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Privacy Coins Like Monero Perfect For Buying Cannabis in Canada, Says Expert

Senior market analyst at eToro believes that privacy coin usage in Canada will “almost certainly” increase as the country has officially warned citizens to protect their personal information by buying cannabis with cash. 

‘Consider Using Cash’

The Privacy Commissioner of Canada has released a guidance document which addresses some of the concerns marijuana users need to address in regard to their personal information

Recreational cannabis became legal in Canada on October 17, 2018. However, as of yet, it’s still illegal in most jurisdictions elsewhere in the world. Hence, the personal information of cannabis users can be particularly sensitive.

According to the document, “some countries may deny entry to individuals if they know they have purchased cannabis, even lawfully.”

As such, the Privacy Commissioner of Canada has formally warned marijuana users not to provide any cannabis retailer with more personal information than necessary. What is more, users are encouraged to use cash if they are unsure of purchasing cannabis with their credit cards. The document states:

If you are concerned about using your credit card, and the option is available, consider using cash to purchase cannabis.

An Opening for Privacy Coins?

According to Mati Greenspan, senior market analyst at eToro, “this will almost certainly increase the usage of privacy coins, especially Dash and Monero in Canada.”

Canada has historically shown openness to cryptocurrencies. Early in 2018 regulators decided not to reconfigure the country’s tax laws to target digital currencies.

In addition, cryptocurrency ownership in the country has been increasing. Bitcoinist reported earlier this year that at least four different studies by institutional authorities indicate that between 3 and 5 percent of people in the country own Bitcoin.

Do you think that the protection of personal information will trigger an increase in the usage of privacy coins in Canada? Don’t hesitate to let us know in the comments below!

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Crypto Cannabis Conference 2016 to Examine Bitcoin, Legalization

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Crypto Cannabis Conference 2016

At 4:20pm Denver time CCC is announcing the Crypto Cannabis Conference (CCC) 2016 is hosting its second annual event in Denver, Colorado on October 21-22, 2016. The conference is special in that it works to connect the cannabis and cryptocurrency industries. While Marijuana laws have been changing at the state level, with almost half of the United States adopting medical use statutes, the plant remains illegal at the federal level. Conflicting laws have made it difficult for businesses in the cannabis industry to get proper banking services. Many banks do not work with the industry due to the real threat that the federal government could issue punishment.

Also Read: Denver, Colorado to Hold Crypto Cannabis Conference

While some credit unions and small banks serve cannabis businesses under secrecy, there is still a financial divide between legal cannabis businesses and the mainstream economy. Bitcoin can help fill that gap. By accepting bitcoin and using it up and down supply chains, marijuana businesses will have access to a secure financial system that is just as effective as traditional banking — if not more.

Crypto Cannabis Conference 2016: Bitcoin, Legalization and the Law

This year, the Crypto Cannabis Conference is being presented with major sponsors Canna Investor Magazine, Chronic Lifestyle Magazine and the Cannabis Community Project. Bitcoin and crypto businesses along with several other cannabis magazines and companies will also be added over the course of the summer.

Robert Stephan started the CCC to bring together the two budding industries. He has included the fintech industry as well, bringing on speakers who are knowledgeable about the benefits of cryptocurrency.  There are many different providers of not only point of sale systems but also debit card, tax software and cold storage systems for a businesses financial ease of use.

Hangout Chats as well as in person presentations at CCC 2016

Last year, Roger Ver, Caleb Chen, Tone Vays, Joby Weeks, Arie Y Levy Cohen, Manny Perez, Jerry David Chan, Dr. Daniela Vergara spoke at the conference, and also participated in a Google Hangout. Roger Ver had this to say about the Cannabis and Bitcoin industry fitting together.

Any industry that’s having a hard time dealing with traditional banks is a prime target for Bitcoin adoption. The medical marijuana industry falls directly in this camp.

At the 2015 conference, Arie Y Levy Cohen discussed FinTech’s place in the Cannabis and Bitcoin industry, while Agricultural Genomics Foundation Founder Dr. Daniela Vergara talked about genomic research in cannabis and some of the results from the Cannabis Genomic Research Initiative.

Earlier this year, CCC hosted a Bitcoin Q&A panel at the Cannacon meeting in Seattle, moderated by Caleb Chen.

Many speakers are slated to present at CCC 2016, covering topics aimed at the conference’s two main goals:

  1. Educating newcomers on the basics of cryptocurrency. During the conference’s morning session, attendees will be able to participate in hands-on exercises to get a feel for how Bitcoin works.
  2. Exploring compliance, accounting methods and anti-money laundering measures.


The list of speakers as we noted is ever growing. Experts from many parts of both the Cannabis and Bitcoin industry will be speaking and taking questions.  Most will also be participating in the after parties and VIP events.  Several of the industry speakers are:


Derek Porter, CEO, Security Grade Solutions.

Carl Lehburger, Founder PureVision, Technology, Inc.

Peter Klamka, Managing Partner, Bitcoins Direct, llc

Michael Tew, CEO, Cannasys, Inc.

Kevin McKernan, Medicinal Genomics

Joseph Ciccolo, President, BitAML, Inc.

David B. Bush, Esq. David’s Law

Adella Toulon-Foerster, Legal Professional. Blockchain/bitcoin/crypto advocate, Current
Cogent Law Group,

Edgar Hamm, Grow Hemp Colorado, Co-founder of Hempslist and 1620 Solutions

At the end of each day, a Q&A panel will be hosted where attendees can ask industry experts anything they want.

The Crypto Cannabis Conference for 2016 is a must go event. Ticket information can be found on the CCC website.

Are you going to the Crypto Cannabis Conference this year? Let us know in the comments section.

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Tokken Puts the Legal Marijuana Industry on the Immutable Bitcoin Blockchain

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Tokken Puts the Legal Marijuana Industry on the Immutable Bitcoin Blockchain

Tokken (pronounced Token, or Tokin’) is a new Bitcoin company that is targeting the marijuana industry’s inability to get bank accounts. Tokken was founded by Lamine Zarrad, a veteran of the financial regulation industry. Namely, Zarrad has worked for the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), which regulates and supervises the country’s thousands of banks and savings associations. With the recent promises that the Department of Justice will finally leave legal marijuana companies to the regulations of their respective states, the door for bank collaboration with medicinal and recreational marijuana dispensaries has cracked open a bit – letting out pungent smoke that has again scared the other side. Banks aren’t going to embrace marijuana companies just because the DOJ is nominally backing off, their chief concern is still anti money laundering. Zarrad hopes that his experience at the OCC will be crucial in allaying the fears of banks and their regulators.

Also read: Marijuana Industry Could Still Use Bitcoin

Securing the Cannabis Industry’s Future with the Bitcoin Blockchain

Tokken is one of the first companies to enter this space that has publicly committed to using the Bitcoin blockchain. Not too surprising given that Zarrad’s founding partner at Tokken, Tom Rau, has even been referred to as “The Durham Prince of Bitcoin.” Other companies have approached the problem from different angles. Hypur is a company based in Arizona that has raised $5 million USD with a mobile app that geographically tags transactions so that banks and regulators can verify that the purchase was indeed made within the physical premise of the dispensary. However, since Hypur doesn’t use the Bitcoin blockchain, the transaction data stored will not be as much of an uncensored truth as Tokken will be able to provide. Tokken’s business model will be to use a combination of ACH and the Bitcoin blockchain for record keeping. While it is unclear whether Bitcoin can be used to fund or call on consumer or business accounts, Zarrad has made it clear that every Tokken transaction hash(ish) will be recorded on the Bitcoin blockchain. Both the dispensaries and the banks will have their record that proves a dispensary is staying within its legal bounds – the wonders of triple entry accounting.

Denver, Colorado to Serve as Tokken Testing Ground

Denver, Colorado’s Ballpark Holistic Dispensary has committed to using Tokken’s system once it is available. The dispensary’s owner, Stephanie Hopper, is one of the lucky Coloradans with a bank account for her dispensary. Currently, these are only given by the smallest of banks and credit unions. By leveraging the immutability of the Bitcoin blockchain, Tokken will make marijuana transactions so clean and auditable that even the largest banks won’t have an AML excuse to ban cannabis companies. The Bitcoin blockchain should be considered as the ultimate tool for provenance – the blockchain is the answer to regulators demanding seed-to-sale accountability. While Tokken focuses on the sale aspect, other companies are starting to emerge on the other end of the spectrum as well. As more companies sprout up to bridge the high friction financial no man’s land that surrounds marijuana companies, so too does awareness that a closed loop system without banks is now possible thanks to Bitcoin.

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