24 June 2016
The Cannabist reports
Failing in an effort to match the success of their Senate counterparts, House members on Tuesday watched as Republicans killed a budget amendment that would have prevented federal regulators from penalizing financial institutions that worked with legitimate marijuana businesses.
Though a Senate committee last week passed a similar amendment, House Republicans in the Rules Committee blocked any vote on the amendment proposed by Rep. Ed Perlmutter of Arvada, and Rep. Denny Heck of Washington to the Fiscal Year 2017 Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act.
The bill makes appropriations to the Treasury, the Office of the President and other agencies.
“Frankly, I’m frustrated by this terrible decision, and the American people should be, too,” Heck said in a statement. “We’ve been pushing for this common-sense change for more than three years now, received bipartisan support … and now all the sudden this issue is labeled a ‘poison pill.’”
Both amendment sponsors pointed to a shooting Sunday at an Aurora dispensary where a security guard was killed during an armed robbery. Though banking proponents have pointed at the robbery as an example why the marijuana industry needs banking, law enforcement has not said whether cash or marijuana was the object of the robbery.