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February 2021
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Is Your Cannabis Banking Audit Program Up to Snuff?
There’s a lot of ground to cover in a cannabis banking regulatory exam, so teaming up with an audit specialist can help financial institutions be prepared and avoid “blind spots.”

Our own Tony Repanich sits down with Radhika Dholakia-Lipton and Frank Centofanti from RADD LLC to get their thoughts on BSA Audit programs. [Read now]
Senate Evaluates Cannabis Reform
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) says lawmakers are in the process of merging various marijuana bills, including his own legalization legislation, as the chamber works to enact reform this session. [Marijuana Moment]
 
A new year also brings continued efforts at the state level to expand legalization.  See the latest predictions from New Frontier Data.
“I believe in freedom. Let people do what they want. And it became pretty apparent years ago that all these horror stories, you know, ‘legalize marijuana and crime will go up’—well, states legalized, crime didn’t go up.” 

-Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer
Upcoming
On Feb. 4, Shield's Tony Repanich will lead the cannabis banking session at the Independent Bankers Association of New York State (IBANYS) 2021 Regulatory Compliance Update For Community Banks.

Registration is open now.
In Case You Missed It
Shield moderated a Western Bankers Association webinar, “Cannabis Banking: Fine-Tuning Your Risk Assessment.” [Available On-Demand]
Shield Compliance is transforming the way financial institutions manage risk, comply with regulations, and satisfy operational demands associated with serving the legal cannabis industry. Shield’s technology sits behind the financial institution, powering its compliance and risk management operations in the background. This approach enables financial institutions to grow their portfolios and gain an early-mover advantage on new relationships and the added revenue from these customers while protecting themselves from the risk associated with banking this industry. 
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