Majority Of Americans Support Traditional Banking for Cannabis Businesses

This story originally appeared on Benzinga

According to a poll released on Tuesday by the American Bankers Association (ABA), 65% of respondents said they favor allowing cannabis businesses to “access traditional banking services, like a checking account or business loan, in states where cannabis is now legal.”


Only 15% of the respondents were against the policy, reported Marijuana Moment.

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When will Congress listen?

In addition, the survey, conducted by Morning Consult, asked about whether Congress should approve legislation that would accomplish that reform.

68% of respondents agreed that new legislation should be approved to guarantee the access of cannabis firms to traditional banking.

“Consumers clearly agree that now is the time to resolve the ongoing conflict between state and federal law so banks can serve legal cannabis and cannabis-related businesses,” ABA CEO Rob Nichols said in a press release. “Doing so will help banks meet the needs of their communities while enhancing public safety, increasing the efficiency of tax collections, and improving the financial transparency of the cannabis industry.”

The survey involved interviews with 2,210 adults from February 18-19, with a +/- 2 percent margin of error. “The interviews were conducted online and the data were weighted to approximate a target sample of adults based on age, race/ethnicity, gender, educational attainment, and region,” reported ABA.

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