Alan Hanson

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Alan Hanson

Alan is a cannabis lawyer and the recognized cannabis credit union expert at Gleam Law based out of our Portland, OR office. His banking practice focuses on developing cannabis and hemp credit union divisions across many states – including Oregon, California, Washington, Colorado, Arizona, North Carolina, New York and New Jersey.

Prior to entering private practice and specializing in legal marijuana, hemp, and CBD cases, he spent 17 years as the General Counsel and Compliance Officer for Maps Credit Union. At Maps, he created and managed the first fully compliant cannabis credit union division in Oregon. This program remains the largest, most successful cannabis credit union division in the state. Additionally, it is used by the state credit union regulators as the example of how to properly operate a legal marijuana-related business banking program. Alan has extensive knowledge on cannabis banking and credit union compliance requirements along with the operational challenges to serve cannabis-related businesses.

Alan is a member of the Oregon State Bar and holds a J.D. degree from Willamette University, College of Law and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering Technology from Oregon Institute of Technology. His wealth of experience in banking and credit unions enables him to better help a wide range of clients as a cannabis lawyer.

Cannabis Banking Attorney

  • JD from Willamette University, College of Law
  • BS in Engineering Technology from Oregon Institute of Technology

How Innovative Banks Manage Cannabis-Related Businesses | July 10, 2020
By: Amber Buker

5 Factors a CU Must Consider When Entering the Cannabis Banking Biz | 04/24/2019

Banking on Cannabis: An Insider’s Guide to Banking With Marijuana-Related Businesses | December 10, 2018

Inside The ‘Wild, Wild West’ Of Oregon Cannabis Businesses As They Seek Banking Services
By Jeff Mapes

Tax Implications of Recreational Marijuana | Western Oregon University
Sofia LeVernois

Cannabis Conference 2021 | Las Vegas, NV | August 24, 2021
Moving To A Cashless Industry: The Ins And Outs Of Cannabis & Hemp Banking And Credit Unions

Midwest Trust & Wealth Management Conference 2020 | September 30, 2020

National Association of State Credit Union Supervisors | Cannabis Banking Symposium | June 25-27, 2019

WesPay Payments Symposium | 11-13 Sep 2019

Annual Meeting & Vendor Expo 2019 | Connecticut’s Credit Unions | 6 May 2019

Cannabis Business Summit & Expo 2018 | The National Cannabis Industry Association | 25 July 2018

University of Oregon in Portland | April 6-8, 2017 | #whatislife2017

Cannabis Collaborative Conference | Portland, 2015


Cannabis Banking In 2021 | April 14, 2021

Cannabis Banking 101: Lessons From an Early Pioneer | Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Remaining Compliant as Banking Cannabis Heats Up | March 24, 2020

Cannabis Banking Part 1: Can I Do It | Thursday, July 18, 2019