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Specialty Markets Insight

Sep 20, 2021

A Message From the Editor

Well-run and established cannabis businesses are starting to draw the insurance industry’s attention, resulting in capacity growth, according to a sector review by Amwins, Inc. Conversely, companies in the cannabis space with less than stellar loss histories or undesirable risk profiles are seeing capacity tighten, rates grow and exclusions being added to their policies. To prepare the industry for this emerging and fast-growing market, ALM’s National Underwriter has developed the Cannabis Insurance Coverage Specialist certificate program. The self-paced, online certification covers the risks, coverage issues and how these operations may differ from more traditional businesses. Other stories featured here include an exclusive Q&A with Aon North America’s recently appointed CEO Jennifer Bell, the latest on the ongoing Boy Scouts abuse saga and the best states for women’s equality in 2021.

– Steve Hallo, assistant editor


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