Tailored
for CRBs

Safe Harbor delivers advanced financial services through local, highly experienced private bankers who understand your specific needs and guide you to the right financial services.

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Overview

With CRBs from the Beginning

In 2015, Sundie Seefried, founder and CEO, established Safe Harbor to provide cannabis businesses a secure place to bank and a meticulous process to assure funds legitimacy. Today, Safe Harbor Financial manages over 500 cannabis banking accounts and has processed $8+ billion since inception.

Unlike many in the financial world, Seefried embraced the challenge, designing and building a full-scope cannabis banking program that
has withstood the scrutiny of federal and state regulators, succeeded financially and most importantly, made communities safer.

OUR CLIENTS
SAY IT BEST

COMMENTS

RELIABLE

Safe Harbor has been a partner in navigating safely and compliantly the complicated banking landscape for cannabis companies. With their reliable banking solutions, we’ve been able to focus on growing our business and better serving our customers and patients.

RyanBrown,CEO,
Native Roots Cannabis Co.

COMPLIANCE

Safe Harbor takes an active role in helping us remain compliant and connecting us with other financial service providers they’ve vetted. Safe Harbor has been an undeniable part of our company’s success...a partner we’ve come to rely on.

DavidMichel,GeneralCounsel,
Igadi, Ltd.

LEADER

As an early leader, Safe Harbor paved the way for compliant cannabis banking and continues to lead to this day. Partnering with them has been critical to our success as a growing cannabis company.

ChristianHageseth,Founder,
Green Man Cannabis, Author, Big Weed

Services & Benefits

Banking over $200 million per month for cannabis, hemp, CBD and ancillary businesses, our tailored services and long-term expertise make us the perfect fit for you. We have what you need to succeed!

Services designed to meet your unique needs

  • Business checking and saving accounts
  • Increased safety and security
    Armored carrier and vaulting services for daily cash deposits.
  • Cash managements accounts
  • 24/7 account access
    Free online and mobile banking, plus mobile check deposits.
  • Savings and investment options
    From simple savings accounts to money markets and CDs, we offer the resources to make your money grow.
  • Commercial lending
    One of the few mainstream financial institutions providing lending services to the cannabis industry!
  • Electronic federal and state taxes
    Ability to pay your federal and state taxes electronically and negate IRS penalty for paying with cash.

The benefits of banking with us

  • Run your business more efficiently and effectively
  • Enjoy increased safety and security
    Deposit your daily receipts
  • Reduce risks associated with large amounts of cash on hand
  • Create a safer atmosphere for your employees, your customers and the surrounding communities
  • Increase visibility into daily operations
  • Access resources needed to grow your business
  • Remote deposit services
    Allows you to deposit checks without having to visit the branch or send by mail
  • Automated Clearing House (ACH)
    Transactions and domestic wire services

Frequently Asked Questions

Below you’ll find answers to the questions we are asked most often about cannabis business banking with Safe Harbor. If you don’t find the answer here, use the form below to ask another.

  • How long have you been banking the Cannabis Industry?
  • We started our program in January, 2015 with 10 test clients. Now in our 7th year, we now have over 500 accounts and are growing by 15 new ones per month.
  • Can deposits only be made in person?
  • While we do take deposits at the Safe Harbor Branch in an emergency, we require clients to obtain carrier services from one of our vetted vendors.
  • Do you offer loans?
  • We offer commercial real estate loans for clients who have been with Safe Harbor for at least one year, as well as home mortgages for cannabis business owners.
  • How long does opening an account take?
  • Two to three weeks on average based on the complexity of the company.
  • Are we still part of the Credit Union?
  • Yes! Your accounts are held at Partner Colorado Credit Union and will be insured through the NCUA Share Insurance Fund.
  • Do I need to do the Third Party Compliance Audit even though I’m audited by state and local agencies as well as the Marijuana Regulatory Agency?
  • One of our basic compliance requirements is that each “license type” needs to be audited by an approved independent audit firm. However, we do make exceptions to accept state and/or local agency audits on a case-by-case basis.
  • Can I view all my business accounts under one online banking profile?
  • Yes!
  • How long do I have after account opening to complete a Third Party Compliance Audit?
  • We prefer a 3rd Party audit prior to opening, but it is mandatory within 45 calendar days of opening.
  • Can I give crucial employees “view only” access to online banking?
  • Yes..
  • Can I make deposits at a shared branch location?
  • Checks only, no cash deposits allowed.
  • Do you offer Treasury Services with an automatic minimum balance sweep?
  • Not at this time, but we are working on offering this service in the future.
  • Can I use Safe Harbor’s Bill Pay feature to pay other cannabis entities?
  • Yes.
  • How do your fees compare to other programs with similar services?
  • We strive to be customer centric and charge fees in accordance with the risk of providing such services and products. Our fees are designed to be competitive and we actually lowered fees for cannabis clients as of January 1, 2021.
  • Am I required to provide statements existing external bank accounts?
  • Due to the rules and regulations governing services provided to the marijuana industry, it is necessary for us to collect external bank statements from accounts that will have any involvement of funds being transferred.

Apply Now

We walk you through the process and help ensure we have all the information needed to quickly get you registered and on to the interview stages. The decision is not instantaneous, but by streamlining initial steps with our proprietary software, we reduce your processing time considerably. Here is the three-step process to establish your banking relationship with Safe Harbor Financial:

Initial Application

Documents You May Need:

  • Any business documents including your bylaws or operating agreement
  • Your IRS EIN Certification Letter
  • Your marijuana license or certificate and a copy of the complete application you provided to become a licensee
  • Your photo ID and a personal resume telling us about yourself and your past work experience

Due Diligence

Documents You May Need:

  • Sales records for the last six months
  • All state reporting and tax records
  • Internal POS system records
  • Investor information (include names of all investors, subscription agreements and your vetting process)
  • Bank statements for any accounts that may contain money from your CRB. This includes personal and business accounts

Financial Institution Partnership

Preliminary Steps:

  • Face-to-face interview
  • Site visit of your business location(s)
  • Completion of a Funds Inventory Log
  • Review of rules and fees associated with your new account
  • Review of cannabis specific guidelines
  • Signature card
  • Initial deposit
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©2021 Safe Harbor Financial, LLC. Nothing contained on this website constitutes legal advice. Safe Harbor Financial has no regulator endorsements, express or implied, related to information contained herein or related to Safe Harbor Financial. Marijuana remains illegal under the Federal Controlled Substances Act and as such, any information provided on this website regarding the use of the Safe Harbor Program™ to provide financial services to cannabis related businesses (“CRBs”) is based on the guidance issued by the United States Department of Treasury Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN”). SAFE HARBOR IS A NAME ONLY and the use of “Safe Harbor” in our name is not meant to imply any additional security. The information contained on this website does not purport to offer a legal “safe harbor” from the current conflict that exists between your state laws and federal law. Because cannabis remains a controlled substance, all assets related to CRBs and the assets of the financial institutions that service CRBs are subject to seizure by federal authorities. Nothing contained on this website constitutes legal advice and Safe Harbor Financial encourages you to work closely with your legal advisors to evaluate all information provided.