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Federal Guidance on Pot
Business Leaves Banks Wary

Associated Press, by Gene Johnson

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Posted By:Pluperfect, 2/15/2014 4:21:56 AM

SEATTLE -- For marijuana dispensaries around the country, the days of doing business in cash - driving around with bill-stuffed envelopes to pay the rent, or showing up at a state revenue office with $20,000 in paper bags for the tax man - can´t end soon enough. It´s not clear that the Obama administration´s new guidance on pot-related banking is going to end them. The Justice and Treasury Departments on Friday issued banks a road map for doing business with marijuana firms. The security-wary pot industry, including recreational shops in Colorado and medical marijuana operators elsewhere, welcomed the long-awaited news, but banking

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Keekng, 2/15/2014 8:42:41 AM     (No. 9733409)

Where is the problem? Our government claims they can be trusted, certainly the IRS can be trusted, right?

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