National Cannabis Market Association to hold press conference with lawmakers and allies at Residence Triangle on Thursday at two:30 p.m.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Wednesday, the Residence of Representatives will vote on legislation that would enable economic solutions providers to function with state-legal cannabis companies without having worry of federal prosecution. This historic bill is the 1st standalone cannabis policy reform to acquire a complete vote in the Residence. Livestream of the vote will be offered right here.
The bill was initially introduced by Reps. Ed Perlmutter (D-CO), Denny Heck (D-WA), Steve Stivers (R-OH), and Warren Davidson (R-OH) with far more than 100 other original cosponsors. It presently has 206 cosponsors in the Residence. The bill is becoming voted on suspension, and desires a two-thirds majority, or 290 votes, to be authorized in the Residence.
“The Protected Banking Act would considerably boost public security and transparency, and represents a likelihood to even the playing field by permitting tiny companies and persons from marginalized communities participating in this emerging sector to access conventional lending,” stated Aaron Smith, executive director of the National Cannabis Market Association (NCIA). “Current banking regulations disproportionately hurt tiny companies, ladies, and persons of colour, and we can not afford to wait any longer whilst they are becoming excluded from the possibilities produced by legal cannabis markets. We urge each member of the Residence who is concerned about security and fairness to assistance this bill.”
“After far more than six years of advocacy from NCIA, the bill sponsors, and allied organizations on cannabis banking, we are poised to take a large leap toward far more sensible cannabis policies at the federal level,” continued Smith. “We commend this Congress for ultimately addressing this concern.”
NCIA will host a press conference with lawmakers and allied organizations to go over the vote on Thursday, September 26 at two:30 p.m. ET at the Residence Triangle, just outdoors the U.S. Capitol.
The Protected Banking Act would protect against federal banking regulators from punishing banks for operating with cannabis– and hemp-connected companies that are obeying state laws or halting their solutions, taking action on loans produced to these companies, or limiting a depository institution’s access to the Deposit Insurance coverage Fund. The bill would safeguard ancillary companies that function with the cannabis sector from becoming charged with income laundering and other economic crimes, and calls for the Economic Institution Examination Council to create guidance to assistance credit unions and banks comprehend how to lawfully serve cannabis companies.
This legislation would boost access to capital for tiny companies and communities that have been most harmed by prohibition by permitting economic institutions to make loans to cannabis companies, and calls for standard reporting on loan practices involving ladies and persons of colour in the cannabis sector.
Cannabis is legal for adults in 11 states, Guam, CNMI, and the District of Columbia, and 33 states as effectively as numerous territories have extensive health-related cannabis laws. The substance is legal in some kind in 47 states.
WHAT: Press conference on the Protected Banking Act and cannabis sector economic solutions access
WHEN: Thursday, September 26 at two:30 p.m. ET
Exactly where: U.S. Capitol, Residence Triangle, Washington, DC
WHO: Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-CO) / Rep. Denny Heck (D-WA) / Rep. Steve Stivers (R-OH)
More members of Congress TBA
Aaron Smith, National Cannabis Market Association
Representatives of supportive organizations
The National Cannabis Market Association (NCIA) is the biggest cannabis trade association in the U.S. and the only organization broadly representing cannabis-connected companies at the national level. NCIA promotes the development of a accountable and genuine cannabis sector and operates toward a favorable social, financial, and legal atmosphere for that sector in the United States.