Attorneys general from 33 states urge pot banking reform

Medical marijuana prescription vials are filled at a medical marijuana dispensary in the Venice Beach area of Los Angeles. Attorneys general from 33 states are urging Congress to approve a bill intended to fully open the doors of the U.S. banking system to the legal marijuana industry.
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Attorneys general from 33 states on Wednesday urged Congress to approve a proposal intended to fully open the doors of the U.S. banking system to the legal marijuana industry.

Most Americans live in states where marijuana is legally available in some form. But most banks don’t want anything to do with money from the cannabis industry for fear it could expose them to legal trouble from the federal government, which still considers marijuana illegal.

“This is simple: not incorporating an $8.3 billion industry into our banking system is

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