The dysfunction between state and federal jurisdiction of cannabis is shown in no harsher light than the failure of a Colorado district court to acknowledge the dangers in handling the large sums of money generated by the cannabis industry without a bank.

If only there were an organization that ​developed national, third-party ​standards ​specific to the cannabis ​industry that all stakeholders ​could​ support. There is such an organization and it is FOCUS. Adoption of FOCUS standards nationally would ​provide​ a ​safe, ​level playing field in which regulators, bankers, insurers​,​ investors​, industry, patients, consumers and the public ​could all gain confidence in the industry’s legitimacy.