Why Do Cannabis Dispensaries Round Up The Sale?

Ever wondered why your trip to a cannabis dispensary ends with a rounded-up payment and change handed back to you? Let’s unravel the mystery behind what’s commonly known as the “Cashless ATM” or, in industry lingo, point-of-banking.

What’s a Cashless ATM?

Unlike that bulky machine in a bar corner, a cashless ATM in dispensaries is more subtle, but its operation is quite intriguing. Picture this: You’re at a dispensary, your purchases are totalled, and you swipe your debit card. Sounds typical, right? But here’s the twist – the amount is rounded up to the nearest $5 or $20, and you get change back, just like an ATM withdrawal.

But here’s the kicker – it’s not actually dispensing cash, nor is it a typical purchase transaction. The terminal is programmed to mimic an ATM withdrawal, sending funds directly to the merchant’s account. So, why the roundabout way?

The Why Behind Cashless ATMs in Dispensaries

It’s all about the convenience and safety of card payments, both for consumers and retailers. With society steadily marching towards cashless transactions, these ATMs offer a workaround in an industry hamstrung by federal laws that don’t allow direct card payments for cannabis.

But it’s not all roses and sunshine. Customers often bear the brunt of extra fees – from out-of-network charges by banks to convenience fees at dispensaries. And for dispensary owners, the legality of cashless ATMs is a grey area.

Legality: A Grey Area?

For a cashless ATM to be above board, all parties – from banks to card networks – must be in the know about the nature of these transactions. However, this isn’t always the case, leading to potential accusations of bank fraud and money laundering.

So, what’s the verdict? Are they legal? It’s a complex question with no clear-cut answer. But what’s clear is the need for transparency and compliance with financial laws to avoid stepping into illegal territory.

Exploring Compliant Cannabis Payment Solutions

Amidst this ambiguity, there’s a growing call for legitimate, compliant payment solutions in the cannabis industry. Options that don’t skirt the edges of legality but rather pave the way for a more transparent and secure future in cannabis transactions.

At Bankcard International Group, we’re committed to exploring and advocating for such solutions. We understand the importance of keeping pace with evolving regulations and the need for secure, compliant payment methods in the cannabis sector.

Got Questions or Concerns?

If you’re navigating the complex world of cannabis payments and need some guidance, don’t hesitate to reach out. We’re here to help demystify these processes and provide you with the insights you need to make informed decisions. After all, understanding is the first step towards progress.

Remember, when it comes to cannabis payments, the right information can make all the difference. Let’s work together to ensure your payment processes are as transparent and compliant as possible. Reach out to us – we’re here to help!

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