Category: Financial

5 common pitfalls that have crushed small startups

December 11th, 2017

As an advocate for small business owners and a veteran of the finance industry, I have listened to hundreds of requests for capital from both cannabis-based businesses and business owners in other sectors. There are a few key mistakes I have seen business owners make time and time again that…

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Banking challenges and opportunities

October 27th, 2017

One of the biggest challenges for marijuana-related businesses is obtaining access to banking and other financial services. As long as marijuana remains illegal at the federal level, many banks, credit unions, lenders and other financial institutions will continue to remain wary of the industry, no matter how many states legalize…

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Ryan Lowther

September 14th, 2017

As prospective cannabis entrepreneurs attempt to understand state and local regulations — while putting together business plans and marketing strategies — many attorneys across the country are scrambling to do the same. After all, the marijuana business and its complex regulations weren’t exactly taught at law school. After working at…

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Plastic and Pot

September 7th, 2017

Most professional cannabis retailers know the struggles of collecting and making payments within the marijuana industry. For years, even in states where medical weed has long been legal, dispensaries and other marijuana-related businesses could hardly hope to have a bank account, let alone accept credit and debit payment cards. Visa…

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Decreasing the dependence on cash for canna-businesses

August 24th, 2017

We live in a credit/cash-equivalent based economy. Yet, cannabis businesses still rely on cold, hard cash for virtually everything and face immense burdens when it comes to running their everyday operations because of it. Conducting transactions in a cash-only atmosphere causes myriad issues with payroll, accounts payable, accounting and taxes.…

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Investing in Canada

August 4th, 2017

In more ways than geography, Canada is “higher” than the United States. Since the 2015 election of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, investors globally have had an eye on Canada. In April, the Liberal government introduced a measure to legalize cannabis; investor confidence is soaring; Canadian cannabis stocks continue to trade…

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Owe taxes you can’t pay? You have options

July 18th, 2017

Do you or your business owe taxes you can’t pay? Have you received a collection notice from the IRS or had your bank accounts garnished? First, file all your tax returns. People often delay filing tax returns if it will result in a tax bill they are unable to pay,…

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Don’t Let Your Green Go Up In Smoke

June 27th, 2017

As new cannabis investors and entrepreneurs hasten to enter the Green Rush, many, if not all, feel overwhelmed. A solid vision, business plan and novel product offerings are no longer enough to break through in this competitive marketplace. Business owners and operators spend countless hours on permits, compliance, financing, taxes,…

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Without bankruptcy option, personal assets are at risk

June 15th, 2017

Starting a cannabis business legally under state law requires owners to consider a wide range of possible challenges. Some of the major considerations include possible federal enforcement issues if the DEA changes its stance regarding the Cole Memo; concerns with banking because many FDIC-insured banks do not want to handle…

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The IRS is Looking

April 10th, 2017

Somewhere along the line, you made the difficult choice to become a part of the cannabis industry, which is fraught with risk of both criminal prosecution and excessive IRS scrutiny (read: disproportionate audit risk and huge tax rates). While we cannot predict what the current administration will do, we have…

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