Congressman Urges Marijuana Banking Be Added To Defense Bill, Revealing ‘Positive’ New Fiscal Analysis

Congressman Urges Marijuana Banking Be Added To Defense Bill, Revealing ‘Positive’ New Fiscal Analysis
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The House sponsor of a bipartisan marijuana banking bill says he will continue to push for the measure’s inclusion as part of a large-scale defense bill—and that support should be bolstered by a new, “positive” Congressional Budget Office (CBO) analysis that found the reform would save taxpayer dollars if enacted. He also addressed a potential broader cannabis omnibus bill that’s being discussed that could include this and other reforms. Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-CO) spoke about the Secure and Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Banking Act during a House Rules Committee meeting on Tuesday. For the second year in a row, the congressman filed an amendment seeking to add the cannabis banking language to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that the panel is considering. “I’m trying to figure out every path possible to get this thing done so that fewer people are killed,” Perlmutter said, referring to deadly robberies at cash-intensive dispensaries. “And this does involve international cartels, so that really is the nexus to the NDAA, the criminal international component to this.” The congressman made similar arguments as he pushed for SAFE Banking as part of last year’s NDAA. The House included the measure in its version of that bill at the time, but could not reach an agreement with the Senate to enact it as part of the final package. Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA), chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, said he agreed with Perlmutter that the issue is “crucially important, and it’s deeply troubling to me that we can’t get the Senate to agree with us and address this.” However, as the Rules Committee works through nearly 1,200 amendments to NDAA, he signaled that there’s a chance SAFE Banking won’t be enacted through the vehicle again this time despite their mutual agreement that it should be. — Marijuana…

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