- Medical marijuana now legal in 30 U.S. jurisdictions
- Comprehensive merchant processing solution dedicated to marijuana industry
- Frees customers and retailers from solely using cash
The Controlled Substances Act (CSA), signed into law by President Richard Nixon in 1970, continues to cast a baneful shadow over the liberalization landscape. In the half a century since its passage, public attitudes toward cannabis have changed. A survey conducted by the respected Pew Research Center late last year found that ‘57% of U.S. adults say the use of marijuana should be made legal’ (http://dtn.fm/Lz4FG). This is up from 12% in 1969, the year before the CSA became the law of the land. However, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) continue to buck this trend. As an example, in May 2017, Attorney General Jeff Sessions wrote Congress to record his opposition to the Rohrabacher-Farr amendment, the spending rider that bars the Justice Department from interfering with the implementation of state medical marijuana laws. Consequently, cannabis is neither fish nor fowl; it’s legal in some states but simultaneously illegal by federal law. Luckily, Medical Cannabis Payment Solutions (OTC: REFG) is offering a way out of this muddle. Through its wholly owned subsidiary, StateSourced, the company provides a proprietary, closed loop system of merchant processing for marijuana enterprises. Now marijuana dispensaries will have access to the only first-tier merchant processing operation currently available.
Despite being legalized in 29 states and the District of Columbia, medical marijuana remains a Schedule 1 substance under the Controlled Substances Act of 1970. Accordingly, the members of the U.S. Federal Reserve System feel compelled to abide by the provisions of the CSA and will not charter any financial institution that serves marijuana businesses. In a seminal case late in 2015, a federal judge dismissed a lawsuit brought by the Fourth Corner Credit Union of Denver that attempted to compel the Federal Reserve to grant the credit union a ‘master account’ (http://dtn.fm/2z0DN). The judge agreed with the motion put forward by the Fed that ‘even transporting or transmitting funds known to have been derived from the distribution of marijuana is illegal’ and that, unlike federal prosecutors who might not enforce the law if financial institutions observed certain guidelines for dealing with the marijuana industry, a court could not ‘look the other way’.
The morass resulting from the conflict between federal and state rules has created problems for the states that have legalized cannabis use, including difficulties collecting tax revenue, increased risk of serious crime, and the inability of a newly legal industry under state law to effectively engage in banking and commerce. However, Medical Cannabis Payment Solutions, which, since May 2013, has been focused on developing ancillary services for the marijuana industry, is now offering a robust, instrumental, closed loop merchant processing system.
In response to the overwhelming need to have a private encrypted digital solution to serve the rapidly growing legal marijuana industry, Medical Cannabis Payment Solutions, through subsidiary StateSourced, is bringing to market the first and only first-tier merchant processing operation of its kind. The company is offering a comprehensive structure which tracks sales and tax collection and empowers businesses with an outstanding state-of-the-art client management system. Medical Cannabis Payment Solutions, which expects its first sales soon, will earn revenue by charging transaction fees of up to 5% for all financial transactions. Management believes that, currently, no other company offers a comparable completely integrated closed loop first-tier processing system for cannabis transactions. The company’s unique selling proposition is likely to be welcomed by dispensaries as the trend toward legalization of medical and recreational marijuana strengthens.
For more information, visit the company’s website at www.MedicalCannabisPaymentSolutions.com
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