January Cannabis Banking Bootcamp

Thursday, January 19th, 2023 1 PM EST | 150 Minutes

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Green Check’s Cannabis Banking Bootcamp is a two-hour intensive course, followed by a half-hour optional special topics session, that prepares banking professionals to engage with the legal cannabis industry.  Taught by Green Check’s subject matter experts, and regulatory professionals that have worked with nearly 100 banks and credit unions to develop efficient and profitable cannabis programs, you will gain practical insight into the realities of banking the industry.

The Fundamentals of Cannabis Banking (120 minutes)

  • Essential terminology: cannabis/marijuana/hemp, THC/CBD
  • The cannabis market opportunity in the U.S.
  • Defining cannabis businesses and identifying their needs
  • Federal and state cannabis law, guidance, and regulations
  • FinCEN’s 2014 marijuana banking guidance: what you need to know
  • Locating and onboarding cannabis businesses
  • Ongoing monitoring and working with your examiner

An Inside Look at Republic Bank of Arizona’s Program

Frank Smith, SVP of Operations at Republic Bank of Arizona, is one of the leading experts on cannabis banking having built multiple programs.  He will join us to share insights on why and how RBOA is seeing exceptional growth of their cannabis line of business.


  • Copies of all presentation materials
  • A cannabis banking policy template
  • A copy of the sample financial model developed during the session
  • A copy of the sample risk assessment questions
  • 90-day access to a recording of both sessions

Who Should Attend:

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


Frank Smith

SVP of Operations, Republic Bank of Arizona

Frank joined Republic Bank of Arizona in January 2020 as vice president of operations and was later promoted to senior vice president. His depth of knowledge and experience in the operations, compliance and risk management side of banking are valuable assets to the bank. Having worked for several regional and community banks in the Valley, his range of experience includes IT, fraud prevention, risk management, Bank Secrecy Act activities, and other general operations responsibilities. One of the more fascinating and unique areas of banking that Frank has developed a keen specialty in is marijuana-related business (MRB) banking. Prior to joining RBAZ, Frank developed the MRB banking program for another local community bank. After four plus years running the program there, he’s become one of a select few experts in the industry.

Paul Dunford

Co-Founder and VP of Knowledge, Green Check

Paul is a co-founder of Green Check Verified, where he is the VP of Knowledge. Paul oversees the development and management of compliance programs for Green Check Verified’s clients, with a focus on state-level compliance as well as compliance around federal guidance.

Julie Mott

Director, Program Implementations, Green Check Verified

Julie Mott is the Director of Program Implementations at Green Check Verified. She has over two decades of experience working for banks and credit unions in operations, retail, and lending. Prior to joining Green Check, Julie was VP, Deposit Operations Manager for a Rhode Island based, $1.3B institution. She is committed to ensuring exemplary service and support to each of Green Check’s partner financial institutions.