Chicago, IL

April 5-8, 2020
Palmer House Hilton Hotel

About The Conference

Credit unions are uniquely designed to serve the growing legal cannabis business. In 33 states medical and recreational cannabis sales are legal. This extensive learning experience is designed to answer your questions.

What You Can Take Away

Experts from the credit union community, regulators, technology and the business world will address all of this and more at the first ever comprehensive Credit Union Cannabiz Conference.

  • Learn what cannabis business owners want.

  • Are you ready to open business accounts, does your core system support your plan?

  • What do regulators look for in a model compliance program?

  • Best practice strategy.

  • Is your board aware of the risks and the reason for entering the business?

  • How to communicate with employees, members, regulators and the community.

  • Managing reputational risk.

  • Learn what cannabis business owners want.

  • Are you ready to open business accounts, does your core system support your plan?

  • What do regulators look for in a model compliance program?

  • Best practice strategy.

  • Is your board aware of the risks and the reason for entering the business?

  • How to communicate with employees, members, regulators and the community.

  • Managing reputational risk.

Schedule

Early Registration and Reception
4:30 – 6:30 pm

Time Event
8:00 AM Registration & Networking Breakfast
9:00 AM Opening Keynote Speaker: Gov. Gary Johnson
What is the future of cannibis in america?
Who better to speak on the topic than someone who was advocating legalizing marijuana in 1999 as governor of New Mexico, Served as the CEO of Cannibis Sativa (a publicly traded cannibis company 2014-2015), took third place in the 2016 presidential election with 4.5 million votes and believes that wellness in America will include cannibis. Entrepreneur/athlete/politician Gary Johnson that’s who. Past/present/future of cannibis.
10:00 AM Networking Break with Exhibitors
10:15 AM General Session - Nancy Flynn
11:15 AM Networking Break
11:30 AM General Session - Ryan Canin
12:30 PM Networking Lunch - Sponsored by MNG 2005 INC.
1:30 PM General Session - Don Arkell
Are you looking to cash in on the cannabis explosion?
In 2020 dispensary sales for legal marijuana is expected to top $10B with an economic impact of over $50B to local economies. Is your credit union looking at ways to make MBLs to this industry? Is it a topic of strategic interest to your board of directors? If you answered yes to any of those questions than you will want to hear Don Arkell, Senior Consultant at CU Lending Advice talk about the challenges in Marijuana MBL lending. In his session, he will discuss case studies as well as the risks and rewards of entering this fast growing market
2:30 PM Networking Break
2:45 PM General Session - Zane Voranberg
Cannabis 101
Don’t know much about cannabis? Don’t worry. Zane Vorenberg is a journalist with 25 years of experience covering cannabis-related topics. In this session, he will outline the basics of cannabis products and types in both recreational and medical markets, explore how the industry has evolved and discuss some of the complexities of legalization. Got questions? Bring them.
3:45 PM Transition Time
4:00 PM Topic/Roundtables
5:00 PM Networking Reception
6:00 PM Enjoy Chicago - Dinner on your own
Time Event
8:00 AM Registration & Networking Breakfast
9:00 AM Opening Keynote – Lucy Ito, NASCUS
Canna-hemp-juana: It’s Complicated!
In the space of a mere few years, consumers, business owners, credit unions, state governments, and the US federal government have witnessed the banking of cannabis emerge from the shadows to the forefront of financial services. With the conflict between state and federal law yet to be reconciled, the issues are myriad and complex for both the credit union that decides to pro-actively bank marijuana (and/or hemp businesses) and the credit union that decisively says “no” to serving these businesses. Whether deciding “yes” or “no,” all credit unions must be able to navigate the maze of compliance requirements and understanding the complex organizational, regulatory, and legal world in which marijuana-related businesses operate.

In this session, we will review the status of cannabis legalization at the state level, the policy considerations for credit unions thinking of getting ”in,” the policy considerations for credit unions deciding to steer clear, the subjectivity of what constitutes a “marijuana-related business,” cross-border and interstate issues, the labyrinthine world of marijuana-related businesses, and the status of hemp guidance at the federal and state levels including the literal volatility of hemp. In a word, it’s complicated!
10:00 AM Networking Break
10:30 AM Keynote Speaker: Kevin Hart
Seeing 20/20 in 2020: The State of Cannabis Banking
There’s been quite a bit of activity around cannabis banking in 2019, and 2020 is already shaping up to be an even bigger year!

Join Green Check Verified’s CEO & Founder, Kevin Hart as he shares his learnings around the state of cannabis banking in 2019, and what's next for 2020.

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE PRESENTATION
  • Kevin's review of cannabis banking in 2019 and what that means for 2020
  • Cannabis banking across the US
  • Trends and expectations around cannabis banking throughout 2020
  • How to leverage data & automation as the foundation for an efficient, sustainable, compliant cannabis banking program
11:30 AM Networking Lunch - Sponsored by Simplifya-Logo
1:00 PM General Session – Tyler Berlnese
2:00 PM Networking Break
2:30 PM General Session – Lynn Cianni
3:30 PM Topic Pods/Round Tables
4:30 PM Reception
5:30 PM Enjoy Chicago – Dinner on your own
Time Event
8:00 AM Registration & Networking Breakfast
9:00 AM Open Panel Discussion - Aery
When your board says, “Start banking cannabis,” what do you do? For New Mexico’s US Eagle that meant launching a junior brand that exclusively handles cannabis related businesses. But it also meant learning about the business, touring dispensaries, finding partners, and notifying members. Also, telling staff and the call center that the credit union is offering cannabis accounts. Learn from a billion-dollar credit union about the pitfalls, and the success, as well as some funny stories about what it takes to bank cannabis funds.
10:00 AM Networking Break
10:30 AM Closing Keynote Speaker - Ashley Elsner
11:30 AM Closing Remarks
11:45 AM Conference ends

POWERED BY CUANM 

Location

Hotel lobby
Palmer House Hilton Hotel

Easy online registration – Early bird registration discount
Special $129 room rates at the historic Palmer House Hilton Hotel in Downtown Chicago IL

Sponsors

Exhibitors

Underwriters