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Alliance Financial Network EXPO Press Release New Branches Opening

February 11, 2018

Denver, Colorado

During the past 10 days and into the next 10, Alliance Financial Network continues to present eXPO,  its national Financial Institution registered with FinCEN for highly regulated industries to municipal and state governments for their cannabis industry.

eXPO, electronic eXchange POrtal established its network in Colorado and is now opening branches in the Pacific Northwest, Southwest, northeast and in discussions in Hawaii, Canada and the Caribbean.

“Banking begins with compliance and eXPO, integrated with its eXPO Total Tracking,  provides a process that allows eXPO to file SARS reports, CTRs and 8300s with confidence and accuracy that all financial reporting is accurate and timely in real time,” Larry Lipman, CEO recently commented at a gathering in Las Vegas of over 125 New Jersey and Nevada Government officials along with cannabis Legal, accounting and business owners.

Lipman continued, “ eXPO provides seed to CPA Tracking that’s integrated with leading state tracking software or provides the state with real time tracking along with POS and electronic inventory parent/ child tracking,  date and time stamped to accounting, armored car and domestic merchant processing with instant batch out per transaction-without work arounds and the need to disguise the business. “

With complete turnkey banking services and a transparent compliance system, eXPO also provides cannabis businesses with the software that assists in legally reducing the tax burden of IRS 280E, upheld by the courts since 1982.

eXPO is nearly 3 years in the making, federally compliant as a cashless and seed to CPA Software and operating. As eXPO becomes the state and municipality standard, it’s gathering predictability, analytic data and becomes a valuable tool for legal, accounting, business and government decision making and reducing tax shrink.

For more information contact

Larry Lipman


Alliance Financial Network Inc


NCBA 2018 Call for Proposals and Schedule

NCBA’s legal educational program consists of high-quality legal education presented by expert attorneys at the top of their fields. The content for our programs is wide-ranging, relevant, and addresses everything from the foundation of the cannabis movement to the most topical issues affecting stakeholders in the industry.  Our goal is to provide information the cannabis bar needs to become fluent in the issues that affect our cannabis industry clients.  To provide our members with such useful and instructive content, we need you!

Although all proposals will be considered, preference will be given to active NCBA members and those who have submitted proposals that best relate to current, challenging issues in the cannabis industry. NCBA will contact you if your proposal is accepted. If you have questions contact us at cle@canbar.org. We invite you to submit a proposal by completing this NCBA Program Proposal Form and agreeing to the Terms and Conditions set forth below.

To participate in an NCBA Continuing Legal Education webinar or live seminar, a proposal must be submitted on the form below.

Deadlines for Proposals:

Webinars: Ongoing

NCBA @ MJBizNext (New Orleans, May 8-9, 2018) – Programming scheduled SUBMISSIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED OR CONSIDERED FOR THIS PROGRAM.

This program will focus on emerging issues: Corporate Governance, Corporate Growth (Financing and Investment), Government Relations, CBD, International, and Ethics.

NCBA @ NCIA Summit (San Jose, July 24, 2018) – March 1, 2018

This program will focus on compliance topics: Securing State and Local License and Permits, Environmental Law, Making Health Claims under FDA Scrutiny, Insurance, Products Liability, Seed to Sale: Track and Trace, and Ethics.

Cannabis Law Institute (Washington DC, September 7-8, 2018) – March 15, 2018

This program will highlight legalization issues and focus on advanced legal topics (TBD).

Scheduled Presentations:

1.     Once approved, NCBA requires headshots for each presenter and a signed Presenter Guidelines & Consent and Media Release Form, which will be provided with the approval notification.

2.     For panels, the presenters must meet, telephonically or in person, no less than 6 weeks prior to the presentation with at least one person from the CLE content committee present at the meeting. This meeting should get the participants acquainted and talking about the presentation to identify the key legal issues and determine the role of each participant.

3.     The speaker or a designated representative of the panel shall submit Presentation Materials :

Deadlines for Presentation Materials:

Webinars: 4 weeks before scheduled broadcast date

NCBA @ MJBizNext   April 4, 2018

NCBA @ NCIA Summit  June 22, 2018

Cannabis Law Institute   August 3, 2018

Presentation materials must include, at a minimum:

  • An outline of the major talking points of the presentation. The outline need not be detailed, but should include estimated allocated timing for each major segment/presenter.
  • A slide deck on the NCBA PowerPoint™ template.  Slide requirements will depend on the number of people on your panel. A one hour presentation should have 12-40 slides with content. Each slide must include one substantive point related to the presentation. You can update the slide deck and send it to info@canbar.org AND bring it on a drive to the presentation.
  • Two pieces of written material, per presenter. One piece of written material must be black letter law in the form of either legislative action, regulation, case law, or policy memo. The other may be any material related to the content of the presentation, such as background material, written thought piece, economic data, charts, etc.


Illinois Health Department Appeals Court Decision to Add Intractable Pain to MMJ List


Title: Ohio Establishes Medical Marijuana Help Line, Continues Preparations for September Launch

Author: Cannabis Business Times

Date: 12 February 2018

URL: http://www.cannabisbusinesstimes.com/article/ohio-establishes-medical-marijuana-helpline-preparations-for-launch/?isid=NDc3MTM5OA%3d%3d


Ohio has awarded a contract for a toll-free help line for medical marijuana patients, caregivers and doctors as the program continues to roll out in the Buckeye State for its planned September 2018 launch.

The call center will offer factual information to those accessing the program, but will not provide medical or legal advice, says Cheryl McDaniel, CEO of Direct Success Inc., a business support services company whose Ohio subsidiary, Extra Step Assurance, will operate the help line.

“We’re not directing people, but what we’re going to do is give them the tools to make their own decision,” McDaniel says.


Title:  Industry group forming around Central Oregon cannabis

Author: Ben Bulletin

Date: 12 February 2018

URL: http://www.bendbulletin.com/business/5993017-151/industry-group-forming-around-central-oregon-cannabis


An association of Central Oregon cannabis businesses is forming, a group its organizers expect will also include businesses that serve that sector.

The association will resemble the local industry clusters organized around food products, technology and outdoor gear, but with an added emphasis on lifting the stigma attached to marijuana, according to the group behind the project. Attorney Jennifer Clifton, of Clifton Cannabis Law, said she expected to file the paperwork as early as next week to create a nonprofit organization.



Two quick things.

Plants/Inventory Transfer Deadline Extended

To help ease licensee transition to Leaf, we’re extending the deadline for transferring plants and inventory into Leaf until Feb. 28. The previous deadline was Feb. 15, 2018. The QA results deadline has been extended to March 15, 2018. The previous deadline was Feb. 28.

Webinar Recording

A recording of today’s webinar on traceability issues is now live on the LCB website.  You can access the link from the Traceability landing page. https://lcb.wa.gov/mjtrace/traceability