Cannabis Watch: Visa cracks down on cashless ATMs

AAFCPAs would like to make cannabis clients aware of an emerging issue with the use of cashless ATMs. Visa Inc. issued a memo in December 2021 to customers, and reported in Marijuana Moment, warning that “miscoding point-of-sale transactions through the use of so-called cashless ATMs—a practice used by some cannabis retailers as a workaround to accept credit or debit cards for purchases—could lead to penalties or other unspecified enforcement action.”

AAFCPAs advises clients using Cashless ATMs to review the processes of their financial providers and to ensure you are using appropriately registered, regulated, compliant, and reporting solutions.

We continue to monitor ever-changing developments in federal legalization & banking reform. If you have questions, please contact: Scott Posnick, CMA at 774.512.9004,; David McManus, CPA, CGMA at 774.512.4013,; or your AAFCPAs Partner.

AAFCPAs was an industry pioneer and since 2012 has been deeply immersed advising cannabis businesses in tax, finance, and outsourced accounting! With national recognition, our multi-disciplinary team of advisors include CPAs, CFOs, estate planning & tax attorneys, wealth advisors, as well as business process, data analytics, IT, and cyber security professionals.

About the Authors

Scott Posnick, Consulting CFO
Scott is a senior member of AAFCPAs' Managed Accounting Solutions practice, providing high-level, outsourced CFO oversight and strategic planning, including financial forecasts & analysis and advising on growth strategies, business transactions, tax optimization, and strengthening internal controls. He has 35+ years of diverse, hands-on industry experience, including: high tech, biotech, manufacturing, distribution & wholesale, leasing and finance, as well as many traditional New England-based industries. Scott is well-versed in the issues and complexities facing commercial company entrepreneurs, and he makes himself an invaluable source of financial guidance as an extended member of client management teams.
David McManus CPA
Dave leads AAFCPAs’ Cannabis Business Practice, providing highly coveted tax, entity structure, and business advisory solutions.  Dave has been deeply immersed in understanding the complex financial and operational nuances of the cannabis industry since 2012. He advises multi-state operators, recreational and medical retailers, cultivators, product manufacturers, and investors. He proactively advises clients on risks, opportunities, and tax implications related to market entry, accounting methods, capital structure, debt financing, R&D, M&A, and goodwill impairment. He has led industry training sessions on interpreting and implementing new federal and state marijuana statutes, including compliance with 280E. Dave maintains a strong network of cannabis industry investors, attorneys, bankers, employee compensation and benefits providers, realtors, risk managers, and insurance agents, and he leverages these resources as appropriate to help clients achieve success.