When it comes to weed, the federal government might not legalize it anytime soon, but they sure don’t want to waste their time messing around with it either. That whole NFG philosophy is what seems to be at play in two bills making progress in Congress right now.
The first is the SAFE Banking Act, which would protect financial institutions from federal interference if they do business with state-legal cannabis companies. The bill would also equally protect the federal government from having to concern itself with every credit union that let’s a grower or pot shop owner open a checking account.
On Thursday, the House Financial Services Committee gave the bill a big bipartisan thumbs up, voting in favor of it 45-15. SAFE will now go onto the full House (not that one), where it awaits a vote of all the gentlemen, ladies, and gender nonconforming elected federal representatives of our great nation.
In another act of saying, “I don’t want to deal with that,” Congress is also moving toward the passage of the infamous STATES Act, a long-gestating measure that would basically protect all state-compliant weed from federal regulation.
The House Rules Committee Chairman James McGovern (D-MA) has said that he will bring the STATES Act to a full House vote “within the next several weeks,” according to the Marijuana Moment.
Not only that, but McGovern also thinks the measure is going to succeed.
“We will guide it to the House floor for a vote,” McGovern told Boston Herald Radio in an interview. “I think it will pass with an overwhelming vote — Democrats and I think a lot of Republicans as well. If we have a strong bipartisan vote that will increase the pressure on the Senate to do something.”
And that something will be in the service of one day having to do nothing, when it comes to cannabis. And then all Congress will have to worry about is crime, the economy, terrorism, climate change, the opioid epidemic, and a few other things too.
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