As cannabis legalization has moved more mainstream, we have seen more and more progress at the federal level, but much-needed reforms are moving entirely too slowly, especially for those operating businesses that could use normal banking services and tax policies. With support across demographics, it can be extremely frustrating to the cannabis community and industry to see bills stalled, such as the SAFE Banking Act that managed to pass the House, but still awaits a Senate hearing. It appears that you can add Trump Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin to the list of those growing irritated with Congress as he told congressional members how the lack of banking services is impacting the IRS, as The Hill reported:
“This creates significant problems for the IRS,” Mnuchin said at a hearing held by a House Appropriations subcommittee.
Many states have legalized medical or recreational marijuana. However, banks have been hesitant to serve marijuana businesses even in states that have legalized use of the drug because they want to avoid violating federal anti-money laundering and illicit finance laws. That has led to cash-only marijuana businesses.
Without taking a stance on how he thinks the federal-state conflict concerning marijuana should be resolved, Mnuchin urged Congress “to deal with this one way or another.”
As The Hill noted, Idaho Republican Senator Mike Crapo is an obstacle to passing sensible cannabis banking legislation in the Senate. Spread the word and make sure that he hears from plenty of people, especially his constituents.