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In an overwhelming, bipartisan vote this week, the House Rules Committee agreed to include the SAFE Banking Act—an American Bankers Association-supported bill that provides clarity to financial institutions seeking to serve legitimate cannabis businesses—as an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act.

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In two letters to House leaders today, the American Bankers Association and 51 state bankers associations expressed support for the SAFE Banking Act of 2021, which would provide a safe harbor for depository institutions seeking to serve legitimate cannabis-related businesses in states where such activity is legal.

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In a letter to several members of the House Financial Services Committee today, the American Bankers Association expressed support for the SAFE Banking Act of 2021, which would provide a safe harbor for depository institutions seeking to serve legitimate cannabis-related businesses in states where such activity is legal.

Compliance and Risk

The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network today issued guidance for financial institutions on how they can conduct due diligence on hemp-related businesses and on what types of information and documentation they may be required to collect from these businesses to comply with Bank Secrecy Act requirements.

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The American Bankers Association joined more than a dozen industry and advocacy trade organizations in a letter to Senate Banking Committee Chairman Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) today urging him act swiftly to advance the SAFE Banking Act, which would provide a safe harbor for depository institutions seeking to serve legitimate cannabis-related businesses in states where such activity is legal.

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Fifty state bankers associations on Friday wrote to Senate Banking Committee leaders urging them to support the SAFE Banking Act, a bill that would provide a safe harbor for depository institutions seeking to serve legitimate cannabis-related businesses in states where such activity is legal.

Compliance and Risk

While the 2018 Farm Bill authorized production and processing of hemp plants with less than 0.3% THC content, bankers need to carefully review USDA’s rules for production and licensing. Meanwhile, legal production of hemp derivatives will depend on guidance from the FDA.

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The four bipartisan lead sponsors of the SAFE Banking Act—passed by the House last fall—yesterday wrote to Senate Banking Chairman Mike Crapo (R-Ohio) cautioning him not to limit the bill’s safe harbor for financial institutions that choose to serve legitimate cannabis businesses in states where it is legal.

Policy

After Senate Banking Committee Chairman Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) raised concerns last month about the ABA-supported SAFE Banking Act, ABA today responded to those concerns and urged him to advance the SAFE Banking Act or similar legislation on cannabis banking this year.

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