Negotiations Stall as Bipartisan Marijuana Banking Bill Faces Hurdles Over Controversial Section

Negotiations Stall as Bipartisan Marijuana Banking Bill Faces Hurdles Over Controversial Section

Progress on the marijuana banking has come to a standstill as key senators involved in the push seem to be at odds over crucial aspects of the legislation. With time running short for action in the summer session, conflicting stories have emerged between Chairman Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and lead sponsor Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT) regarding the state of negotiations.

The disagreement revolves around a single section of the measure that certain Democrats seek to amend, while Republicans view it as a “non-starter.” The issue is hindering the bill’s progress, with Democrats aiming to make changes that could potentially break the agreement made between Daines and the chairman when the bill was introduced.

Brown has entrusted Daines with the task of securing more Republican support and ensuring additional members of his caucus sign on as cosponsors to codify their backing. The chairman emphasized the need for genuine commitment from Republicans, urging them to co-sponsor the bill if they are serious about it. However, Daines insists that the problem lies with Democrats attempting to alter the agreed-upon terms of the legislation.

One of the main sticking points causing the is Section 10 of the SAFE Banking Act, which has raised concerns among some Democrats. Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI) considers the language problematic, as it could potentially undermine banking outside of the cannabis sector. Republicans firmly oppose any attempts to gut this section, making it a significant obstacle in the negotiations.

While Daines is open to adding expungements language, as proposed by Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), he cautions against expanding the measure with additional justice reforms sought by progressives. Despite differing accounts, both senators acknowledge the need to find a path forward for the SAFE Banking Act, but time is gradually running out to schedule a summer markup in the Senate Banking Committee.

Although Senate Majority Leader Schumer remains confident about the prospects of passing the cannabis banking bill, Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) expressed doubts about the ambitious summer agenda. He questioned whether marijuana banking, along with other legislative items identified in Schumer’s Dear Colleague letter, would advance during the current session.

Various proposals have emerged regarding changes to the bill. Some advocate for expanding protections to grant the marijuana access to all forms of financial , including representation on major U.S. stock exchanges. However, critics argue that such moves would be inappropriate while efforts to legalize marijuana stall in Congress.

Despite challenges, the American Bankers Association (ABA), its state chapters, insurance organizations, and unions have all reiterated their support for the passage of the legislation. The SAFE Banking Act’s 10-year anniversary since its initial introduction serves as a reminder of the ongoing efforts to address the banking challenges faced by the cannabis industry.

In summary, negotiations for the bipartisan marijuana banking bill have hit roadblocks due to disagreements over a controversial section of the legislation. While Democrats seek amendments, Republicans consider these changes unacceptable. The fate of the bill remains uncertain as time runs out for significant progress in the current session.

Malvin Felix
I'm Malvin, a cannabis news enthusiast who finds joy in staying updated about the latest industry trends. My passion led me to become a dedicated writer, entrepreneur, and investor in the cannabis space. Through my writing, I aim to educate and spark discussions, while my entrepreneurial ventures and strategic investments reflect my commitment to driving positive change in the industry.

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