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6 Misconceptions About Cannabis Insurance

New to the insurance scene and constantly evolving to fit its industries ever-changing landscape, is Cannabis Insurance. There are a lot of misconceptions and preconceived notions about what it is, who needs it, and if it’s even necessary. We are here to debunk the myths around this industry and give you the necessary information you need to get the best coverage for your business.

The Most Frequent Misconceptions About Cannabis Insurance

1.   There is no coverage available/Didn’t know coverage was available

A large misconception is that there isn’t any cannabis insurance offered at all. That is false, there is a large variety of coverages available, and depending on what state you are in it may even be required by law. (CA, IL, MA, MI, WA)

2.   Cannabis Insurance Policies don’t cover anything

Policies typically cover general liability, product liability, property coverage, and worker’s compensation. Just like any other business’s insurance policies, it does cover all aspects of your specialized business.

3.   I don’t need crop insurance

Although crops may be grown indoors, they still need to be protected against all possible risks. This is a misconception a lot of businesses have to deal with after their indoor crops catch on fire from an electrical accident in the sprinkler system, there is indoor flooding or any other unfortunate event that may affect the overall health of crops.

Outdoor crop insurance is a necessity and if you have any questions or inquiries on outdoor crop insurance visit our friends at Sycamore Insurance.

4.   Rigorously tested products do not need product liability

Product liability is one of the most important aspects of Cannabis Insurance.  Rigorously testing a product for inconsistencies does not eliminate the product’s exposure, no matter how great your quality-control team is. Liability is based on a defect, negligence, or strict liability, and strict liability means that anyone in the supply chain from seed to sale can be liable for a defect. Which is why product liability coverage is crucial to all cannabis businesses.

5.   My property insurance will cover damage or loss of crop and stock

This all depends on the type of property insurance a business has. While some policies may include coverage for cannabis stock, some may carry exclusions specific to this type of property. Read the fine print and confirm crops and stock are covered on your policy because if you don’t recall buying it then it’s not covered.

6.   Insurance Companies don’t pay claims

Launching our Cannabis Insurance Program in 2015 we have firsthand experience with this. Yes, insurance companies do pay claims involving cannabis. If you are working with an agent who understands the specifications in cannabis insurance and writes your policy with a company that covers your claim, you will get reimbursed.

What a Policy Can Do for You

Cannabis Insurance is a part of the larger picture that is the fast-growing multi-billion-dollar cannabis industry. Here at Conifer Insurance, our comprehensive Cannabis Insurance Program offers products that are uniquely designed to fulfill the special insurance needs of the cannabis industry. Our program offers a range of products for property, liability, product liability, and more. Weeding through all the insurance jargon, what does that mean? It means we offer coverage for your building, crops & stock, cargo, excess liability, worker’s compensation, product liability and so much more. We know what is important to protect your cannabis business and have the coverage available and tailored to fit your specific needs.

Contact us for your Cannabis Insurance questions!

The loss control suggestions and information contained on this blog is being provided on an advisory basis only. Conifer Insurance Company and its employees make no warranties, expressed or implied, and assume no liability whatsoever for services, products, or loss control measures provided by any service providers. Contact your local, independent insurance agent for insurance coverage advice and policy service.

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