Advocacy group rolls a giant joint in DC for the SAFE Banking Act
Now that’s quite a joint! Imagine taking a hit off of that roach. This 51-foot giant inflatable joint showed up on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC this week courtesy of a group called District of Columbia Marijuana Justice, along with allies from other states to try and convince the Senate to pass the SAFE Banking Act.
The House recently passed the bill (in a big victory for cannabis advocates), but of course the House is currently controlled by Democrats and the Senate is controlled by Republicans, who aren’t historically as friendly to any cannabis legislation. Still, “Moscow Mitch” McConnell (the Senate Majority Leader) did pass a hemp bill, so he does realize how important cannabis is. And there’s very little that Republicans like more than money, so while cannabis groups agree that the Banking Act is only the first step to justice for cannabis prohibition, it’s possible that Republicans will see the dollar signs and help the industry grow for their own self-interests at least.
As the founder of the group that rolled up, err — inflated this joint said to Bloomberg, the SAFE Banking Act is hopefully “the first domino for federal legislation.” If banks can get involved in cannabis, goes the thinking, then everyone will want to, and then the doors will open wide (and quickly). The House bill did pass with a vote of 321-103 (with 91 Republicans voting for it), so hopefully it has a better chance in the Senate than might be imagined. We’ll have to see what McConnell and the rest of his Republicans (who are currently tangling with Trump over impeachment and what’s happening in Turkey) decide to do about this legislation.