July 25, 2019 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
K&L Gates LLP
599 Lexington Ave
New York
NY 10022

Legal Cannabis—The Money Problem

Thursday, July 25, 2019
at the offices of K&L Gates LLP
599 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10022


Cash is disappearing. We still use it for small ticket items—coffee, snacks—how many of us use cash for something costing $30, $50, or $100? Few.

But there is an alternative world where cash is still king, and that world is not one of crime. It is the world of legal cannabis. Thirty states have legalized cannabis for medical or recreational purposes, but the federal government still regards marijuana as a drug on the par of heroin. And this creates a world where people can open stores and sell products, but cannot get bank accounts and must pay their taxes with bags of cash.

How are consumers, companies, and states dealing with this? How likely is legislative change?

Join NYPAY for a drink and lively discussion of this increasingly prominent topic.

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Moderated by
David True, President, NYPAY


David True is the Managing Director of Broadly Curious Advisors, which consults on payments, loyalty and rewards, and mobile delivery channels. He has over 25 years of experience in all aspects of payments and has worked in senior roles at American Express, MasterCard, and a European VC firm in addition to his roles. David writes widely on payments and mobile commerce, advises buy-side money managers on payments issues, works with multiple startups, and speaks frequently at industry events. David has a BA in English Literature and Composition from Binghamton University and an MBA from University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

The Panelists

Dustin Eide

Dustin Eide

CEO, CanPay

Dustin Eide is the CEO of CanPay, the first legitimate debit payment platform for the cannabis industry. With a background in payment solutions ranging from traditional retail and ecommerce businesses to banks and technology partners, Dustin looked to the legal marijuana industry and apply his knowledge of the payments space to a new marketplace that lacked access to traditional financial services. CanPay launched in November 2016 and currently serves over 350 dispensaries across eighteen states, making it the largest legitimate payment network for the cannabis industry.

Tyler Beuerlein

Tyler Beuerlein

Executive Vice President of Business Development, Hypur Inc

Tyler leverages his extensive experience in building brands, managing key relationships and strategic partnerships. Tyler has been at the forefront of Hypur’s expansion efforts for over four years and touches financial institutions, government officials, regulatory bodies and the state legal cannabis industry. He is also a member of the Forbes Business Development Council, frequently publishing articles about the banking and payment environment in the cannabis industry. Tyler founded and managed a large beverage company prior to joining the Hypur team and was a Professional athlete in the New York Mets Organization.

Ben Knieff

Ben Knieff

Founder & Principal Consultant, Outside Look

Ben Knieff is the founder and principal consultant with Outside Look, specializing in fraud detection, identity verification and authentication, anti-money laundering, blockchain technology and cannabis banking.  Working with firms such as FIS, PayPal, NICE Actimize, and Aite Group, he has consulted with financial institutions and technology vendors across the globe, helping to merge technology with business objectives to improve financial crime management programs’ efficiency, effectiveness, and profitability.

Dan Crowley

Dan Crowley

Partner, K&L Gates LLP

Dan Crowley is a partner in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office. His practice is focused on public policy issues relating to financial services and capital markets, and he leads the firm’s global financial services policy practice. In the decade before joining K&L Gates, he led the government relations efforts at the Investment Company Institute, The Nasdaq Stock Market, and the National Association of Securities Dealers. Previously, he served for eight years in the U.S. House of Representatives in increasingly senior staff positions including general counsel, Office of the Speaker. Mr. Crowley was a President George W. Bush appointee at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. He is nationally ranked for government relations by Chambers USA (2015-2019), and he is a member of the Economic Club of Washington, D.C.

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