Just 13 Percent Of Top Capitol Hill Staffers Think Marijuana Banking Bill Will Pass During Current Congressional Session, Survey Finds

Marijuana Banking Bill: Navigating the Hazy Waters of Congress

Hey there, fellow cannabis enthusiasts! Today, we’re diving deep into the intriguing world of the Marijuana Bill. You’ve probably heard whispers about it, but let’s break it down in our laid-back, yet informative style. So grab your favorite strain, settle in, and let’s chat about the chances of this bill passing in Congress.

Current Outlook

Alright, folks, here’s the deal. Marijuana Banking Bill is a hot topic, but only about 13 percent of Capitol Hill’s top staffers believe that it’s going to become law this year. Yup, you read that right. This outlook isn’t quite in line with the excitement we’ve seen around this bipartisan bill, but hey, politics is a tricky game.

The Canvass Capitol Hill survey, conducted from September 5-22, asked the big shots on the Hill about various issues on Congress’s to-do list. Our beloved “Banking for the marijuana ” came in third from the bottom, with just 13 percent saying it has a shot in the first half of this two-year Congress.

Now, Democratic staffers were a bit more hopeful at 18 percent, while only 9 percent of GOP staff thought it would pass by the end of 2023. It seems like our green dreams are facing some uphill battles, doesn’t it?

The Bigger Picture

Before we start getting too down about these numbers, let’s remember something important. The survey probably reflects the reality of Congress’s tight schedule more than the overall support for the bill. More than 13 percent of members are co-sponsoring the bill in either chamber, so there’s clearly some love for it.

However, we’ve got to remember that Congress has a limited amount of time and lots of stuff to juggle. If there are only so many issues they can tackle this year, especially with the GOP going through a leadership shakeup, the chances of the Secure and Fair Enforcement (SAFER) Banking Act passing quickly are slim.

The Leadership Shuffle

Speaking of leadership changes, the recent ousting of Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) from the speaker’s office has stirred the pot. Unlike McCarthy, the contenders in line haven’t been keen on protecting banks working with state-legal cannabis businesses.

But here’s the twist: The SAFER Banking Act did manage to clear a key hurdle by advancing through the Senate Banking with bipartisan support. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) is all in, committing to bringing it to the floor soon, and then passing it to the House.

Schumer even has plans to spice things up a bit. He’s thinking about amending the SAFER Banking Act to include incentives for state and local cannabis expungements and gun rights for marijuana enthusiasts. Talk about a buzz!

GOP Concerns

On the GOP side, there are some voices of concern. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) recently sent a to Schumer, expressing worry about the Senate’s focus on relaxing marijuana laws rather than addressing other issues, like permanently prohibiting fentanyl analogs.

Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) is adding to the mix with an inflated interpretation of Schumer’s floor remarks. He’s suggesting that the majority leader wants to add provisions that could let traffickers out of prison. Whoa, that’s a spicy take.

Additionally, Sens. Pete Ricketts (R-NE), John Cornyn (R-TX), Ted Budd (R-NC), and James Lankford (R-OK) wrote a letter to Senate leadership, arguing that the SAFER Banking Act might lead to higher-potency cannabis products harming youth and compromising the integrity of the banking system. They’re not exactly passing the joint on this one.

Pushing for Progress

But it’s not all gloom and doom, folks. We’ve got some champions on our side. Banking Committee member Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-GA) has been pushing for amendments to bolster the bill’s provisions. He might have faced some rejection during the committee’s markup, but he’s standing his ground for the greater good.

And let’s not forget about the bipartisan coalition of 22 state attorneys general who are calling on Congress to pass cannabis banking reform. They’re adding their voices to the chorus of those who see the potential of this bill.

Conclusion

So, my fellow cannabis enthusiasts, there you have it—the scoop on the Marijuana Banking Bill and its journey through Congress. It might not be smooth sailing, but it’s still making waves.

Keep an eye on this space because the cannabis industry’s future in the world of banking is still up in the air. Until next time, stay informed, stay chill, and keep those joints burning (responsibly, of course).

Thanks to Kyle Jaeger for bringing us this story.

Alex Flores
Alex, here, fellas. Up to date of everything happening in the world of our important green cannabis. I like to stay informed and be serious about bringing facts from the most trusted sources. So, stay tuned and follow me on Leafy Leaks.

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