Politico does an upcoming piece on some in Congress trying to modify the federal laws to let marijuama businesses legally get access to US banks…(The piece is more about Congress going after the DEA…..and bleds into the NSA bulk collection)
Several in Congress are proposing pieces of legislation on marijuana…..
We’ll see if their proposals make it thru the system…
And if a reorganizrion of the DEA and tinkering with the NSA makes them happy….
Last Thursday, the Appropriations Committee voted 16-14 on an amendment to allow marijuana businesses access to federal banking services, a landmark shift that will help states like Colorado, where pot is legal, fully integrate marijuana into their economies. As significant as the vote was, it’s only the latest vote in a remarkable run of success marijuana advocates have had this year on Capitol Hill.
“The amendment was a necessary response to an absurd regulatory morass,” Montana Sen. Steve Daines, one of the three Republicans to support Thursday’s amendment, tells Politico, referring to the multifaceted and complex system of laws that have been enacted over the past four decades to prosecute a war on marijuana. It’s a war that began on or about May 26, 1971, when President Richard Nixon told his chief of staff Bob Haldeman, “I want a goddamn strong statement on marijuana …I mean one on marijuana that just tears the ass out of them.”
However, the congressional assault on DEA is about more than just the nation changing its tune on marijuana enforcement. A series of scandals and revelations over the past two years has put the agency front-and-center in the national debate about privacy and the collection of data for law enforcement purposes, especially following the exposure of the National Security Agency’s collection of bulk data on American citizens and a follow-up exposé by Reuters that DEA had been running a parallel program targeting American citizens for years.