Heath Korvola/Getty Images Cash is king when it comes to pot.Credit card companies don't make the distinction between those who want to buy marijuana for medical reasons and those who buy it for recreational purposes."Most merchant services companies do not want to accept credit card transactions from cannabis businesses," says Kristi Kelly, executive director of the Marijuana Industry Group, a non-profit trade organization for licensed cannabis businesses. Discover and American Express confirmed they don't allow cardholders to buy medical or recreational marijuana. Mastercard pleads the Fifth, acknowledging the legality isn't clear-cut."The federal government considers marijuana sales illegal, but is currently not challenging state laws that legalize marijuana sales," says Seth Eisen, a company spokesman.
Purchasing goods with these cards doesn’t make much sense, since any physical item will require a real shipping address, but it’s an attractive option for paying for services.
It turns out there are some things credit cards won't buy.
So you leave home without them, to riff off of American Express' old catchphrase.
A: Our Aquarium is accessible from all major freeways.
From the 5, 91, 60, 105, or 405 freeway you can connect to the 710 freeway South. Proceed in the middle lane and continue straight on Shoreline Drive and make a right on Aquarium Way.