Medical Marijuana and Money Laundering

Medical marijuana may be legal in many states, but federally, it is still illegal. This means that banks run the risk of being charged with money laundering or other crimes for working with what the federal government considers an illicit activity. This creates a precarious situation where billions of dollars of state-licensed marijuana profits are handled almost exclusively in cash. What are the laws the set up this framework? What problems does this create? What is the solution? Three experts weigh in.

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-John Hudak | Senior Fellow, Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution
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-Jeffrey Miron | Director of Economic Studies at the Cato Institute
Reach Jeffrey @jeffreyamiron

-Julie A. Hill | Law Professor at University of Alabama School of Law
Reach Julie @ProfJulieHill

Related links and differing views:

Banks, Marijuana, and Federalism

Why marijuana retailers can’t use banks

Cash is king — and dangerous — for marijuana businesses that lose bank accounts

Colorado senators push legislation to legalize banking for marijuana industry
Colorado senators push legislation to legalize banking for marijuana industry

Sessions reverses Obama-era policy on marijuana, unleashes prosecutors

Two states sue to block Colorado marijuana markets

Two states sue to block Colorado marijuana markets

Justices won’t hear Nebraska, Oklahoma marijuana dispute with Colorado

The Risky Business of Commercial Marijuana


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