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Involved in cannabis? This is why pin based debit processing is a must.

May 9, 2018

The Cannabis industry is projected to hit $31.4 Billion by 2021. At the end of 2017 the industry was worth close to $8 Billion and growing exponentially;



This creates unique opportunities as well as challenges if you're currently involved, or are planning to get involved in the cannabis industry.


As the industry started to grow domestically, most of the transactions were processed in cash.  But as the cannabis industry is starting to grow at an accelerated level, cash transactions present a unique set of challenges to business owners and entrepreneurs, given the inherent safety and security concerns that go along handling large amounts of cash. Aside from exposing the operations to theft, it is increasingly challenging to keep accurate accounting records to track leads and promote marketing efforts that would encourage repeat sales from existing customers.  Credit cards are not accepted at the moment due to presumed liability issues which leaves a giant gap to be filled.


On top of logistical issues handling large amounts of cash, this option becomes exasperated when it's compounded by poor customer service due to long lines, the need to have access to an ATM machine in or close to the premises, not to mention ATM maintenance, servicing breakdowns, and foreign ATM fees charged by their bank in addition to the upfront fee. 


There is a better solution and it's called Pin-Based Debit Processing. It is not only State Bank sponsored, but it's also insured and approved. Here are some other benefits to Pin-Based Debit Processing:


• Eliminates cash transactions

• Attract and retain customers with more payment options

• Accurate online reporting

• EMV ready. It has the options to accept chip and non-chip cards

• Digital signature capture technology compliant

• Less expensive for customers than ATM fees

• Increases spontaneous spending at the point of sale


The Merchant Club of America is one of the few national vendors that can offer this exclusive service to the industry. Fill out the form below for more information or if you would like to get started with your very own Pin-Based Debit Processing system.  

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