Crowdfunding Cannabis: Marijuana Start-ups Get the Capital They Need
By Ryan Allway | cannabisfn.com
The cannabis industry may be booming in terms of revenue, but marijuana start-ups looking to raise capital face a number of hurdles.
The traditional banking sector has shunned the industry, despite the Obama Administration’s attempts to open up access. In 2013, Attorney General Eric Holder created a “reduced prosecution safe harbor” for commercial banks, but that’s a far cry from legalization. Banking executives were quick to point out that prosecutorial discretion only works as long as the administration in power supports non-enforcement – and elections are coming this year.
Many venture capitalists and institutional investors have been equally reluctant to invest in the sector. MassRoots Inc.’s (OTCQB: MSRT) treatment at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) and in previous years at Tech Crunch Disrupt is a sign of just how taboo cannabis start-ups remain in the general public. Of course, there are a few notable exceptions including Peter Thiel’s Founder’s Fund, which invested $75 million in Privateer Holdings.
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