A half-banked industry -- new cannabis businesses need access to financial service

Editor's Note: This article first appeared in The Charleston Gazette-Mail on October 21, 2018. If you ever open a cannabis business, you will have this meeting: Some really big guys will contact you about your cash problem. A cash problem only they could solve. It will require unmarked, bullet-proof vans, guns, more big guys, and some special relationships with government officials. At one point when you ask how they get the money through a specific checkpoint, one of them will reply, “We know a guy.” A little shaken from the mafia-like meeting you might research why it is difficult for cannabis businesses to get typical merchant services like the ability to wire payroll or write checks. As

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