A lot of of you have probably been following the saga of the Safe and Fair Enforcement (Secure) Banking Act (H.R. 1595/S. 1200) at present generating its way by means of the U.S. Congress. With more than 200 co-sponsors in the Home and now 33 in the Senate, the banking legislation – which would make it simpler for state-legal cannabis organizations to deal with banks and credit unions – is hunting additional and additional like it has a great likelihood of passing by means of Congress and in fact generating it to President Trump’s desk.
Reports indicate that Home Majority Leader Steny Hoyer’s workplace is arranging on bringing H. R. 1595 to the floor for a vote by the finish of this month right after it passed out of committee in the spring. On the Senate side, the bill got a rather anticlimactic committee hearing in July and has received assistance from several regulators and representatives of the banking and credit industries.
So this is all great news, proper? Every person in the cannabis neighborhood is on board with this probable good results in the close to future, yes? Nicely, no.
Right after expressing their issues earlier this summer time about the order in which the several pieces of cannabis law reform legislation have been moving forward, a group of civil rights organizations that incorporates the ACLU and the Drug Policy Alliance sent a letter to the Democratic leadership in the Home on the 17th.
“Since the commence of the 116th Congress, we have expressed concern to Home Leadership, the Home Economic Solutions Committee, and member offices, that if the banking bill moved to the Floor ahead of broader reform, it would jeopardize extensive marijuana reform,” the letter reads, in component. “Therefore, we have pushed for a conversation amongst advocates, Committee leadership, and Home Leadership to formulate a program for moving marijuana legislation in a way that is extensive and does not outcome in carve-outs for the business and leave behind impacted communities.”
“We ask that you delay any vote on the banking bill till agreement has been reached about broader marijuana reform,” they mentioned.
To be clear, I’m 100% for extensive law reform and undoing the wrongs of marijuana prohibition inasmuch as that can be achieved. But I’ve in no way been a fan of complete-scale halts in momentum. The notion that Congress will pass banking legislation and then let the rest fall away appears unlikely to me. It appears additional probably that a victory in this smaller sized battle can be employed to gauge assistance for law reform general and assistance pinpoint regions exactly where votes will need to be shored up.
And what appears even additional probably is that a delay in a vote on the Secure legislation will – alternatively of major to consensus on extensive reform – stall momentum in a Congress that is currently overwhelmed with concerns that are observed as additional significant as we move into 2020 and the greatest political circus ever observed.
In politics it appears that stalling action in favor of additional speaking seldom leads to additional action down the road. Waiting and speaking is not a luxury we have as persons continue to be denied access to medicine and continue to get criminal records even although they have harmed no one particular.
And in the finish, when you have zero wins, delaying your initial win in the hopes that politicians will come by means of for you in the future strikes me as naïve at most effective.