With the passage of the Rohrabacher-Farr amendment in the $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government until September 30, 2017, Congress continues its hands-off approach to the medical marijuana industry. Attached as a rider to the appropriations bill, Rohrabacher-Farr now allows marijuana dispensaries powerful ‘safe harbor’ protections. As a consequence, SinglePoint, Inc. (OTC: SING) is rebooting its initiatives, started two years ago, to be a ‘first mover’ in providing payment solutions to the cannabis vertical through its SingleSeed payments subsidiary.
SinglePoint has been working with medical marijuana (MMJ) businesses for a long time, as GeekWire reported in August 2014 (http://nnw.fm/TM4qv). Back then, the company engaged with more than 100 state-licensed dispensaries in Colorado and Washington to set up point-of-sale terminals that would enable patients to pay for their marijuana purchases with debit and credit cards. SinglePoint’s leadership in providing payment solutions to the newly legalized MMJ industry went up in smoke, however, since banks, afraid of falling afoul of the law, refused to process the payments. Federal money transmitting regulations prohibit…
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