The cannabis business over the years has witnessed several legislations changing the legal status of Marijuana. Although Marijuana is still seen as legal in some form in about 25 states in the United States, it is still considered a Schedule 1 substance at the Federal level. This factor makes it considerably difficult for cannabis businesses to borrow money from conventional lenders, banks and institutions. They are left with no choice but to rely on private or hard money lenders to fund their debt.

The unstable legal status of Marijuana is a key concern for private lenders looking to invest in the Billion-dollar industry with limited competition. If done appropriately, cannabis lending is extremely profitable for the lenders, but there are a few things to be duly informed about as private lenders

  1. Learn the Industry

The cannabis industry is still a relatively new one, even though marijuana cultivation has been in existence for thousands of years. Therefore, as a lender, you need to research all you can about the market, legislation surrounding it, and state guidelines, if there are any.

  1. Perform Due Diligence on the Business

The cannabis business needs a different level of scrutiny and due diligence in the loan valuation process due to shorter operational history, limited tax documentation and financial projections.

  1. Prepare for scrutiny

The majority of states with legislation legalizing Marijuana still have laws to scrutinize those dealing in the business and their financiers. So if you decide to invest in the cannabis business, be prepared for several formal documentation to regulators.

The cannabis industry is a relatively new and booming industry with numerous opportunities for lenders and brokers. To find out more about what you need to know before proceeding to lend cannabis business, click here.

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