to be overly complicated. Risk professionals who know how to communicate their company’s risk profile in a clear, concise manner can best help their senior managers and board of directors make the best risk-based decisions to move their business forward safely.

Make Risk-Based Decisions Part of Your Culture and Stop Firefighting

Make Risk-Based Decisions Part of Your Culture and Stop Firefighting

For commercial cannabis businesses to succeed, risk management should be incorporated into every employee’s job. This helps every cannabis operator reduce public harm, increase public safety, and maintain a sound licensed cannabis market that is profitable to operate in. Risk management isn’t built in a day, but the sooner you start, the sooner everyone gets to do their job.