YAKIMA, Wash.-- The Senate
Judiciary Committee will held a hearing on Tuesday to discuss the issue of
state and federal marijuana laws.
states and the District of Columbia have legalized medical marijuana. Colorado and here in Washington also allow
it for recreational use.
while the department of justice said it would not interfere with those laws, it
has not resolved many banking concerns.
Inslee and Attorney General Bob Ferguson said they are concerned that federal
restrictions on marijuana-related banking will make it more difficult for the
state to regulate pot businesses.
businesses simply take their excess cash to the bank, but many marijuana
dispensaries can't get bank accounts because banks don't want to handle money
coming from marijuana, which is still illegal at the federal level.
Tuesday afternoon the committee heard both sides as U.S. senators
discussed whether to consider new laws that would work between state and
federal laws. Several bills have
already been proposed in the house.