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5 High Risk Areas of Banking Cannabis

5 High Risk Areas of Banking Cannabis

This is a previously recorded webinar, which is available on demand.

In today’s evolving regulatory landscape, the rules on providing financial services to commercial cannabis businesses (CCB) are complex. The commercial cannabis industry is highly regulated and has complex risks to manage: anti money laundering, organized crime, compliance, supply chain, and operational risk areas. The financial institutions that services these customers must understand these 5 high-risk areas to manage their risk appetite.

The number of institutions banking marijuana-related businesses (MRBs) is in the hundreds—up from zero in 2014. Join this panel of professionals for practical guidance on preparing financial institutions for commercial cannabis banking and ongoing controls for one of compliance’s most complex and rapidly evolving customer types.

Hear from Phil Martin, a former Colorado Marijuana Enforcement Division manager; Chris Gunias, the Chief Compliance Officer of HDCS; and Cathy Scharf, SVP of Compliance for a mid size bank who services ancillary cannabis businesses. Find out what opportunities banking commercial cannabis businesses provides a financial institution and key considerations to keep in mind if you enter this customer segment.

This webinar provides two hours of ACCCE continuing education credits, which other associations may also accept. We recommend documenting this training for your regulators as two hours of professional training on cannabis banking.

This is a previously recorded webinar, which is available on demand.

ACAMS North Texas Chapter Event: Applying the Cannabis Risk Management Framework to Financial Institution Due Diligence

ACAMS North Texas Chapter Event: Applying the Cannabis Risk Management Framework to Financial Institution Due Diligence

Create your competitive advantage in cannabis banking by removing onboarding and ongoing due diligence friction through the application of the Cannabis Risk Management Framework (CRMF).

Commercial cannabis businesses are considered higher-risk customers. This requires the financial institution to document proof that they can manage the risk of this customer segment. The CRMF provides a risk-based strategy that allows the financial institution to determine if the customer has implemented an effective well-designed risk-based compliance program, which includes demonstrating their appropriate P&P, qualified staff to manage risk, risk assessment, controls tailored to the business’s risk, training, and assurance.

Demonstrating these points allows the financial institution to determine if a higher-risk customer is within their risk appetite by showing the customer’s ability to manage their reputational, compliance, and operational risk without the financial institution having to act as the customer’s proxy cannabis regulator.

ACCCE Community Discussion – Breakdown of Commercial Cannabis Industry: Ask a CRB Operator

ACCCE Community Discussion – Breakdown of Commercial Cannabis Industry: Ask a CRB Operator

With over 15 years’ cannabis experience as an owner, manager, operator and broker, and over 100+ million dollars in cannabis product sold, Ron Brandon is an expert cannabis operator. In 2015 he founded Kingston Royal, a cannabis management, consulting, and flower brand that specializes in indoor cannabis cultivation.

Join ACCCE for this Community Discussion where guest speaker Ron Brandon, the Chief Cannabis Officer from NatureTrak, will talk about cultivation and answer any questions the audience may have. Ron will discuss the major risks that he has identified in site inspections, vendor management, and social equity in the cannabis industry.

For those studying for ACCCE certification, we will identify risk scenarios to talk through and opportunities to ask questions about the different types of grow facilities and their associated risks.

Continuing Education: .5

ACCCE Community Discussion – The Risk Assessment Process

ACCCE Community Discussion – The Risk Assessment Process

Improve your risk assessment by hearing from Angelo, a former regulator, with years of risk assessment experience. Ask Angelo your questions to validate your current practices against his knowledge of risk assessment best practices.

The Risk Assessment process will help you identify the highest residual risks that have a material impact on your business so you can allocate resources appropriately. The risk assessment is a foundational component of the risk program because it creates a strong defendable risk culture.

The risk assessment enables prioritization and tailoring of the risk-based control activities.

Join ACCCE for the next community discussion where guest speaker Angelo Coppola, Chief Anti-Money Laundering Officer of Globex 2000 and former regulator, will talk about the risk assessment process; specifically, how to measure the inherent risks a business is exposed to, how to evaluate the quality of controls implemented, and how to measure the risks that remain. Angelo will be happy to answer any risk assessment questions the audience may have.

For those studying for ACCCE certification, this is a great opportunity to reinforce concepts discussed in the Commercial cannabis Handbook.

Continuing Education: .5

Cannabis Banking Due Diligence – Deep Dive (US)

Cannabis Banking Due Diligence – Deep Dive (US)

In today’s evolving regulatory landscape, the requirements to offer banking services to commercial cannabis businesses (CCB) are complex at best. Whether internally managed or outsourced to a service provider, financial institutions are still ultimately responsible for the proper risk and Anti-Money Laundering management of these clients. Updating the financial institution’s due diligence requirements is one of the first areas that requires attention. Proper due diligence on a commercial cannabis business allows a financial institution to reasonably predict expected transactions, identify unusual activity, and understand the ownership and control of the commercial cannabis business.

This webinar will review risk-based considerations a financial institution should consider. Our expert panel includes North Bay Credit Union’s Chief Compliance Officer Carole McCormick, NatureTrak’s CEO Jontae James, and Clarion Compliance’s CEO Kirk Barry. Our panel will review the major documents, data, and red flag indicators in commercial cannabis business due diligence analysis. This webinar will focus on the unique risk issues associated with conducting due diligence on a commercial cannabis business.

Our panel will provide an in-depth analysis of documents, data, and red flags that are needed for due diligence. The panel will specifically review the certificate of analysis (COA), license reviews, and commercial cannabis entity types. They will also provide insight into the unique components of a commercial cannabis business site visit and track and trace data used for due diligence analysis of commercial cannabis businesses.

This is an ACCCE On Demand video, available immediately.

Continuing Education: 2 credits

Cannabis Banking Due Diligence Concerns

Cannabis Banking Due Diligence Concerns

Ancillary cannabis business compliance and risk personnel can use this resource to assist them when conducting due diligence on commercial cannabis business customers. This resource will help you understand general risks to consider, as well as specific risks associated with brand companies and different commercial cannabis industry sectors.

This infographic is intended for:

  • Compliance Managers
  • Compliance Analysts
  • BSA/AML Officers
  • AML Analysts
  • Risk Managers
  • Risk Analysts

Produced by Jontae James for the “Cannabis Banking Due Diligence – Deep Dive” Webinar.

Cannabis Banking in the Boardroom: Risk Management

Cannabis Banking in the Boardroom: Risk Management

This webinar provides financial institution directors, executives, and officers in-depth training to move forward with considering cannabis banking or expanding their cannabis banking program. We will cover key data to benchmark your cannabis banking program with best practices for cannabis banking board oversight. Walk away with handouts that provide practical guidance and resources to bring back to your own boardroom.

Our expert panel includes Joe Bonner, an experienced Community Bank CEO, Andy Montgomery an experienced Bank CEO, and Carole McCormick the Chief Compliance Officer at North Bay Credit Union. The panel will provide information about the fundamentals of effective communication to the financial institution’s board of directors on cannabis banking. We will introduce key regulatory expectations, identify questions that management should answer for the board of directors, and provide red flags where the board should consider further actions.

This is an ACCCE On Demand video available immediately.

Continuing Education: 2 hours

Cannabis Banking Lead Director Checklist

Cannabis Banking Lead Director Checklist

Financial institution boards of directors and executives can use this checklist to guide the conversation on selecting a lead cannabis banking director, their major activities, and reports the board may want to review.

This checklist is intended for:

  • Financial institution board members
  • Financial institution executives
  • Financial institution compliance and risk functions

Produced by Joe Bonner for the “Cannabis Banking in the Boardroom: Risk Management” Webinar.

Cannabis Supply Chain Risk Management Fact Sheet

Cannabis Supply Chain Risk Management Fact Sheet

Save your business time and money by understanding the highest risk issues that the cannabis product supply chain exposes you to and how to manage those risks efficiently and effectively. This fact sheet will provide you with best practices for inventory and relationship management as well as how compliance and QA processes are critical to managing supply chain risks.

This fact sheet is intended for:

  • Commercial cannabis risk officers
  • Commercial cannabis compliance officers
  • Commercial cannabis CEOs
  • Commercial cannabis COOs

Produced by Elise Serbaroli for the ACCCE webinar De-Risking the Supply Chain.

CCCE Certification

CCCE Certification

The CCCE is for members who have risk management and/or commercial cannabis industry experience.

The CCCE exam assesses commercial cannabis industry knowledge and a comprehensive understanding of risk management practices that are covered in the Commercial Cannabis Handbook. The CCCE exam requires the ability to apply these concepts to specific situations in the commercial cannabis industry.