Keynote: John Vardaman

Mr. Vardaman will discuss the importance of banking to the marijuana industry, in particular, federal guidance on the subject of banking for the cannabis industry and the response by the banks in light of the federal guidance and risks still presented. Based on his experience at the Department of Justice and at Hypur, Mr. Vardaman will address the shifting perceptions about banking services for cannabis businesses and provide insight on the future of cannabis banking. Finally, he will discuss his role in drafting the Cole Memorandum and shed light on how that process unfolded during his time at the Department of Justice.