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How Much Does Cannabis Insurance Cost?

Forrest Bennett Jul 14, 2023 1:24:34 PM

Running a cannabis business comes with its unique set of risks and challenges. One crucial aspect of safeguarding your venture is securing the right insurance coverage. However, many business owners find themselves asking, "How much does cannabis insurance cost?" In this blog post, we'll explore the factors that influence insurance costs within the cannabis industry and offer insights on obtaining the best value for your insurance program. So, let's dive in!

Understanding the Determinants of Cannabis Insurance Costs

The true cost of insurance in the cannabis industry may seem like the work of an elusive, benevolent wizard hiding in the clouds. In fact, the insurance industry actively works to keep consumers in the dark about how our premiums are calculated. So, while we may not have access to the exact formula, we can shed light on some determinants that play a significant role in calculating insurance costs.

Nature of Cannabis Operations

What you end up paying for insurance coverage can vary greatly, both based on the sector of the cannabis industry you’re in and factors unique to your business, like location and output. 

Whether you're involved in cultivation, manufacturing, distribution, or retail, the level of risk associated with each sector can influence your insurance premiums. For example, businesses engaged in cultivation might face higher property damage risks due to potential fires or crop losses, while retail operations may have higher product liability concerns.

Types of Insurance Coverage

Protecting your business adequately typically involves multiple types of insurance coverage, but that rarely means all of them. Don’t let a greedy agent sell you more than you need – educate yourself so they can’t. Here are some key coverage types commonly associated with cannabis industry businesses.

General Liability Insurance

Whether you rent or own your space, you need this coverage. General liability insurance provides coverage for third-party bodily injury, property damage, or personal injury claims that may arise from your business operations. In layman’s terms, this means that if someone visiting your business hurts themselves, someone else, or the property itself, you’re covered. This coverage is essential for protecting your business against lawsuits related to slip-and-fall accidents, product defects, or advertising injuries. Even businesses that are not open to the public need to consider this coverage – while it can be costly, it’s likely to be much less expensive than legal fees and court costs.

Product Liability Insurance

This is the coverage you need in case someone accuses your product of causing them to grow horns or hiccup uncontrollably (or a variety of other, more common ailments). Product liability insurance specifically covers claims related to harm caused by your products. In the cannabis industry, where quality control is crucial, this coverage protects your business from legal actions arising from product defects, contamination, or inadequate warnings.

Property Insurance

Property insurance safeguards your business property, including buildings, equipment, inventory, and other physical assets, against risks such as fire, theft, vandalism, or natural disasters. While the cloud wizard alone holds the secrets to establishing premium rates, we do know that property value, location, and risk associated with business operations are the main factors considered. This is a severe oversimplification of the risk factors; you can get more insight from this detailed overview of cannabis exposures.

Workers' Compensation Insurance

Workers' compensation insurance provides coverage for employee injuries or illnesses that occur in the workplace. As the cannabis industry involves physical labor and potential exposure to hazardous substances, having proper workers' compensation coverage is essential to protect both your employees and your business from medical bills and legal liabilities.

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Value of an Independent Agent

Here at Hopewell, we believe working with an independent agent is best. Obviously, we’re biased, because we are, in fact, independent agents. But we chose to be independent for good reason, and we believe you’ll agree. Here’s why:

  • Tailored Coverage Solutions: Every business is unique, but let’s be honest – cannabis businesses are unique-er. Often, the insurance program your business needs won’t fit nicely into the cookie-cutter plans offered directly by insurance carriers. Independent agents are capable of matching your biggest needs with the best insurance products – regardless of how unique the challenge.
  • Ongoing Risk Management: Beyond insurance coverage, Hopewell will provide ongoing risk management support. We can help you implement risk mitigation strategies, develop safety protocols, and stay up to date with regulatory requirements. Considering the regulatory and financial environment of the cannabis market right now, being proactive counts. We can help.
  • Access to Multiple Insurance Providers: Perhaps the most compelling reason to work with an independent agent is the simple fact that we shop for you. It is prudent to compare rates every year, and let’s be honest, that is a huge drag. It takes time, it can be confusing, and insurance coverage is something you want to get right. Independent agents like the brokers at Hopewell will do that work for you, ensuring that you get the best combination of competitive rates and comprehensive coverage. 

As a small business owner in the cannabis industry, protecting your investment is paramount. Understanding the factors that influence cannabis insurance costs is a crucial step toward securing the right coverage for your business. While the exact cost may vary based on your specific operations, working with an independent agent who specializes in the cannabis market can help you obtain the best value in your insurance program. Don't let the complexities of insurance deter you from safeguarding your business. Reach out to an experienced, independent agent today and take proactive steps to protect your cannabis venture.

Ready to Protect Your Cannabis Business?

If you're looking for expert guidance and comprehensive coverage for your cannabis business, our team at Hopewell Risk Advisors is here to help. Contact us today to discuss your insurance needs and receive personalized assistance tailored to the unique requirements of the cannabis industry.

Forrest Bennet is the owner and founder of Hopewell Risk Advisors, an independent insurance agency writing personal lines of insurance and commercial policies for industries ranging from cannabis to restaurants. A born-and-raised Oklahoman, Forrest has been fighting to provide great insurance coverage since 2021. He considers Hopewell Risk Advisors “honest brokers in the protection racket.”