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Navigating Debt Collection in the Cannabis Industry’s Current State

Cannabis’s legal status presents issues for organizations at every point of the supply chain. Cash requirements limit the retailers’ cash flow and prevent them from repaying debt to vendors who themselves are at risk of losing licenses when creditors demand payment. Vendors must find effective ways to reclaim debt. However, uncertainty regarding the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act’s relationship with the cannabis industry lays a dense fog over the road to debt collection.

The best way to recover debt from delinquent cannabis customers is to partner with an experienced legal firm. Harris Sliwoski is at the forefront of cannabis laws. Our talented, driven lawyers stay in tune with the evolving cannabis law landscape to put your business in an advantaged position. As your legal partner, we will leverage our experience with debt collection and cannabis laws to execute effective, compliant strategies.

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When to Pursue Legal Guidance for Debt Collection as a Cannabis Company

Your business may need legal assistance to resolve delinquency under these circumstances:

  • An account is over 30 days past due: Expect payment within 30 days or take legal action to resolve the customer’s debt.
  • Communication with the customer ceases: Seek legal guidance to receive payment when delinquent customers avoid phone calls.
  • The customer’s purchasing habits change: Monitor accounts for billing changes that indicate the customer relies less on your product — a signal warning of future delinquency.
  • The customer builds a reputation: Gather feedback from other vendors and pursue legal guidance if late payments and delinquency are habitual.
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Bold Advice From Experienced Attorneys

Engaging an attorney is often a more successful debt-recovery strategy than working with a collection agency. The attorneys can take legal action on your company’s behalf that a collection agency lacks the power to initiate.

In the cannabis industry, it’s even more essential to have a law firm that understands the business’s nuances. These legal professionals leverage their unique knowledge of industry cash flows and working arrangements to help increase your chances of payment.

The Harris Sliwoski team boasts extensive industry experience, including state-specific experience, representing cannabis businesses. Our skills include practical debt collection advice in states like:

Our Cannabis Debt Collection Services

As part of our comprehensive cannabis debt collection services, Harris Sliwoski attorneys offer the following capabilities:

  • Preparing and forwarding demand letters according to law and best practices.
  • Filing legal actions against the customer company.
  • Collecting documents, depositions and written interrogatories as required.
  • Negotiating favorable settlements and drafting settlement agreements.
  • Representing you in civil actions before the court.
  • Enforcing settlement agreements or court-issued judgments.
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Benefits of Debt Collection Services for Cannabis Companies

Our debt collection services will enhance your cash flow by providing the revenue your organization deserves. Trust your debt collection to our legal team to benefit from:

  • Effective legal strategies: Attorneys design strategies that boost recovery rates.
  • Confident representation in court: Experienced litigators put your organization in command.
  • Fast resolution with delinquent accounts: Legal action creates urgency and moves the process forward.
  • Compliant debt collection methods: Cannabis law experts follow the necessary procedures to protect your organization while producing results.

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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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Get in Touch with Our Cannabis Debt Collection Team

As a legal team offering full-service planning for cannabis debt collection and related practice areas, Harris Sliwoski will see that your customers pay what they owe. Get started by filling out the form, or call 1-888-330-0010 to schedule an initial consultation.

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