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Retail sales of cannabis products became legal at the state level in California, effective January 1, 2018. To date, nine states and the District of Columbia have approved similar measures nationwide. Combine this with other changes, including medical, we now have twenty-nine states offering some type of legal or decriminalized cannabis policies. These voter approved initiatives have established a new industry, legal within a state, but still illegal at the federal level. Now financial institutions need to make decisions on how to address this in their policies. This is not only related to banking a cannabis related business, but what about employees of that business, who may also be accountholders? Join WesPay to better understand why it is important for you to have a policy around banking this industry, even if you have no intention of promoting the business.
Jim Petkovits, AAP, NCP, APRP
Jim is Vice President of Education for WesPay and has over eighteen years of payments experience. Jim is responsible for developing and providing education and training to WesPay members through in-person workshops, webinars and in-house training. Prior to joining WesPay, Jim was the ACH Education and Training Manager for NWCHA since 2001, and a Customer Service Manager for Bank of America’s ACH Regional Processing Center in Seattle. Jim holds the Accredited ACH Professional (AAP), National Check Professional (NCP), and Accredited Payments Risk Professional (APRP) accreditations.
Connie LaChance, AAP, NCP, APRP
Vice President, Education & Training
Before coming to WesPay, Connie has spent nearly twenty years working in the Credit Union industry. She began her career in accounting and quickly became immersed in ACH payments. For over twelve years, she has been in involved in ACH Operations; with the past eight years managing the ACH department at Ent Credit Union and participating in the Federal Reserve’s Retail Payments Advisory Group. Connie currently holds the AAP, NCP, and APRP designations.