GOP Senator Highlights Montana Sheriff’s Support For Marijuana Banking Bill In New Ad

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A Montana sheriff is throwing his support behind a marijuana banking bill being sponsored by one of the state’s Republican U.S. senators. In an ad being promoted by Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT), Cascade County Sheriff Jesse Slaughter said that because cannabis businesses are forced to operate on a largely cash-only basis due to federal prohibition, that makes them targets of crime. And with Montana voters opting to legalize adult-use marijuana, it’s imperative to enact a federal policy change. “We’re not talking about thousands of dollars—we’re talking about millions of dollars that will flow through” cannabis companies, Slaughter said. “So there become security risk factors of how do you keep this money secure? Banks have perfected this.” The Secure and Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Banking Act “completely makes our communities safer,” he said. “Senator Daines is taking a very responsible and logical step to ensure public safety, and truly what he’s doing is he’s looking out not only for the citizens but he’s looking out for me because it enhances my ability to protect the public as well.” The Montana legislature sent a bill to implement marijuana legalization to the governor last week, months after voters approved a reform proposal at the ballot. That means more businesses in Daines’s state would stand to benefit from the federal policy change beyond the ones that currently operate under Montana’s existing medical cannabis program. Hear from Montana's Cascade County Sheriff Jesse Slaughter on the importance of passing my bipartisan bill, the “SAFE Banking Act,” which will increase public safety & help support law enforcement in communities with legal cannabis businesses. pic.twitter.com/Z4OtgNr9tQ — Steve Daines (@SteveDaines) May 6, 2021 The U.S. House of Representatives passed its companion version of the SAFE Banking Act last month. Advocates are optimistic that, with Democrats now in control of the…

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