SAFE Banking Hearing in Senate – Cannabis Legalization News – May 14, 2023
The SAFE Banking Act seeks to end the federal prohibition on cannabis-related banking. This would allow for a safer and more secure banking system for these companies, allowing them to make deposits and access other financial services without fear of criminal prosecution from the federal government.
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Recently, news has come out that the bill was approved in the House Financial Services Committee by a vote of 45-15. This move is seen as a major step towards the passage of the SAFE Banking Act into law. With bipartisan support, it looks likely that this will become a reality in 2023. But, even if it passes, there are still many hurdles to clear before an actual law can be enacted. It is important to stay up-to-date with any developments so as to ensure that all stakeholders are well informed and kept in the loop as any changes occur.
The news of cannabis legalization has been widely welcomed by the public, as well as numerous industry stakeholders. The potential for economic growth, particularly in the banking sector, is undeniable and can open up new opportunities to those who have long been excluded from the traditional financial infrastructure.
Already, states like New York and California are pushing for their own versions of the SAFE Banking Act that could allow banks to take deposits from and provide services to cannabis-related businesses without fear of federal prosecution. This would not only create a better environment for cannabis businesses but also create new jobs and opportunities within the industry.
While these developments are encouraging, there are many regulatory hurdles ahead before such laws can be enacted on a larger scale. At present, medical marijuana is legal in 38 states while recreational marijuana is legal in 23 states.
In order to ensure that any form of cannabis legalization is securely regulated, it’s important that both state and federal government agencies continue working together to craft legislation which will protect consumers while still creating an environment conducive to economic growth.
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