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Could Crypto Legislation help pass the SAFER Banking Act?

The TDR Three Key Takeaways SAFER Banking:

  1. Cannabis and crypto are becoming increasingly intertwined in legislative discussions, signaling a new direction for SAFER Banking Act

  2. The proposed legislative package might also be attached to a critical Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill, which needs to pass by May 10.

  3. As stated on Trade to Black by Rep. Nancy Mace bipartisan support is crucial as lawmakers push for the SAFER Banking Act.

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On Friday, Politico reported that bipartisan discussions in Congress are considering the innovative idea of merging legislation on cryptocurrency regulation with a marijuana banking bill. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has been actively talking with key members of the House Financial Services Committee, including Chairman Patrick McHenry and Ranking Member Maxine Waters, about the possibility of combining the Secure and Fair Enforcement (SAFER) Banking Act with cryptocurrency reform measures. This strategic merger is seen as a way to handle the complexities of the legislative process and address the growing connections between cannabis and crypto in the regulatory world.

The proposed legislative package might also be attached to a critical Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill, which needs to pass by May 10. Schumer has stressed the importance of securing cannabis banking within this broader legislative agenda, highlighting the need for bipartisan cooperation to move these initiatives forward. This approach is part of a larger trend of seeking comprehensive solutions that address multiple policy areas at once, demonstrating the evolving legislative strategies aimed at improving the efficiency of the banking system for emerging industries like cannabis and crypto.

Moreover, public support for the cannabis banking reforms is strong, with significant backing from political figures like Rep. Nancy Mace, who argues that passing the marijuana banking bill could be crucial for Republicans looking to maintain control of the House. Nancy Mace told this to a live audience on our own TDR Trade to Black two weeks ago showing how some Republican leaders also see the importance of SAFER banking.

Schumer has reiterated that the cannabis banking bill is a high priority, a sentiment echoed by other key lawmakers who are optimistic about the potential for passing the legislation due to productive bipartisan discussions.

This merging of cannabis and crypto legislation represents a strategic alignment of policy initiatives that could significantly impact both industries. By tackling the banking challenges faced by the cannabis sector through the broader scope of cryptocurrency regulation, lawmakers are proposing a forward-looking framework that could pave the way for more integrated and efficient regulatory approaches in the future. As these discussions continue, the potential for groundbreaking legislation seems imminent, highlighting the proactive efforts of lawmakers to adapt to the dynamic fields of cannabis and crypto. Want to keep up to date with all of TDR’s research and news, subscribe to our daily Baked In newsletter.


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