Banking Issues in the Cannabis Industry: Managing Risk Under State and Federal Law

Legal & Regulatory Compliance

More and more states are legalizing the medicinal or recreational use of marijuana. The new administration in Washington is expected to take a more favorable view of the marijuana business than the Federal government has done in the past.  The House’s passage of the SAFE Act and the MORE Act may be further signs of changes to marijuana banking rules. This program will examine the current state of cannabis banking laws, and likely future developments. 

Who Should Attend: C-Level Officers, General Counsel & Legal Professionals, BSA Officer, Compliance & Risk Professionals, Business Development & Relationship Banking Executives 

Learning Objectives

  • Explore the SAFE Act and the MORE Act
  • Learn about the business risks under the Civil Asset Forfeiture Act
  • Understand the legal considerations when dealing with cannabis 


John Hosack 
John L. Hosack is a shareholder in the firm’s Los Angeles office and co-chair of Buchalter’s Title Insurance & Escrow Industry Group. He represents secured lenders and property owners at trial and on appeal in complex real property disputes, including lender liability, fraud, class actions, breaches of contract, wrongful foreclosures, mechanic’s liens, stop notices, judicial foreclosures, receiverships, escrow claims and title insurance claims. His transactional practice includes commercial real property loan documentation, loan workouts, REO sales and foreclosures.

Jason Goldstein
Jason E. Goldstein specializes in resolving complex business disputes for a diverse cross-section of clients which include private money lenders, insureds, credit unions, banks, loan servicers, individuals, landowners, pharmaceutical companies, vaping companies, equipment finance companies, brokers and investors. Jason is a shareholder in Buchalter’s Irvine office, co-chair of Buchalter’s Mortgage Banking Group, a fellow of the American College of Mortgage Attorneys (“ACMA”) and a member of the ACMA Title Insurance Committee.

Michael Flynn
Michael Flynn is a member of the firm’s Commercial Finance Practice Group and Mortgage Banking Group, and co-chair of Buchalter’s Financial Services Regulatory Group, and its Title Insurance & Escrow Industry Group in the Los Angeles office. Mr. Flynn applies his unique background as the former Acting General Counsel of HUD, and the former General Counsel of PNC Mortgage and Flagstar Bank, to counsel clients on a variety of regulatory, mortgage, consumer financial services, FinTech and real estate matters.

Oren Bitan
Oren Bitan has an extensive legal background that includes business, real estate, banking, receivership, consumer product, and commercial litigation. Mr. Bitan is known for his ability to solve complex business disputes for his clients in a strong but practical manner. He is a trusted advisor who guides his clients through their day to day legal concerns, and has particular expertise in matters involving real estate, banking and lending, creditors’ rights, wine, beer, liquor, cannabis, and intellectual property.

Webinar Fees

Pricing For Price Web Pass
Bank Member $195 $0
Bank Nonmember $395 $0
Affiliate Member $195 $0
Affiliate Nonmember $395 $0

Additional Info

Participants will earn 1.0 CPE credit

Field of Study: Specialized Knowledge

Prerequisites: None

Advanced Preparation: None

Program Level: Basic

Delivery Method: Group Internet Based

Refunds and Cancellations: Webinar registrations are non-refundable. If the registrant is unable to attend the designated time and date of the webinar, a playback link and any written materials will be provided within 2 business days following the conclusion of the webinar

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