Weeding Through Cannabis 2020 – NEW...

Weeding Through Cannabis 2020 – NEW DATE!

Providing Services to Industrial Hemp and Marijuana Customers

Monday, June 29, 2020
Radisson Hotel Harrisburg
1150 Camp Hill Bypass, Camp Hill, PA 17011



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Directors, Executive Officers, CCOs & BSA Officers


The PACB has a special rate at the Radisson Hotel Harrisburg, 150 Camp Hill Bypass, Camp Hill, PA. Please contact the hotel directly at 717-763-7117 for reservations. Please mention the PA Association of Community Bankers to secure the special rate.


8:30am: Registration & Continental Breakfast

9:00am: Welcome and Opening Remarks

9:05am: What is the Difference Between Hemp and Marijuana? What are Cannabis Products? Who are Cannabis Customers? Why Bank Cannabis Customers?

9:45am: Where is Cannabis Banking Permitted?

10:45am: Banking Cannabis in Compliance with Federal Law

11:45pm: Luncheon

12:30pm: Legislative Initiatives: Aligning the Interests of the Banking and Cannabis Industries

1:15pm: Identifying and Mitigating the Risks in Cannabis Banking and Meeting Regulatory Expectations

2:15pm: Developing and Managing a Cannabis Program

3:00pm Adjournment


Gary A. Lax
Partner, Luse Gorman, PC
Gary Lax has practiced financial institutions law and regulation for over 33 years. Mr. Lax specializes in bank regulatory and enforcement law, as well as transactional and corporate law. His practice includes representing community banks throughout the nation, as well as money center and international banks, in a broad range of regulatory matters, including enforcement and compliance representation before the federal banking agencies. He has also advised banks in their capital raising efforts. Since 2013, Mr. Lax has been advising institutions on banking the cannabis industry.

Mr. Lax is recognized as one of the nation’s leading bank regulatory attorneys. He is a frequent speaker on financial institution matters and was on the faculty of the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council for more than 10 years.

Prior to entering into private practice, Mr. Lax was an attorney and advisor with the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Washington, DC.


Ralph Fatigate
Financial Compliance Consulting, Adams Advisory Group
With more than 40 years’ experience, Ralph has provided regulatory and investigative leadership in both government and advisory roles, with a focus on financial crimes compliance in the U.S. and abroad.

Prior to joining Adams Advisory Group, Ralph was a Managing Director at an international advisory firm, assisting foreign and domestic financial institutions with regulatory strategy.

He is the former Director of Financial Crimes and Investigations at the New York State Department of Financial Services (NYDFS). There, he was responsible for the examination process for state-regulated financial institutions subject to Anti-Money Laundering, Bank Secrecy Act, and Office of Foreign Assets Control (AML/BSA/OFAC) requirements. He also served as the Co-Director of the Frauds Investigations Division at the New York State Insurance Department and is the former Police Commissioner for the City of Mount Vernon, New York.


Michelle Rutter Friberg
Deputy Director of Government Relations, National Cannabis Industry Association
Michelle Rutter Friberg is Deputy Director of Government Relations for the National Cannabis Industry Association. Prior to working for NCIA, Michelle was a research analyst at a government affairs firm in Washington, D.C., where she analyzed and tracked legislation on numerous issues. Michelle graduated from James Madison University in 2012, receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science with a minor in History. Since becoming involved in the cannabis industry more than five years ago, Michelle has spoken about federal policy at dozens of events, including the Cannabis Women’s Empowerment Summit, the National Cannabis Policy Summit, the Emerald Cup and the ArcView Group’s International Investor Forum. Michelle is also one of the Federal Relations Chairs of the National Cannabis Festival. A native Virginian, she currently resides in the Washington, DC neighborhood of Capitol Hill.