California dispensaries be allowed to make check and credit card transactions. The dispensaries are legitimate businesses just like any other. The only restrictions that should be put on them are those that are already outlined in the existing law. There is no benefit to the public to further restrict the dispensaries legitimate business practices.
By requiring California dispensaries to only make transactions in cash, government officials are putting dispensary owners and employees at a huge risk. The amount of cash that they need to store and keep on site rivals the amount found at banks. This places a high burden of security on the dispensary to make sure to keep the cash and employees safe. By allowing more transactions in check and credit, the amount of cash handled will be significantly reduced.
Cash is the way of the past. While obviously money is still useful as a medium of exchange, the world is increasingly moving towards digital transactions. Even on the street, people with the correct readers can accept credit/debit card transactions on their iPhones. This is the new normal, and businesses of all sorts should be allowed to receive payments by credit and check cards.
Why not allow all forms of payment at dispensaries? If the product is now legal, the transaction regulated and taxed and permitted, then surely VISA won't have an objection to collecting their transaction fee on the deal. If the business is not reputable enough where people feel comfortable using a check or credit card, perhaps that is a business that should have a little more oversight.