“Money won’t create success, the freedom to make it will.” ~ Nelson Mandela
…and without the freedom to protect your hard earned cash in a bank… your success will be someone else’smotivation for crime.
Tired of lip service, ineffective governance and being placated by the DOJ – Washington State’s governor and attorney general have sent a three page dissertation to the U.S. Senate Judiciary committee, set to meet today at 11:30 AM.
Washington State’s Governor Inslee and A.G. Ferguson asked for clarity regarding marijuana’s fast-growing income and access to critical banking services; asking the feds to grant permission – allowing banks to engage in commerce with state sanctioned medical marijuana businesses, minus the fear of federal intervention.
After first outlining the measures Washington State has taken to assure compliance with the DOJ’s eight points of concern – the three page request made clear that unfettered access to American banks is critical:
“… certain aspects of federal law are making it difficult for entrepreneurs seeking to enter the regulated marijuana market and comply with Initiative 502. Most importantly, business owners attempting to comply with Initiative 502 are having great difficulty accessing banking services, because federal law can impose regulatory and criminal penalties on banks that accept money they know to be proceeds from drug sales, even if those sales are legal under state law.
This situation unfortunately undermines federal priorities, because it means that legitimate business owners acting in full compliance with state law may still need to operate on an all-cash basis.”
And as most understand… That’s a dangerous proposition. The feds current position has needlessly put marijuana business proprietors and their underpaid employees at needless risk of armed robbery and unnecessary violence; and, most perturbing to state officials, the currently imposed all cash system makes;
“it more difficult for the state to audit their books, track their income, and differentiate those acting within the law from those possibly using proceeds from regulated marijuana sales to fund illegal activities.”
As “preventing violence and the use of firearms in the cultivation and distribution of marijuana,” is high on DOJ’s list of the 8 criteria that must be met. The Gov. and Atty. Gen. pointed out the conflicting mandates, “unlike armored car drivers, anyone delivery money made from state pot businesses won’t be allowed to carry weapons.”
Washington State’s input was then forwarded to King County Sheriff, John Urquhart, who will be firing up the argument for state sanctioned recreational marijuana acceptance in Washington DC.
“I supported I 502 last year because as a former narcotics detective, I can say with full confidence that the war on drugs has been a failure,” the King County Sheriff noted in a recent news release announcing he was called to testify at today’s hearing.
“There is a better way. And as far as marijuana is concerned, the citizens of Washington have decided legalization for personal use appears to be that ‘better way.’ Law enforcement needs to respect the state’s decision.”