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Cash Remains King in U.S. Cannabis Industry as Payment Options Face Hurdles

MRBCash Remains King in U.S. Cannabis Industry as Payment Options Face Hurdles

The legal cannabis industry in the U.S. is experiencing significant growth, but it still faces challenges when it comes to payment options for customers. Mastercard recently banned cannabis dispensaries from processing debit card transactions due to the federal illegality of cannabis. This move by major credit card networks reflects the federal regulations they must adhere to, regardless of the legality of cannabis transactions in certain states.

The cannabis industry has been grappling with payment issues, including the shutting down of “cashless ATMs” that allowed debit card purchases at ATMs and the recent ban on Mastercard debit card transactions. This has led dispensaries to rely on cash for their business operations, which carries security risks and challenges in handling, counting, storing, and depositing large amounts of cash.

To mitigate these risks, dispensaries can use tools like smart safes, which automate cash counting and increase security. However, going cash-only has its downsides, including smaller basket sizes for customers and an impact on the overall customer experience.

The passage of the SAFE Banking Act could provide federal protections to banks offering financial services to cannabis businesses. This could alleviate some of the challenges faced by the industry in terms of payment options and financial services.

Despite these challenges, cash remains the most reliable and direct payment method for cannabis dispensaries, and many businesses are finding ways to make working with cash more efficient and secure.

By FCCT Editorial Team

Disclaimer: The views expressed in this article are independent views solely of the author(s) expressed in their private capacity.

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