Attorneys General Push for Marijuana Banking Reform

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In their letter , AGs opine: “The current predicament of a rapidly expanding national marketplace without access to the national banking systems has resulted in an untenable situation. 2020 Banking Congress Attorney Generals banking safe

Marijuana Banking Passes Critical Committee

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In the first of what is anticipated to be multiple Congressional votes to address the federal prohibition and criminalization of marijuana, the House Financial Services Committee will today voted to advance The SAFE Banking Act, HR 1595 , 45-15. No industry can operate safely, transparently, or effectively without access to banks or other financial institutions. Our federal banking laws were designed to prevent illicit activity and help law enforcement do their jobs.

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Senate Proposed Coronavirus Relief Legislation Does Not Include Marijuana Banking Protections

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In addition to the dramatic cuts to the weekly enhancements of state unemployment benefits and safety net programs proposed in the House’s version (The HEROES Act), the Senate’s package does not include language that would protect banks who service the legal cannabis industry.

Congress To Vote On Cannabis Banking Bill Next Week

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Majority Leader Hoyer on Friday announced that members of the House are anticipated to hold a floor vote next week on The SAFE Banking Act (HR1595), which explicitly permits banks and other financial institutions to work directly with state-legal marijuana businesses.

Cannabis banking reform included in latest Congressional COVID relief bill

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The SAFE Banking Act has been folded into the latest coronavirus relief measure. The post Cannabis banking reform included in latest Congressional COVID relief bill appeared first on Leafly. Politics cannabis banking Congress COVID-19 SAFE Banking Act

Senate Banking Committee Holds Hearing On Cannabis Banking

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Earlier today, the Senate Banking Committee held a hearing on the SAFE Banking Act, which would allow financial institutions to engage in activities with state-legal cannabis businesses. The hearing was entitled, “Challenges for Cannabis and Banking: Outside Perspectives.” Senator Jeff Merkley, the lead sponsor of the SAFE Banking Act. ” 2019 Banking GOVERNMENT

Marijuana Banking Bill Scheduled For Committee Markup

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In the first in what are anticipated to be multiple Congressional hearings to address the federal prohibition and criminalization of marijuana, the House Financial Services Committee has scheduled to convene a markup on The Safe Banking Act, HR 1595 on Tuesday, March 26th.

CCIA Calls For Help Supporting The SAFE Banking Act

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The California Cannabis Industry Association (CCIA) is calling for cannabis businesses to join them in imploring Speaker Pelosi to prioritize the Secure and Fair Enforcement Banking Act (SAFE Banking Act). What is the SAFE Banking Act? SAFE Banking reduces cash motivated crimes.

The SAFE Banking Act Reintroduced

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A bipartisan coalition of more than 100 co-sponsors has reintroduced legislation in Congress, The Secure and Fair Enforcement Banking Act (SAFE Banking Act), HR 1595 , to allow state-licensed marijuana-related businesses to engage freely in relationships with banks and other financial institutions. If enacted, banks would no longer face the threat of federal sanction for working with marijuana-related businesses and entrepreneurs.

Why Is The SAFE Banking Act So Important?

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One of the most important pieces of cannabis related legislation, the Secure and Fair Enforcement Banking Act ( SAFE Banking Act ), has the chance to be included in the next round of COVID-19 relief legislation in the United States. Why is the SAFE Banking Act so important?

Senate Banking Committee to Hear Testimony Regarding Need for Marijuana Reforms

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Members of the United States Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs are scheduled to hear testimony next week regarding the need to provide greater access to financial services for state-licensed marijuana-related businesses. Federal law and regulations currently discourage banks and other financial institutions from working directly with state-licensed cannabis businesses. GOVERNMENT LEGISLATION banking Congress credit financial services SAFE Banking

House Passes Cannabis Banking Bill in Historic Vote

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A strong vote, 321-103, moves cannabis banking reform over a major hurdle. The post House Passes Cannabis Banking Bill in Historic Vote appeared first on Leafly. Politics banking CongressNow it's the Senate's turn.

Another Step Forward for Cannabis Banking

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Cannabis Banking. On Tuesday July 23, the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs will discuss the growing need to provide banking services to cannabis businesses. The post Another Step Forward for Cannabis Banking appeared first on Greenspoon Marder Cannabis Law.

Holy Crapo! Cannabis Banking Reform Makes Surprise Headway

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Mike Crapo, the Senate banking committee chair, signals an openness to cannabis financial reform. Cannabis Banking Reform Makes Surprise Headway appeared first on Leafly. Politics banking Congress

Businesses Need Bank Accounts; Marijuana Shops Included

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Imagine operating a business without a bank account. Imagine being forbidden from letting your customers pay for purchases with a credit card, or being able to ask a bank for a small business loan. No industry can operate safely, transparently, or effectively without access to reliable banking solutions. ” Legislation introduced by Rep’s Perlmutter and Heck known as the SAFE Banking Act sought to address this issue in the 115th Congress.

House COVID Package Includes Cannabis Banking Relief, But Not Small Business Support

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Included in the language of the bill is HR 1595: The SAFE Banking Act, which amends federal law so that explicitly banks and other financial institutions may work directly with state-legal marijuana businesses.

LATEST SENATE CORONAVIRUS RELIEF BILL OMITS CANNABIS BANKING PROTECTION

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Once again, the Senate appears to be punting on much-needed banking and insurance reform for the cannabis industry. The SAFE Banking Act would allow banks … Read More.

Banks Are Redlining the 99% Out of the Legal Cannabis Industry

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And not a bank in the nation will offer a small business loan. The post Banks Are Redlining the 99% Out of the Legal Cannabis Industry appeared first on Leafly. Industry Politics banking diversity legalizationIt can cost $2 million to open a licensed cannabis store.

Louisiana Expands State Medical Marijuana Program

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While cannabis remains illegal under the Controlled Substances Act, businesses licensed by the federal government, like those that provide banking services, are not able to work with any cannabis-related company without fear of federal prosecution. Federal Law: SAFE Banking Act.

Cannabis Industry Optimistic on Banking Despite Murky Senate Prospects

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The bill, which the House passed 321–103 on Wednesday, is seen as a major win for banks, investors, and much of the legal cannabis industry. The post Cannabis Industry Optimistic on Banking Despite Murky Senate Prospects appeared first on Leafly. Industry Politics banking Congress

What's Next for Cannabis Banking?

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The California Legislature passed Senate Bill 51 last week, allowing California state-chartered banks and credit unions to provide banking services for the states’ cannabis businesses. The banking struggle is not limited to California.

Congress Eyes New Way to Allow Cannabis Banking, DC Sales

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Provisions in a proposed federal spending bill would protect banks that work with the cannabis industry and would finally allow Washington, DC, to greenlight retail cannabis sales. The post Congress Eyes New Way to Allow Cannabis Banking, DC Sales appeared first on Leafly.

Cannabis Banking: Swissx Launches California Bank and Farming Program

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Expanding on its hemp exchange, cryptocurrency and cooperative farming program, Swissx is offering microloans for land and equipment in the Golden State Malibu, CA, July … Read More. Press Release US

Courting Crapo: Today’s Senate Banking Hearing Was All for One Man

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The SAFE Banking Act won't pass until Senate banking chair Mike Crapo allows it. The post Courting Crapo: Today’s Senate Banking Hearing Was All for One Man appeared first on Leafly. Industry Politics banking Congress legalization legislation

Congress looks into allowing banking for marijuana businesses

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lawmakers are once again exploring efforts to allow legal cannabis businesses access to banks. The lack of banking services has forced many business owners to risk getting robbed by stashing large amounts of cash, or to resort to money laundering.

In Congress, a Changed House Finally Looks at Cannabis Banking

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After midterm elections that changed the cannabis equation in Congress, the US House is taking up a key issue: banking and other financial services for the new industry. The post In Congress, a Changed House Finally Looks at Cannabis Banking appeared first on Leafly. Industry Politics banking Congress laws legalization

U.S. Pressure Causing Major Canadian Banks to Reject Cannabis Clients

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While the SAFE Banking Act makes its way through the legislative process in the U.S., banks remain nervous about involving themselves in the industry. Up until now, he had a business account with Royal Bank of Canada, which he obtained prior to becoming licensed.

Bank On It: One Step Closer to Cannabis Business Banking

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The SAFE Banking Act is sponsored by Reps. and would allow banks and credit unions to work with growers, dispensaries and other marijuana-related businesses. Business owners and operators have struggled with the banking crisis since legalization in their respective states, and the pressure has increased recently with reports of banks shutting down cannabis- and hemp-related business bank accounts. By: Rachel Gillette , Partner and Cannabis Law Practice Chair.

California Cannabis Banking

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California Senate passes legislation to create state-chartered cannabis banks. The California Senate approves legislation to create state-chartered cannabis banks to help the industry get around restrictions on access to banking services.

ICYMI: The New FinCEN Hemp Banking Guidance

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The FinCEN Guidance centers on due diligence requirements as related to the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA). Interestingly, the 2019 hemp banking statement, much like the recent NCUA guidance, did not address the legalities around financial institutions trying to bank hemp-CBD businesses.

Banking Woes and Wins for Hemp-CBD

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Our firm represents a number of financial institutions and even a federal agency on banking state-legal cannabis. The number one question we have received lately is: “do you know a bank or credit union that will bank my hemp-CBD business?”

Credit Union and Banking Update for Hemp and Marijuana Industries

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The guidance offers reassurance to credit unions following the 2018 Farm Bill, which federally legalized hemp, but failed to address banking in the hemp industry, leaving the banking industry uncertain as to their capacity to legally serve the industry. By: Kristen Morris, Associate.

Big banks seeing Canadian cannabis businesses as high risk

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Cannabis is Canada is legal, and was sold as being big business, but as we approach the one year mark of Canadian cannabis legalization, big banks across the country are turning away from weed money.

McConnell Misleads on Marijuana

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Dank of Oklahoma drops name after trademark infringement lawsuit from Bank of Oklahoma

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March 13 2020 Tulsa world reported… A Tulsa-area dispensary faces a federal lawsuit from Bank of Oklahoma alleging trademark infringement. In a Wednesday filing in … Read More. Cannabis Law News

Document: (FinCEN) Hemp Guidance Banking June 29 2020

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The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) is issuing this guidance to address questions related to Bank Secrecy Act/Anti-Money Laundering (BSA/AML) regulatory requirements for hemp-related business … Read More.

Cannabis Banking Committee To Meet 23 July

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Senate panel will meet next week to consider steps that could make it easier for marijuana companies to obtain banking services, a move that could pave the way for crucial MJ reform. The July 23 Senate Banking Committee hearing – which took industry officials by surprise – includes Sens.