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420 with CNW — Schumer Sends Out Petition Urging Public to Express Support for Cannabis Banking Legislation

Chuck Schumer, the Senate Majority Leader, is rallying public support for a bill focused on facilitating banking services for cannabis-related businesses through an online petition. In a recent communication concerning this endeavor, he reaffirmed his stance in favor of a comprehensive federal legalization of marijuana.

In the wake of continuing congressional discussions on budgetary appropriations, the SAFER Banking Act has come back into focus. Schumer, in an email communication, highlighted the challenges faced by state-licensed marijuana businesses in accessing banking facilities nationwide.

Schumer paints a picture of the predicament faced by these businesses, unable to access basic financial services such as credit lines or deposits due to the federal illegality of cannabis. Consequently, they are compelled to manage substantial cash reserves, a situation fraught with risks. Financial institutions remain wary of engaging with such enterprises given the conflicting legal landscape.

Further, he emphasizes the urgency of supporting the SAFER Banking Act to address these immediate concerns, employing a common tactic of online petitioning to galvanize support, leveraging it as a means for list-building and potential campaign fundraising.

Signatories are directed to a questionnaire probing their awareness of the marijuana banking issue, shedding light on the extent of the problem. The messaging underscores Senate Democrats’ commitment to assisting small businesses and rectifying the unjust legal status of cannabis. It solicits support to uphold the Democratic Senate Majority, hinting at donation avenues for those inclined to contribute.

The fate of the bill now rests with Schumer’s leadership. While the banking committee in the Senate endorsed the bipartisan measure months ago, its progression to the Senate floor hinges on scheduling. Nonetheless, there’s a palpable optimism among legislators regarding the measure’s prospects, buoyed by ongoing bicameral discussions.

Sherrod Brown, Chair of the Senate Banking Committee, has signaled the Act’s priority status despite acknowledging the complexities posed by prevailing House dynamics. Similarly, Tom Emmer, the House Majority Whip, although not a vocal advocate for marijuana reform, expressed a desire to advance the banking bill during a recent industry summit.

Disagreements over nonmarijuana provisions within the measure have stalled its advancement. Nevertheless, bicameral negotiations persist, with indications pointing towards an imminent resolution. Prominent sponsors from both parties have reaffirmed their commitment to shepherding the bill through Congress. Senator Maria Cantwell recently joined as the 36th cosponsor of the measure, further solidifying support within the chamber.

Should the bill proceed to the Senate this year, amendments are expected. Schumer has hinted at the possibility of incorporating provisions relating to gun rights for marijuana consumers and state-legal marijuana expungements.

The cannabis industry, including leading companies such as Tilray Brands Inc. (NASDAQ: TLRY) (TSX: TLRY) has long yearned for equal access to banking services in the way that other legitimate businesses access these services, but it looks like it may take a while for the needed legal reforms to be enacted at the federal level.

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