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Banking Marijuana-Related Businesses

Marijuana-Related Businesses (MRBs) are now legal in several states. Servicing them can be complicated, yet profitable, for community banks. In this presentation, experienced bankers/former regulators will discuss how to comfortably and confidently bank the cannabis industry while maintaining BSA/AML obligations.

Our guest speakers from Link to Banking cover the Cole Memorandum, FinCEN’s guidelines on serving the industry and strategies for remaining compliant while banking MRBs.


Credits Awarded: 1 CAMS, 1.25 CRCM


Download to Learn:

  • Things to consider before providing banking services to MRBs
  • MRB regulations by state and how that affects your community bank or credit union
  • Customer due diligence procedures when working with MRBs

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About the Presenters

Robert Casares, CAMS

President and Co-Founder, Link To Banking

Robert Casares







Robert Casares, CAMS, has a background in financial crime risk management, compliance, banking and information technology. He has conducted multiple high profile fraud investigations with members of Secret Service, FBI and IRS Criminal Investigations. Throughout his career as a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS), Robert has made significant contributions to preventing criminal activity. He is the President and Co-Founder of Link To Banking, the leading financial solutions company for the cannabis industry.


Tom Fleming, CAMS

Chairman and Co-Founder, Link to Banking

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Tom Fleming, CAMS, has over 48 years of experience in banking and BSA/AML compliance. He served two terms at FinCEN, including the Assistant Director of the Office of Compliance. Prior to FinCEN, Tom worked for the Office of Thrift Supervision as well as the OCC. Before joining the government, Tom spent 22 years in the banking industry, specializing in compliance and mortgages. He is the Chairman and Co-Founder of Link to Banking.