Banking With Marijuana Related Businesses: A Different Perspective

March 2017

by Justice J. Brooks I |

Since “The Arkansas Medical Marijuana Amendment of 2016” was approved last November, it has received a pessimistic reaction in the Arkansas banking community due to the risks associated with providing banking services to marijuana related businesses (“MRBs”).  Most notably, marijuana is still illegal under federal law.  Still, several financial institutions in other states where marijuana is legal for either medical or recreational use have started doing  business with MRBs despite the risks.  With this in mind, Arkansas banks should consider the potential financial and social benefits of working with MRBs and ways they can reduce the associated risks before rejecting the idea.

Note:  This is an excerpt from an article in the Winter 2017 issue of the Arkansas Community Banker.  Click the link below to read the complete article.


For more information please contact Justice J. Brooks I at 501-379.1723 or