Alaska credit union to end marijuana business pilot program – CityNews Vancouver

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska — An Alaska credit union intends to discontinue a pilot program to provide checking and savings accounts to marijuana-related businesses.

The Anchorage Daily News reported Tuesday that Credit Union 1 will end the program Aug. 30 because a critical insurance coverage will no longer be available.

Credit Union 1 announced the program’s launch in November to establish financial services for the primarily cash-operated industry.

The newspaper reports cannabis businesses often operate in cash because banks and credit unions are wary of taking on clients whose product is still federally illegal.

Credit Union 1 CEO James Wileman says marijuana-related businesses cannot continue the program beyond a pilot phase without the liability coverage.

He says four marijuana-related businesses participated in the program, which did not perform as well as the credit union expected.


Information from: Anchorage Daily News,

The Associated Press

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