About Brian Ellis

With 6 years' experience in business journalism, Brian is the person we turn to for anything related to the business of cannabis. His news coverage spans topics including marijuana business and finance. Brian's work features on themarijuanapages.com, marijuanareferral.com, , marijuanamerchantaccount.com and marijuanainsuranceagent.com.

California Senate Approves Legislation To Allow State-Chartered Cannabis Banks

In an effort to overcome the banking hurdle faced by the legal cannabis industry, Senate Bill 51 passed legislation to allow state-chartered cannabis banking. The bill still requires the approval of the Assembly and California State Governor Gavin Newsom before it becomes law. Through the provisions of SB 51, private banks and credit unions would […]

Aurora Cannabis And Tilray Cannabis Sales Boosted By Canada’s Recreational Marijuana Legalization

Canadian cannabis producers Tilray Inc and Aurora Cannabis Inc reported an increase in quarterly revenue last month, attributing the boost to increased demand. Canada was the first industrialized nation to legalize recreational cannabis in an effort to eliminate the black market, but continued growth in this industry is currently limited by lack of supply. When […]

Square Launches Program Providing Payment Processing For CBD Companies

After the company observed a change in public policy related to the cannabis industry, credit card processing company Square is positioning itself to create new opportunities for clients. The company has quietly, by invite-only, started beta-testing payment processing for companies that sell products containing hemp-derived CBD. Door Open, Door Closed Although hemp-derived CBD is now […]

Google Bans Cannabis Apps From Play Store

Google quietly unveiled an updated policy on May 29 that prohibits apps connecting people with cannabis products, even in states where it’s legal. The policy change was first reported by Android Police. In an attempt to make the Play Store more child-friendly, Google now requires all app developers to meet certain criteria related to their […]

Senator to Federal Small Business Administration: Are Federal Regulations Restricting Marijuana Industry Growth?

Federal officials from the Small Business Administration (SBA) met with members of the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee, and questioned how current laws related to cannabis inhibit the ability to do business in states where it is legal. The discussions come as members of Congress work on legislation that would allow small business assistance […]