An Inside Look at Northern Bank’s Cannabis Banking Program

Wednesday, July 26th, 2023 1 PM EST | 60 Minutes

Northern Bank in Massachusetts operates a thriving and rapidly evolving cannabis banking program in a highly competitive market.  In this one-hour virtual session, we invite Josh Lanouette, Northern’s Head of Financial Crimes and Business Process Transformation, to provide an inside look at the program, which is now taking the unique step of offering $0 account service fees to the cannabis industry.  Hosted by Green Check subject matter expert Stacy Litke, with experience helping build and scale over 130 cannabis programs, this webinar gives attendees insights on providing a competitive cannabis line of business, adapting it to industry change, and branding it effectively in the face of competition. 

Topics Covered Include: 

  • Building a Business Case
  • Implementation after Board Approval
  • Competing in a Crowded Market
  • Going Through Examinations
  • Utilizing Technology
  • Marketing and Branding


  • Copies of all presentation materials
  • 90-day access to the recording 

Who Should Attend:

  • Board members
  • CEO
  • CFO
  • Compliance and risk officers
  • Branch operations managers
  • Business development teams
  • Lending officers
  • Marketing and communications teams


Stacy Litke

VP, Banking Programs, Green Check

Stacy Litke, VP of Banking Programs leads the client facing cannabis banking teams at Green Check.  Stacy has decades of experience in banking and has seen the financial services industry from the seats of Community Banker, FinTech Leader and Technology Consultant. In her role at Green Check, she and her team have developed best practices for banking the cannabis industry through working with more than one hundred financial institutions as they work to evaluate and implement cannabis banking programs, and conversations with regulators and examiners.

Josh Lanouette

Head of Financial Crimes and Business Process Transformation, Northern Bank & Trust

Josh Lanouette is the Head of Financial Crimes and Business Process Transformation at Northern Bank & Trust Company where he is responsible for the management and execution of the bank’s fraud and anti-money laundering programs. In his role, he developed the bank’s current program for the onboarding and monitoring of cannabis customers. Prior to joining Northern Bank, he was a Senior Manager in Ernst & Young’s Forensic & Integrity Services practice where he assisted financial services companies with investigations, litigation support and regulatory responses.