U.S. House Approves SAFE Banking Act… Again


2021-09-23 01:00:11 Ganjapreneur


The U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday again approved the SAFE Banking Act which would allow banks to work with cannabis firms without fear of penalty, Bloomberg reports. It marks the second time this year—and the fifth time since 2019—that the chamber has approved the legislation, which has yet to be considered in the Senate. Prior to the House vote, U.S. Cannabis Council Chief Executive Steven Hawkins noted that most of the legal cannabis industry’s 2020 transactions—more than $17 billion—were cash sales. Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-CO) said that allowing the industry access to normal banking services would drive money into the economy and offer good-paying jobs. “[The SAFE Banking Act] will strengthen the security of our financial system & keep bad actors like cartels out,” he wrote on Twitter following the bill’s passage on a voice vote. “Most importantly, it will reduce the risk of violent crime in our communities. It’s passed the House 5 times. We cannot wait any longer to address this public safety threat.” While technically controlled by Democrats, the Senate is split 50-50 between the parties and the legislation would require support from either some Republicans or conservative Democrats in order to pass the chamber. In the Senate, the bill is in the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.
据彭博社报道,美国众议院周二再次批准了《安全银行法》,该法案将允许银行与大麻公司合作,而不必担心受到惩罚。这标志着众议院今年第二次--也是自2019年以来的第五次--批准了这项立法,该立法尚未在参议院审议。 在众议院投票之前,美国大麻委员会首席执行官史蒂文·霍金斯(Steven Hawkins)指出,2020年合法大麻行业的大部分交易--超过170亿美元--都是现金销售。 民主党众议员埃德·佩尔穆特(Ed Perlmutter)表示,允许该行业获得正常的银行服务将推动资金进入经济,并提供高薪工作。 “[安全银行法]将加强我们金融系统的安全&将卡特尔等不良行为者排除在外,”该法案通过语音投票后,他在推特上写道。“最重要的是,这将降低我们社区暴力犯罪的风险。它已经通过房子5次了。我们不能再等待解决这一公共安全威胁。“ 虽然从技术上来说由民主党控制,但参议院在两党之间是50比50的,这项立法需要一些共和党人或保守的民主党人的支持才能在众议院通过。 在参议院,该法案提交给银行、住房和城市事务委员会。