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Why we're pursuing hemp business banking
Our roots have a strong foundation in agricultural lending. For more than 100 years, we've helped family farms and suppliers grow their businesses.
When the Farm Bill passed in 2018, our team quickly built a robust hemp banking program and a best-in-class, internal compliance program to help growers and farmers succeed in this rapidly expanding industry.
We believe in the future of hemp markets and actively pursue quality relationships.
Customizable solutions for your industry
Get customized payment processing services that scale with the size of your business.
Loans and Lines of Credit
We offer business credit cards and flexible owner-occupied commercial real estate lending solutions.
Equipment Financing & Leasing
Finance the equipment and machinery you need to grow your hemp business.
No matter the size of your business, we've got business checking options to meet your needs.
ACH Direct Deposit
Deposit funds with secure Automated Clearing House, or ACH, services.
Move funds when and where you need them with same-day wire transfers.
Remote Deposit Capture
Save time by depositing checks remotely.
Manage your business accounts on the go with 24/7 mobile access.
We offer advanced loss prevention services to help protect your company.D
Banking with us
It's fast and easy to get started. Our experts guide you through the entire process—from beginning to end.
An experienced hemp banking specialist helps you collect all required documentation and addresses any questions you may have.
We work closely with you to ensure you submit a fully documented and supported application, allowing for an efficient review and account acceptance process.
Upon approval, a hemp banking specialist completes your account setup and ensures all of your services are established.
Our hemp banking team provides continuous, personalized service to help support your short- and long-term business goals.
People often ask us
We understand the inherent challenges of establishing a banking relationship in the hemp industry. With this in mind, we've built a knowledgeable team of product and industry experts to make the establishment of your relationship as simple and quick as possible.
- Hemp specialists that know your industry
- A powerful combination of lending and merchant services
- A large, national hemp-friendly bank that offers a full suite of banking products and services to meet your needs
- The support of an expansive branch network
- A bank with a robust digital platform that will be able to accommodate your company's growth
- A bank that possesses a knowledgeable team that knows your industry and can help protect your best interests
Per the 2018 Farm Bill, hemp is "the plant Cannabis sativa L. and any part of that plant, including the seeds thereof and all derivatives, extracts, cannabinoids, isomers, acids, salts, and salts of isomers, whether growing or not, with a delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol concentration of not more than 0.3% on a dry weight basis."
Hemp has been around for centuries and was first introduced in America in the early 1600s as an industrial crop, where it was used for products such as paper and rope. By the early 20th century, the American hemp industry began to decline as manufacturers began to import synthetic fibers, which decreased the demand for high-quality domestic hemp.
In addition, the Marijuana Tax Act of 1937 was enacted, which hindered domestic farmers by adding a $100 transfer tax on sales. During World War II, the federal government temporarily lifted the Marijuana Tax Act and launched a pro-hemp campaign to encourage American farmers to grow hemp, which was used to produce products like rope for the US Navy.
In 1970, the government passed the Controlled Substances Act, which regulated all cannabis, including hemp. With the passage of the 2014 Farm Bill, states implemented laws to allow the US Department of Agriculture and universities to grow hemp for research or pilot programs. With the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill, hemp was removed from the Controlled Substances Act and farmers were legally able to grow hemp.
Hemp and marijuana both come from the same species, Cannabis sativa. Hemp, however, is defined as a Cannabis plant that contains 0.3% or less THC—whereas marijuana contains more. The federal government has legalized hemp under the 2018 Farm Bill. However, marijuana remains illegal at the federal level.
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First Citizens does not charge fees to download or access First Citizens Digital Banking, including the First Citizens mobile banking app. Mobile carrier fees may apply for data and text message usage. Check with your carrier for more information. Fees may apply for use of certain services in First Citizens Digital Banking.
There is a $150 monthly compliance fee associated with Hemp/CBD relationships. This fee will be charged to a designated checking account. Account openings and credit are subject to bank approval. Individual state licensing and registration requirements apply. All accounts are subject to the terms and conditions included in our Depositors Agreement and Fee Schedules.
Insurance products are not insured by the FDIC or any federal government agency and are not a deposit or other obligation of, or guaranteed by, any bank affiliate. Not available in all areas. Consult with your local banker.
Remote Deposit Capture is subject to contractual terms and conditions.
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