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Cannabis Banking Solutions. It Can Be Done!

Cannabis Banking is a highly regulated and complex industry underpinned by compliance. You’re going to need help.

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Marijuana and Hemp Banking

Ever since the State of Washington legalized cannabis for adult use in 2014, Harris Sliwoski has been advising banks and credit unions on serving cannabis businesses. Today, we advise financial institutions across the United States on a variety of issues related to cannabis banking. Our client roster extends from limited asset credit unions to the U.S. federal government.

Banking is a highly regulated and complex industry, underpinned by compliance. With cannabis, banking has fragmented into two distinct sectors: marijuana and hemp. Marijuana businesses tend to be served by state-chartered credit unions, acting in compliance with dated federal guidance commonly referred to as the “FinCEN Guidelines.” Hemp businesses are also served principally by credit unions (state- and federally-chartered), with banks exploring the space in earnest after adoption of the 2018 Farm Bill.

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How Harris Sliwoski Can Help

Our lawyers have a diverse background of corporate and regulatory legal experience, including at law firms specializing in financial services. The cannabis banking work we do includes the following:

  • Regulatory advice and counsel on evolving state and federal cannabis laws and policies directly and indirectly related to cannabis business banking. These laws include everything from the Bank Secrecy Act to the Food, Drug, and Cosmetics Act
  • Advice on structuring due diligence programs for financial institutions to screen cannabis and ancillary businesses
  • Advice and counsel on required federal filings, including Suspicious Activity Reports
  • Assistance with FinCEN audits, including site visits
  • Opinion work on state law issues
  • Monitoring and interpretation of legislative developments that impact cannabis banking
  • Advising regulators in creating policies and drafting guidance for banks and credit unions

The next few years will bring rapid changes for banks, credit unions and cannabis customers and members, particularly on the hemp side. Marijuana banking is also set to take off in the event of further federal guidance or implementation of proposed legislation such as the SAFE Act. Let our cannabis banking lawyers help get you there. 

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Global Cannabis Banking Attorney Serving Financial Institutions Worldwide

Attorneys at Harris Sliwoski advise and represent financial institutions across all levels of operation, from local credit unions to mid-sized banks to large-scale international organizations. Our international and national cannabis banking lawyers have years of combined experience in the cannabis industry and keep pace with the latest precedents and ever-changing regulations regarding cannabis banking law.

Our reputation as a worldwide leader in cannabis banking emphasizes our commitment to helping each client navigate various industry challenges. Harris Sliwoski enables banks globally to work with cannabis businesses while meeting local, state, federal and international regulations. We have emerged at the forefront of the industry by litigating precedent-setting cases and educating the public through various media outlets.

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An intelligent, timely resource for the cannabis industry

Beyond advising individual businesses, our cannabis attorneys are committed to fortifying, defending, and building credibility for the industry as a whole. Harris Sliwoski’s cannabis business lawyers are more than legal strategists—they are thought leaders: forward-thinking bloggers, educators, writers, and speakers.

They regularly write articles for legal journals and frequently post to our acclaimed and widely followed Canna Law Blog. We speak to business and trade groups, academic institutions, and government bodies on a variety of cannabis legal issues, and our cannabis lawyers are frequently quoted by global, national, and local media outlets. We also have compiled (and are forever adding to) a Cannabis Glossary, to help with industry terminology. 


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Our Clients' Successes

“Harris Sliwoski expertly guided us through the formation of our company. They continue to assist with necessary registrations and compliance with numerous regulations. They were able to promptly answer all our many questions and provide understandable options, explanations and practical advice. We expect to continue to use Harris Sliwoski on a regular basis as our company expands. They were also able to introduce us other professional experts. We would not hesitate to recommend Harris Sliwoski to any companies in need of legal advice.”

user icon Three Continents Foods LLC

This law firm was a huge help as our company went through the process of commercial licensing in the California cannabis industry.  They have helped us with a variety of legal issues in a timely fashion, while clearly communicating with us throughout the process.  Everyone we’ve worked with at Harris Sliwoski is an expert in their field and we have always felt that we were in good hands through our legal representation.

user icon Wil Crummer, CEO PRO Farms

Legal stuff is always scary. And I’ve had to play offense a couple times, begrudgingly. To have Harris Sliwoski have my back? It made things a lot less prickly. They quickly walked me through my options, and were refreshingly consistent in their communications, timing and billing. I’ve been lucky to stay out of the legal side of things my whole career, thankfully. When things went a little wrong, Harris Sliwoski quickly made things right.

user icon Aaron Draplin, Founder Draplin Design Co.

I am impressed with this law firm. They answered all my questions regarding cannabis businesses and the California cannabis framework, and they have helped me with a variety of legal issues in a timely fashion, while always clearly communicating with us throughout the process. They also redirected me to other quality people for my business needs. Everyone I worked with at Harris Sliwoski is an expert in their field, and I was in good hands throughout my legal representation.

user icon Corey T., CEO Thinc Cubed, LLC

I have been working with the lawyers at Harris Sliwoski for more than 20 years both as a business owner and as an executive at a large east-coast health system and that is because they have always efficiently provided high level and clear international law advice. Most recently, Harris Sliwoski provided legal support on many matters related to procuring medical products worldwide. Their support was particularly helpful to during the onset of COVID, when there was a big need for securing PPE quickly, all while navigating complicated international and domestic legal requirements. Harris Sliwoski’s team of international lawyers helped by conducting rapid-fire due diligence on potential suppliers, navigating the legal logistics for getting product from overseas and through U.S. customs, and drafting contracts to protect against various sorts of horribles. They did this by essentially providing what amounted to 24/7 service. I cannot recommend them highly enough.

user icon Dan Pak Hospital Supply Chain Executive

Harris Sliwoski has represented our company in the legal cannabis industry for years. Harris Sliwoski has advised us in a wide variety of legal matters, and they are truly experts in their field. I would highly recommend Harris Sliwoski to anyone with questions about cannabis law, or any legal matters. They have been great for our Company, and will continue to guide us as our industry evolves

user icon Matt Hurt, COO Cannabis Nation

You won’t find a better partner than Harris Sliwoski when trying to navigate the complex world of healthcare regulations.  They not only give sound and reliable legal advice, but they are also very responsive and are able to guide you in a way that helps you reach your business objectives as well.

user icon Joseph Axelrod, General Counsel Irwin Naturals

When we started the process of building a ‘seed to sale’ cannabis company in Oregon, we saw the need for expert legal counsel.  The cannabis sector is fraught with potential peril at every turn, and we wanted the best legal advice we could find.  After talking to several firms and individuals, we feel extremely fortunate to have chosen Harris Sliwoski as our legal counsel.

user icon Tony Theiss, CEO and Co-Founder Redbarn Cannabis 

We use Harris Sliwoski on all our international legal matters, including on our international litigation matters. We have over the last few years been involved in a couple big international legal disputes and Harris Sliwoski’s international dispute resolution team provided us with expert legal assistance on both matters. They were always very careful to explain to us what they were doing and why and what their actions would likely cost us in legal fees. Most importantly, we did extremely well on both cases and I have no doubt Harris Sliwoski was a big factor in that.

user icon Kevin English, CEO We Are Camp

We have used Harris Sliwoski for legal help related to our international manufacturing. The lawyers with whom I worked had extensive familiarity with the international legal issues involved in our various projects and offered us key insights. I particularly appreciated how they always quickly and efficiently do what they say they will do and always within their cost estimates.

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