SOURCE: Commerce Online Inc.

January 05, 2010 11:08 ET

Commerce Online Announces Agreement With Collective Merchant Services for New Medical Marijuana Dispensary Clients Throughout Northern California

WEST PALM BEACH, FL--(Marketwire - January 5, 2010) - Commerce Online Inc. (PINKSHEETS: CMIB) (, a leading company specializing in both brick-and-mortar and online merchant payment solutions, today announced an Agreement with Collective Merchant Services of California to provide exclusive merchant processing services to at least eight new medical marijuana dispensary clients located throughout Northern California. The agreement will provide that Commerce Online be the exclusive merchant processing provider to medical marijuana dispensaries on behalf of Collective Merchant Services for their existing client base as well all new business.

"We are extremely pleased to find a partner within Collective Merchant Services, who understand this niche business sector, as well as have a strong knowledge and client base throughout the San Jose, San Francisco and Sacramento areas. Having the extra feet on the street and well-trained representatives who can provide immediate sales and technical assistance when needed by our rapidly expanding client base, will prove to be a tremendous asset to us at Commerce Online by providing outstanding customer support, exponential growth of our medical dispensary processing business thus creating real shareholder value," stated B. Michael Friedman for Commerce Online.

In an effort to keep these collectives within the guidelines of CA Proposition 215 and SB 420, the Commerce Online merchant processing and pre-paid stored value and loyalty card offers a unique cash alternative to these regulated dispensaries for both suppliers and members of collectives. Commerce Online will seek to capitalize on this presently untapped and much needed solution.

According to a recent Fortune Magazine article, there are an estimated 300,000 to 400,000 medical marijuana patients in the state of California now, and the figure is rapidly growing. "CMIB is presently poised to pick up a majority share of this untapped marketplace by offering our proven secure payment solution through our alliance partners and to move toward the legitimization of the medical marijuana industry," stated commerce Online CEO Kyle Gotshalk.

"The Commerce Online branded, pre-paid loyalty and ID card will be marketed through our new Collective Card Services division, and may be loaded with any denomination of funds with direct deposit at local bank, via the Internet, POS system by the member of the collective or medical dispensary. The RedFin Network PCI Compliant Payment Gateway will handle all loyalty transactions at the point of sale. In case of theft or loss, the card may be cancelled immediately through an 800 number provided or online. The card will also act as the Collective member's identification having the option of a Picture ID, medical id number identifying him/her as a collective member, the collective name, and expiration date of membership," stated Michael Friedman for Commerce Online.

About Commerce Online Inc.

Commerce Online Inc. ( is positioned to become a market leader in both online and wireless merchant payment solutions. The Company offers a full spectrum of secure and reliable transaction processing solutions using traditional, Internet Point-of-Sale (POS), e-commerce and mobile (wireless) terminals in conjunction with Industry Alliance Partners. The Company's Alliances provide electronic payment processing suite of services enabling merchants to accept all major credit and debit cards, as well as ATM cards and ACH check drafts for payment whether a retail, service, mail-order or Internet merchant. As an industry leader, Commerce Online is dedicated to delivering comprehensive services, such as merchant account activation, gateway connections, Web development and social network engines to a worldwide client base.


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