The Protected Banking Act has a hearing scheduled with the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs amidst doubts that such a hearing would take place. The committee plans to investigate the lack of banking solutions for legal cannabis firms. If the Protected Banking Act is passed, federal safeguards would be place into location enabling economic institutions to operate with firms in the sector. The act is essential to establish an sector that is at the moment money-only. The legislation at present has 206 cosponsors in the Property (nearly half of elected US Representatives) and 32 cosponsors in the Senate.
The scheduling of the hearing is a bit unexpected as back in April, the committee chair Senator Mike Crapo, announced that cannabis remains illegal federally and a Schedule 1 substance beneath the federal Controlled Substances Act. As such, he would not commit to a banking bill hearing. Now that this hearing is scheduled, it stands to be the very first federal policy proposing big cannabis reform deemed by a US Senate committee. In June, bankers started pushing Senator Crapo to take into account the bill keeping that it is vital to assure the security of the money-primarily based sector. The banking bill was also passed by way of the Property Economic Solutions Committee in April with a vote of 45-15 but has not been deemed by the complete Property as of however.
The hearing brings hope to the sector and could potentially lead the way for additional reform to adhere to.