Bloomeberg report

Giant Joint Deployed in Campaign for Cannabis Banking Bill

Cannabis advocacy groups targeted the Senate on Tuesday to get the Republican leadership to take up marijuana legislation they describe as a first step toward full legalization.

A rally on Capitol Hill featured a 51-foot inflated marijuana cigarette with the label “Congress, Pass the Joint.”

The gathering marked a colorful call to action from District of Columbia Marijuana Justice and affiliates from Maryland, Virginia and Colorado to pass the Senate to pass the Secure and Fair Banking Act, or SAFE.

That measure is “like the first domino for federal legalization,” Adam Eidinger, founder of the Washington group, said in an interview. “We need federal regulations for that. We need to come up with a tax system for interstate commerce, but the Banking Act is the first step.”